Come sew with me! I'm teaching Beginning Garment Construction: Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress this spring at The Quilting Loft in Seattle. It is a three-class series, taught over successive Tuesday evenings. We'll learn how to read pattern envelopes, discuss fabric selection, trace patterns, cut out the fabric, learn how to sew curved seams, top stitching, edge stitching, and a simple hem. We'll also cover elastic casings, and finishing details like hand-sewing a button, and ribbon detail on the front. It's going to be so much fun!! Prerequisites: you need to know how to thread your sewing machine, wind a bobbin, and sew a straight seam. We'll be sewing the adorable new Oliver + S Roller Skate Dress in whatever fabric you choose. I've sewn a sample for the shop to display (pictured below) in the new Denyse Schmidt Shelburne Falls fabric.
Ribbon detail - I found the ribbon at Nancy's Sewing Basket. It matches the blue/teal in the dress quite well, no? Interestingly, the ribbon is about 70 years old - it's vintage from the 1940s!
I also found this pretty button at Nancy's. They have a great button selection - it's organized by color, and I love that the majority of their buttons are sold loose in boxes, so I can bring in the garment I'm putting buttons on and lay the buttons directly on the dress to audition them. Almost always, the first button that I think will work is not the button I end up using. Having the ability to try them out by setting them on the fabric (difficult when they are attached to a little white card) makes it easier to find a perfect button.
Roller Skate Dress, Size 6
Fabric: Denyse Schmidt, Shelburne Falls
Sewn by Emily Steed