Welcome to Day 1 of the Laguna Sew-Along. We hope you have gathered your supplies. Today we are preparing our pattern and cutting out the pattern pieces. Let's get started!
First, head to your computer and print out your pattern. Here are a few tips I like to use for printing:
- Print the instruction pages on two sides (front and back). For the Laguna pattern, these are pages 2-16. For View A you only need pages 2-7. I like to save ink by not printing the pretty cover and inspiration pages, but that’s up to you. You may even choose to not print the instructions at all and have your digital copy handy while you sew.
- Print the pattern pages 20-28 on a single side only. Check the pattern for page numbers if you are sewing a different view. Make sure your scaling is set to “none”.
- Above all, utilize the test squares to make sure your pattern has printed at the full scale.
Cut the pattern pieces to your desired size. Be sure to include the gray/shaded areas in your cuts.
Overlap the shaded areas, as indicated on the pattern pieces, and tape each piece together to form the full pattern pieces.
Use the pattern layout guide based on the view you are sewing to cut out your fabric pattern pieces. For View A, you will need the front bodice, back bodice, upper sleeve, lower sleeve, and neck binding. Note: there is no pattern piece for the neck binding. Use the measurements on page 4. Be sure to transfer the markings to the right side of your fabric.
Sew a long basting stitch 3/8" from the edge of the fabric between the marks indicated on the pattern piece for the front bodice.
Gently pull the bobbin thread to gather this section to half of its original width. Repeat for the back bodice.
Hem the upper and lower sleeves either with a folded hem or rolled hem. For a folded hem, serge the lower edge of the sleeve with a slight gather by adjusting the differential feed. For me, the setting was 2.0. If using a sewing machine, tighten up the tension slightly so the fabric gathers along the curve. Press the hem 1/2" to the wrong side. The gathers should help the fabric press flat, but not be seen on the right side of the hem.
Stitch the hem in place with a twin needle, coverstitch, or zigzag stitch. Repeat for both upper sleeves and both lower sleeves.
Sew a long basting stitch along the upper edge of the upper sleeve only with a 3/8" seam allowance. Gather the upper sleeve to equal the width of the upper edge on the lower sleeve. Repeat for both upper sleeves.
With all right sides facing up, place the upper sleeve over the lower sleeve and baste along the upper edge and down each side edge with a 3/8" seam allowance. Repeat for the other sleeve.
We'll be back tomorrow to attach those sleeves!
See the rest of the Laguna Sew-Along here:
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