If you’re looking to sew a dress with lining, you’ve come to the right place. Adding a lining to your dress can give it a professional finish and help it to hang better. It may seem like a daunting task, but with the right tools and techniques, anyone can do it.
Before you start, make sure you have all the necessary materials. You’ll need your dress fabric, lining fabric, thread, scissors, pins, a sewing machine, and an iron. Once you have everything you need, follow these steps:
Step 1: Cut out your dress and lining fabric
Using your pattern, cut out your dress fabric and your lining fabric. Make sure to cut them out accurately and pay attention to any notches or markings on the pattern.
Step 2: Sew the dress together
Follow the instructions on your pattern to sew your dress together. Once you have it all sewn up, press the seams open with an iron.
Step 3: Cut out the lining
Using the dress as a template, cut out the lining fabric. Make sure to leave a little extra fabric on the bottom so you can hem it later.
Step 4: Sew the lining together
Just like with the dress, sew the lining together following the instructions on your pattern. Remember to press the seams open.
Step 5: Attach the lining to the dress
With the dress inside out and the lining right side out, pin the two together at the neckline and armholes. Sew them together, being careful not to catch any stray fabric in your stitching.
Step 6: Hem the lining
With the dress still inside out, hem the lining to the length you desire. You can use a machine or hand stitch the hem.
Step 7: Finish the dress
Turn the dress right side out and give it a good press with an iron. You’re done!
Do I need to use a particular type of lining fabric?
No, you can use any type of lining fabric that you like. Just make sure it’s a similar weight and drape to your dress fabric.
Can I skip the lining and just wear a slip underneath?
Yes, you can wear a slip underneath instead of using a lining. However, a lining will give you a more professional finish and help the dress to hang better.
How do I know how much lining fabric to buy?
Check your pattern for the recommended amount of fabric needed for the lining. If you’re not using a pattern, measure the length and width of your dress and buy enough fabric to cover it.
Do I need to use a special needle for sewing the lining?
No, you can use a regular sewing machine needle for sewing the lining.
Can I use the same thread for sewing the dress and the lining?
Yes, you can use the same thread for both.
Can I machine wash and dry my lined dress?
Check the care instructions for your dress fabric and lining fabric. If they’re both machine washable and dryable, you can wash and dry your lined dress in the machine.
Can I add a lining to a dress that doesn’t have one in the pattern?
Yes, you can add a lining to any dress pattern. Simply cut out the lining fabric using the dress as a template and sew it together following the same steps as above.
Can I add a lining to a dress that I’ve already sewn?
Yes, you can add a lining to a dress that you’ve already sewn. Simply follow the same steps as above, but attach the lining to the dress after it’s already been sewn.
Adding a lining to your dress can give it a professional finish and help it to hang better. It can also make it more comfortable to wear and prevent it from clinging to your body.
Make sure to pay attention to any notches or markings on your pattern. This will help ensure that your dress and lining fit together correctly.
Adding a lining to your dress is a great way to give it a professional finish and help it to hang better. With the right tools and techniques, anyone can do it. Just follow the steps above and you’ll have a lined dress in no time!