Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Lining the Brasilia

Did you download the FREE Brasilia Dress pattern on Christmas Day?  Well if you didn't you should do it now!  HERE's the link

Back in November last year I was able to test the pattern and I fell in love with the fish darts, well at least I think that is what they are called - they're the bust darts that stem up and out diagonally from the bottom of the rib cage.  Anyway I digress ... the pattern is unlined and recommends either using bias tape to finish the neck and armhole edges or drafting your own facing - either provides for a great finish.  I myself love a lined dress, so of course I had to make another Brasilia Dress and fully line it.  You can read all about my first dress here and changes I made to the pattern.

I was always gonna make another Brasilia Dress, but it had to be lined!  Let me start my giving you a peek at the finished dress ...
Lined Brasilia

The dress fits the body like a glove so a stretch woven is recommended for the dress.  For both mine I selected a stretch cotton sateen - perfect if you ask me!  I was thinking about what fabric I would use for the lining and in the end I picked a lycra knit so it would snug into the dress and 'give' in all the right places.  In hindsight it wasn't the smartest decision and if doing it again I would look at using a stretch tricot.  I think any fabric without some lycra would restrict movement of the dress or would tear at the seams (yip, I've had that happen before).  You also don't want it to be too heavy.

With only two pattern pieces to this dress, I cut one set from the fashion fabric and one set from the lining fabric.
Lined Brasilia
I love this print - you can't tell that I didn't attempt to pattern match, ha!
I constructed the darts on the front pieces and sewed both front pieces together up centre front before putting the side insets in.  I sewed the darts on the back pieces then attached the back pieces to the front at the shoulders.  I repeated these steps for the lining pieces.

In this printed fabric you couldn't see the side inset feature, so to highlight these I chose to sew on some black ribbon after sewing the insert in.  I was going to use some piping, but the inserts are tricky enough to put in without having to worry about piping as well.  Hello ribbon!

Lined Brasilia
I also used a knit stay tape in the shoulder seams of the lining - just in case, because at this point I hadn't decided how to finish the arm and neck edges.

I laid the fashion fabric dress flat on the table, right side up and placed the lining dress over top, right side down (right sides of both dresses together).  I matched the armhole seams, and neck seam, pining both layers together being sure I matched up the shoulder seams.  Once securely pinned in place I sewed each seam permanently attaching the lining to the dress.

This is where I think the magic happens ... with the front of the dress closest to me I put my hand between the layers at the shoulder seam and pulled the left back pieces through the left shoulder and pulled the right back pieces through the right shoulder between the layers ...

Lined Brasilia
centre back at neck is just secured by a pin at this stage - for photo purpose really.
Next I put the zipper into my dress.  I'm a sucker for a lapped zipper in a dress, but you could also put in an invisible one.  Then I attached the lining to the inside of the dress along the zip edge by hand.  Well, actually I tried to do this with the machine, but the lycra knit lining was misbehaving, so unpicked it all and decided that hand stitching it in place was going to give me the best finish.

Next I basted the side seams of the fashion fabric together and did a final fitting.  I didn't need to make any changes, so then proceed to sew up the fashion fabric bottom to armhole and carry on down the side seam of the lining, armhole to bottom - repeated for the other side.

Lined Brasilia

My lining had more stretch that desired, so instead of under-stitching the lining I decided to top-stitch armholes and neck to prevent the lining from poking out from underneath the dress fabric.  The hem of the lining is only about 1" shorter than the dress - just enough not to fall out the bottom.

Viola!  my fully lined Brasillia Dress.

Lined Brasilia

Lined Brasilia

More photos on my Flickr -->

16 comments:

  1. Clever girl, this is so beautiful on you

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    1. Thanks Rach, I love the pattern, it's just a beautiful fit.

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  2. Oh I want the Brasillia dress, but there's oh so much grading for me to do!

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    1. I think I was lucky, I only had to adjust the bust and the upper body length, but I don't think it would be too hard because there is only really two pattern pieces plus the insets.

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  3. I love your brasilia dress! So beautiful! I am thinking of making it for myself soon :-)

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    1. It would look great on you Hana.

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  4. Very pretty Sandra, I like the idea of a knit lining in this dress.

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    1. Thanks Heather, the feel of a knit lining is actually really nice.

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  5. It's awesome and I love the black ribbon detail, it really shows off that clever inset.

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    1. Thanks, I think I should have used a thicker ribbon so it's really obvious.

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  6. I love this dress! The pattern is gorgeous and your fabric is really pretty! I love the ribbon detail because otherwise the inserts would have been lost in the fabric...

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    1. Thanks Wendy, I fabric just screamed Brasilia to me. I wish I had used a wider ribbon but maybe next time :-)

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  7. I've not tried this dress yet, it looks terrific on you! I'm not sure about the darts for my body type.

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    1. Thanks Catja, I really think the darts are quite slimming. Always worth a try :-)

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  8. I really like that you cut the side panels in the same fabric this time. And the ribbon accent stops them from being lost, it's more subtle and makes it look like completely different dress from your first version.

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    1. I like them side pieces and I think ensuring that they are visible is half the charm of the dress. I can't decide which is my favourite version - probably both but for different reasons :-)

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