Farrow Sew-Along: Gathering Supplies

We had such a good reaction to our Tamarack supply post that we’re now going to be doing one for each of our new patterns. I love when something is both fun to put together and really helpful for you! Below you’ll find a list of everything we used to create our Farrow Dresses. If you have any questions just let us know in the comments below.

1. Farrow Pattern: You can find the paper pattern here, or the PDF version here.

2. Fabric: I’m using a rayon from Cotton & Steel for the sleeved version of the Farrow and a Robert Kaufman Essex linen for the sleeveless version. If you’re on the fence about what to use for your dress, our previous post about fabric choices can be found here.

3. Thread: I prefer to use standard poly thread for my garments. I like poly because I pre-treat my fabrics and I know that poly won’t shrink when laundered, keeping my seams nice and neat. Try to use high quality thread as it’s kinder to your machine.

4. Fusible Interfacing: You’ll want either a woven or tricot fusible interfacing in approximately the same weight as the fabric you’re using. Avoid bonded interfacings as they lack the drape necessary to produce a professional looking garment you’ll want to wear.

5. Hook & Eye: We recommend a medium sized hook and eye, nothing too small or large.

6. Marking Chalk: You’ll need chalk or your favorite removable marking pen to both trace out your pattern as well as trace your quilting lines onto your pattern. This is my favorite chalk tracing pen, but use whatever works for you!

7. Pins: Whatever pins you usually use will be just fine for this as long as they correspond with your fabric choice. For example if you’re using silk or rayon, you might want to opt for extra-fine satin pins as they’re a bit slimmer than dressmaker’s pins.

8. Hand Sewing Needles: These are simply for sewing on the hook and eye so as long as what you have on hand matches your fabric weave there’s no need for something special.

9. Regular Machine Foot: I love my 1/4″ foot (which BERNINA calls the Patchwork Foot) because of the accuracy it provides but I recommend using whatever you’re used to.

10. Scissors: I’m not much of a rotary person, but the scissors I find most useful for almost every project I make are my Gingher bent handle shears, embroidery scissors, and thread snips. I couldn’t sew without them.

11. Tape Measure: You’ll need a tape measure to take your measurements as well as lay out your pattern pieces for cutting.

Next up we’ll talk about sizing. If you have any supply questions just let us know in the comments below!

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14 replies on “Farrow Sew-Along: Gathering Supplies

  • Kim

    Looking forward to joining the Farrow Dress sew along. I’ve some vintage wool I’d love to use. I think it would be best lined however. I’m thinking of drafting out the lining pieces based off the dress silhouette. Do you have any suggestions?

      • Sandi

        to piggyback on to Kim’s comment, I also have a quick question about wool. I’m using some for my farrow dress and was wondering if I should replace the wool with something more lightweight in the hidden pocket portion of the dress? It seems like it might end up really bulky in this area, though I’m a relatively new sewer so I’m not sure if that would be a bad idea or not. Thanks!

        • Jen

          It depends how bulky your wool is. I made a Farrow out of a smooth wool suiting and it worked just great. If the wool is thick you might want to consider a different fabric. Unfortunately it’s hard for me to gauge over the internet :/

  • Melissa Seymour

    I love my 1/4″ foot too! But because the seam allowances are 1/2″, would i have to adjust the the seam allowance when cutting out the fabric? Or just sew with a 1/4″ foot/seam and the dress will be slightly larger..?

    • Jen

      The interfacing is used to stabilize the facings. You’ll find the amount required in the pattern underneath the amount of fabric required.

  • Ann

    Thanks! I’m waiting for my pattern to arrive. The blog and all of your amazing details for getting ready to sew the Farrow is so helpful and is quieting all of my doubts about being able to sew this. I’m really looking forward to it!


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