Friday, July 5, 2013

Sew-Along #5 - Naomi Dress - Preparations

The Naomi Dress by Modkid

Before we begin the sew-along on Wednesday, July 10th, you will want to gather some items and do a few things to prepare. 

Items to Collect
  1. If you have not purchased the pattern yet, please do so ASAP.  You may purchase it from our shoppe by clicking here.

  2. If you do not have fabric for the project you will want to purchase that ASAP also.  At the time of this writing we do have a some fabric kits for this project left.  Click here to see the project kits.   

    We also have lots of fun fabric selections on our website.  On the pattern link listed above you are able to click on the picture of the back of the pattern to enlarge it so you can view how much fabric you need for the project.  We are making the dress in the sew-along, but you could just as easily make the Naomi a top if you choose.

  3. If you did not purchase a project kit from us you will need to purchase 1/2" wide elastic and 3 decorative buttons. 

  4.  You will need elastic thread and an empty bobbin to shirr the back of the dress.  Project kits did not come with these.  You can purchase both at almost any store that sells sewing supplies.

  5. You will also need coordinating thread to complete this project, so please make sure you have some.

  6. You will want some sort of fabric marking instrument.  You can use chalk, a marking pencil, washable fabric pen; even a bar of soap will work.

Optional Items to Collect - The following items are optional. 

  1. Freezer paper to trace the pattern and cut out your fabric pieces.  You can find this at most grocery stores with the wax paper and aluminum foil.
  2. Lightweight fusible interfacing for the bodice of the dress.  The pattern does not call for it but our instructor did use it.  She stated:
    "With the heavier straps coming off the bodice and because of the design of the bodice, I thought it would help keep the shape and body to the bodice piece."
  3. A rotary cutter and mat would be a nice to have as there are a lot of straight cuts for the straps and ruffle.

Things to Do

  1. Make sure to prewash and preshrink all of your fabrics.  I always wash my quilting cottons in hot (or just warm if the colors are very deep and I fear color fade) and then I dry my fabric in the dryer with no softeners.  I always preshrink this way when I am using fabric for clothing construction.  I would hate to work hard on something only to have it shrink and not fit when I was done.

  2. Press your fabrics well.  I try to do this straight out of the dryer so that the wrinkles come out easier.  Fold up your fabric and set it in a place where you can look at it and get all excited about the adorable little dress you are about to make some special little girl!

  3. If you haven't already, join our Facebook Sew-Along Group so you can post your progress pictures and be entered for a chance to win the fabulous prizes listed below!


We are giving away over $230 worth of prizes during this Sew-Along.  To enter, make sure to join our Facebook Sew-Along Group.  Then, complete each lesson on time and post a photo of your project in the appropriate folder on the Facebook group.  We will give more details at the end of each lesson on where to post your photos and when they are due.  You will have almost two days to complete each lesson.  Don't want to miss out on this sew-along and these awesome prizes!  Make sure to order your pattern today.

 Happy Sewing,
Danielle Storm

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