Are you, or have you taken part in my Butterick B5602 Dress sew-along?
Have you made other sewing projects that ask to be lined and suddenly feel yourself scratching your head in worried anticipation.
Well, if the answer to any of these questions is yes, then fear not fashion sewers. Let Fashion Sewing Blog come to your rescue.
I have written this post, in part as a response from a Fashion Sewing Blog reader request, in part as the Butterick B5602 Dress sew-along asks for lining to be added, but more so, because as a fashion sewer, we all need to learn how to sew lining into garments.
More and more sewing patterns on the market today require lining to be added. If you don’t know how to do this, then you’ve already limited your choices.
Lining (and in this case, lining in a sleeveless dress) is also used to add an element of luxury to a garment.
It also helps to add shape and support to a garments structure and hides those ‘inner workings‘ of our beloved creations.
A worthwhile fashion sewing technique to acquire I think you’d agree!
Below, you’ll find my video tutorial detailing how to sew lining into a sleeveless dress.
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How To Sew Lining Into A Sleeveless Dress
1 To sew the lining to the dress, ensure the dress is on the right side and the lining is on the wrong side. Funnel the dress into the lining so that they are right side to right side.
2 Pin and baste the armholes and the neckline.
3 Machine sew the armhole from the shoulder point to the side seam (front and back).
4 Machine sew the neckline from the shoulder to the centre front and repeat on the other side. Repeat for the back of the neck line.
5 Trim, grade and clip the curved seams and then press. The raw edges should now be between the dress and lining.
6 With the dress inside of the lining, the shoulders now need to be sewn.
7 Hold one shoulder seam and push the raw edge into itself (enough to be held into position with your finger and thumb) and funnel the other shoulder into it. Sandwich it between your finger and thumb.
8 Pull the shoulder through creating one piece.
9 Sew around the shoulder seam (1.5cm – 5/8inch) and then trim and grade.
10 You can now pull the lining into the body of the dress from the shoulder point. The dress should now fall over the lining.
11 Press and understitch the lining of the armhole and the neckline.
12 Slipstitch the lining to the zipper tape.
And You’re Done!
It may seem a little complicated but I can assure you, with a little practise, the whole process becomes an easy one.
So have a go, and no longer shy away from sewing patterns that ask for lining.
If you have any fashion sewing related questions regarding this or any other topic, then please feel free to contact me.
Happy fashion sewing.