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« on: May 09, 2008 08:54:32 AM »

Ok, so I'm making this dress:http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/show/752 with this alteration: http://www.burdastyle.com/howtos/show/221

How on Earth do you line a dress properly?? I've never done it before and am completely lost. The directions aren't that clear on that account, so if anyone knows anythings about this, it would be awesome!  Huh

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« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2008 11:29:53 AM »

I am finishing a lined dress today, and am in the middle of lining a second dress.  These are the first time attempts, and I can tell you that it is MUCH easier than I thought!

I am making a blue satin dress with thin spaghetti straps.  The next dress is a halter style dress. 

Both patterns said to make the lining just like the dress. You are cutting the lining bodice, midriff and skirt pieces identical to the dress. 

To join the dress and lining:  You take the lining and, with right sides together, sew the top bodice edge to the dress bodice edge.   Your dress is "inside out" and the lining is "right side out".  Put the lining inside the dress, then hold the top edges together and pin, lining up your seams.  Sew.  Iron the seam allowance as sewn.  Then iron your seam allwances open.

Iron the bodice top edge, using the iron to press the bodice a little more into the wrong side, or lining side.  What I mean here is, a very tiny 1/8 inch of the right side of the bodice is ironed toward the lining side over the seam allowance.  This is so when you wear the garment none of the lining shows. 

Then understitch the top edge of the lining to the seam allowance.  Your seam allowance is open, and you will be sewing one side of the seam allowance to the lining only.  You open up the dress, right sides out.  The good side of your dress will fall to the left of your machine as you sew.  The lining is lightweight and should just slide through on the right side of the presser foot.  Put the left edge of your pressure foot on the seam that joins the dress to the lining.  Sew the lining to the seam allowance. Be careful to sew only the lining to the seam allowance.  Don't catch any part of the dress with the sewing line.  This finishes the lining in a way that keeps the lining on the inside - it won't roll out and show when you wear it. 

« Last Edit: May 09, 2008 11:34:33 AM by mandodeb » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2008 08:34:10 PM »

Thanx! That helped a lot! Cheesy

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