Appleton Dress Sew Along, Week 2: How to Sew a Knit Neckband

The Appleton Dress is a must-have for spring. Designed with curves in mind and with a neckband that actually stays closed, this dress is a dream to sew up and a dream to wear.  Today, we welcome Appleton Dress designer Jenny Rushmore of Cashmerette for tips on sewing the neckband. (And in case you missed it, see the week 1 post for tips on cutting knits.)

Sewing the Appleton Dress is fairly straightforward, but the trickiest part is assembling and installing the neckband, so that’s what we’re going to go through today.

Start by sewing your neckband, attaching the two back neckband pieces along the long (outer) side, and then attaching the right and left neckbands to the ends of the back neckband.

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Then, sew your two waist ties, simply sewing down the long side, across the short end, and up the other long side, leaving the final end open. Turn right sides out and press. Continue reading

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Sew Happy – an interview with author Sanae Ishida (+ giveaway!)

SN writer Beth Bradley chats with author Sanae Ishida about her book Sewing Happiness.

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Sewing the Gallery Tunic

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Gallery Tunic Pattern Cover

Did you read our Gallery Tunic Sew-Along back in August? Even though I was the one who posted it, I wasn’t the one who sewed the sample garment. I have to admit, though, as I cleaned up the text and added the images, I was intrigued by how straightforward the construction seemed. So when I got ahold of some special fabric, it seemed like the perfect pattern to use it for.

The fabric I chose was one of Art Gallery Fabrics’ delicious voiles; the print is Indigo Window Crystal from the Observer collection by April Rhodes. I admit I’d been coveting this particular print ever since I saw it, so I jumped at the chance to get my hands on a few yards. The voile is a great fabric for this pattern — very light and carefree.

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Indigo Window Crystal from Art Gallery Fabrics

This is probably a very weird thing to say, but I had an absolute blast putting together the digital pattern. Liesl + Co. do the digital pattern in a very interesting and efficient way. It’s almost like a cross between a puzzle and a matching game. It’s very intuitive — not hard at all, but still somehow very fun.

I was hoping that the details on the tunic would be as easy to sew as they looked, and they were! The placket especially is really well designed and the clear instructions make it very easy to construct. I like how it creates a pleat in the front that echoes the pleat on the back.

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The front placket

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The back pleat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another thing I really like about this tunic is that the sleeves are set in before the side seams are stitched, then the sleeve seam and the side seams are stitched together. This is my preferred method of setting in sleeves. In fact, I was recently working on a Master Class article for Sew News about setting in sleeves (look for it in the April/May issue!), and Linda Reynolds, who writes the column, recommends doing it this way whenever possible. That made me feel validated — I always suspected I was cheating somehow, setting the sleeves in flat, but I guess not!

The hardest part of the pattern is stitching the rounded hem. But if you follow the directions and take your time, it will turn out all right.

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I’m really pleased with how my Gallery Tunic turned out! For more details on how to construct this pattern, check out our sew-along: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.

The Gallery Tunic pattern is by Liesl + Co. and can be purchased at shopsewitall.com. Art Gallery Fabrics provided the Indigo Window Crystal voile fabric.

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Pretty Options for Plus + Curvy Size (And A Giveaway!)

In our latest issue we have two sew alongs. One happened in January,  the Clare Coat from Closet Case Files. You can access all the posts for this sew along any time. The second sew along is with Jenny Rushmore of Cashmerette Patterns and it started February 7. Jenny has a wonderful wrap dress specifically for women’s sizes 12-28 and cup sizes C – H. The Appleton Wrap Dress Pattern is designed to show off your curves but keep everything covered! The crossover front won’t show off anything you don’t want to. Plus, there is a built-in- waist tie and a clever neckband construction prevents unsightly gaping across the bust area.

There are different sleeve length options and for those hot summer nights, making this sleeveless is going to be trés easy.

As soon as I saw the photos for the Appleton dress, I wanted to make myself a wrap dress too!

The Appleton is a true wrap dress, whereas mine is a faux. I made mine with a lovely  green, burnout stretch velvet. I like the Appleton’s wider neckline binding, next time I’m going to replicate that. I also love the fabric Jenny picks. Fab all around.

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If you are looking for more plus size and curvy options for sewing, check out the collection of plus size e-sewing patterns from BurdaStyle. BurdaStyle has some of the most modern, fresh takes on plus size sewing anywhere.

 Pretty Options for Plus + Curvy Size (And A Giveaway!)The Best of BurdaStyle: Plus Size Collection has eight different garments to chose from.  This collection has the following:

Each pattern includes instructions on putting it all together. Plus, learn tips and tricks on how to tissue fit and grade for plus size in webinar format (similar to a video). So, what are you waiting for? Get started on your spring and summer sewing now!

