Wardrobe Basics: Sew Dress No. 3
Beginner | 1 hour 29 min
Artist and designer Sonya Philip demystifies the sewing process while teaching you how to make Dress No. 3 from her pattern series "100 Acts of Sewing." This v-neck dress wears like a kaftan and has a long, relaxed fit, perfect for lounging inside or poolside. Sonya walks you through how to trace a pattern and cut out your fabric, then demonstrates how to adjust a sewing pattern to create two different versions of the garment: a shortened length with round neckline, contrast cuffs, and patch pockets, and the addition of a fabric belt and loops with a cute ruffle at the hem. Easy to sew and easy to wear, Dress No. 3 is beginner-friendly and gives you many options to fit your personal style. This pattern includes a size range of Small (32” bust) to 4X (53” bust).
Here’s what you’ll need:
  •  Mid to light weight woven fabric such as cotton lawn, shirting, double gauze:
    • Fabric width 45 inches (114 cm):
    • XS: 2 5/8 yards (2.4 m);
    • S-M: 2 3/4 yards (2.55 m);
    • L: 3 yards (2.75 m);
    • XL-2X: 3 3/8 yards (3.1 m)
    • Fabric width 60 inches (152 cm):
    • 3X: 3 3/8 yards (3.1 m);
    • 4X: 3 1/2 yards (3.2 m) •
    • Additional 1/2 yd (0.5 m) or fat quarter of fabric for bias tape
  • Matching thread
  • Tracing paper and pencil
  • Washi tape
  • Pattern weights
  • Tailors chalk
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Rotary cutter
  • Ruler
  • Sewing gauge
  • 3/4 inch (18 mm) bias tape maker 
  • Iron and ironing surface
  • Pattern PDF
Learn how to:
  • Sew a long, v-neck dress
  • Make easy modifications to a sewing pattern
  • Sew a contrast sleeve cuff
  • Sew patch pockets
  • Make a fabric belt and belt loops
  • Create a ruffled hem
  • Make and attach bias tape
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Class Reviews
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Elizabeth Garcia
I like all of Sonya's courses. Her teaching style is easy to follow, the steps are complete and the patterns are great for all levels of sewing and a perfect opportunity to build a capsule wardrobe with the fabric all ready in your stash! Thank you Sonya!
More than 3 months ago
maria grant
amazing loving this, so much information step by step
More than 3 months ago
Beverly Hilbert
One dress many ways. Brilliant! Cannot wait to try them all. Sonya, thank you.
More than 3 months ago