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« on: April 17, 2008 11:25:38 AM »

I am making a prom dress out of satin for a friend.  It is a simple sleeveless dress with a wide top band across the chest.  The directions say to cut the lining out of the main dress pattern pieces, which I have done.  The pattern then says, "Line the dress."  OK.  I have now made the dress and the lining.

Once the lining is sewn to the dress and turned right side out, how do I handle the hem?  Do I hem the lining to be shorter than the dress, and tack it on the inside to the hem of the satin dress?  Or do I hem the lining to be 2 or 3 inches shorter than the dress and leave the hems free of each other?

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« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2008 11:47:14 AM »

I would leave it free, if you want to tack it so it stays in place, tack it to the side seams.
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2008 02:41:16 PM »

If there's a slit in the skirt, you usually attach the lining along the slit with invisible hand stitches, so it doesn't poke out from the slit. Skirt linings usually aren't tacked, even though coat linings are. If the lining has a tendency to shift or bunch, you may want to tack it to the side seams.

Don't make the lining too short, or "ridges" may show on the outside.

I hope this helps!

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« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2008 11:17:35 PM »

Thanks to you, Thesingingllamas, and also to you, Cinderwench!

I think I'll end up tacking the lining on the side seams at the waist and maybe the hip.  This makes so much more sense to me.  I hadn't even thought about a too-short lining leaving ridges.  The whole point of this for my friend was that she wouldn't have to wear a slip!
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