Sewing a dress lining is easy with our dressmaker's expert video tutorial.


Once you’ve learnt to make a dress and a dress lining separately, you need to sew the two sections together.

Sew the lining to the dress

How to sew lining to a dress

1. Pin the front and back sections right sides together with notches matching and then sew the side seams with a 1.5cm seam allowance. Reverse stitch to secure the thread ends. Press the seam open and then do the same for the lining.

2. Put the dress to the lining with right sides together and pin all around the edge of the neckline and armholes.

3. Leave the shoulder seams unpinned by 1.5cm. To pin the back neckline at the zip, fold the lining back on itself. Using a 1.5cm seam allowance, sew all the way around the armholes and necklines and then clip into the curves of the seams so that they lie flat when turned right sides out.

How To Under Stitch

Under stitch the lining to the dress seam allowance

Keeping the fabric taut and the seam allowance folded towards the lining, sew as closely as you can to the seam on the right side. Stitch as far as you can but it’s not always possible to go all the way to the end of the seams. Press around the neck and the armholes.

Sew the shoulder seam lining

1. Press the lining at the shoulder seams under by 1.5cm and tuck in.

How to sew a dress lining at the shoulder seams

2. Pin the dress shoulders with right sides together and straight stitch on your sewing machine with a 1.5cm seam allowance without catching the lining.

Sew the shoulder seams together on the dress

3. Tuck the dress’s shoulder seam allowance under the lining. Pin and then slip stitch the lining’s shoulder seams together.

Sew the lining to the zip

Hand slip stitch the lining to the invisible zipFold the lining at 1.5cm around the zip and pin all the way around the zipper tape. Then slipstitch the seam closed.

Once you’ve sewn the lining to your dress, it’s time to learn how to hem the dress and the dress lining.