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Foxglove Sewalong: Part 1

By Allie

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So you’ve bought your Foxglove tank pattern by Selvage Designs! We think you’re brilliant! (Not to mention gorgeous, charming, funny and kind). We really do. This racerback tank is sure to be your new favorite top and one that you’ll make several times. To ensure that you start off on the right sewing foot, we’ve put together a three part sewalong that will lead you step by step through sewing a woven version the Foxglove tank.

Today, I'll be talking about all of the steps leading up to the actual sewing of your Foxglove, which are just as important as the actual garment construction. This digital pattern has some special features that make it a breeze to use. Listen up and pay attention, because your mind is about to be blown.

Printing Your Foxglove Pattern

The Foxglove pattern prints like most PDF patterns, except that it includes the special ability to view and print only the size you’d like to make! To select the size you’d like to make, be sure to click on the layers icon in Adobe Acrobat (image below), expand the layers by clicking on the little arrow to the left of foxglove final.pdf, and click the eye icon next to each size you don't want visible. Be sure to leave the bottom two layers titled Info and Tiling on. If you've done this correctly you should see only one line on the pattern piece pages, and all of the original pattern markings.

Foxglove Sewalong Part 1 | Size Layers in Adobe

The Foxglove pattern pieces are only 13 pages, which makes for a quick pattern assembly. I had my pattern printed and taped together within ten minutes! Print pages 14 through 26 of the pattern, remembering to print the document at 100% scaling or actual size. I recommend printing the first page of the pattern pieces to make sure that your scaling box is the right size.

Assembling the Pattern Pieces

If you haven’t used a digital sewing pattern or need guidance on tracing your pattern pieces, we recommend you read our How to Use a Digital Sewing Pattern post before printing the Foxglove pattern.

The Foxglove pattern pieces tile together in landscape format, so that the pages are oriented horizontally rather than vertically. Refer to the pattern diagram, the pattern piece numbers, and the diamonds on each pattern edge to make sure your taping together your pattern correctly.

At this point you can simply cut your size out of the taped together pattern if you wish. Or you can follow our example by tracing your size onto tissue paper or thin interfacing. This allows you to reuse the tiled pattern if you decide to make a different size later. Also, thin interfacing doesn’t tear or wrinkle, so you can store your pattern pieces without the risk of ruining them. If you choose the latter method, be sure to transfer all labels and markings to your traced pattern pieces. Cut the pieces from your tracing paper or interfacing with a rotary cutter and scissors.

If you’re making the woven version, be sure you add ¼” to your center, side and shoulder seams as noted in the pattern instructions and on the pattern pieces. I did this after I traced my size onto thin interfacing (but before I cut out the pieces), using a sewing ruler as shown below.

Adding width to seams | Foxglove Sewalong Part 1

Cutting the Fabric

Now that your pattern pieces are cut out, you're ready to start cutting into your fabric. This can be a scary step...a point of no return, some might say. Trust us when we say you will be fine. Just make sure you’ve followed the steps above carefully and take it slow from here.

Simply lay your pattern piece templates on your washed and pressed fabric making sure the grainline of the fabric runs in the same direction as noted on the pattern pieces. Use pattern weights or pins to keep the pattern and fabric from shifting as you cut out each piece. I used pins to secure my pattern pieces to my fabric and aligned the center edge of each pattern piece near the fold, but not against it as shown below. Since my version will have center seams, I need two mirror images of each pattern piece. If you’re not making the center seam version, you can cut your pieces on the fold as explained in the pattern.

Preparing to cut your Foxglove | Sewalong Part 1

Using fabric scissors and/or a rotary cutter and mat, cut around the two pattern pieces.

Indiesew blog | Rotary Cutting your Foxglove

Cutting out your Foxglove | Blog

Congratulations, you are now ready to start sewing your Foxglove! Tomorrow we’ll dive into sewing the side and shoulder seams and by Friday you’ll have a finished Foxglove that you can wear all weekend long!

Indiesew | Foxglove pattern pieces

Next week we’ll be showing you how we wear our Foxglove tank and we’ll be giving away a copy of the pattern to one lucky winner! Have you already made your own? Upload your creation here. We’ll be picking our favorites next week!

Feel free to comment on this post with any questions or comments that arise in your Foxglove sewing adventures. Happy Foxglove sewing, folks.

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