How to Line the Farrow Dress Pt. 1: Pattern Alterations

Today I’ll be showing you the first step in how to line your Farrow Dress! It’s really very simple and great for slightly sheer or very silky fabrics. The dress above has a shell and facings made from ivory 4-ply silk crepe de chine with a slightly warmer neutral silk charmeuse lining. Now lets draft our pieces.

Find your two front pieces, 1 and 2. Draw a line across the pocket stitching lines to separate the pockets.

Cut off the pocket pieces and discard. You won’t need them for the lining.

For the front: Align the two cut edges to make one solid piece. Remove the center front seam allowance (1/2″) since you’ll want to cut this piece on the fold.

For the back: Align the stitching lines of the two back pieces to create one pattern piece. The seam allowances will overlap. You’ll still need to cut 2 of these.

Now we’ll need to mark the new facings and remove them from the patter pieces to create them and the final lining piece. I prefer to start over making new facings at the same time as the lining rather than use the facings that came with the pattern. There’s less room for error doing it this way.

To start, mark off a 2″ facing around the front armhole and front neckline on your pattern piece.

Cut the facings apart from the lining. You’re almost there, we just need to add seam allowances so that you can sew the pieces back together.

To each of the cut edges of the facings and lining, add a 1/2″ seam allowance. These will be your finished pattern pieces. Repeat these steps for the back.

The diagram above shows the pattern pieces you should now have as well as how many to cut of each one.

You’ll need about 2yds of lining fabric no matter whether you’re using 45″ or 54″ wide fabric. This measurement will also work for all sizes. Please note that in the layout above we have the back pattern piece flipped wrong side up!

That’s it for the pattern alterations, we’ll be back in our next post with how to sew it all up!

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9 Responses to How to Line the Farrow Dress Pt. 1: Pattern Alterations

  1. Linda Doyle says:

    Thank you!!!

  2. slightly confused — the linings require facings too, or does the shell itself require new facings?

    • Jen says:

      The lining does require facings. You could use the facings included but since they’re not meant to be attached to anything they’re slightly narrower and I wanted to show how the facings are initially made in this tutorial. When adding a lining you’re almost never sewing the lining directly to the shell, but instead attaching the lining to a self facing that is then attached to the shell.

  3. kelseyleftwich says:

    Took me a minute to figure out the dress was being displayed inside-out because the fabric peaking out at the bottom looks like a beautiful design feature!

  4. Laura says:

    Just a little confused as I’m pretty new: are the “self” facing pieces cut from the lining fabric or the garment fabric? Thanks!

  5. Megan says:

    So I remember reading a post about where you buy your lining, but for the life of me I cannot seem to find it 🙁 Would you mind letting me know where you buy lining or linking the post? Thanks!

  6. Emily says:

    Ahh thank you for sharing this. I made a botched lined Farrow and will try again with this technique.

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