How To Add Lining To Any Dress Pattern

Hi guys! Today I want to share a very practical sewing tutorial with you. After I made the fringe dress pattern by chalk and notch I noticed that the fabric I used was actually see through and I had to add lining to the dress. I didn’t want to sew a whole lining for the dress so I only did the skirt and it was perfect.

In this video I show you how I added a skirt lining to the fringe dress pattern, but you can apply this method to any dress pattern or any dress at all. So make sure you watch this video and please subscribe to my YouTube channel to check out all my videos and tutorials.

Video tutorial

Step 1: cut the fabric

I used a lightweight cotton fabric which was kind of sheer by itself but it was a perfect lining to this dress. I took the fabric and fold it in half so it will fit my pattern (you don’t want to waste that fabric, am I right?!) so then I placed the pattern skirt piece on the folded fabric and secure with pins. I cut all around leaving the bottom, because I actually want to make the lining shorter that the dress. After you cut around pull the pattern up about 1-2 inches so it will make your skirt shorter and the cut the bottom at that line. Then I used that piece as pattern to cut another identical piece (as requested in the actual pattern).

Step 2: serge / overlock

Don’t freak out if you don’t have a serger or an overlock (same thing by the way) you can also do a zigzag stitch with your sewing machine or just sew a regular stitch with your sewing machine.

Lay both pieces of fabric on top of each other and serge them together on each side, right and left. Then serge the top and bottom circles- don’t attached both pieces together! It is only to sew the hem.

Step 3: pins!

Place the skirt with the dress wrong side facing each other and pin the middle of the dress where the waistline is. I like to first pin in 4 places, on each side (right and left) where the side stitch is, and in the middle of the front and back. That way I can even out the fabric easily. In this pattern there are ruffles to the skirt so I tried to leave the same amount of fabric in each gap.

Step 4: sew

Now the only thing left to do is to sew the waistline where the pins are. Don’t forget to backstitch at the begging and end, and pull your pins as you sew- don’t sew over them!

Hope that tutorial will help you!


How to add lining to dress
How to add lining to dress

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