Hi! I’m Kristin, and I am excited to give you a tutorial on sewing a fully-lined Meg dress. I purchased some pretty, drapey mystery fabric from a shopping trip to the fashion district in Los Angeles, but unfortunately the fabric is too transparent to wear without a lining. I knew it would make a perfect Meg dress, but I needed to make it lined. Fortunately, the Meg dress is a fast and straightforward sew, so it doesn’t take much extra time at all to add a lining.
The first step is to cut out the front and back pattern pieces of your main fabric. You do NOT need to cut out the front or back facing; instead, the lining will serve as the facing. For slippery fabrics like my main fabric, I like to cut out the fabric flat, rather than on the fold. I cut out one side of the fabric, then moved my pattern over (making sure it lined up with where I had cut before) and cut out the second side.
Next, cut out the front and back pattern pieces of your lining fabric. For my lining fabric, I used solid navy rayon challis from Raspberry Creek Fabrics. It has similar weight and drape as my main fabric, so I knew the two fabrics would sew and hang together nicely.
Follow steps one and two from the pattern instructions for your main fabric, then repeat these steps for your lining fabric. Because we are not using a facing, skip step three of the pattern instructions. For step 4 of the pattern instructions, lay the dress open and also open the lining in the same way. Pin the lining to the main fabric at the neckline, right sides together and matching the shoulder seams (see picture below), and then sew around the neckline following the pattern instructions.
For step 5 of the pattern instructions, you will have to separate the lining from the main fabric to sew the side seams of each – the lining and main fabric will be connected at the neckline, but must be fully apart from each other for this step. Sew the lining fabric at the side seams, with right sides together, then do the same for the main fabric. I chose not to add pockets to the dress because my main fabric was slippery and semi-transparent. But, you can add pockets to a fully lined dress – follow the pattern directions to add pockets to your main fabric before sewing the side seams, and then sew the side seams of the lining without any pockets. The pocket will be sandwiched between your lining and main fabric.
Once the side seams are completed, pull the lining through the neckline so that it is fully inside the main fabric. You will still have to complete the sleeve openings – there are a few ways to do this. You can baste the lining to the main fabric at each sleeve, then fold over and hem as if they were one layer. Or, if you are adding cuffs, which is what I did, you can pin the lining to the main fabric at each sleeve, then baste the two together as if they were one layer. Then add the cuff as per pattern directions.
As personal preference, I hemmed the lining fabric about 1″ shorter than the main fabric so that the lining does not show below the main fabric hem when I move. That’s it! Your fully-lined Meg dress is done!
I think my favorite part of the Meg dress pattern is the beautiful and elegant neckline. The fit of this pattern is gorgeous – flattering and easy to wear. I am already planning my next one! You can find this, and my other sewing projects, on my Instagram account.