This is a DOWNLOADABLE PDF PATTERN that you print out and stick together yourself at home. Your pattern will be available to download instantly after ordering. No more waiting around for the post!! (Also available as a printed paper pattern here.)
Your new favourite alternative to a t-shirt this pattern is fairly loose fitting although it is shaped in a bit at the waist so it's not completely shapeless. The vest is nice and long so you won't be flashing off your midriff and the dress works with both bare legs in summer as well as over leggings or jeans. Both options are included in the pattern as are instructions for adding extra seams so that you can combine different fabrics. It's a great project to start sewing as it's super easy if made all in one fabric and is really quick to sew. See more versions under the #miywalkley and #walkleydress hashtags on Instagram and on this Pinterest board. You can also find loads of inspiration, tips, reviews and tutorials specific to this pattern on the blog here.
This pattern is only suitable for stretch knit fabrics. You can mix and match your fabrics by adding custom seams (explained in the pattern) and the pattern works well with both lighter weight drapey knits such as single jersey and gives a more structured, boxy look with a heavier knits such as ponte roma and sweatshirt. Help with choosing fabrics can be found on the blog here and here.
This design is easy and is great for beginners that have just started to sew!
The multi-size pattern covers 3 sizes which cover the following body measurements:
BUST 80-84cm (31.5"-33"), 88-92cm (34.5"-36"), 96-101cm (38"-40").
The sizing and fit is skimming - it's not meant to be a skin tight garment. (If your measurements fall outside of these ranges, I've written a tutorial with my quick and easy grading method I use in classes for this pattern here.)
There are 4 PDF files to download:
1 - a thorough instruction booklet which covers:
* fabric requirements
* cutting layouts
* an explanation of fabric layouts and cutting
* how to sew knit fabrics on a domestic sewing machine
* instructions & diagrams for how to make the vest and dress
2 - your multi-size pattern, tiled to fit A4 and US letter size sheets of paper ready to be printed and stuck together
3 - an untiled version of the pattern sized to fit on paper which is at least A0 size in width (84.1cm / 33ins) that can be printed at professional copy shops
4 - step-by-step instructions for how to print and put together your pattern.
There is some extra help about downloading PDF patterns here. Access to your pattern will expire 2 weeks after placing your order and you will have 2 attempts to download the pattern. Patterns should be downloaded onto a computer, not your phone or tablet.
All MIY Collection patterns are designed and written by Wendy Ward, an experienced designer and qualified teacher and they have been thoroughly road-tested by her eager sewing students. Rest assured you will find MIY Collection patterns well explained in down-to-earth and accessible language with clear, detailed diagrams. Wendy has been writing instructions for people just like you since 2007.
Find sewing tips and more on Wendy's blog at www.wendyward.co.uk
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Thanks and happy sewing!