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Hello -

I am in the process of making the Coffee Date Dress for a bridesmaids dress. Ive made two major changes and now i am, stuck confused and losing sleep over it!

I decided to make a full lining instead of just the facing and i got a bit of lace trim to add little ruffle sleeves. In the directions you sew the whole facing on and then attach the shoulder seams, but if im adding a sleeve i would have to sew the shoulders before inserting the the sleeve. But i i do that i’m not able to turn the bodice right side out again since you pull all the fabric through the open shoulder sleeve.

Im so confused and lie awake trying to figure out the puzzle, it’s like a rubics cube that i can’t figure out and its driving me crazy! Any help would be oh so appreciated.

Thank you!!


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    Mar 16, 2011, 07.24 PMby sewingfan1

    Oh, that made me laugh. I’m sooo glad i’m not the only one who lies awake trying to work out a solution to a sewing problem (and it usually does involve linings and how to turn them the right way). I would have thought you could use spaghetti straps and catch them between the facing/lining and bodice and then just attach the sleeves to the straps if it’s only lace trim you’re using.

    I’m sure someone else will be able to help if my suggestion is wrong.

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    Mar 16, 2011, 07.54 PMby andreach

    Ha, i i am really having problems, i need to finish this dress so i can relax ;) It’s for my friends wedding so i also feel a lot of pressure to A. Finish it B. have it come out upscale and perfect.

    Thank you for the suggestion but unfortunately, I dont want to do Spaghetti straps I put a link to the dress im making at the bottome… I might just have to finish it and then just top stich the lace, you mat be able to tell from the inside of the dress, but at least ill be able to get some sleep!


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    Mar 16, 2011, 10.57 PMby katexxxxxx

    Sew your lining and your fashion fabric as two sepparate ‘garments’: darts, shoulder seams and side seams… When you have each bodice made up, sew the lining to the fashion fabric bodice round the neck. Leave the back and the armholes free.

    Sew the sleeves into the outer bodice armhole. Clip the seam allowances… Clip them on the lining and pin to the armscye. Hand slip stitch the lining armholes to the sleeve/bodice armscye seam. Um… Like this: http://www.diceyhome.free-online.co.uk/KatePages/Learning/Lining/how_to_put_a_lining_in_a_child.htm

    Then you sew the skirt on, leaving the lining free at the zio, sew in the zip to the OUTER FABRIC ONLY, and then slipstitch the lining down round the waist and the zip. I never got back to complete this demo. I will one day!

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      Aug 15, 2012, 12.41 PMby Livonet

      In this case the whole dress is lined, but what about when just the sleeves are lined, how is the procedure to follow if you have one? What I do specially when I attach the sleeve to the dress which is not lined. THANKS SO MUCH:

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    Mar 17, 2011, 06.48 PMby andreach

    Wow. Thank you so much! I will try this this weekend and finally get some rest. ;)

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