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Finishing Armholes on Sleeveless Denim Dress

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What would be the best way to finish the armholes on a sleeveless denim dress? I don't want to line it, because you don't see lined denim dresses. I want my finished project to look professional. :)

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Finishing Armholes on Sleeveless Denim Dress (post #37243, reply #1 of 4)

Just because you "don't see them" does not mean you cannot do it.   There is a series on It's Sew Easy by Angela Wolf that addresses finishing sleeveless dresses that may help you.

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I know...I just didn't want (post #37243, reply #2 of 4)

I know...I just didn't want the extra layer of a lining on a denim garment. :) Thanks for replying. I can not find that series - do you have a link? Thanks again!

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Finishing Sleeveless Dress (post #37243, reply #3 of 4)

That should have been "on TV"  There is also a website  -  See series 600 "Little Black Dress" as it addresses several fabrics and styles.

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Sleeveless denim dress armholes (post #37243, reply #4 of 4)

You could make traditional facings, but instead of using denim, use something much lighter in weight. For example, try using lightweight cotton or silk that wouldn't provide extra bulk. You could use the same color, a contrasting color, or even a print.

You could also cut bias strips of denim or other lightweight fabrics. Stitch them to the armhole, turn and press to the inside, then topstitch the outside using the same style of topstitching as on other parts of the garment  (if there is other topstitching on the garment).

The key is using lighter weight fabrics on the inside to avoid the extra bulk of denim.