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.
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!
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!!)
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!