Tips for adding a lining to the dress:
- Cut the lining 1/4 inch shorter at the neckline and the armholes. When you sew the lining to the main fabric, because the lining is a little smaller, it will not show on the outside.
- Sew the lining and bodice in this order.
- Sew the shoulder seams of the main bodice pieces, then the shoulder seams of the lining.
- Sew the lining to the main fabric at the neckline and armholes right sides together.
- Flip right sides out and iron the neckline and the armholes.
- Now open the piece and sew the side seams.
- It will be one long seam from the bottom of the lining up to the armhole and all the way to the bottom of the main fabric side seam.
I hope you understand this explanation!
I learned to sew linings this way in design school. If you would like to see a really good tutorial that explains this lining technique which eliminates any hand sewing or understitching, check out this blog post by the slapdash sewist. She is so cute!
I will be putting up my SewTell Linky Party again tomorrow and am inviting you to come back and post your sewing projects from your blogs! Thanks for reading this really long post!
Since these Collette patterns are so popular in the blogosphere I thought it would be a good idea to share the things I learned about making it better for myself with you.