We are excited to announce our upcoming New York Minute Sew-Along starting November 6! If you haven’t participated in a sew-along before, check out our New York Minute Sew Along Information page for some basic info.
You’re gonna have some choices to make! View options for this girls’ dress pattern in sizes 12 months to 9/10 years include hood, ribbing, or faced neckline, long or short sleeves, inset or kangaroo pocket, and ribbing or A-line hem. There’s also a bonus tutorial right in the pattern for creating a New York Minute Top, so if you sew for boys or just want a top rather than a dress, you can sew along too.
You’ll also need to choose some great fabric, and that’s where this post comes in as a little pre-sew-along kickoff to help you choose.
Using Stretchier Knits. The New York Minute Dress pattern is designed and sized for 25%-35% stretch fabrics, which are more stable knits, but as a sew-along bonus, we’ll show you how to sew your NYM pattern with stretchier fabrics like cotton/lycra or double-brushed polyester. Really, there’s nothing to it! A stretchier fabric will just result in a looser fit if you make your regular size, or you can size down 1 size in width (but make your usual length) for a closer fit. Instructions for sizing down in width are right in the pattern, and we’ll go over it in the sew-along too. Remember when purchasing fabric that if you size down in width, you will still need the yardage required for your length size.
Here’s an example of the New York Minute made in a lightweight cotton/lycra jersey from Cali Fabrics. Our model has a chest size of 22″, which is right on the cusp of sizes 3 and 4. The dress on the left is made in a size 3, and the dress on the right is size 4. The size 3 dress is a bit more fitted, and the size 4 dress looks just a bit more relaxed. Both dresses look great though and hang with more drape than a heavier knit would provide.
These two NYMs by Sam and I designs are made from cotton/lycra and are both sized down in width.
These 3 below were sewn with jersey by our Sew-Along guest admin Stephanie in her girl’s regular size, without sizing down.
Double brushed poly (DBP) is another fabric that is stretchier than the pattern recommendations but still works nicely for the New York Minute dress. It’s a bit heavier than single-brushed poly and holds its shape nicely even while providing a nice drape. Stephanie sewed the dresses below with DBP from Vintage Lace. You can see the lovely drape at the hemline!
Cali Fabrics. If you have been following TDD for a while, you probably know we are regular bloggers over at Cali Fabrics because we love shopping their huge selection of unique fabrics at great prices. Our sew-along will feature a NYM we made from a gorgeous DBP from Cali Fabrics. See all their many knits here: http://www.califabrics.com/knits/ Our affiliate link will save you $5 on your purchase of $25!
Imagine Gnats. Rachael has an impressive knack for choosing classy, on-trend, quality fabrics for her online shop. Great pics you can find for NYM include french terry, interlock, jersey, sweatshirt fleece, and more. Here’s a link to the lovely selection of knits – you can further sort the knits by type using the dropdown menu on the right. http://imaginegnats.com/product-category/fabric/substrate/knit-fabrics/
Raspberry Creek Fabrics. We’ll be showing you the coziest NYM ever made with french terry from their shop! This is a great place to shop a curated selection of floral, patterned, and solid knits. I see Fall colors are featured and they all look so yummy! You can peruse the knit fabrics here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/raspberrycreekfabric?section_id=7381085.