Shirt Dress Sewalong: Sewing the Front Placket

Shirt Dress Sewalong: Sewing the Front Placket

How to Sew the Front Placket

It’s Sew Easy TV’s Shirt Dress Sewalong – Part 2 

Tips for Attaching Interfacing

Pressing fusible interfacing to the fabric is easy if you follow these tips:

  • Use a press cloth underneath the garment to prevent the fusible from ruining the ironing board cover
  • Use a press cloth between the garment  to save your iron and prevent burning the fabric
  • When pressing the interfacing into place, lift and hold the iron – DO NOT SLIDE IRON
  • Press and hold the iron for a few seconds and press firmly to prevent the fusible from coming unattached later on

Pressing Cloth

You can use various fabrics for a press cloth.  I tend to use a lightweight cotton or muslin fabric because that is what I typically have on hand.  Cheese cloth is another option and Silk organza is another favorite.
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Tips for Topstitching

  • Stitch from the right side of the fabric
  • Use cotton or silk thread for touch of style
  • The triple stitch with a stitch length of 3.5 to 4.0 resembles ready-to-wear
  • Lengthen the stitch length and test on a scrap of fabric to see which looks the best

Here are some of the supplies I used in this episode:

You will find links to many of these items on my Amazon shopping list.

Fabric Ideas

Have you thought of sewing this shirtdress with a different fabric than the traditional cotton?  This week’s episode of Behind the Scenes showed some fabric ideas for the sewalong including silk, velvet burnout, and more!

Sewalong Scheduleangela wolf shirtdress

Here is the blog schedule for the season long sew-along with links to the tutorials and live Q&A on my blog (each link will open on the date listed).  Season 14 of It’s Sew Easy had begun airing on PBS and Create TV; you will be able to watch each episode there first (depending on when your specific station begins airing the show).

Part 1: Announcing the Shirt Dress Sewalong with Angela Wolf on It’s Sew Easy

Episode 1401: Choosing and prepping fabrics, patterns, and sizing  (12/21/2017)

Part 2: Sewing the Front Placket

Episode 1402: Sewing the front placket (1/6/2018)

Part 3: Attaching the Collar

Episode 1404: Attaching the collar  (1/13/2018)

Part 4: Sewing the Placket on the Sleeve

Episode 1405:  Sewing the placket on the sleeve  (1/20/2018)

Part 5: Sewing the Sleeves and Side Seam

Episode 1406: Sewing the sleeves and side seams  (1/27/2018)

Part 6: Sewing the Cuffs

Episode 1408: Sewing the cuffs  (2/3/2018)

Part 7: Sewing the Buttons and Buttonholes

Episode 1409: Buttons and buttonholes  (2/10/2018)

Part 8: Finishing the Hem

Episode 1413: Finishing the hem with a rolled hem  (2/17/2018)

 

Join us! Sign up here and never miss a blog post and join the fun on facebook, instagram, twitter, and pinterest . We will share photos on the social side using hashtags #angleawolf #itseweasy #shirtdresssewalong

Can’t wait to see what you sew up!  Leave your comments & questions below …

Cheers,

 

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Announcing the Shirt Dress Sewalong on It’s Sew Easy TV

Announcing the Shirt Dress Sewalong on It’s Sew Easy TV

It’s Sew Easy TV’s Shirt Dress Sewalong 

Announcing the shirt dress sewalong!  This season of It’s Sew Easy I will be sewing a shirt dress from beginning to end and you can follow along each week watching each episode of It’s Sew Easy!

To get started you will need to gather the supplies. You will find quick links to many of these items on my Amazon shopping list.

Patternsangela wolf shirtdress

Check your pattern stash 🙂  Any button down shirt or shirtdress will work 🙂    Here are a few ideas:

Fabric

A cotton or cotton blend is the most common fabric used for a shirt dress, but the dress can take on a completely different look with different weight fabrics. Consider a rayon, linen, silk charmeuse, silk chiffon, or crepe.

