Sewing Essentials: The Isla Dress and Top
Intermediate | 34 min 20 sec
Isla Dress and Top
Known for her carefully crafted sewing patterns that stitch up into dressy-casual garments, Rae Hoekstra of the Made By Rae pattern line brings us a gorgeous sewing class based on her Isla pattern. This playful design for knit fabrics works just as easily as a top as it does a mid-length dress, and both variations feature simply shaped cap sleeves. Rae shares special techniques that make working with knits a breeze, such as using knit clips and shirring with elastic thread. 
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Get the Isla Top pattern here
  • Lightweight knit fabric with at least 50% stretch
    • Top: 1 yard for sizes XXS – L; 1 ½ yards for XL and Plus Sizes 1-3
    • Dress: 2 yards for sizes XXS – L; 2 ½ yards for XL and Plus Sizes 1-3
  • Swedish tracing paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Pattern weights
  • Quilting clips or pins
  • Measuring tape
  • Hem gauge
  • Snips
  • Seam ripper
  • Polyester or polyester blend thread
  • Elastic thread
  • Rotary cutter and cutting mat
  • Tracing chalk
  • Shears
  • Sewing machine
  • Ballpoint or stretch needle
  • Iron and ironing surface
Learn how to:
  • Use elastic and shirring to make gathers
  • Sew with knits without a serger
  • Work with jersey
  • Shorten or lengthen a bodice
What you’ll get:
  • Step-by-step expert instruction on sewing a customizable dress and top out of knit fabric.
  • 6 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supplies list 
  • Step-by-step expert instruction from patternmaker, Rae Hoekstra
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions, and interact with other students
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Class Reviews
386 users recommended this class to a friend
Pamela Privett
If I'd have known I'd have to buy the pattern I wouldn't have saved this class in my library. :( She seems like a good instructor, but this isn't the type of class I belong to Creativebug to access.
January 27, 2023
Kim Clark
Rae is a great instructor, I enjoy her videos.
January 4, 2023
Kathy Holley
freakin awesome!!! Thank you so much, I learned a lot.
More than 3 months ago