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Sudley sewalong attaching the bodice lining

If you’re making a lined View C Sudley dress, then this post is for you! Because today we are going to go over how to attach the bodice lining. Actually, you can really add a lining to any of the Sudley versions, dress or blouse. That’s the great thing about these patterns – totally customizable and interchangeable with all the different views. With any version, you can choose to finish the edges with either bias facing or a bodice lining.

So yes, today will be about the lining! At this point, you should have your main fabric bodice completely put together – ties, shoulder seams, sleeves, and side seams (skip the bias facing step, though). And now we will start on the lining, ready?

how to add a bodice lining to the Sudley blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsPlace your lining side A and lining side B together with right sides together. Sew together the shoulder seams and side seams 5/8″ from the raw edges.

Press the seams open.

how to add a bodice lining to the Sudley blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen Patternshow to add a bodice lining to the Sudley blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsSet your machine to the longest stitch length, and sew a line of basting stitches 5/8″ from the edge around both sleeve openings.

how to add a bodice lining to the Sudley blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsClip along the seam allowance, up to, but not through, the basting stitches.

how to add a bodice lining to the Sudley blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns how to add a bodice lining to the Sudley blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsPress the clipped seam allowance towards the wrong side of the fabric.

how to add a bodice lining to the Sudley blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsNow lay your bodice down in front of you, right side out.

how to add a bodice lining to the Sudley blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns how to add a bodice lining to the Sudley blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsWith the lining still wrong side facing out, slip the lining over top the bodice. The right side of the lining will be facing the right side of the bodice.

how to add a bodice lining to the Sudley blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsLine up the raw edges around the neckline and keyhole, and pin in place.

how to add a bodice lining to the Sudley blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns how to add a bodice lining to the Sudley blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsSew in one continuous line around the neckline and keyhole, pivoting at the corners of the keyhole. Be careful that you don’t catch the ties when sewing, only the small spot where the actually connect to the keyhole.

how to add a bodice lining to the Sudley blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsClip the corners of the keyhole. Be careful not to cut through the stitches.

how to add a bodice lining to the Sudley blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsTrim back the seam allowance around the neckline and keyhole to 1/8″. If you use pinking shears to trim, it helps create a nice smooth curve!

how to add a bodice lining to the Sudley blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsNow flip the lining around to the inside of the garment and press well around the neckline and keyhole.

how to add a bodice lining to the Sudley blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen Patterns how to add a bodice lining to the Sudley blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsThe lining is slightly smaller than the bodice, so the main fabric should roll slightly towards the inside, making sure that the lining isn’t visible from the outside.

how to add a bodice lining to the Sudley blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen Patternshow to add a bodice lining to the Sudley blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsTo finish up the lining, we are going to hand sew the lining armhole to the sleeve seam allowance of the bodice.

Remember, you clipped into the seam allowance of the armhole and pressed it towards the wrong side, allowing a clean edge here to work with.

how to add a bodice lining to the Sudley blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsSo line up the armhole with the seam allowance, and slip stitch them together. Make sure you are catching the seam allowance only, not any other part of the bodice fabric, so that no stitching is visible from the outside!

how to add a bodice lining to the Sudley blouse and dress by Megan Nielsen PatternsTa-da! All done!

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Holly writes part time for the Megan Nielsen blog– sewing like crazy, creating tutorials and sewalongs. She has been sewing since she was a little girl, and has her degree in apparel design. Now she’s a stay at home mama, and spends all her free nap times at her sewing machine.

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