We are now on Day Two of the Alice Sew Along. If you missed Day One, check it out here. Also, if you still haven’t picked up your pattern, coupon code AliceSAL will get you the Alice Pleated Dress sewing pattern for only $6. This coupon code is good through the entire sew-along, so be sure and pick up your copy.
Alice Sew Along Day 2
Cutting Your Fabric
Day two is another super easy day. The last truly easy one. Today we cut our fabrics and fuse our interfacing. These steps are fairly self explanatory. I would urge you, though, to remember to cut 4 sleeves (2 main, 2 lining), as the sleeves are lined. I missed that my first time through and had to go back to cut my sleeve linings. Once you have everything cut, be sure to transfer the markings from the pattern pieces to your fabric. This will be crucial in the later steps. If you have trouble seeing your pleat markings on your pattern pieces, be sure to use the layers function and print of the main skirt for selecting only the size you need for the waist. This will make the marking easier to see. At this point, you should had a nice little pile going. I have a lovely darker floral for my main pieces, a pop of lime green for a collar (and pockets), and a hot pink chevron lining.
Once you have it all cut, you’ll want to move it to an ironing board. I always iron fabric before cutting, as well as ironing all cut pieces after. I find it helps me in lining up pieces for construction, as my pieces often get wrinkled in the cutting. One thing I cannot stress enough is to make sure you are ironing where the pattern instructs. It makes for a much nicer and more professional looking final product. While you are ironing the wrinkles out, you can also apply your interfacing to the bodice back and skirt back pieces, as well as to the collar pieces. This is an important step in making sure the integrity of your garment will hold up to regular wear.
And with that, you are done with day 2! Congrats! Now, come share your pieces with me in the sew along album in the Bella Sunshine Designs Facebook group! I can’t wait to see them!
If you want to take a peek at what is in store for tomorrow, take a look at the schedule below: