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Lining an unlined dress

Bev76 | Posted in Fabric Guidance on

I need advice on how to line a dress that does not call for lining. This is a long, sleeveless sheath dress with a slit at the back. Do I still use the facing and interfacing, if so, where does the interfacing go. I’m an experienced sewer, but it’s been quite some time since I’ve sewn a dress, let alone put lining in one that didn’t call for it. Any help would be appreciated. I need to have this dress done in a couple of weeks. Thank you

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  1. SuperiorLiz | | #1

    One way is to Interline the dress; literally cutting the same pieces of your lining and basting them to the back of the garment fabric then treating the double layer as one layer as you make up your dress then add the usual interfacing and facings as usual. Another is to make up the dress in the lining fabric and put it WS to WS inside the garment then add the usual interfacing and facings. With this you might need to catch stitch the side seams together and the CF seam of the skirt so that you can hand stitch the two layers at the slit. Obviously this will not be a problem if you Interface the garment with the lining; the two fabrics become one and you'd handle the finish of the slit as usual.

  2. melindy | | #2

    Yes, interface as usual. Don't know what fabric you are using,
    I'd sew the lining to the dress body at armholes and neck( extending into back slit if I am understanding your note correctly), leaving shoulder seams open 1 - 1.5 inches or less. Then turn to right side and sew dress body shoulder seams. You can then sew lining shoulders by hand. The hem should be just shorter than dress hem, and you can use thread chains at side seams to keep it from slipping around. I believe there will be an article somewhere on Threads website for these techniques. Best wishes on a beautiful dress!

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