I got pretty crafty when creating my lined, sequin Linden for the festive season. I thought I would share the steps I took as a little tutorial for anyone else looking to sparkle this holiday.
First - let's talk pattern! I used the Linden, but I imagine other boxy tops, like the Grainline Scout Tee or Sew Over It Ultimate Shift Top would be good patterns too. Do you have any other suggestions?
I've also included the Bess Top from Imagine Gnats, Sew Over It Silk Cami and Grainline Willow in the Gallery below for your inspiration!
So! Here is a step-by-step process of how I included a lining for my festive sparkly Linden!
I used some leftover white crepe fabric as I'm not a huge fan of the feel of traditional linings. The nice thing about this fabric was that there was a little give and stretch to it too! I cut out identical pieces of both my main fabric and lining.
Next I finished off those seam allowances! Because I turned them into the inside of the garment, I didn't want to worry about doing that later in the game. Also - crepe - amiright?
Next I sewed up my Linden as directed in the instructions, but separately. I essentially sewed 1 sequin Linden and then a separate crepe Linden. One special note! I did not sew the back seam up completely, only about 2/3 of the way up from the bottom (I stopped sewing where the pins started). Because this pattern is meant for knit fabric, and neither of my fabrics had a ton of stretch, I wanted to make sure I could get it on OK. Plus who doesn't love a little back detail?
Here you see the Crepe Linden all ready to go, except the side seams. I finished the hem along the bottom before sewing the side seams so they would be nicely tucked away and moved on to my next step.
Next comes the trickiest part. Right sides together, I connected the two pieces (lining and main sequin fabric) together at the neckline. This wasn't too challenging, since it was not a full circle (I didn't sew the back seam all the way up- remember). However, when I flipped it right side out, the sequins were heavier than the crepe, pulling downwards and exposing the lining! So again, I got crafty and top stitched all around the neckline, close to the seam, to make sure the lining stayed put. Because of the mashup of mesh and sequins, you can barely see it on the finished product, the stitching blends right in.
At this point, my lining had the right side facing my body - so all those seam allowances were nicely tucked inside the garment.
The last thing to do was tidy up those seams! As Lauren Guthrie suggested in her sequin tutorial video, I pressed down all the sequins on the seams to get a flatter look.
Then I hemmed all the sequin layers so that it fell just below the lining.
And last but not least, I finished off the back seam, rolling the seam allowance on both layers inwards and stitching it down. I added a hook and eye to keep things closed.
Bring on the party season! What are you planning on sewing? Do you have any handy tips when it comes to adding a lining to your garments? Stay tuned for a green velvet number I'm working on...
Self-taught sewist, Knitter, Crocheter, and all round crafty person from Ottawa, Canada.