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lined shell blouse — help, pls

schmatta | Posted in General Sewing Info on

Cheerful greetings to all in this first post.
I used to sew a lot of clothing, but after many years of focusing on art quilts, my three-dimensional skills are rusty.
Is there a tutorial somewhere on how to make a lined shell (sleeveless, scoop-neck) blouse with minimal hand-stitching? I enjoy hand-stitching, but I’d like to whip up a series of these.
Thanks, all!
Yr new friend,


  1. Teaf5 | | #1

    I typed "sewing lined sleeveless top" into google, and the first site to pop up was clear and easy to understand, requiring only a little slip stitching of the lining at one shoulder. 

    If that doesn't help, you can try searching with other terms like "turning a lined sleeveless top" or buying a lined shell pattern (on sale or used, of course!) and reading the instructions.

    There are also archived discussions on this forum specifically answering your question, too.  The Search function is pretty easy to use, so check it out!

    1. schmatta | | #2

      Thank you, Teaf5. Google! Why didn't I think of that? Ah, well, humans are so cool. I'll go there shortly

  2. DONNAKAYE | | #3

    I'd probably have to go dig these instructions out of mother's files, but I basically stitch the shoulder seams of top and lining together first.  Then join at the neckline.  Trim, clip, understitch, top press.  (I usually leave a center back opening to get in and out of the garment.)  For the remainder of the shell, I trim the excess lining to match the top fabric, then stitch closed.  This makes the lining a tiny bit smaller than the top fabric (for the underside turn of cloth), which makes for a perfectly fitted shell.  If you need instructions for the sequence, I'll try to go find it in mother's files.

    1. schmatta | | #4

      DonnaKaye, thanks. I'll try this and the other one I found. I can't visualize it all the way through, so I'll have to make a little muslin. If I get lost, I'll write and ask for further details.

      1. MaryinColorado | | #5

        Welcome to the forum!  You could make it reversable, try doing a search on Threads Tips and Tricks.  Mary

  3. ctirish | | #6

    This is sort of a quick and easy way of doing a lined sleeveless top, it won't win any awards but it worked out well for me some years ago.

    I used to make these to wear under suits and what I did was cut out a lining from the same pattern as the top. If I recall correctly, I would trim about a 1/4 off the lining. Sew it up the same as the fashion fabric top and put them together like a lining in a purse or tote bag. I would leave an inside seam open a few inches for turning it right-side-out and them be careful to press so the inside did not show. Then I just had stitch the opening closed. The back closing was just a opening of about four inches.

    At the time I wasn't too worried about the finishing touches because I would have my jacket on all day at work. Today, they wear camisoles but I know I wouldn't be comfortable wearing those to work.

    Edited 1/18/2008 12:09 am ET by ctirish

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