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making a double bodice in stead of facng

denise | Posted in General Sewing Info on

I was reading a back issue of threads which had an article about making a bodice for a knit dress by making a double bodice.

But i cannot quite remember how to go about it .  Are the shoulder seams sewn first and turned over,  this would make the seam at the shoulders rather bulky

Cannot quite remember how to construct this.


  1. starzoe | | #1

    I would think you would treat the "double bodice" as a free-floating lining, not attached at the hem or the sides to the bodice. It would have to be of a knit itself to still allow the bodice fabric to move. Lingerie knit comes to mind as one choice for the lining.

    1. denise | | #2

      yes agree but wondering about the shoulder seam this is a little sleevless bodice in stretch for a baby,   then it has a skirt gathered and added later.

      Wondered if i did the neck area  and arms hole s.   turn through and then sew shoulder tops.

      1. starzoe | | #3

        Yes, you could do that, buy why line a knit garment for a baby? Are you trying to avoid the facings? Using a bias binding would be a good solution instead of the double bodice or the facings.

        1. denise | | #4

          dont all that  but never happy with my facing binding re stretch  i think its just looks more professional.  Even though the shop ones look o.k. they have sergers i suppose that helps.

          Also gives a little extra warmth across the chest on warm sea breezie days.

          Let you know how i go when done.  Making bread and short breads at the moment so sewing will be on hold till this after noon.

          summer here in aust.  so lots of jam and bottling to do also.

          1. starzoe | | #5

            Yes, let me know how it goes. Glad you are enjoying summer - here on the West coast of Canada it is coolish and wet as usual - about 8 - 10C. No snow, buds starting to come out on the trees.

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