Lining the bodice of a dress makes for a very neat finish. Today I'll show you how to line a cross over bodice, using the Good Deeds Dress by Elysium as an example.
Cut out 2 of each bodice piece; 2 back pieces and 4 front pieces. I've used the same fabric for both the bodice itself and the lining, but you could use different fabrics.
- Sew the shoulder seams of the bodice.
- Sew the shoulder seams of the lining.
- Neaten the edges of the seams and press in opposite directions, so that when the bodice and lining are placed together, the seams will not lie on top of each other. This reduces bulk.
- Place the lining and the bodice right sides together.
- Smooth out so both are flat, lining up the armholes, neckline and shoulder seams.
- Pin around the armholes and neckline.
- Baste by hand (long running stitches) and remove pins.
- Using a 1/4" seam, sew around the armholes and the neckline.
- Remove the basting.
- Cut around the armholes and neckline with pinking shears. If you don't have pinking shears, cut notches on the curves, being careful not to cut the stitching.
- Turn right side out and iron.
- Topstitch 1/8" from the edge on the armholes and neckline.
Follow the pattern instructions to join the side seams. Because you have several layers of fabric, the seam will be quite bulky, so instead of neatening all together, press the seam open and neaten each side separately.
As you are sewing through several layers of fabric, make sure you have a sharp needle. ie; not a blunt needle. I also like to use a denim needle, as it is especially good at sewing thick fabric, or in this case, many layers of fabric, as it is sharper than a regular needle.
On the right side, topstitch on either side of the side seams. This will ensure the seam lies flat.
Sew the bottom edges together, 1/8" from the edges. This just makes it easier to keep the layers together to sew the skirt to the bodice.
Attach the skirt to the bodice as per the pattern instructions.
This is my 6th dress towards my goal, sewing for Dress A Girl Around the World this year and my 6th Good Deeds Dress by Elysium; a pattern created specifically for charity sewing. I like variety and so I've sewn different versions of the same pattern.
I think my favourite is the one made from the red hearts fabric, with the lined bodice and ruffled sleeves, followed very closely by the curved seams dress. Which one is your favourite?
It's time for a change. My next dress for Dress A Girl will be sewn with a different pattern. There's a few I want to try.