Sleeveless Bodice Lining Tutorial

I’ve been meaning to do this post for a while. Partly because I hope it might help other people get a nice finish on their garments, but also because I always forget which way round I need to do this, so it will be helpful to have a handy tutorial right there in front of me. So – here’s a step by step account of how I sew sleeveless bodice linings in – I hope the instructions are clear and that at least some people find it useful.

Step 1. Cut out lining and fabric from bodice pattern pieces.

I used a heavily modified version of Simplicity 5954

I used a heavily modified version of Simplicity 5954

Step 2. Make up bodice lining and fabric, including attaching at side seams.


Step 3. Right sides together, sew lining to main fabric at necklines and armholes (not joined at shoulders yet).


Step 4. Turn bodice front the right way round (it will look odd and bunched up, but don’t turn the back bodice out yet). Press the shoulder seams and neckline so that they will be nice and neat.


Step 5. Lay the bodice down with the bodice front outer fabric facing up to you and slip over the back bodice straps making sure that right sides of the fabric are facing (and the right sides of the lining) and that none of the straps are twisted. Hopefully this is clear in the photos!


I used long handled tweezers to pull the fabric through...

I used long handled tweezers to pull the fabric through…

...then straightened out the straps and checked the fabric matched up, right sides together.

…then straightened out the straps and checked the fabric matched up, right sides together.


Step 6. Sew across the shoulder (use your seam allowance measurements).


Step 7. Pull out and check it’s all in the right place (believe me this is an important step before you trim!!)

Yep, that'll do

Yep, that’ll do

Step 8. Turn back inside out and trim and clip seams.


Step 9. Pull back out and press! Done.


Still to come – the finished dress with some extra features! Hope this is at least helpful to someone!

24 thoughts on “Sleeveless Bodice Lining Tutorial

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  3. Thanx for the tutorial very helpful, if i can ask a question will you be able to do this with a full dress after you have attached the lining on the zip?

  4. Amazing!!! After I sewed everything together so I couldn’t turn it right side out I found this! Seam ripped the right parts open and continued on. Worked perfectly! I’ll never hand stitch bodice shut again!!

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  6. Just found your tutorial, just a bit too late for this first dress I made (you don’t want to see how I end up there) On the bright side, from now on I’ll be able to finish those shoulder parts perfectly! So thanks a lot!

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  10. A great tutorial. It is really clear and easy to follow. I use this technique 80% of the time, I find it the easiest and neatest way of finishing bodice hems.

    I ave a question for you… where did your blog name come from?


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