Today is the day!  We are kicking off our first sew-a-long of the year.  This year we are doing things a little differently!  Every month we will be bringing you a new sew-a-long!  And to keep all sew-a-long things in one place, we have a brand new FB group where you can chat about all things SAL related!  

clara dress pattern

Back by popular demand, for our first SAL of the year, is Clara!  This is a pattern that always delivers, and everyone over at VFT adores.  You can't seem to go wrong with any version of Clara!

Day 1 Clara SAL

If you've done a sew-a-long with my before, you know I love Day 1!  It's laid back and quite possibly the best day, because today is all about fabrics and trims!!   But before you run to the closest fabric store, we need to get our patterns printed.  If you haven't already, head over to the shop and pick up a copy of Clara, or Clara baby, or Clara doll!  Or all three???  I mean, that's what I would do!  They are 25% off after all!

Clara and sleeves

Once you have your pattern/s {because you know you just bought all 3} take a look at all the options and decide which ones you'd like to sew up!  Do you want a dress or a top?  Maybe you meet in the middle and make a tunic!  Are you going to sew the bodice ruffles or leave the bodice plain.  Maybe you want to add sleeves!  This would be a good time to pick up the Sleeve basics pattern!


Once all your details are ironed out, it's time to talk fabrics!  I am going with this greyish lilac dot, because if you know me, you know I'm a sucker for a polka dot.  While you are choosing fabrics, take a look at your laces, trims, buttons, and any other embellishments you'd like to add!


Gather up your sewing supplies!  You're going to need your basic supplies for this sew-a-long, so gather up your fabric scissors, a tape measure, some pins, thread, and don't forget your buttonhole foot!  

Once you have everything ready, lay it all out and snap a photo!  We want to document all our daily steps, so head over to the FB group and add your Day 1 photo into the daily album!  Tomorrow we will be cutting our fabrics out and starting bodice construction!

How about some extra incentive???  If you are anything like me you LOVE winning prizes!  So how about an absolutely amazing prize for one lucky person!  Follow along and post your photos on the daily albums and in the final album, and one lucky person will win a VFT 5 pattern prize pack PLUS a $50 gift card to Hawthorne Threads!  Who wouldn't love to win that!!   Have fun and we will see you back here tomorrow!  

February 06, 2017 by Emily Steiger