Dressmaking with stretch fabric


Hello Dear Reader,

I have lots of dress making pattern that I’ve got from charity shops or that you have sent me. I really must get on and use them. Dress making, like quilt making is a learning experience and there will be mistakes. This is the first item of clothing I’ve ever made from stretch jersey fabric. You don’t need a overlocker/serger to do this. There are easier methods that going out and spending money on a new sewing machine.

To start, you need to use a walking foot to stop the fabric from stretching. You also need a machine needle especially designed for stretch fabrics. My machine has a walking foot attached that I just drop in place. 

You will also need even seams. The pattern needed 1/2″ seams so I stuck some red card to the machine so I could easily see where the half inch was. By lining up the edge of the fabric with the card, then I kept my seams at 1/2″.


You will also need to set your machine to zig-zag. If you sew stretch fabric with a normal stitch then it won’t flex and move with the fabric.

A local fabric supplier sells knit fabrics for £3.50 a metre so that means I can make a new dress, with the pattern adapted to fit me for around £10. This simple dress took me two hours to make but my time is free.

I’m now off to pick all the bits of thread up off the floor.

Over to you Dear Reader, is anyone tempted to have a go at dressmaking? If you’ve got the pattern and you’ve got the fabric, then you’ve spent the money anyway!! If you’ve bought it and really don’t want to try then give it away so someone else can do some sewing experimentation on a rainy Saturday afternoon.

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs xxxxx

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