Hello there fine sew-alonger's and a very warm welcome to the Winifred sew-along!
I hope you're as excited as i am to kick off with the sew-along and sew up some gorgeous Winifred dresses?!
To get this sew-along started, we will begin with covering the basics. To help you get started on the right track to sewing up a gorgeous, well fitting Winifred dress and clear up some of the questions you may have. Although this may seem a bit on the tedious side of things, it is always a good idea to refresh the old brain and its also useful for the newbies that are joining in or for anyone that has never sewn up a Bluegingerdoll pattern to get the gist of how these things flow.
A quick reminder of the tools/supplies you'll need to sew-along if you haven't yet hits the shops to collect all your pattern goodies.
* The Winifred dress. ( I know some of you are still waiting for your pattern, please know that all sew-along blog posts will be available forever here on the blog AND the competition will be open for quite some time for you to get your entries in, in you're interested in participating in that.)
* Matching thread
* 1'' Wide single fold bias binding
*2cm Wide elastic
* 2'' Slide buckle. This is the overall size of the buckle, but you can go larger if you'd like, remember the buckle is a statement feature on the dress.
* One safety pin
* The usual sewing supplies : Your trusty sewing machine, pins ( lots of them), sharp fabric scissors, an iron, tracing paper, pens & pencils, measuring tape.
You can also refer back to the ' All you need to know sew-along post' i recently did for all the details on the sew-along schedule, competition details etc.
So let's get started:
Topics we'll be covering today in the sew-along:
*We will be covering both of the dress versions simultaneously throughout the sew-along.
The best place to start when choosing the right fabric for your pattern is to have a look at the back of the pattern envelope at the listed recommended fabrics. The envelope back will be become your gold mine for all you need to know, so learn to love it :)
I have recommended cotton and cotton blends, Chambray, Linen, batiste, shirting, linen and voile etc. For a more in depth look at recommended fabrics, as well where you can buy them from ( Yep, i look after you!) you can find Heather's recent post on:
WHAT SIZE SHOULD I SEW?
There have been a lot of you asking about the sizing of the Winifred dress and which size you should sew up. The best measurement to determine what size Winifred dress to sew is your full bust circumstance. This is the area that has the least amount of ease built into the design. Pick the Winifred size that is closest to your bust measurement for a snug fit. If you prefer a looser fit around the bust then go up a size. We'll also be covering how to do an FBA during the sew-a-long, for those of you who only need extra bust ease on the front. Don't be too concerned about the largish waist measurement on the pattern envelope. The addition of elastic to the back will suck in most of the extra ease, leaving you a fitted but comfortable dress. Remember too the hips are a free flowing design, so you don't really have to stress yourself with those measurements.
FINDING YOUR SIZE & FIT
First things first in finding your right size is measuring yourself correctly. Its always a good idea to re-measure yourself again every now and then, our bodies do tend to change a little bit here and there and if you're anything like me where you have days of eating too much yummy stuff then its a good habit to get into. It'll save you heaps of head aches and frustration if you have to make any fitting adjustments. Use the below diagram to measure yourself correctly.
TRACE YOUR PATTERN PIECES
Now you've found your size grab your sewing pattern and tracing paper, cause we're gonna do some tracing!
Due to the fact that you may need to make some pattern adjustments, tracing your Winifred pattern is recommended. Even if you don't need to make any pattern adjustments, its a great way to keep your pattern a lot longer, in its original state, for future use or if you want to sew up a Winifred for a friend who is a different size then you.
When tracing your pattern you can use pattern weights, basically anything heavy, i use whatever cans of food are in the pantry, it works a treat! In regards to paper you can use to trace your pattern pieces, i use brown pattern tracing paper, which is transparent enough but also sturdy as well. You can use whatever paper you like, as long as it is transparent, baking paper from the kitchen works just as well as the expensive stuff.So to start with trace off your chosen size, which you noted down from the back of the pattern packaging. It is important to trace each pattern piece as accurately as you can, this is where, if you have some curved rulers they will come in handy.