I usually wear dresses with tights, so I like my dresses to be lined.
When I made the Gelato Dress, I lined it and added an elastic waist. Here’s how I did it.
How to line an unlined dress
I sewed the main dress out of Nani Iro linen, and used stashed Venezia lining fabric (polyamide/triacetate) for the lining.
To line the dress, I needed to cut two pieces from the lining fabric: the front and back dress. I cut these pieces a little bit shorter than the dress pieces.
I fused strips of interfacing to the neckline of the dress for stability.
To assemble the dress, I sewed the shoulder seams and the side seams of the main dress and the bodice dress. Then I pinned the lining to the dress at the neckline and stitched around the neckline.
I clipped the seam allowances and understitched the neckline to keep the lining from peeking out.
Then, I turned the dress right-side out and pressed the neckline. Next, I basted the lining to the dress at the armholes. That completed the additional steps of adding the lining to the dress.
I then treated the lining and dress as one piece at the armholes while I attached the sleeves.
Finally, I hemmed the dress and the lining and made a thread chain at the seam allowances of each side to keep the lining from moving around.
Adding an elastic waist to a lined Gelato Dress
[Note: Liesl has a tutorial here for adding an elastic casing to an unlined Gelato Dress, but adding the casing to a lined dress actually requires less stitching!).
To add the elastic waist, I used the method from the Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress + Tunic. I marked where I wanted the casing to be, and then sewed one line of stitching all the way around the dress at that point. Then I sewed a second line of stitching almost all the way around, leaving a few inches to insert my elastic.
After inserting the elastic into the casing that I created between the dress and lining layers, I sewed the ends together. Finally, I completed the second line of stitching to close up the casing.
This is a very useful tutorial that you could also use this tutorial to line a number of our other garment patterns, including blouses.