I’m making a chiffon dress for summer that I’m “designing” based of of a dress at Old Navy (link here: http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=5382&vid=1pid=529387&scid=529387042)
It’s an empire waist (with a small waistband)
small gathered cap sleeves
I’m not planning on lining the sleeves. So I finally used the threads tutorial on making a shawl collar and it looks nice on my test garment (after stay stitching and pivoting properly…haha) Problem is, now I don’t know where/how to sew the lining since the collar is 1 pc with the front and you sew it to the neckline and shoulder seams at the same time. Also, I’m not sure how to set in the sleeves in between the lining and the outer dress. I’d really like the inside of the dress to look “finished” and professional…not homemade. Not to mention chiffon frays. I’m planning on doing french seams, but again, I’m not sure how do do that through the 3 layers of collar and neckline plus some for lining.
How do you sew lining in when you use french seams?
Also, since it has an empire waist with a band, do I make the lining pattern 2 parts (bodice, skirt) or 3 (bodice, band, skirt)?
Would it be better to use french seams and then make the lining a camisole shape so it looks more like a slip and less like a lined dress? I’m really having trouble figuring this out…
Thanks for all your help!