Hi my name is Sarah and I have a scrolling addiction to Anthropologie’s website. Honestly, I find inspiration for my sewn garments all over the place, but Anthropologie probably provides more inpiration than any other retail store. Fortunately, I sew, so I can often take a garment I see on their website and make my own version. About a month ago, I came across this fun ruffled sleeve tee on their site. I loved it. Ruffles are huge right now and I’m definitely loving the trend. I immediately thought of the Briar Sweater and T-shirt pattern and knew that I could make it happen. I’ve done quiet a few hacks with the Mini Briar pattern, but hadn’t sewn up the Women’s version for myself yet.
Today I’m going to show you how I fully line a sleeveless dress with absolutely zero handsewing. As much as I enjoy hand sewing, it is very time intensive, which is why i love finding ways to sew as much by machine as possible. This method will result in a very long lasting and professional looking garment – once you’ve tried it I’m know it will be your go to as well!
I’ve used my Karri dress and simply left off the sleeves. This is a great variation for anyone who lives in a hot climate like me! I also used cotton lawn as the lining as i find it to be a cooler option.
Ok ready to learn how to fully line a sleeveless dress, zipper and all?! Lets do it!
Oh lining! Fully lining a dress can sound like a lot of work, as you essentially need to sew a second dress and attach it to the first – but for some projects it really adds to the finished garment and takes it up a level. For my Karri dress pattern I recommend fully lining the dress, as it not only results in a beautiful long lasting garment, but helps enclose all the raw edges of the many seams, and means you can skip finishing all those raw edges!
Today I’m going to show you how I fully line a dress with as much machine stitching as possible. This method is slightly different than what i show in the Karri instructions, mainly as an option for those lovers of understitching out there (ok i’m raising my hand!).
Ready to go? Lets line some dresses!
I wish I had been the one to think of this gift!
When it came time for Bunny’s birthday party, her friends mums began asking me what things she liked. I answered the same: anything to do with art or crafts. Bunny is a true creative, and she is 100% happiest when she is making something. That’s really all she wants to do. Every single day.
Anyway, when her party came around, this box was one of her gifts from a sweet friend, and her and i were both completely blown away. The very first thing she did was to careful unpack each item and gasp over it’s possibilities. It’s a collection of craft supplies, lots of things you could call random, all packed together in pretty little sets to be used for whatever she wanted. She has used this so many times already its unbelievable.
I think this might be one of the most amazing gifts i have ever seen – it was thoughtful and absolutely perfect, and just goes to show that sometimes the best gift doesn’t come from a store. Though seriously, someone should start selling these!
Just incase anyone is thinking of putting together something like this for a birthday or Christmas, Bunny’s craft box included:
- 2 pegs with holds drilled in to make peg dolls
- a bundle of pipe cleaners and straws (a pipe cleaner works well for the peg doll arms, and is pushed through the drilled hole)
- 1m of lace
- a bundle of a few different colours of yarn (this works well for peg dolls or other stuff)
- a bundle of trims (like ric rac etc)
- a roll of tape
- a bundle of ribbons
- a bundle of different pretty fabrics
- a packet of googly eyes
- a toilet roll
- a shorter piece of trim
- a packet of different felt shapes
- a packet of feathers
- a small paint canvas
Piping is a really fantastic trim for hi-lighting style lines and accentuating interesting seaming – which makes it a perfect match for the Karri dress pattern! Karri has really distinct style lines, and you can make them even more of a feature in your garment by include piping into some or most of the seams.
It’s a surprisingly easy technique that really takes your project to whole new level. You can purchase premade piping from most sewing stores, or you can make your own unique piping using this tutorial.
Lets get started!