As much as I prefer to sewing with fabrics that doesn’t required to be lined (read: lazy), some beautiful prints are just too irritable. There are a three different ways to line the main fabric, or at least I have tried these 3 methods. You can tag the main fabric and lining together so you are handing 2 pieces of fabric as 1, like how you would sew without the lining. You can also sew the main fabric and lining as separate pieces, which you will eventually attach together using a bias tape or facing at the arm hole and neck opening. For these 2 methods, seam allowances are exposed. Personally I prefer to attach a concealed lining which gives the garment a more polished look, like so.
Here’s how to attach a concealed lining:
1. Pin, tag, sew the side seams of the main fabric, right sides facing.
2. Repeat the same for the lining.
4. Trim the allowance to about 1cm.
6. Flip over through the open shoulder seams.
7. Press the seams at the arm hole and neck opening, and top stitch.
8. French seam the shoulder seams.
9. Tidy up the hems if you need to.