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Willow Sew Along Day 2

Hey Guys! Thanks for coming back for day 2! If you need to catch up yesterday was quick so head over to Day 1 and join us back here when you’re done!

Today we need to cut our fabric – if you are new to knits it’s also a good time to play with your settings and practice a little with your scraps. Try a few different stretch stitches, tensions and stitch lengths to see what works best. For me, I use the lightening bolt stitch with 3.0 length and 4.4 tension. My machine automatically chooses the tension and length when I input the fabric type, but I lengthen the stitch a touch. Some people like to serge only – give that a try and see if you like just serging your knit fabric. 


Pay attention to the grain and stretch of your fabric, when you look closely you’ll see lines that should run parallel to the salvage. Your pattern piece should lay so that those lines run vertically on the pieces. If you are using a solid you’ll only see those lines on one side of the fabric and that is how you will know which is the right side of the fabric. When cutting knit be sure it doesn’t shift or pull under your pattern pieces.

Willow makes things easy as you need four bodice pieces cut with the same pattern piece. I like to fussy cut the front main piece because why not? This isn’t Walmart! We actually have control over what part of the fabric design lands front and center so make it count!

When you have your pieces all cut show us a picture so we can oogle over your choices and your fabulous bodice pattern placement!

See you tomorrow to sew up the bodice!


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