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Date: 9/4/12 1:49 PM

I'm making Simplicity 4059, view B (the shorter one), and I'm at the point of attaching the lining and the fashion fabric together (although I actually have two fashion fabrics, since I'm making it reversible. But the construction is identical.). But the method for turning and finishing all the open edges is something I've never encountered before, and I'm not totally sure I'm following what they're telling me to do.

Hopefully it will become clear once I get to that step and have everything in my hands--but if it DOESN'T, and I need to choose an alternate method/location for turning/closing, then I kind of have to decide now.

Can anybody make sense of these instructions? The part I'm confused about is in bold.

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11. Turn lining to INSIDE by pulling back through each front at shoulder seams. Press.
Open out lining at side edges.
With RIGHT sides together, in one continuous stitching, stitch entire side seam from lower edge of doublet to edge of lining, matching seams.




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Date: 9/4/12 2:37 PM

I've done that. When you get to step 11, you literally turn the bodice inside out. Then you sew the side seams together.

When you get to that step, baste them together to give yourself a boost of confidence. It will make sense as you do it.

The thing that I felt that I never really mastered was making sure the lining didn't turn a little toward the fashion side. From reading here, I now understand about the "turning of the cloth". I'm just mentioning as you're making a reversible garment. You may want to ask about how to prevent one side from rolling out a bit to the other side at the neckline and armholes.

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Date: 9/4/12 2:44 PM

stirwatersblue- If you've ever made a vest, what you're doing is similar to turning the vest right side out followed by sewing the sideseams. Once you've turned the garment and see the similarity to the pattern photos, it will all make sense.

P.S. Sorry about responding to the wrong post.
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Date: 9/4/12 2:48 PM

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Date: 9/4/12 2:58 PM

I have a tutorial for this with photos and a video, if it will help.

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Date: 9/4/12 5:29 PM

Thanks, all! Nicegirl, I've actually read (and recommended) your tutorial many times, but the part I'm not getting is what to do AFTER everything is turned--the whole "Sew the side seams all at once--one continuous stitching line from the lining to the fashion fabric" bit!

But if y'all say it will all be clear when I'm doing it, I guess I trust you guys, and I will give it a go!


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Date: 9/4/12 11:07 PM

Ah, I see. Yes, that part will come to you when you have the garment in hand! The last photo in my tutorial shows the underarm junction seam hand tacked. From there you sew from the bottom of the lining to the bottom of the fashion fabric with the underarm junction in the middle. Which is hard to explain in words because I'm sure that didn't make it any clearer. I'll have to take a photo of that the next time I use the technique to add to the tutorial. Thank you for pointing out that this step is confusing!

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Date: 9/5/12 7:30 AM

Once everything is turned, arrange the garment so that the wrong sides are out. Then, place the lining right sides together and the shell right sides together. If everything is oriented correctly, you should see two copies of the dress attached at the neckline and armhole in one big long mess of fabric. Hah! Does that make sense? You should be able to sew from the bottom of the lining all the way to the bottom of the shell.

Nancywin used to have a great photo tutorial that shows the steps. Unfortunately, the page is no longer be available. Here's the link to tip.

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Date: 9/5/12 9:03 AM

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I have a tutorial for this with photos and a video, if it will help.

I didn't realize that was you. I stalk your blog religiously.I think you linked this tut in one of your reviews. I couldn't remember who I swiped it from.
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Date: 9/5/12 3:41 PM

Ohmigosh, you guys were SO RIGHT! It was almost ridiculous how easy and obvious it was, once the turned garment was in my hands.

I've actually made a couple of vests before where you turn through the lining side seam and then hand finish that--and I actually love to hand sew... but this was too easy NOT to do by machine. And it was particularly nice b/c the garment is reversible, so there's a clean finished seam on both sides.

Just in case there's anyone else out there who might have trouble visualizing this step, I took pictures!

Here are the folded-out lining/fashion fabric sections pinned RST (this is the part that becomes instantly obvious just as soon as you've turned the thing):


And here's a shot of the whole garment in progress. The seam on the left side has been sewn already, and the one on the right has been pinned and arranged so you can see what's going on:


Easy-flippin' peasy, people! Thank you!!

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