Myrtle Sewalong August 2014

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Welcome to the Myrtle sewalong!

In this sewalong, we’ll be going step by step through the process of sewing a Myrtle dress.

Myrtle is an elegant, figure-skimming dress with a cowl neckline. Version 1 has a hemline that falls just below the knee, and Version 2 features cute button shoulder tabs with an above-the-knee hemline. And one of the neatest things about this pattern is that it can be made in both knits and wovens!

If you’re a little shaky on working with knits, that’s ok. We’ll go over some techniques for working with knit fabrics both with and without a serger. The sewalong will focus on sewing with a knit, but will also include instructions for each step if you’re using a woven.

With a bit of a Greek goddess vibe, Myrtle is just as comfortable on a breezy summer day as she is on a glamorous night out. So get ready to channel your inner goddess and join us in making a Myrtle!

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Before you begin

  • →   Buy your pattern
  • →   Pick your fabric (and pre-treat if it might bleed)
  • →   Review instructions

The Myrtle Sewalong

  1. Welcome to the Myrtle Sewalong (35 Comments)

    Myrtle is a graceful and sophisticated cowl neck dress that can be made from both knit and woven fabrics. In this sewalong we’ll guide you through the step by step process of creating both versions of the dress. With figure-skimming elegance and the comfort of knit and elastic, Myrtle can take you from breezy summer days to glamorous nights out!

  2. Gather Fabric and Supplies (52 Comments)

    In this post we’ll discuss the types of fabric and supplies you’ll need for your Myrtle.

  3. Fitting and Cutting (38 Comments)

    We’ll discuss knits vs. wovens, pattern ease, how to choose your size and cutting out your pattern.

  4. Full Bust Adjustment (28 Comments)

    The step-by-step process of doing a FBA on the Myrtle bodice.

  5. Small Bust Adjustment (44 Comments)

    The step-by-step process of doing a SBA on the Myrtle bodice.

  6. Sew Shoulder Tabs & Hem Back Bodice (18 Comments)

    We’ll get started by tackling the shoulder tabs (V2) and hemming the neckline and armholes of the back bodice. We’ll also briefly touch on how to do each of these steps with woven fabrics.

  7. Sew Bodice Shoulder, Side and Armhole Seams (5 Comments)

    By the end of this post we will have finished constructing our bodice by completing the shoulder, side and armhole seams.

  8. Assemble & Attach Skirt (9 Comments)

    Now it’s on to the bottom half. We’ll attach the inseam pockets, assemble the skirt pieces, and attach the skirt to the bodice.

  9. Install Elastic, Hem & Finish (25 Comments)

    In our final sewing post we’ll be installing the elastic in the waistline of the dress, hemming the skirt and completing all our garment finishing.

  10. Your Finished Myrtles! (15 Comments)

    A parade of some of the finished Myrtles posted in the Colette Flickr group.

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