Lining a sleeveless dress or bodice completely by machine

Hello lovely people! The making of this tutorial became a bit of an odyssey because I decided to draw the steps in illustrator, because my photos weren’t too good.

I love this technique and it can be used in any sleeveless bodice or sleeveless dress. By attaching the lining this way there is no hand sewing involved! This is also a nice way to finish a sleevelss dress if you prefer lining and/or want eliminate the need for facings or bias binding.

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Disclaimer: Lining is a difficult thing to explain, so I want to apologize in advance if I don’t cover what you need to know! Also note: This tutorial does include some assumed knowledge, so have a read before you commit to using it!

 Heres the Burda-style pattern I used note: I did make a test garment and make a few modifications to it. The main one being, lowering the back of the neckline so that it slips over the head and does not require a zip.

There may be typos, but at this point I just want to add the images…because after 3 days of working on this tutorial I have had it for now! ;). Note: I may edit this tutorial at a later date if I find ways to make it better. I hope this helps someone! Xo Kath

OK now here goes…

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Edit: I just realized that the picture for step 9. was misleading so I have removed it.

Step 9-10. Now (with wrong sides out/facing you) sew the left and right side seams of your dress together! (if you have any questions about this step please let me know).

 

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12 comments
  1. Super tutorial, your illustrations look great! And your image for pulling the back pieces through the front are way clearer than the few patterns I have that describe it. Also, I really really love that green dress! (Have I mentioned that already? :P)

    • Thanks so much Miss :), Glad it made sense to you! xo

  2. Erika said:

    Wonderful illustrations and it was pretty easy to follow along. Great job, and thank you. 🙂

  3. This tutorial is even better than mine!! I attempted with photos, but your illustrations are much clearer.
    When I first started out, I was following tutorials for this bagging technique and oh it was hard to comprehend for a first timer!!

    • Very sweet of you to say Neeno! 🙂 I have only just started using instagram (i’m a bit slow but better late than never haha)…I just added you and I am drooling over all this amazing food you have posted. Yay! So glad you are on instagram too! xo

  4. Awesome! I owe you big time, girl! I’ve been trying to figure this one out for years….seriously YEARS.

    • No problem Lady 😀 ! Makes me so happy to hear my post was of some help to you! Yay! 🙂

  5. vmtr4life said:

    You are the best!!! I was hoping you decide to post this tutorial! Thanks so much! Love the dress too!

  6. great tutorial! I dont often line things cause its such a hassle – i usually just wear a slip! But i do like your method, and it would be easy to add a zipper in at the end!

    • Thanks! Yes it is more time consuming than facings. A slip is a good option too! That’s true!

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