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Butterick 5455
Lining a sleeveless dress
Natasha B
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Subject: Butterick 5455 - lining a sleeveless dress Date: 1/4/11 1:46 AM

I have read several tutorials for lining a sleeveless dress - and there is some great information available.

However, I am making Butterick 5455 and trying to think through the instructions given.

Most methods for lining a sleeveless dress involve either leaving the side seams until last or using a technique involving the shoulder seam (and the BWOF wooden spoon technique).

However, this pattern instructs you to:
"stitch bodice front and bodice back together at shoulder and sides" (step 10),
"stitch bodice front lining and bodice back lining sections together at shoulders and sides" (step 15),
sew and understitch neckline (step 17) and
then sew and understitch lower armhole edges (step 19).

I am happy to do this method (which involves turning in the remaining armhole edges and slipstitching) but can't figure out how the lining can be turned back the right way with that many seams sewn.

Does any have some advice for following this method?

Thanks, Natasha
-- Edited on 1/4/11 2:05 AM --

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Date: 1/5/11 10:51 PM

I looked at the picture and if I was to do it I would leave the sides open to turn and then stitch them up last after the armholes are done.
A great options since you are a member here is to contact someone who has made the dress. Ex... Mahogony Sylist! She shows the dress done or HLT. If you look at this page you will see their reviews on the dress. On the upper right part of the web page you will see what is called a message center and since you are a member you should be able to private message them and ask how they did theirs.
It is a beautiful dress, I hope you get some help from someone else who actually sewed the dress, maybe I am missing something too! I agree, I think you have to leave the side seam open to turn and stitch it correctly

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Date: 1/6/11 0:22 AM

Thanks for that suggestion. I also asked the ladies on the Down Under thread who all suggested the same thing and I have found helpful tutorials by several bloggers including Trena/Slapdash Sewist.

Unfortunately, I had already followed the Butterick instructions which included sewing the side seams I think I am resigned to unpicking, although perhaps a PM to one of the others who have made the dress is a good idea - thanks!

Natasha

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