Developing a custom pattern. Part two: the lining.

I’m sure you’ve been hanging out to see how I develop a lining pattern for the modified Simplicity dress, right? :) Well, here it is.

Last time I showed you a personal block modifications to develop a pattern design similar to Simplicity 2550.

Today I’ll show you how I developed a lining pattern for this garment.

The dress I need to line is sleeveless, has a centre back zip, back skirt vent and no facings.
The plan is to make the lining as seam free as possible.
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What shark bite and skirt vent have in common

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, here is another skirt vent post. Will they ever end?? :) See the previous posts here, here and here and here

So today I’d like to discuss skirt vent lining. Well, actually it doesn’t have to be just a skirt vent, because a coat or jacket vent can be lined in a similar way.

As usual, there are several ways to do it – from a cheap and quick to a more grown-up way. Every method has its fans and haters, but today I’ll cover the one I am most fond of.

So, what does the easiest skirt vent lining method has in common with a shark bite?

They look practically the same. The lining is cut out in an arch over the vent, overlocked and left hanging there looking like a shark bitten surf board.


If you finish your vent like this, you must be pretty confident no one ever sees inside of your skirt.
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