For people who sew plus size garments: What are your biggest issues with sewing? What are your trouble areas, what would you like to learn for 2017. Or, what is holding you back from sewing more garments? Leave me a comment and three people will be picked (using Random.org) to win a pattern from Jenny of Cashmerette Patterns.

Jill

P.S.

Be sure to pick up our next issue of Sew News. If you like what you see and read in this issue, get ready. Our next issue for  April/May is going to have an additional 20+ pages. We’re excited here (plus, insanely busy!) – J

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Appleton Dress Sew Along, Week 1: How to Cut Knits

If there is one garment that deserves a spot in your spring wardrobe, it’s a wrap dress. We love a great wrap around here: there’s nothing better to transition from winter to summer months and nothing more figure-friendly.

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The Appleton Dress is one of our favorites for so many reasons. Designed with curves in mind and with a neckband that actually stays closed, this dress will get a lot of wear. If you’re new to knits, this is a great project to start with. Today, we welcome Appleton Dress designer Jenny Rushmore of Cashmerette for tips on cutting knits. 

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First up, take your time to lay out  out your fabric on a flat surface, making sure that the selvages (edges of the fabric) are straight and parallel. Ideally, you should have all your fabric laying flat before you cut, so that the fabric doesn’t stretch as it’s falls off the edge of the table. However, if that’s not possible, you can use chairs or other surfaces to prop up the rest of your fabric, making sure that the fabric you’re cutting isn’t under tension as you cut it.

To get the most from your yardage, cut your fabric on the flat instead of on the fold, following the cutting diagram that’s in the pattern instructions. The only piece that is drafted to be cut on the fold in the Appleton Dress is the back of the dress. When cutting this piece, trace or cut the outside edges, then flip the piece over, lining up the center back and trace or cut the outside edges again. In addition to notching your fabric at all the printed notches, notch the center back of the neckline and the neckband pieces.

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Weekend Sewing: The Linden Edition

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You know it’s love when you find a pattern that you want to make a bazillion times. The Linden Sweatershirt from Grainline Studio is one of those patterns. I knew it was going to be good: when I bought the pattern, I also bought fabric for four versions – a shirt tail hem (see the black and white stripes above), a dress version (also above; tutorial here), a basic blue peplum (in the works) and a gray french terry with a high-low hem (waiting to be cut). Come to think of it, I haven’t yet made the pattern as it comes, with a hem band. Might have to try it!

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National Wear Red Day Is Today! + A Heart Healthy Giveaway!

This coming National Wear Red Day, Feb. 3, 2017, will mark 15 years since the initial National Wear Red Day, which was first observed to bring national attention to the fact that heart disease is the #1 killer of women, and to raise awareness of women’s heart health.   National Wear Red Day Is Today! + A Heart Healthy Giveaway!

Here’s a look back on all that they’ve accomplished:

  • Nearly 90% of women have made at least one healthy behavior change.
  • More than one-third of women has lost weight.
  • More than 50% of women have increased their exercise.
  • 6 out of 10 women have changed their diets.
  • More than 40% of women have checked their cholesterol levels.
  • One third of women has talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans.
  • Today, nearly 300 fewer women die from heart disease and stroke each day.
  • Death in women has decreased by more than 30 percent over the past 10 years.

But despite their progress, more work is crucial. 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke each year. But what’s more powerful? Millions of mothers, sisters, daughters and friends making a change.

Awareness that heart disease is the #1 killer of women has nearly doubled in the last 12 years. However, most women fail to make the connection between heart disease risk factors and their personal risk of developing the disease. The Heart Truth is a national program for women about heart disease and is sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), part of the National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Through the program, launched in 2002, the NHLBI leads the nation in a landmark heart health awareness-to-action movement that is being embraced by millions who share the common goal of better heart health for all women.

The centerpiece of The Heart Truth is the Red Dress®, which was created by the NHLBI and introduced as the national symbol for women. and heart disease awareness in 2002. The Red Dress® is a powerful red alert that inspires women to learn more about their personal risk for heart disease and take action to protect their heart health.

For more information about women and heart disease, including materials about women and heart disease, please visit https://www.hearttruth.gov or call the NHLBI Health Information Center at 301-592-8573.

How has heart disease affected your life? Do you participate in the National Wear Red Day? Leave a comment and two winners will be picked to win Sew Red: Sewing & Quilting For Women’s Heart Health book!

 National Wear Red Day Is Today! + A Heart Healthy Giveaway!

 National Wear Red Day Is Today! + A Heart Healthy Giveaway!
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