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This is y very first sewing project and I am stuck! I am trying to make the Angela Kane Pinafore dress (http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/burdastyle-does-angela-kanes-pinafore-dress?all_images=1).

So far so good, although I haven’t quite followed the instructions given as I want to add a lining to the final dress and the original instructions did’t mention lining.

So, I’ve come this far, I have 3 pieces in total:

-I’ve attached the front of the bodice to the front of the skirt

-I’ve attached the back left bodice to the left back skirt

-I’ve attached the back right bodice to the back right skirt.

I am about to do the same with the lining, but what bothers me is…how do I put everything together? What is the process?

I think I might have an answer, but please let me know if this won’t work:

1. attach shoulder seams of lining and dress (separately)

2. understitch neckline

3. sew the back zip to the outer fabric and the lining

4. understitch the arm holes with this crazy method (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6OwC6L7IMsQ&feature=related) that I haven’t tried yet.

Please let me know if this is the best way to do it!



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    Nov 27, 2010, 01.10 PMby Angela Kane

    Hi MaraLago,

    Only happen to come across this discussion by accident. I don’t get any notification for things like this.

    Next time you have problems, do just contact me.

    Did you see my post on the actual project page? I have repeated it here which I think will be of help.

    Denim Pinafore – US Letter & A4 printing

    Comment posted 31st October

    ’Linings are on my long list of tutorials. It isn’t a difficult task though.

    I would cut out a lining that is exactly the same as the dress. Make up dress and lining without joining the shoulder seam in either. Your zip is inserted in the dress.

    Then join dress and lining, right sides together, stitching around neckline and armholes – stop just short of the seamline at the shoulder. Snip all curved edges as close as you dare to the stitching line

    Turn through, press the edges carefully, rolling the lining slightly to the inside. Then join the dress shoulder seams. Turn in the lining shoulder seams and slipstitch together in place. You can still topstitch depending on the look you want. Otherwise under-stitch the lining to the seam allowance where you can to stop edges rolling.

    That just leaves you the hem. Hem lining separately. I hope this helps – it’s easier to show in a video – well it’s not easier to do the video but it is easier to learn from a video!

    With denim you can take liberties but for a good finish with nice fabric I would always do a lining or facings at the very least.’

    It sounds like you are having a few problems with the dress itself. Have you watched my video series that goes with the instructions to this project?

    If you manage to finish it, I have promised Free One Year Full Membership to my site where you can download all my patterns, if you post your dress as a project with a ‘based on’ my project link.

    Good luck with your sewing.


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    Nov 27, 2010, 01.15 PMby katexxxxxx

    You need to make your lining up separately from your outer fabric and put the zip in the outer fabric only. You then attach the lining to the neckline of the dress and hand stitch it to the zip tape on the inside.

    Sounds like what you need is a good general sewing manual with all these basic things in it. Try looking up a few on Amazon.

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