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candi7
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Date: 3/27/13 3:38 PM

Hi everyone! This is my first post on this forum, although I have been enjoying browsing your site for a while now, and let me take the opportunity(before I bombard you with questions hehe) to thank you for your help and input.

So, I am a quilter, have zero garment sewing experience, but recently and upon my husband's encouragement, I am attempting to sew a dress for the first time.

I am working on pattern M5094, size 6 and view D without the tie though. I decided since this is my first attempt and chances are high that I may ruin it, I would trace the pattern pieces I need on freezer paper, ok, easy enough, I have the pattern pieces traced on freezer paper with all the markings, notches, circles and whatever else. I also bought three yards of cheap broadcloth from JoAnn's so I am not nervous if I ruin this. So far so good. Except, now I am reading the pattern and no where under the fabric requirements or cutting instructions does it say I need lining for view D. but now reading the instructions to sew, it is telling me lining pieces for the bodice and midriff, ok I am clueless. Is there special lining fabric? is it the same fabric? And there are no instructions about how much lining fabric I need and how to cut it! And frankly, I am not even sure I need lining, can I make it without the lining?
Sorry to sound so confused, but I am lol. If any of you has done this pattern or has it in front of them and can help me, I would really appreciate it.

http://mccallpattern.mccall.com/m5094-products-5064.php?page_id=108


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Date: 3/27/13 4:06 PM

The pattern will tell you how much lining you need, according to that pattern you need 1/2 a yard of 45in wide fabric. The pattern pieces will tell you what pieces to cut in lining, along with the chart at the beginning of the instructions.

Lining fabrics are generally lighter add smooth, what you choose depends on the fabric for the dress.

You can skip it but since you have never done a garment before I would not, you would need to understand how to finish some of the pieces without instructions.

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Date: 3/27/13 4:08 PM

Hi
It does say half a yard of lining for view D,E,F, just above where it says FINISHED GARMENT MEASURES on the back of the envelope.
It's a while since I've made a dress too so I'm not sure what would be best to use. Often I've used the same fabric for lining or you could use a lightweight cotton. I've also used a slippery taffeta in the past.
Maybe someone else who sews more garments could suggest what to use. Good luck with it :)

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Date: 3/27/13 4:13 PM

Following a pattern can be confusing at first. Go to the link you provided. Have a look under the line drawings - it gives a description of the garments, a list of notions you will need, and the fabric requirements with suggestions for the types of fabric to use. It lists ; Lining - Cotton Cotton Blends

Under that, it shows how much fabric to buy. At the bottom of that list is Lining. D E F

All this information should be on the back of the pattern envelope.

Next look at the instructions in the pattern. There will be diagrams of the pattern pieces, numbered and named. There will also be suggested cutting layouts. You should find the lining pieces and layout there. You may find that you use the same pieces for the bodice and lining. It that case, it should say on the pattern piece cut 2 + cut 2 lining or something similar.

Its a good idea to make a toile (test garment) first - you can check the fit as well as practicing putting the pattern together. Good luck!

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Date: 3/27/13 4:26 PM

Another thought is to search the pattern here and see if there are any reviews. Sometimes patterns are off size or have wonky instructions so it is nice to check them out so if there are problems others have worked them out.

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Date: 3/27/13 4:33 PM

Thanks to one and all! You have been most helpful! And I sure feel silly not seeing that lining requirement for view D in there, I swear, I looked at it a million times lol. Ok, I think I got it! I am gonna go cut fabric now.
And mgmsrk, there are many reviews for that pattern and I rws them, but guess I am not even savvy enough to get what they are saying lol.
Again, thanks for the help, first hurdle removed. :)

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Date: 3/27/13 4:53 PM

here is a link to the pattern.
I'd use the same fabric. You bought 3 yards and the largest size only takes 2 1/2 yards so you have enough.
The lining is being used to finish the edges of your bodice is my guess and the band will also be lined making a neat inside to your bodice and some more structure for the waistband.
This is an easier way to finish this kind of bodice than any other way to finish it would be and as someone else said, you don't have the knowledge yet to change the construction.
One thing I recommend before you get started cutting is that you read the instructions a few times so that you better understand the order of construction and what you will be doing. I've been sewing for 40 years and I never start a garment without reading the instructions even if in the end I don't use them.

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Date: 3/27/13 7:21 PM

Nancy, thank for the advice! I read the instructions a few times and have a pretty good idea of what should happen-good advice! And I ended up using the same fabric for the lining, I had enough! Have all my pieces cut now, had the 5/8" inch marked n my sewing machine bed-an odd number for me, so used to my quarter inch lol-and will begin sewing later this evening.
Again, thanks all for the help, it is much appreciated.

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