Austin Dress Supply Checklist
Today I’ll be walking you through the supplies you’ll need to follow along with our sew-along and create your Austin Dress! Although we’ll cover the supplies as part of the first video in the sew-along, I know a lot of you appreciate having a look at the complete list ahead of time so you can make sure you’ve got everything ready to go when the time comes.
Austin Dress Pattern: The Austin is available in both downloadable PDF and pre-printed paper pattern formats. You can find the pattern here in sizes 0-18 and here in sizes 14-32. We also have links to the patterns at the bottom of this post.
Fabric: We recommend using light to medium weight woven fabrics. Fabrics like cotton poplin, chambray, denim, linen, linen blends, rayon, and rayon blends all work well with the light drape of the dress. Our next post will focus more on fabrics including each of the fabrics we used for our samples. Keep in mind, extra fabric may be needed to match plaids, stripes, or one-way print designs.
Fusible Interfacing: You’ll want a lightweight fusible interfacing that is similar in weight and drape to the fabric you’re using. We used a lightweight woven interfacing for ours, but tricot/knit would work as well in a pinch. I do not recommend using bonded interfacing as it has no grain line or drape and will leave your garment quite stiff.
Thread: I prefer to use standard poly thread for my garments. I like poly because I pretreat 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.
Buttons: You will need 16 – 11/16" - ¾" (18mm-19mm) buttons for the sides of the dress, and one ⅜” button for the keyhole closure at the neckline.
- Elastic: 1 ½" (3.8mm) length of elastic cord. We used this black elastic cord from Dritz for our samples.
As I mentioned before, the sew-along starts on Monday June 13th, so grab your supplies and if you have any questions, just let me know in the comments below!