Draft and Sew a Banded Collar Dress and Button-Down Tunic
Intermediate | 1 hour 23 min
Draft and Sew a Banded Collar Dress and Button-Down Tunic
You can never have enough clothing that feels as comfy as pajamas but still looks stylish. When you draft your own patterns, your clothes will fit and feel even better. Author, illustrator, and designer Sanae Ishida teaches you how to take your torso and sleeve slopers that you can make in her sloper classes and make adjustments to draft a pattern for the banded collar dress from her book Sewing Love. After drafting, you'll move on to constructing the dress while learning how to add pockets, sew gathers for the back skirt, and make a neck bias binding for the split neckline. For a fun variation and second piece of clothing, see how a few small changes in the drafting process can transform your dress pattern into tunic pattern. The tunic includes a button placket, with Sanae demonstrating how to sew buttonholes and buttons. Build so many drafting and sewing skills in this robust class, and find yourself with not only two beautifully finished garments but also the knowledge of how to design many more of your own.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Drafting kit: Swedish tracing paper or regular paper, gridded ruler, writing utensil, clear tape
  • Front and back torso slopers - learn to make your torso slopers in Sanae's torso sloper class
  • Sleeve sloper - learn to make your sleeve sloper in Sanae's sleeve sloper class
  • Measuring tape
  • Seam gauge
  • Approx. 3 yards woven fabric for dress - cotton lawn, linen, linen blends, chambray, shirting are best
  • Sewing machine
  • Coordinating thread
  • Pins
  • Seam ripper
  • Scissors for paper
  • Snips
  • Cutting mat
  • Fabric shears
  • Fabric marking tools
  • Pattern weights
  • Iron & ironing surface
  • Extra supplies/materials for tunic: 1⁄2-inch buttons—as needed (Sanae uses 8)
  • Buttonhole foot
  • Hand sewing needle
Learn how to:
  • Draft a pattern for and sew a banded collar dress using your own torso and sleeve slopers
  • Adjust the dress pattern to draft and sew a button down tunic
  • Top stitch
  • Understitch
  • Finish raw edges with zig zag stitch
  • Add pockets to a garment
  • Sew gathers
  • Make a neck bias binding
  • Create a button placket
  • Sew button holes
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Class Reviews
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Terry Williams
Very clear, understandable instructions and explanations.
February 23, 2023