How to tailor the lining to a dress of a light fabric

How to tailor the lining to a dress of a light fabric

Add length, tailor the lining, and your favorite dress Alexia looks completely different. How awesome it is to be able to sew!

If you chose a slightly see-through fabric (for example, silk) for Alexia then save this tutorial on how to tailor the lining.

The lining pattern pieces can be cut to match the pattern pieces of the upper garment. During assembly, keep in mind that the material is translucent and use techniques for thin materials. Photos in the carousel.

  1. Process the upper raw edges of the back directly onto the lining without a facing from the main material. 

  1. The front yoke piece from the lining needs to be cut with adjustments: from the top line of the casing place 1 cm upwards and draw a parallel line. This will be the upper edge of the pattern piece. During assembly place the front yoke lining facing side on the wrong side of the front yoke of the main fabric.  Attach along the upper line of the casing, trim the seam allowance to 5 mm. Then fold back the front yoke lining piece onto the front yoke and lay the stitching all the way along the bottom line of the casing. So the front of the casing will be made from the front-facing lining piece. (Diagram 1)
  1. Combine the front yoke and front yoke lining pattern pieces with two parallel stitches along the bottom, jointly make the gathers on the two pieces. Enclose the front yoke pattern piece between the gathered pieces of the front from the main material and lining. Then lay the front bodice pattern piece between the back lining and back. This will clean up the bodice of the dress.

  1. Make the length of the lining the same as the length of the main pattern pieces or slightly shorter. Sew the hem of the dress and the lining with a narrow hem.
  1. Combine all of the pattern pieces together with a French seam. In the case of delicate fabrics, a French seam will look thinner and sleeker compared to a seam allowance finished by an overlocker. The width of all the seam allowance should be made the same — 5 mm.
  2. Insert the finished bodice of the dress between the lining and main fabric of the skirt. Channel the seam allowance on the skirt of the dress and finish with an overlocker.
  3. Bing the raw edges of the armholes with bias.

As a result, you have a clean, finished silk dress with a lining.

More sewing tips are here:

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