Bloom Shirt + Dress Sew Along


1 — Cutting, Interfacing and Pre-Pressing

24—December 2020

First we cut out our pattern and apply interfacing. Then, we pre-press some pieces before we start sewing our Bloom Shirt or Dress.

1 — Cutting, Interfacing and Pre-Pressing
Dec 24 2020
1 Cutting Pattern
19 Cutting Fabric with Pattern

First of all you will need to trace off the pattern in the size you would like to make. If you would like to make a short sleeved Bloom Shirt or Dress you will need to transfer the short sleeve markings to your size. Simply extend the 'short sleeve cut length indication line' out to meet the seam edge of your size. Then, transfer the turn back angle and notch point, and the seam allowance angle and notch point to the seam edge of your size.

Trace around your pattern pieces on to your main fabric and cut them out. Keep the pieces that need to be interfaced to one side, we will cut these out in the next step.

1 Interfacing
2 Fusing with Iron

To ensure accuracy, and to save time, we recommend block fusing your upper collar piece (if sewing the pointed or half penny collar option) and one collar stand before you begin sewing. Block fusing is when you apply fusible interfacing to a section fabric before cutting out the pattern pieces. Doing it this way mean your pieces won’t stretch out of shape, which can happen if you piece fuse after. It also saves a bit of time as you only need to cut out once!

Once you have block fused your main fabric, trace around the upper collar and collar stand pieces and cut them out.

If you choose to piece fuse keep your pattern pieces close by for reference and make sure they don't stretch out of shape.

3 Interfused Shape
11 Front Panel with Interfusing

The cuffs and centre front plackets (if you choose to apply interfacing here), will need to be piece fused as only part of the pattern piece is interfaced. Apply the interfacing to one half of each cuff piece, and to the centre fronts of the front panels.

You may want to interface your front plackets if you are sewing your Shirt or Dress in a delicate or loosely woven fabric. It will provide some extra strength and stability for your buttons and buttonholes which can be high stress points on your Shirt or Dress. You will need a 3cm wide strip of interfacing that is the length of the centre front of your Shirt or Dress.
8 Measuring fold on Interfaced Shape
Pressing Before You Sew

Cuffs — Fold up the 1cm seam allowance along the long, interfaced edge of each cuff. Then fold the cuff in half at the notches with the wrong sides together.

5 Measuring fold on Sleeve Placket

Sleeve Plackets — Fold the vertical edges of each sleeve placket under 6mm to the wrong side and press. Then fold down 1cm at the top/short edge to the wrong side and press.

10 Front Panel Shape folding

Fronts — On your front pieces, fold the long centre front edge to the wrong side 3cm, as indicated by the notches and press. Then fold under another 3cm and press. The finished front placket will measure 3cm.

4 Pocket Shape with Top Fold

Patch Pocket — Fold the top of the patch pocket piece 3cm, then 3cm again to the wrong side as indicated by the notches and press. The finished fold will measure 3cm.

6 Dress side Pocket shape

Side Pocket — If you are sewing the Dress, fold the side pockets in half, right sides together, as indicated by the notches.

14 Shape with Folds
15 Measuring

Dress Hem — If you are sewing the Dress view you will need to press the hem on your two front pieces, and your back piece. Fold the 1cm seam allowance to the wrong side and press. Next fold the hem up a further 8cm as indicated by the notches and press. The finished hem will measure 8cm. Just the front hem is shown here but the process is the same for the back.

Sleeve Hem — If you have chosen to sew a short sleeved Shirt or Dress you can pre-press the sleeve hems at this point too. Fold up the 1cm seam allowance to the wrong side and press. Then fold back another 3cm for the hem. The finished hem will measure 3cm.

Now it is time to start sewing, move on to step 2.

Don't forget you can always email us via [email protected] if you need advice!

Bloom makes from our wonderful community are also popping up over on Instagram, follow @makebytfs and use #TFSBloomShirt and #TFSBloomDress so others can check out your creations!

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