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“A Shortcut to Great Linings” by Connie Long

ele539 | Posted in The Archives on

I am relatively new to the Threads forum and I am not sure if I am posting this in the correct place. If it should be somewhere else, I apologize. I have a question regarding the article “A Shortcut to Great Linings” by Connie Long and I am hoping that someone can assist me. In the article, she discusses her method for lining sleeveless dresses and clearly outlines the steps. She instructs the reader to cut out the lining using the pattern pieces for the garment, but she never instructs you to sew darts in the lining fabric. Is she assuming that this is such an obvious step that she does not need to mention it? The instructions are very detailed, so I don’t get the feeling that this is the case. If I use the garment pattern pieces to cut out my lining and I do not sew in darts, will I not have quite a bit of extra fabric in the lining? I have never sewn a lining using her method before and I am lost on this point. Many thanks to anyone who can offer advice!


  1. amm | | #1

    Darts in your lining

    Welcome to the Threads forum!

    Yes, you are correct in your guess. The darts should be sewn into the lining as on the garment. With most fabrics and in most cases, if the dart is pressed to the left on the fashion fabric, it will be pressed to the right on the lining to avoid extra bulk (and visa versa). This is a fabulous technique. I know you'll be pleased with the results.

    1. ele539 | | #2

      Great! Thanks so much, Amm, for your reply and the advice regarding the pressing of that darts! It's really appreciated.

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    kneedlez | | #3

    I have been searching for days for information regarding lining darts.  I have an extensive library and it is not addressed.  With regard to bust darts, instead of left/right, are you saying the darts should be pressed up rather than down? 

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