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 pattern 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!