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Lining Sleeveless dress

Groversmom | Posted in General Sewing Info on

I am working on a corduroy sleeveless dress with a flared skirt and shaped darts on the front and back.  The pattern lines only the bodice, but I want to line the entire dress.  Problem is, I haven’t done this for a long time, and I cannot for the life of me find good directions for doing this.  There are no facings, and there will be a 22″ zipper in the back.  Can anyone help me find instructions on how to do this?  TIA. 


  1. Tatsy | | #1

    I've done this several times and there are several ways to do it. The easiest way is to sew the lining to the fashion fabric at the neck and armscyes before you do any other seams (except the center back seam, if you're putting in a zipper.) Then sew the side seams of the fashion fabric together, next the lining seams together. Then handstitch the shoulder seams. Then handstitch the lining to the zipper. Finally, hems.

    You can machine sew the shoulder seam of the fashion fabric if you stop back an inch or so from the shoulders and restitch after you've done the original seam, with the lining's seam allowances folded flat and butted next to each other, ready to hand stitch.

    There's also a way where you sew both shoulder seams together, sew the neck seam, twist the armscye seams against each other and pull the whole garment through each shoulder, but that's a pain in the neck and often gives unpleasant results.

    1. Groversmom | | #2

      Thanks:)!  I had seen the last method described and decided against it--figured I would make a royal mess of it.  What I am doing is what you suggest except that I machine stitched shoulders, armseye and neck edges, pulled the back through the shoulders, put in the zipper, and then sewed the side and back seams (or will as soon as I get back to the sewing room).  Keep you fingers crossed!

      1. Tatsy | | #3

        You must be using an invisible zipper. That would certainly make the whole process easier.

        1. Groversmom | | #4

          Yes, I did use an invisible zipper.  It worked beautifully.  All I need to do now is hem, press, and wear it.  This is the first garment I have made in a couple of years, and definitely one of the most involved--lots of contouring darts.  I was quite concerned about the full lining, as the dress didn't call for one.  But, it worked, and your assistance was most appreciated. 

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