TIPS:

  • If you choose a fabric with a print be sure to buy more fabric than the pattern recommends so you can line up the design while cutting out
  • Pre-shrink the fabric by washing and drying the fabric before cutting

 SuppliesSEWALONG SALE

  • Interfacing
  • Buttons
  • Thread
    • Universal polyester thread
    • Silk or cotton thread adds a nice finish for the topstitching)
  • Pressing Tools
  • Basic Sewing Supplies
    • Seam Ripper, Measuring Tape, Tailors Chalk, Pins,

 

Sewalong Schedule

Here is the blog schedule for the season long sew-along with links to the tutorials and live Q&A on my blog (each link will open on the date listed).  Season 14 of It’s Sew Easy had begun airing on PBS and Create TV; you will be able to watch each episode there first (depending on when your specific station begins airing the show).

Part 1: Announcing the Shirt Dress Sewalong with Angela Wolf on It’s Sew Easy

Episode 1401: Choosing and prepping fabrics, patterns, and sizing  (12/21/2017)

Part 2: Sewing the Front Placket

Episode 1402: Sewing the front placket (1/6/2018)

Part 3: Attaching the Collar

Episode 1404: Attaching the collar  (1/13/2018)

Part 4: Sewing the Placket on the Sleeve

Episode 1405:  Sewing the placket on the sleeve  (1/20/2018)

Part 5: Sewing the Sleeves and Side Seam

Episode 1406: Sewing the sleeves and side seams  (1/27/2018)

Part 6: Sewing the Cuffs

Episode 1408: Sewing the cuffs  (2/3/2018)

Part 7: Sewing the Buttons and Buttonholes

Episode 1409: Buttons and buttonholes  (2/10/2018)

Part 8: Finishing the Hem

Episode 1413: Finishing the hem with a rolled hem  (2/17/2018)

 

Join us! Sign up here and never miss a blog post and join the fun on facebook, instagram, twitter, and pinterest . We will share photos on the social side using hashtags #angleawolf #itseweasy #shirtdresssewalong

Can’t wait to see what you sew up!  Leave your comments & questions below …

Cheers,

 

Behind the Scenes LIVE with Angela Wolf

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Watch each episode live on facebook or catch the replay here!

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I bought this sweater a few years back because the fabric is soft and fluffy, but I never wear it because the collar is too tight!  I leave it in the drawer and pet it every once in a while 🙂  Even when I would attempt wear the sweater on a cold, wintry day; it was off in less than an hour; it’s even too uncomfortable to wear fishing!  I would say to myself, “f I could just open that collar up.”  Then it occurred to me … add a zipper and refashion the sweater into a jacket.

Supplies:  

  • 22” separating zipper (measure in the center of the sweater from the top of the collar to the hemline to determine the length of the zipper)
  • 4 pieces of vinyl cut the length of the center front by 3” wide
  • Fusible interfacing 2” wide by the length of the center front of the sweater, including the collar
  • Non-stick foot
  • Zipper foot
  • Universal thread in coordinating color

Prep & Mark the Sweater

Start by marking the center front of the sweater. I am marking the sweater a contrasting color thread, if the fabric allows you can use a fabric marking pen or tailors chalk.

 

 

Turn the sweater inside out.  Center the fusible interfacing along the center of the sweater and press in place.

 

Cut along the center marking, from hem to the top of the collar.

 

Sew the Zipper 

Line up each side of the zipper with the vinyl as shown.  Stitch along the edge of the zipper teeth.

To read the full blog and finish up your sweater upcycle, head over to my post as a Brother Expert Consultant on the Brother Stitching Sewcial.  This is such a quick way to customize any bowl, I can’t wait to try different fabrics for the holiday season!

Cheers,

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What started as a casual comment on my facebook live show turned into a week long sewathon with fabulous giveaways and lot’s of sewing!  I plan to sew Monday thru Friday, trying to add new pieces to my wardrobe for travel and everyday life at the office.

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