I got a ton of sewing done on my bright happy dress yesterday – see how cute it’s looking so far? : ) The photo above is just a little sneak peak… because you *know* I had to try it on as soon as the zipper went in, haha. Lots of in-progress photos below – enjoy!
How do you add a lining to a dress pattern that doesn’t include a lining? By hand, of course! Well, technically you could probably do it by machine via some serious head-scratching and “I’d-better-sew-everything-in-the-right-order” heart palpitations, but I opted to take the slow/easy route and do it by hand. There are some great instructions in the Reader’s Digest New Complete Guide to Sewing, which state that adding a lining by hand is a traditional tailoring technique and the “classic” way of doing it, so there you have it. Who am I to argue with tradition? : )
Thanks to a relaxing weekend at home, my blueberry crush dress is moving right along. I wanted to highlight a few of the hand-sewn finishing details in this post, mainly for two reasons: (1) I think details like this are a nice touch for a handmade garment; and (2) I have a lot of room for improvement in my hand-sewing skills! Perhaps we can all learn from each other. : )
First up, hand-sewing the lining to the zipper tape. In the photo above, I’ve pressed under the 5/8″ seam allowance on each edge of the cream lining fabric, and I’ve carefully pinned the lining to the zipper tape. (Note that I had already inserted the invisible zipper into the fashion fabric in a previous step.) To avoid any stitching lines on the outside of the garment (and to keep the zipper as invisible as possible), the pattern (Butterick 5602) calls for hand stitching the lining to the tape. Ugh, what a task!
After buying the fabric and cutting out the pieces in August (!!!), I finally have some progress to report on my hot-mama blueberry crush dress (Butterick 5602). (BTW, have I mentioned how much I love this color combination?) : ) The pattern is a relatively simple shift dress, but it’s a good opportunity for a sewing novice like me to practice some basic skills. For example, above you can see the pink neckband ready to be sewn… using about a million pins to hold it in place. I need the security of lots of pins, people! An accomplished sewist once told me that the more you sew, the fewer pins you use. Clearly I’m still in the beginning stages, haha.