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Heart-Ford Sew-a-Long Day 4

Niina Kivelä

Blogger: Elise Ribeira

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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.  

Heat-Ford Sew-a-Long Day 3

Niina Kivelä

Blogger: Elise Ribeira

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Here we are on day three of the Heart-Ford sew-a-long! Today is all about constructing the bodice of the dress. Depending on what version you are doing, the construction will be different. If you are including a collar, your bodice will have a lining. Neck binding will be used on all other versions.

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If you are new to sewing knits or want to freshen up on your knit-sewing skills, check out the blog post filled with great tips here.


An important part of this step is attaching elastic to your bodice to stabilize your bodice. Make sure to use the wide zig zag stitch, take your time when attaching, and don’t worry if you need to try again if it doesn’t work out the first time. That wide zig zag stitch makes it easy to unpick quickly.

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With your bodice all ready to go, we are prepared for tomorrow when we will construct the heart pockets and prep the skirt.

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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.  

Heart-Ford Sew-a-Long Day 2

Niina Kivelä

Blogger: Elise Ribeira

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Welcome to day two of our Heart-Ford sew-a-long! Hopefully it wasn’t too hard to choose your favorite options. I know there are so many adorable combinations to pick from. I will be keeping it simple this time with an unlined bodice with a neck binding and long sleeves. I’m looking forward to see all the fun variations you may come up with!We will use day 2 to cut out our fabric. My favorite tools while cutting with knit are a clear, acrylic ruler (2 x18 is my favorite size for this task), a rotary cutter, and cutting mat.

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Lightweight knits can shift easily, so using a sharp rotary cutter can help with accuracy and speed. Pinning your pattern to the fabric or using pattern weights can also prevent shifting.

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But sure to cut your rectangle pieces from the cut chart as well. This is where that clear ruler especially comes in handy! I find this so much quicker than having to print, tape, and cut out a rectangle when I can so easily measure it with my handy ruler. (Pro Tip: I like to write down the cut chart measurements onto my bodice pattern, so it is easy to locate when I’m ready to cut those pieces.)

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Once you have all your fabric pieces accounted for, set them aside and anxiously wait for tomorrow when we will begin the construction of the bodice!

(Pro tip: I like to iron my pieces before sewing so everything is nice and crisp and ready to sew- if you’d like to iron yours, do this today!)