Video Tutorial :: Sewing a Fully Lined Bodice With No Closures

So folks, you know I love creating illustrations for my patterns.  I like that I can make portions transparent to show what’s happening underneath, that there’s no worry about the fabrics being confusing, and that I can make design changes without having to sew and photograph all over (flip-flopped pony ears, anyone?)

All that’s well and good, but there are just some techniques that are easiest to show in real time.  The pattern I’m currently working on is a fully lined bodice, but has no closures.  I’ve often seen this type of bodice finished with some hand sewing or by turning under the edges and topstitching.  But wait…  If the shoulder seam is wide enough, there’s a fun little technique that’s quick and easy – just watch!

Pretty slick, right?

I’m hoping to have the Verona Dress ready to start selecting testers in the next few days!

*Edited to add: The Verona Dress pattern is complete and available in my shop: Verona Dress, Tiny Verona Dress newborn size excerpt, and the Doll Verona Dress.

14 Responses to Video Tutorial :: Sewing a Fully Lined Bodice With No Closures

  1. Anne March 2, 2015 at 10:43 AM #

    Oh. Wow. That is so cool!! I hadn’t seen that trick before, but I’ll be doing this from here on out. I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for this evening that links to your tutorial:

  2. Alissa Schade March 2, 2015 at 10:30 PM #

    Awesome!! Will be using this for sure

  3. Abby CH March 3, 2015 at 9:18 AM #

    Oh my goodness – this just changed my life! I love sewing dresses for my daughter and the sleeveless ones (like this) are always such a bother. NOT ANYMORE – THANK YOU!!!

  4. Nonconsumer March 3, 2015 at 2:20 PM #


    Just like the hot dog pillowcase technique used in FACS class only a different application….

    I’ve never seen a bodice that is done without any closures… I should find one. I don’t care for zippers too much.

  5. Carin March 4, 2015 at 7:47 AM #

    This is brilliant Jennifer. I am sharing on my facebook page!

  6. IZABEL March 9, 2015 at 2:14 PM #

    Merci pour ce super tuto ! c’est génial cette technique BRAVO
    thanck you very much

  7. Geneviève March 10, 2015 at 9:16 AM #

    Woooaah ! Isn’t it magic ? Will be very useful ! Thank you for sharing !

  8. Melanie September 5, 2017 at 1:57 PM #

    Thank you for this post! My daughter loves jumper dresses, but I have never been able to figure out how to do a lined bodice. Just one question, would this work on a completely round neckline? I don’t need the collar.

    • Jennifer September 6, 2017 at 3:39 PM #

      Absolutely this will work on a round neckline. Best wishes!


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