2 easy ways to sew a Sleeveless Bodice with lining

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Sewing a Sleeveless Bodice with lining

You can never say anything against lining to me – I will never agree with any of it. A lining adds grace to any dress when properly done. And when the lining and the dress are sewn together there is nothing like it. No need for any interfacing, or duplicate sewing. Everything is simplified and easy. I cannot ask for more.

Here are two ways to add lining to a sleeveless dress bodice and finish the bodice in one go. 

Method 1 

This is the method used when there is an opening in the back for fastener (zipper, buttons, etc) and the shoulder part is wide enough. (This method is not suitable if the shoulder strap is narrow)

Step 1

Cut  out the front bodice and the 2 back bodice pieces. Cut out corresponding lining pieces too – in the same dimensions.

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Step 2

Join the bodice pieces at the shoulder seams

This is your outer bodice 

2 easy ways to sew a Sleeveless Bodice with lining

and your lining

2 easy ways to sew a Sleeveless Bodice with lining

Press the seam allowances open (this is important).

Step 3

Keep the outer bodice and lining bodice together (rightsides touching).

2 easy ways to sew a Sleeveless Bodice with lining

Sew them together at the neckline and the armhole. 

2 easy ways to sew a Sleeveless Bodice with lining

Clip all along at the seam allowance – every 1/2 inch or so.

2 easy ways to sew a Sleeveless Bodice with lining

Bring the bodice right side out – you will have to bring each of the back bodice parts out through the shoulder and through the front bodice. It may be a squeeze, but you can do it. It is just one half of the bodice. And there is no other way. 

2 easy ways to sew a Sleeveless Bodice with lining 

Step 4

Keep the bodice wrong side out infront of you – back side up.

2 easy ways to sew a Sleeveless Bodice with lining

Take up the lining layer in front of you to the back.

2 easy ways to sew a Sleeveless Bodice with lining

The lining layer is now at the back – picture below.

2 easy ways to sew a Sleeveless Bodice with lining

Sew everything together.

2 easy ways to sew a Sleeveless Bodice with lining

Do the same for the other side too.

Now bring right side out and your sleeveless bodice is neatly finished and will look like this.

2 easy ways to sew a Sleeveless Bodice with lining

Inside everything is neat and finished.

2 easy ways to sew a Sleeveless Bodice with lining

 

Method 2 

This method is used when the shoulder straps are a little narrow. (And it is not possible to bring the back bodice out through the strap part)

Step 2

Cut out the bodice pieces – outer bodice – front and back and lining – front and back.

2 easy ways to sew a Sleeveless Bodice with lining

Step 3

Join the side seams of the bodices – separately for outer and for lining. 

2 easy ways to sew a Sleeveless Bodice with lining

Step 3

Open them up and keep them rightsides together

2 easy ways to sew a Sleeveless Bodice with lining

Sew the neckline and armholes as in the picture below – Leave some 1/5 inches unstitched.

2 easy ways to sew a Sleeveless Bodice with lining

Step 4

Turn one of the back bodice right side out. 

2 easy ways to sew a Sleeveless Bodice with lining

Insert this through the unturned front bodice shoulder area. Ensure that the lining pieces are together and outer pieces are together as you insert. 

2 easy ways to sew a Sleeveless Bodice with lining

Pin the lining strap pieces together and the outer strap pieces together and sew them. 

2 easy ways to sew a Sleeveless Bodice with lining

2 easy ways to sew a Sleeveless Bodice with lining

 

Do this for both the sides

Step 5

Turn the whole thing rightside out. Your bodice will be almost finished, just the strap area unfinished and open.(as in the picture below)

 

2 easy ways to sew a Sleeveless Bodice with lining

Step 6

Slip stitch the open area with hand sewing needle and thread. Learn how to do a slip stitch here.

2 easy ways to sew a Sleeveless Bodice with lining

Here is your bodice.

2 easy ways to sew a Sleeveless Bodice with lining

Related posts : What is lining; Best lining fabrics; Underlining; How to draft a bodice ; What is interlining ; What is underlining;  Free sewing patterns ; Sewing tips and techniques

 

2 easy ways to sew a Sleeveless Bodice with lining
Sarina

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2 easy ways to sew a Sleeveless Bodice with lining

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