The reverse side also has a reverse side.
~ Japanese Proverb
I've been having a wonderful time this weekend diving into the patterns in this book - one of my Christmas presents.
I started with a lined top for a toddler. Three of my friends at work have (or are about to have) a little girl and so I'm making 3 of these tops. The instructions for making the lined top are okay, but not well illustrated, and if you have never done this before it could be confusing. Here are some photos illustrating the steps using the 3 different tops that I am making:
After assembling the outside layer (front piece to 2 back pieces at shoulder seams) and the lining layer (same way), you lay them right-sides-together and stitch:
(a) the arm hole seams (but not the side seams)
(b) all the way up one back center edge, around the neckline and down the other back center edge
Do not stitch any of the bottom seams.
Then you turn it right side out by pulling each back piece through the opening in the shoulder.
And press it. :)
Here I've draped the shoulder over my ham and you can see the 2 side seams:
I stuffed some tissue paper inside, to show you how the side seams are open:
Imagine opening upwards the outside layer of each side seam and aligning those together in one long seam. That's what you are seeing below (sideways):
This gives you one long seam that aligns the sides of the outside fabric and the sides of the lining fabric and, once sewn, closes up the side inside and out. :)
Hopefully by next weekend I can show you the completed tops AND the matching skirts that I am making. :)
I hope you had a wonderful sewing weekend!