Gathering Your Supplies
Bodice Pattern – suggested is the Vogue Pattern V8825, found HERE. If you have a bodice sloper or a tried ‘n true pattern that you know will pair well with a pleated skirt – go for it!
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Notions – 1 hook & eye (optional), snap closure (optional)
Choosing Your Fabric
The suggested fabric to achieve this Jacket/Dress is a cotton fabric, non stretch. A non stretch fabric works well with this look since it helps to define the pleats. Working with a more fluid fabric will take away from the structured appeal of the overall look for this particular jacket.
For yardage requirements, you’ll want to refer to the back of your selected pattern as a guide, but please also GO HERE to see how much fabric to buy when working with different fabric widths.
For example, choosing an African print, aka Ankara or wax print means that you’ll be buying a 44-45′ width fabric which typically translates to needing more fabric than your usual 58-60′ standard fabric width.
Important Tip: Make sure that you’re buying enough fabric, according to the width of your fabric. Yardage amounts do not factor in matching/aligning your printed fabric, so you will want to buy an extra 1/4 – 1/2 yard to allow room for matching up your prints.
If you follow me on Periscope, you may have seen that my fabric does not match on the center back seams! For the sake of the Sewalong – I’ll be matching more mindful of this 🙂
Gathering Your Tools
- Fabric Scissors
- Straight Pins
- Pattern Weights
- Tailor’s Chalk
- Seam Ripper
- Machine Needles – universal needle, up to 80/12
- Measuring Tape
- Clear Ruler
Pre-Treating Your Fabric
Since we’re working with a cotton fabric, it’s important that we pre-treat the fabric by caring for the fabric (before we start cutting it), as if we’re caring for the finished garment. The last thing we’ll want is a jacket/dress that SHRINKS once it’s been washed.
Suggestion: If you’ve selected a wax print, try hand washing and air drying your fabric. You can run a dry (no steam) iron to press it out before you start cutting your pattern pieces!
I hope this information was helpful!