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Tutorial: Geneva Bonnet with Pintucks

Niina Kivelä

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Blogger: Kate Golden

Geneva Bonnet with Pintucks

Following the directions for the lined bonnet in the Geneva Bonnet Pattern:

When cutting pattern pieces, cut one lined bonnet piece, and one that is 2.25” longer along the short side. For example, if your first piece is 5 ½ x 12, your second will be 7 ¾ x 12.  This tutorial will add 4 pintucks to the front side of the bonnet.  If you would like more, add an additional ½ “ when cutting this piece. 

For the longer bonnet piece, use a removable marking tool to mark a line 1 ¼ “ from the front edge down the long side. 

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Mark 3 additional lines 1” apart.

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Wrong sides together, fold along the first line you marked.  I used a pen that removes when heated, so I finger pressed along the line.  Depending on how you marked this line, you could also press with an iron.

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Sew a straight line ¼ “ in from this edge.

Repeat folding the fabric along the other 3 lines, wrong sides together, and then sewing with a ¼ “ seam allowance. 

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Press the pintucks forward toward the front of the bonnet.

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Baste the pintucks down along the side seams.

Follow the remainder of the directions as instructed in the lined bonnet tutorial.

Shown here the Geneva Bonnet with pintucks paired with the Avonlea Romper.

Heart-Ford Sew-a-Long Day 5

Niina Kivelä

Blogger: Elise Ribeira


We’ve made it to day five!

With your cute hearts attached to your skirt, we are now ready to gather and attach our skirt to the bodice. There are many different ways to gather your skirt- my favorite way is to bump up my stitch length to 5 and my tension up to an 8 or 9. Use your favorite method to gather the skirt.

Be sure to use a high quality thread and start with long tails on your main thread and bobbin! As you sew, your fabric should gather itself. Adjust your tension as necessary if it appears to be too loose or too tight. After your skirt is gathered, measure it against your bodice and pull your threads and gathers to adjust to fit. I find that ironing your gathers can make attaching them easier, and makes them look neat and tidy.

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Finish your hem and your dress is complete, well done for making to day 5! Don’t worry if you are still finishing up, you have until Sunday at midnight EST to catch up and submit your final photos. Please post minimum of one progress photo and one final photo in the albums in the LLK Sewing Group, Sew-a-Long photo album.A random winner will be selected and announced on Monday the 11th, so be sure to add those photos to qualify for the drawing. I’m looking forward to seeing all your beautiful creations.

Heart-Ford Sew-a-Long Day 4

Niina Kivelä

Blogger: Elise Ribeira


Welcome to day four of the Heart-Ford sew-a-long! Today we will be constructing the heart pocket and attaching it to the skirt.

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You should have cut out two sets of hearts- one main and one lining.

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If you are not adding the ruffle and creating the simple heart, start on #5

1. To construct the ruffle, fold the strip in half right sides together and match up the short ends. Using a 1/4” seam allowance, sew the short ends together. Press the seams open. (Lace or trim can be used for the ruffle as well.)

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2. Fold the long sides in half wrong sides together and press.

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3. Sew a gathering stitch around the raw edge of the folded strip.

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4. Gather and pin to fit the right side of the main heart piece. Ironing the gathers can help with keeping them in place. Baste to attach using a 1/4” seam allowance.

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5. Place the lining on top of the main heart piece right sides together. If you made the ruffle, it will be sandwiched between the main and lining. Pin in place.

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Sew around the heart using a 1/2” seam allowance. When reaching the points of the heart, keep the needle down, left the foot and pivot the heart for a nice, sharp turn. Stop one to two inches before finishing the seam, leaving a small opening.

Clip the curves and trim down the corners, taking care not to cut through stitching.

Clip the curves and trim down the corners, taking care not to cut through stitching.

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Turn the heart right side out through the opening. Carefully poke out the curves and corners. Press.

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Starting a little more than halfway up the heart, with a 1/8” seam allowance topstitch across the top of the heart, ending around the same place on the opposite side.

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Take the front skirt fold it in half and press to make a center crease. Place the hearts on either side of the center line 2 to 4 inches out from the center fold, and 4 to 7 inches down from the top. (Feel free to put the pockets anywhere you’d like, this is just a recommended placement). Pin in place.

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Beginning where the topstitching ended, with a 1/8” seam allowance topstitch around the bottom of the heart and stop when the topstitching on the other side is reached. The pockets are now attached to the dress.

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Don’t forget to post minimum of one progress photo and one final photo in the albums in the LLK Sewing Group, Sew-a-Long photo album.