Make a Dress Series II - with Transcript Part One

part 1 • part 2part 3part 4part 5part 6part 7part 8series index

Part One - Choosing the Fabric, Choosing the Sewing Thread, The Invisible Zip, About the Sewing Pattern, Altering the Pattern, Cutting Out the Fabric

How to Make a Dress

Using my Free Dress Pattern - The Pinafore

Add a Lining


Make a Dress - A Second Series.

I'm featuring my Free Pinafore Pattern again but this time I am showing how to add a lining. This is Part One.

I'm using a very different fabric. It will set an entirely different mood. A versatile classic This pattern can be downloaded from my site No need to register, it's free.

This is an inexpensive length of herringbone tweed that I bought recently at my local fabric shop which specialises in ends of lines. I'm not sure of the content but it looks and feels good to me. I like it's softness and drape quality and it is lightweight.

This garment will be lined. I know many of you have been waiting for a tutorial on lining a sleeveless dress. The lining I have chosen is medium quality, nothing special.

Right, so I only need a few more items. Thread, should you go darker or lighter if you can't find an exact match. The general rule is that thread looks lighter as stitching, so go for the darker colour. On this woven fabric black or white thread would also be fine.

And we have a lightweight invisible zip. I usually buy the maximum length. I shall probably be wearing this dress with black leather shoes, so this leather buckle will look great on a fabric belt.

That's everything we need and the pattern of course. A basic bodice shape and a basic skirt shape. I'm not including patch pockets this time.

I'm 5'3" which is considered petite. I always take a little out of the back waist length by slashing and overlapping in these two places and also at hip level on the skirt. If you are taller than average then spread the pieces rather than overlap.

I'm cutting a standard 5/8" seam allowance. Remember to keep fabric shears sharp and most importantly just for fabric. Snip the notches, dart lines and centres as you go with a single snip or 'v' well short of the stitching line.

So that's our main garment cut out. Next a revision on transferring your markings from pattern to paper.

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