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Missoni zigzag shirt

Love lacy fabric? Try it with a lining (maybe a contrasting shade?) to make a terrific summer top!

Here’s my sleeveless blouse using a very open weave Missoni knit. I put in a thin, tricot (stretchy) lining in muted blue. The colour picks up the steely tones of the zigzag design.

Missoni knit shirt

The lining is so comfortable because the outer shell alone would have felt flimsy and was kind of sheer.

Begin by Tracing a pattern on bristol board

Use a top I that fits well, that way there is minimal adjusting. I just laid an old shirt down and traced two pieces: a front and back and added my 5/8″ seam allowances all around.

Cut a front and back of the lining, and an identical front and back of the Missoni fabric with the same cardboard pattern.

Simply sew up the left and right sides of the lining, leaving shoulders open. Do the same with the front and back of the outside fabric.

Now insert the assembled outside, into the assembled lining (which is inside-out). Be sure the side seams face away from each other. They will face each other when you turn the blouse right-side out. And snip the curves so everything will lay flat.

sew lining to outside

Baste and then stitch: along the back neck edge, along the front neck edge, and under the arms to within 5″ of the shoulders. Hold off sewing up the shoulder seams.

add lining to top


Sew the shoulder seams in a continuous path


Open the fabric at the shoulders and pin the lining and the outer shell all in one continuous path. Now a single shoulder seam can be turned and finished by hand.


Missoni Top front and back


Amount fabric required size 14:  


  • Outer fashion fabric – 1 1/8 yd
  • Inner lining: 1 1/8 yd

Sleeveless lined blouse

polkadot blouseRayon had the perfect drape for this sleeveless blouse with flounce; just one of the five co-ordinating wardrobe items you get in Butterick B5965. The blouse is lined, adding substance to a fine summer fabric. I found a mauve tricot knit to match my polka dot print. Alternately, you can make a dress from Butterick’s pattern, which is as simple as extending the flounce to a knee length. Continue reading

Spring Jacket: sewing up the cuff linings

At this point in the garment construction, the finished lining has been installed in the outer jacket and a very long seam up both front edges and along collar has been machine sewn, trimmed and pressed. However, the coat is still open at the bottom edge.

Our next step is to create a nice cuff finish.

Put on the jacket to decide where you want the cuff edge to be. A general rule is,  Continue reading

Sewing up the Jacket lining

The finished lining will be paired with the shell (right sides together) and the only seam to sew at this stage is the very long path that includes the left side, the collar and down again on the right side. Don’t close up the the bottom hem yet. That opening will be your necessary access point if you want to finish the sleeve cuff linings correctly. Continue reading