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!

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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).

Join us! A new video will upload on YouTube every Saturday. 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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SET UP THE COVERSTITCH MACHINE

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Let’s Get Started!

Lay the shirt flat.  Locate the top of the shoulder and outside arm. Measure along the shoulder seam from the neck edge to where you want the edge of the hole to start.  In my case I am going to start 2” to 3” from the neckline.

With a fabric marking pen, mark the top opening of the hole at the shoulder position.
Mark the bottom of the hole opening. Choose a spot above the elbow along the outside edge of the sleeve.
Draw an oval like the one I have here.  The oval doesn’t have to be perfect, just free-hand draw the curve.  Keep in mind this includes the ½” seam allowance, so if you think you need a smaller opening after sewing draw a smaller oval.
Cut along the markings.

For the full tutorial, check out my post on the Brother Stitching Sewcial blog.  I always love to see what your are working on, be sure to share photos of your upcycles shirt using #angelawolf #brothersews

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