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« on: April 10, 2011 05:37:33 AM »

I am a beginner in dress making and learning things on my own through tutorials available on various blogs. I want to stitch a sleeveless simple frock with lining with zip.
 Can anyone point me to a good video tutorials or any tutorials?

Thanks and I just discovered this site few weeks back and find it extremely good and useful and getting inspired to kindle my childhood hobby of sewing.

Happy sewing. 
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2011 04:31:23 PM »

Here's a link to an article that helped me: http://www.threadsmagazine.com/item/4971/a-shortcut-to-great-linings
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2011 05:03:51 PM »

thanks Kelly. Any video available? I don't really get the concept yet. I thought we don't have to use any interface. Simply stitch dress and lining. Please help me.

Can any one give me simple steps.
1. First stitch shoulders of dress and lining.

Thanks in advance.
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2011 06:22:11 PM »

Easy way is to:
-cut the exact same pattern as the dress from the lining,
-put the matching lining pieces over the dress pieces (wrong sides together),
-run a line of zig-zag around all edges to make the pattern pieces have fabric on one side and lining on the other,
-then sew the dress as you would usually.
It isn't the neatest finish but it works.

Is the dress already constructed?
If so, you could make an easy 'bag dress' (like a slip you'd wear under a dress) out of the lining (or a stretchy satin you might make a night gown out of) and then carefully (as invisibly as you can) hand stitch it to the dress around the arm holes, neck and zipper to make it not show in those areas.
The downside to this is that it might bunch up if it isn't fitted like the dress itself.

I hope some of that makes sense... I'm sorry I don't know of a video which might explain it better.

« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2011 06:46:57 PM »

Thanks Imy,
You have really thrown some lights as I have never stitched lining dress before. I have few more queries.
1. How to add ziper to the dress
2. I want to try a sleeveless dress with lining and a zipper.

Can I just follow your instructions.

1. cut lining and dress from the same pattern.
2. Stitch darts in the front.
3. Back of dress has 2 pieces as I want to add zipper and front of my dress has simple single piece.
4. Do I have to stitch the side seams for the dress and lining first and make the dress as a single piece and then lay the wrong side of dress and lining and start stitching?

Please clarify whether my above steps make sense... Thanks.
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2011 07:46:18 PM »

I'm by no means an expert, I've just seen my mother do it and have read blogs etc. (just letting you know! lol)

If you use the 'cut pattern pieces the same as dress and sew together' method which I first suggested, I would do the same to the back of the dress as the front.
If you sew the 2 pieces together first, then lay lining over the top, you seams might not match up and it could create a funny lumpy line down the back of your dress, which you don't want.

I'd do it like this:
1. Cut lining and fabric to same pattern
2. Stitch around edges to attach fabric to the lining (If you use a zig zag stitch close to the edge as possible, this will double as control stitching and will ensure the fabric won't fray, you can overlock it if you have an overlocker)
3. Sew darts and check it sorta looks right by laying it on your body (you can pin the side seams if that helps with how the end product will look)
4. Sew side seams (check it on your body to make sure it looks right)
5. Pin zipper and sew so the seam is on the INSIDE of the dress (kinda important lol), sew seam which runs down the back of the dress, below the zipper (try it on again)
6. This is the tough bit to explain. Turn the dress in the right way, pull some fabric towards the zip, but not so it crosses over it. It is the seam which neatens the zipper and hides it a bit (check out one of your other dresses/skirts to see it) run a line of stitching along the side of the zipper, careful not to hit the zipper or you'll break the needle. Do the same to the other side of the zipper.
7. Finish the neck, arms and hem.

You will still see seams on the inside of the dress with this method but it is very easy. Someone else might have an easy way to do 'proper' lining Smiley

« Reply #6 on: April 12, 2011 08:05:00 PM »

Great Thanks Imy again. I will definitely try.
« Last Edit: April 12, 2011 08:05:34 PM by lilly07 » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2011 09:12:19 PM »

I managed to find a tutorial on sleeveless dress with lining video.
You may view it under http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5664121837832228241#
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