Step Six: Sew the lining
We will be using the French seam to sew the lining. This stitch is a favorite of mine when sewing delicate fabrics such as satin, chiffon and silk. If you need a refresher on How to Sew A French Seam, please check out our tutorial on the topic.
Pin the three pieces of the skirt and sew at 3/8″ on the right side of the fabric.
Cut half of the seam allowance and press to the back side of the skirt. Iron the skirt sides by folding the seam and sew at 1/4″.Place the back of the top pieces right sides up.
Place the front top piece right side down and pin to the back pieces.Sew the sides at 5/8″. Tip: Marking at 5/8″and slashing at 1/2″ the V point where the fabric needs to pivot in both the top and skirt will make this job easier.
Sew a topstitch at 5/8′. This seam will help you sew the lining to the zipper later.
Sew the top to the skirt using the exact same technique as in step four.
Step Seven: Sew the lining to the princess dress.
Place the princess costume right side out. Pin the tulle or net down both back and front. Take the lining and feed the princess costume inside the lining. Right sides together.
Pin the front matching the curve very carefully. Draw the stitching line to make sure you will sew the shape perfectly.
Pin the back leaving 5/8″ allowance after the zipper.
Tip: We will be sewing the lining to the zipper and the lining to the princess costume.
Match the edge of the lining with the edge of the zipper. You will have to unpick the zipper tape. This is fine because we will sew again when attaching the lining. Change to a zipper foot and sew as close to the zipper teeth as possible. You can hardly see the stitching because my thread matches perfectly with the tape. If you need more info on zipper feet, please check out our page on the topic. Fold back the tape as you had it before. Sew the top edges but not the armhole.Cut the seam allowance by half and zigzag.