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We'll be getting started next Tuesday, June 13th and we'll work together through the creation of both versions of the Jackie Dress.
This sewalong will be great for you if this is your first time working with knits, if you're just wanting a bit more practice, or if you just want to virtually hang out and sew together. There are lots of great tips to learn!
We'll cover the following topics:
- Selecting knit fabric and gathering supplies
- Assembling a PDF pattern
- Pattern alterations: Full and small bust adjustments, Grading between sizes, lengthening/shortening
- Cutting and sewing with knit fabric
- Step by step photo instructions
Tutorials will be published every Tuesday and Thursday. I will guide you step by step through the creation of both versions of the Jackie dress. You'll be able to post comments and questions and I'll be here to guide you and offer advice as you work through the project.
Below you'll find more information about the pattern along with the schedule and content agenda for the sewalong. If you'd like to join in, subscribe here for email updates as the lessons are released. Also, don't forget to pick up the pattern!
THE JACKIE DRESS is an elegant, easy to wear, super comfortable knit dress that slips perfectly from day into night. This style is designed to be easy and quick to make without fussy closures. It features a built up neckline and shapely, figure-flattering seams that lengthen and emphasize your curves. It is fitted at the waist with a full, flowing skirt. A subtle opening at the back upper bodice closes at the neckline with three small buttons and rouleau loop closures. This project uses both a serger and sewing machine. You can also make it with just a sewing machine.
Version 1 Version 2
Version 1 has long sleeves with a hemline ending near mid-calf.
Version 2 is sleeveless with a hemline ending just below the knee.
Keep in mind that the dress is made for a height of 5’8” (175 cm) so hemlines may need to be adjusted for height, but it’s better to have more length than less and adjust during a fitting.
JACKIE SEWALONG SCHEDULE AND CONTENT
1. Gathering Supplies / Assembling PDF Patterns / Tuesday, June 13th
We’ll start by gathering everything we need to make the dress. In this post, we will discuss the right kind of fabrics and notions to purchase for the project. We will begin cutting and sewing the fabric in two weeks so you have time to find the perfect fabric.
In case this is your first time assembling a PDF pattern or if you're looking for some extra tips, we've got your covered.
2. Basic Pattern Adjustments / Thursday, June 15th
We will talk about a few common adjustments that will allow you to personalize the fit of your pattern, such as full and small bust adjustments to princess seams, grading between sizes and lengthening or shortening your dress. We'll also discuss making a muslin for Jackie.
3. Cutting Knit Fabric / Tuesday, June 20th
We will follow the pattern layout and cut out the dress. In this post we'll share some tips that will make this step successful.
4. Sewing With Stretch / Thursday, June 22nd
We will talk about the sewing knit with both a serger and sewing machine. We'll cover the different stitch settings used on the machine, along with threading your machine for sewing with a twin needle. This post aims to get your comfortable with working with your knit fabric before we start the project.
In the following posts in the series, we will walk you through the dress constructions.
5. Construction Part 1 / Applying interfacing, sewing and applying button loops / Tuesday, June 27th
6. Construction Part 2 / Dress front and back / Thursday, June 29th
7. Construction Part 3 / Shoulders, Neck facing / Tuesday, July 4th
8. Construction Part 4 / Sleeves, Sleeveless binding, and hemming / Thursday, July 6th
9: Your Finished Jackie dresses / Tuesdy July 11th