Fabric Discount for Sewalong; How a Sewalong Works

FabricMart discount for MPC sewalong

Looking for fabric for your wrap dress? Our friends at FabricMart have extended a various generous discount to anyone sewing in this sewalong: Take 30% off any full-priced knit order with coupon code WRAP30. Wow, that’s a big savings! (See image above for full details.)

Speaking of fabric for wrap dresses, check out my co-host ReDpants Design’s post today all about choosing the right fabric. Lots of good info here.

We are thrilled to have so many first-time sewalongers joining us. Several of you have asked for more details about how a sewalong works, so let me do some clarifying:

• Think of this sewalong as the modern equivalent of a quilting or sewing bee. Instead of us going over to each other’s houses to work on a quilt together, we’re sewing along together digitally. Sounds a little impersonal, but I actually met one of my closest sewing friends through an online sewalong.
• There is no official sign-up to participate in the types of sewalongs we host. It’s nice when you leave comments on the announcement blog post, saying you’re in, but you can participate completely anonymously if you’d like.
• We provide a schedule of target dates for the sewalong, but feel free to go as fast or as slow as you’d like. We will not remove any of the posts pertaining to the sewalong as long as this blog exists. So if you’re too busy to join us now, you can always revisit this at a more convenient date.
• Our Flickr group is a great place to post progress photos and seek opinions from your hosts and fellow sewalongers. If you’re not on Flickr yet, please think about joining, if only just to provide comments and help to others.
• Please use the hashtag #wrapdresssewalong to tag your photos. If you’re using Twitter or Instagram, also tag us so we can find your photos more quickly. (Twitter is @mccallpatternco and Instagram is @mccallpatterncompany.)
• You can also use the blog comments to ask questions, which we’ll do our best to answer.

This weekend I cut out the muslin for my niece’s wrap dress. I want to make sure the bodice fits before I cut into the real fabric. I also cut out a muslin for the new Lisette Butterick moto jacket. I find that if I park my iPad on the cutting table and watch TV on it, the cutting-out part isn’t so tedious for me. Especially while binge-watching the new season of House of Cards…

We’ve been sewing since 1863.

  1. I think I will be joining the sew along…….first time for me. I have the original DVF pattern and I think now is the perfect time to use it. Of course I will be tracing the pattern pieces instead of using the actual pattern on the fabric. I would like to preserve the pattern as I consider it a treasure to own.

  2. Quick question

    Regarding the muslin
    Should the fabric for the muslin be same weight and stretch content as the fabric for the finished project???

    Since muslin is a “a fabric” as well as a term it could be confusing for some of the participants


    1. Yes, try to use a fabric for your muslin (or toile as it’s called elsewhere) that mimics your fashion fabric as closely as possible. So, approximately same weight and stretch. “Close enough” is fine.

  3. Does anyone have hints for a full bust adjustment? I’m a double d, I like the wrap dress on me but scared of making my own. Thanks for any suggestions!

  4. Sorry forgot to say I’m using Butterick B5030, thanks again

  5. So excited to join! This will be first sewalong. Back to sewing after 15 years! 🙂

  6. Thank you for arranging the 30% discount at FabricMart. I was struggling with the fabric selection, trying to find something not too expensive for the muslin, and hoping it was a fabric my daughter liked, so it had the potential to be a wearable muslin. I read ReDpants post on fabric selection and purchased a fabric she linked to from FabricMart! Thank you Meg & ReDpants

  7. there are some excellent fabrics at Vogue Fabrics (Evanston, IL)…check out the beautiful stretch charmeuse on sale ($5.99 a yard) that would wonderfully. It’s available in a great array of colors too. Otherwise peek at the ITY fabrics. Tons of really springy, summery choices available.

  8. I wish I had the time to participate in this sew along but I will definitely enjoy reading the posts and admiring everyone’s creations.

  9. I see Fabric Mart has offered discounts on fabrics for this wrap dress sew a long. I could not find any silk jersey on their site or any jersey fabric at all. Do you know what they recommend for the wrap dress?
    I am ready to begin my muslin. Have you given instructions on how to alter the top for a bigger bust? I have not yet received any emails directing me to your sew a longs.

    1. Hi Fara! Please read my co-host’s post on choosing fabric: http://redpantsdesigns.com/2015/03/wrap-dress-sewalong-selecting-and-cutting-your-knit-fabric/. We will be including information on how to do a full-bust alteration; this will most likely be available next week. We do not have a special email program for this sewalong, but you can sign up to receive emails letting you know whenever a new post has been written for this blog. (Look in the sidebar on the right to sign up.) Hope this answers your questions!

  10. Hello,

    I want to use B5030 but it is not for jersey (jersey mat is less stretchy I guess)..what to do ?
    Thanks !

    1. Jersey is fine. You will want to stabilize it at the collar, cuff, possibly the waist and neckline edges.

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