Techniques Involved: Applying knit bands, gathering, inserting sleeves in the round (aka set-in sleeves), sewing in elastic, and hemming straight edges.
All files are PDF files that can be printed at home on Letter or A4 sized paper. Each pattern includes one file for the pattern and print-at-home pieces, and another file containing the copy shop A0 (33.1″ wide) pattern pieces. We’ve placed the pattern pieces on individual layers so you can print only the size(s) you need, saving you on paper and ink.
This pattern is designed for light to medium weight knit fabrics and requires at least 40% crosswise stretch and a fabric with 4-way stretch is recommended. To achieve the appropriate 4-way stretch for the bodice, look for a fabric whose content has at least 5% lycra/spandex in it. Pique, Tricot, Jersey, Interlock, and Rayon Spandex are just a few great options.
1/4″ – 1/2″ wide elastic for the band- Up to 1 1/8 yards (1m)
1/4″ wide elastic for the cross-front option- Up to 1 yard (.9m)
- Pins or Clips
- Tape Measure
- Tape or Glue (For piecing pages together.)
- Paper & Fabric Scissors
- Matching Polyester Thread
- Ball Point or Stretch Needle
- Sewing Machine with stretch stitch
- Iron & Ironing Board or Mat
- Rotary Cutter, Mat, and Acrylic Ruler
- Fabric marking pen or chalk