Good afternoon girls!! Who is ready to sew up the Fiddlehead Flutter Top with us this week? Elizabeth and I are so excited to show you how to turn that sweet little top into a dress just in time for some spring sewing. Woohoo! I don’t know about you but just the thought of spring makes me a little giddy right now.
First lets talk about our hastags for the sew-along. If you are using fabric from our sponsor, use #pinkdoorfabrics when you share your pictures so we can see what you bought. (If you want to go buy some from them now, use code LILYGIGGLE for 10% off!) They have an awesome collection of designer knits, including the beautiful Art Gallery Priory Square knit that you’ll see on the sample in the coming days. When you share any sew-along photos, use #FFTSAL so at the end of the day we can easily search for all the posts. At the end of the sew-along there will be an album for you to enter your finished photos in to win PRIZES!!!! Prizes will be 2 yards of fabric from Pink Door Fabrics and 3 patterns of your choice from LilyGiggle.
If you haven’t purchased your pattern yet, it’s discounted on the website with coupon code FFTSEWALONG25 until Friday, February 20. Print your pattern and don’t forget our cool feature where you can select only the size you need to make for printing. Just be sure to double check the measurements in the size chart to make sure that you select the proper size. The most important measurement for this pattern is the chest measurement.
Now let’s get busy……The top of our dress is knit and I’m sure most, if not all of you, know that you need to prewash knit. It can do a good bit of shrinking sometimes, and we don’t want a size 6m dress on our 3 year old so be sure to pre-wash!
Ready to cut?? Cut your top according to the pattern pieces. You can customize your Fiddlehead by changing up the flutter ruffles a bit if you want. For the pink stripe sample up top, only the smaller TOP RUFFLE was used instead of a double ruffle. In order to turn this top into a dress, you will need to make your bodice shorter. Follow this chart to see how much to take off of the bottom of your pattern pieces.
When cutting off the bottom of the bodice, especially on the larger sizes, you may wind up with a little curve at the bottom. It needs to be straightened up. Just draw a straight line down from the smallest part of the side seam where the waistline is. Cut off the extra.
You will also need to cut your waist band. Here is the chart for the waist band measurements. Your waistband should be in a coordinating knit.
That will be it for today! We’ll get to sewing up the bodice tomorrow…see you then!