How to sew "Jessica" the pattern


By Georgina Raudino

'Jessica' was designed because I simply love all my clothes oversized (especially my tops) at the moment. It's only been the past couple of months where my style has changed. I wouldn't say its changed drastically, but it has a more comfortable and relaxed look about it. 

I have been on the hunt for an oversized singlet for months and still haven't come across one that I liked. Thats why I thought it would be a great idea to create one myself. And that is how 'Jessica' came about.

This pattern is all about the choice of fabric you choose to use. It defines the way it drapes and the aesthetic of the finish garment. Both the arm and neck holes are left as a raw edge finish. You can also leave the hem as a raw edge as well, or turned up and straight stitched. 

THE JESSICA PATTERN

An oversized, raw edge, slouch singlet.

The Jessica Pattern

 

* All of the PDF sewing patterns are suitable for both US letter and A4 paper. Perfect for all sewers to sew anywhere in the world. I am trying to make sewing fun and convientant for everyone.

Recommended Fabric

I recommend using a blend of fibres and knit fabric. The model on the product page wears a light-weight 'marino wool' blend, which is a sheer knit fabric. In the video, the fabric I used was a little heavier but still classified as a light-weight. This was a Cotton Poly blend and also a knit.
The length of fabric needed is different for each size and is written int he sewing guide once downloaded.
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The width of fabric I recommend the width of your fabric roll be 150cm, no less. If you come across a fabric roll with a greater width you can possibly use less length as the fabric can be doubled. How this works is that the selvages meet in the middle and your fold lines are mirrored. The pattern can be placed mirroring one another. 
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Equipment Required

Cutting out your pattern: Printer, Paper Scissors, Sticky Tape, Measuring Tape, Coloured Marker
To sew the pattern: Sewing Machine, Matching Thread, Pins, Measuring Tape, Fabric Scissors, Fabric Marker.

 

 

Preparing your pattern

STEP 1. Printing out your pattern you can either do from your home or print professionally. Your downloadable files contain your sewing guide, PDF pattern and an A0 file to print professionally. 

Print out the first page of your pattern and measure your test square to make sure that measuring correctly before printing out the other pages of your pattern. 

Place all pattern pages together and stick them down.

Preparing the Jessica Pattern

 

STEP 2. Each downloadable file contains 3 sizes. Ensure to choose your size correctly. 

Once printed out, (if printed in black and white) use a colour marker to out line your size before you cut out. 

Choosing your Pattern size

 

STEP 3. Following the straight line, cut carefully. The dotted line is your stitching line.

Cut out your PDF pattern

 

Placing the pattern onto your fabric

STEP 4. Laying out your pattern can take some time. Take your time and make sure to read the cutting instructions on your pattern. 

For some, depending on your size of patterns and the width of your fabric you may be able to fold your selvages in, meeting them in the centre and creating fold lines mirroring one another. Place pattern pieces on fold lines, pin and check to make sure fabric is fitting on both patterns before cutting out. 

If above doesn't apply to you, fold your selvages together creating one fold line. Place patterns on the fabric, right up close to the fold line. Pin in place and cut out your patterns using sharp fabric scissors.

 

laying out your pattern

 

Time to sew

STEP 1. Both shoulder and side seams are a French Seam. 

Place fabric wrong sides together. Pin your shoulder and side seams making sure everything lines up.

Pinning shoulder and side seams

STEP 2. Before you start sewing make sure to test your sewing machine first. This is to ensure your stitching settings are correct. I always like to use the same fabric as my garment to test.

Test your stitch

STEP 3. Sew your seams together using a 1cm seam allowance for both shoulder and side seam.

Sew your seams together

STEP 4. Cut back your seam allowance, by half or as close as you can to your stitching line.

cut back your seam allowance

STEP 5. Turn your garment inside out. Using your forefinger and thumb role your seams, pinning and making sure that your other seam allowance is caught within your newly forming french seam.

Creating your French Seam

STEP 6. Once seams are pinned, your want to sew; incasing your first seam. Seam allowance needs to be 0.5cm or foot width apart. This is creating a french seam.

This is a great time to iron your garment and cut all loose thread.

Sewing your french seam

STEP 7. Taking up your hem. This step is optional.

Using your measuring tape you want to pin, turning back your hem 1.5cm or 5'8" of an inch. Iron in place before you sew if this makes it easier for your to start sewing.

Sew your hem up making sure your foot is right up close to the edge of your finished fabric.

Turning your hem up

STEP 8. Iron your hem and cut all loose thread.

Finished hem

 

Watch & Learn

Keeping sewing simple, I have also created a tutorial showing you how to sew the 'Jessica' pattern from start to finish. Watch and follow along, share with your sewing friends and leave me a comment to tell me what you think. 

 

I hope you love this pattern as much as I do. Don't forget to share your creations in the Facebook group. 

Georgina xx

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