I have plans to make a garment that's not quite a dress, but sort of and close enough.
Think dress with slits on either side seam going up to the hips (pants are worn underneath - it's a shalwaar kameez).
The kameez (top - the dress with slits) needs to be lined. The pattern I'm using I created from an existing fitted-to-me kameez. Commercial patterns do not exist in this country.
I know that the lining will be the same pieces as for the kameez - that is, a front, a back, and two sleeves. One way
I could do this:
I'm planning on sewing the front and back of the kameez together at the shoulders, and the front and back of the lining together at the shoulders, then sew the kameez front/back to the lining front/back at the neck to give a nice finished neckline.
I think I sew the sleeve and sleeve lining together at the hem.
At that point, I could attach the sleeve with lining to the front/back with lining at the arm hole, sewing all four layers of fabric together. I could then stitch all four layers together sewing the front/back sleeve together and continuing down the length of the garment, sewing front and back together at the sides, sewing all four layers of fabric together.
At the slit and on down to the hem, is there any benefit to sewing the lining to the fabric or to not?
The second way
I could do this:
Sew the kameez itself, and the lining itself, together - front, back, and sleeves. Then attach at the neck, then attach at the sleeve hem.
Then I still have the option of attaching - or not - at the side slits and bottom hem.
Any comments? If you've done this before, what have your experiences been? What do you recommend and why?