This and That and a Good Read

This is how I decided to add a modesty lining to the dress drafted from Pattern Magic shown last post.

Darts in lining

I put the dress back on the stand and chalked the line of the top band onto the stand cover. Then I stitched a tube of a light georgette, making it slightly larger than hip size in width, and the length of the dress to the highest point of the hem. I pinned this to the chalk line keeping the grain straight vertically and horizontally, to arrive at the correct shape at top band level, and pinning small bust darts vertically from the top band. Then I decided not to unpick the band to join the lining, but hand stitch it to the bottom of the band. I’m hoping that the weight of the fabric is judged right – light enough not to affect the floaty top layer, heavy enough to provide some cover. Choosing this lining idea means that you do see it through the hole in the dress, but it doesn’t scream ‘wrong’ at me. What do you think? How would you deal with lining a dress like this?

Lining behind hole

I notice many in the public eye, like the Duchess of Cambridge, and First Lady have solid flesh coloured linings under lace or voile. In this dress would the line of the hem of the lining stand out, cut across the style lines of the skirt if it a flesh tone was used?

That is what I sewed yesterday

Another, yes another, cowl top. This one is in a dotty navy satin. Same old pattern, made many times. They’re the ideal no brain project, as quick as a Tee shirt but more versatile in wear.

Cowl Neck Top in Satin

I first blogged this pattern in 2012

2012 Silk One

A quick run through of some others made in different fabrics :-

Linen Version

Rayon/Cotton Mix

Cotton Jersey with Sleeves

Wild Print Rayon

Viscose Jersey

Cowl Blouse in Satin

Enough already?

Good Book

President Trump is on tv as I write, answering questions about his attitude to Nato. That reminded me that I finished “Fascism: A Warning” by Madeleine Albright recently. Thoroughly recommend! It’s very readable, so informative and packs no punches.



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I design and draft patterns
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5 Responses to This and That and a Good Read

  1. felicia says:

    Your cowl tops are lovely, all of them. I read an article yesterday about Madeline Albright and thought her book sounded worth reading. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  2. jay says:

    She had an amazing life.


  3. I definitely think a solid flesh tone lining would be noticeable. The georgette seems like an excellent solution.

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  4. mrsmole says:

    Your solution works great and yes, a nude lining would show more and look cheap. I have been watching Madeline Albright speaking about her book on varies TV shows here in the US and very tempted to read it. With Trump’s visit to the UK…all I can say to the British people and my British husband is…”I’m so sorry”…I didn’t vote for this man who puts children in cages.


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