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I can’t figure it out in my head so here’s my question:
I’m making a shift dress wich I want to line fully. It’s a sleeveless model with a zipper in the back.
I don’t want to use bias binding so I need the lining as a finishing for both the armholes and the neckline.
In wich order do I need to assamble the dress?
I.m still making and fitting the outerdress. After that I will make the liningdress. But then, hoe do I put those together?
There’s no seam at the waist.


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    Jun 17, 2012, 10.11 PMby soozy

    Ok, I figured it out! I have to leave the side seams open. Attach the shelldress and the lining together at the armholes and the neckline, then I have to reverse the dress right sides in and close both side seams of both dresses.

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    Jun 18, 2012, 07.45 AMby katexxxxxx

    I either do that or complete the dress and the lining separately and slipstitch the lining in at armscye and neck. On lighter fabrics the hand finish is softer and more delicate.

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    Jun 18, 2012, 08.31 AMby soozy

    Well, I’m not that good in handstitching so I didn’t want to do that. But I believe it can be neater with some fabrics. My fabric is a Batic Cotton so machinestitching will be fine.

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      Jun 18, 2012, 09.54 AMby katexxxxxx

      The hand stitching only takes a little practice to get the stitch size and thread tension correct for each fabric… But yes, it sounds like the machines way will work nicely.

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    Jun 18, 2012, 12.25 PMby sewingfan1

    and watch out not to sew the shoulder seams together before you’ve turned it to the inside, that’s caught me out a few times. You usually end up having to hand stitch them.

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    Jun 18, 2012, 01.15 PMby soozy

    I do have to stitch the shoulders together before attaching the two dresses. This because the shoulders are not simply straight. It’s a sort of capsleeve.

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      Jun 18, 2012, 01.32 PMby katexxxxxx

      I tend to leave the back seam open as well as the side seams. It makes it easier to pull everything through the shoulder, and you can get to and sew in the back seam and zip more easily than when the wholoe thing is sewn up!

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