Sewing Hacks for the Jessica Dress
Intermediate | 21 min 18 sec
If you haven’t worn any of your shirt dresses in a long time, consider transforming one into two brand new garments. Pick up your fabric shears and join Brittany J Jones - sewing instructor, co-owner of Melanated Fabrics, and brand ambassador for Husqvarna Viking – as she guides you through two hacks for the Jessica Dress by Mimi G Style. With some strategic snips and hemming, Brittany will show you how the Jessica Dress is the perfect foundation for a peplum top or a gathered skirt. Learn how to create even gathers and make a buttoned waistband from material already on the dress. This class is fantastic for thrifters and anyone interested in sustainable fashion, since you can re-imagine a wonderful garment that might have a stain or an irreparable hole. You'll be able to use these techniques on any shirt dress that you have.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • One finished Jessica dress for each hack (PDF included in materials) or other shirt dress
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Fabric shears
  • Snips
  • Iron and ironing surface
  • Ruler
  • Marking tool or chalk
  • Seam gauge
  • Seam ripper
Learn how to:
  • Alter a shirt dress to make a peplum top or a gathered skirt
  • Create an even gather for a skirt waist
  • Make a buttoned skirt waistband with interfacing 
  • Hem clothing
  • Stitch in the ditch

What you'll get:
  • Easy-to-follow video lessons on how to hack the Jessica Dress pattern by Mimi G Style
  • 4 HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supply list and PDF pattern
  • Step-by-step instructions by expert sewist Brittany J Jones
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions and interact with other students
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Class Reviews
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Valerie Fitzpatrick
More than 3 months ago
Ljiljana Belavić Kliček
Love the tip for making a buttonhole!
More than 3 months ago
Amy Omer
Great way to upcycle thrift store finds
More than 3 months ago