Sewing Class: Easy Summer Dress



Hello Darlings,


One of my biggest goals this year was to start sewing classes - as professional seamstress, I have a lot of knowledge about sewing and was just itching to share it in-depth! My first sewing class launched in January and it was about Circle Skirts, second class was about Sweatshirt, and today - in my third class - we will learn how to make a super easy summer dress!


In todays sewing class I will show you how to make a dress, from start to finish: from taking your measurements and making a pattern, to assembling and finishing touches. The dress is loosely fitted, easy to assemble, quick to make and pretty to look at - a perfect beginner project! The design of this dress is very versatile, and I think will look great in spring/summer wardrobe (it will sure be my staple this season :) )!


Before starting our class, I want to give a big shout-out to the sponsor of this class - Mettler.

Founded in 1883 in Switzerland, Mettler has been a part of Amann group since 1988. Mettler threads are known for their high quality and broad range of colours, surface finishes, looks and effects. No matter what needlework project you are working on - sewing, quilting, embroidery or overlocking - Mettler will have the right thread for you! In this class, I will show you different Mettler threads (such as Seraflex, Seralon and Seracor) and share what makes these threads stand out - and there is truly plenty features to tell!


So, without any further ado, let's start our class! Click video below to start watching the class, and scroll down for detailed class description + up-close photos of my new dress. Enjoy!



What this class contents?



In this class, you will learn all steps that are needed to make this dress. The class includes following segments:

  1. Items that you will need to make your dress;

  2. Taking your own measurements;

  3. Making a pattern based on your own measurements]

  4. Cutting out fabric;

  5. Assembling of the dress and pressing.


What materials you need to make this dress?


This dress is very simple to make and you don't need a lot of materials for it:

  1. Fabric - for a design like this, I like to use light-to-medium weight fabrics, that have elastic in it (elastic gives extra comfort while wearing, and I just love it!);

  2. Fusible interfacing - we will use lightweight fusible to stabilize the neckline facing and create a beautifully arched neckline;

  3. Reinforced fusible interfacing - we will use a strip of such interfacing to extra stabilize the neckline and really give it shape!

  4. Elastic thread for side and shoulder seams - as we will be using fabric with elastic, we really want to maintain elasticity on side and shoulder seams. In this class I will be using Mettler's Seraflex - a highly elastic thread, which has stretch up to 65% (to compare - it's twice the elasticity of a standard sewing thread!). Seraflex is great women's, men's or children's clothing, for sportswear and outdoor as well as for underwear and lingerie - great and versatile thread when you need extra elasticity!

  5. Overlock threads for seam allowance - to quickly - yet neatly - finish our seam allowance, we will use overlock (as we will only use overlock for seam finish, it's okay to use 3-thread overlock). In this class, I will use Mettler's Seracor thread - it has great gliding properties, thus it will ensure unsurpassed and trouble-free sewing, even on the most sophisticated multi-function overlock machines. Plus, Seracor has ideal care properties - it will not shrink and will be easy-case, and will provide absolutely flat and smooth seams on all fabrics.

  6. Standard sewing thread for neckline and hemline - for these parts we do not need extra elasticity, so we will be switching to standard sewing thread. Important part here is to match the thread as close to your fabric color/shade as possible, as this thread will be visible on the outside of the dress. In this project, I will be using Mettler's Seralon thread - the all-rounder among sewing threads, which effortlessly masters all types of fabrics and stitches. No matter what type of fabric you are working with - linen, cotton, silk, fabric mix or synthetics - Seralon is a great thread to go with! Seralon has over 400 different colors in its range, so I am sure you will find the perfect match for your project!


Project details up-close


So, this is it for todays class and I hope you enjoyed it! If you make a dress based on this class - please send it to me via Instagram DM, I would love to see your creation!


Wishing you a creative week ahead,

Julie