Welcome to the Dahlia sewalong!
In this sewalong, we’ll be going step by step through the process of sewing both versions of the Dahlia dress.
Dahlia is a chic and feminine dress for all seasons. Both versions have an inset waist yoke, gathered bodices, flattering skirts and a side zip. Version 1 is great for cooler weather – it features 3/4 length raglan sleeves and a slightly narrower skirt with a back kick pleat. Version 2 is perfect for warmer months or for layering under sweaters – the sleeveless bodice has bias tape straps and the skirt is just a touch more flared.
Dahlia is classic, elegant and shapely, and the range of possibilities is wide depending on your fabric choice. A warm flannel Version 1 would be perfect for a winter workday; a sleek and slinky Version 2 would be fabulous for an evening out. So use your imagination, dream up your Dahlia and come join us in the sewalong!
I’m Devon, a sewing teacher living in Nashville by way of Los Angeles and rural Ohio. I’ve been sewing my whole life and have shared this obsession with others by teaching at places like Sew LA, The Fabric Studio and the Craftcation Conference. You can read about my sewing projects and similar exploits on my website Miss Make.
How it works
Our sewalongs are simple. We’ll publish a series of posts detailing each step in the process of fitting and sewing your pattern. You can sew along with us, ask questions, and share your techniques and advice with others.
Feel free to leave comments here on the blog, or join our Sewalongs Facebook group to post thoughts, questions, and photos. We try our best to answer as many questions as possible, but encourage you to jump in and help each other out as well.
Tomorrow we’ll get started by going over what fabric and supplies you’ll need for your Dahlia. You’ll have two weeks to get your shopping done before the actual sewing gets underway.
A week from today, we’ll talk a little bit about pattern adjustments (including bust adjustments) and cutting.
Then a week after that on November 17th, we’ll get started with the sewing. We’ll work through both versions of the dress through the next two weeks, with the final sewing post being on Monday December 1.
You’ll have a week to get all your Dahlias finished and into the Colette Flickr group before we highlight some of them in a parade post.