Daffodil Sew Along: Day 1

Welcome to our Daffodil Top Sew Along!  Whether you’re looking for motivation to sew each day, camaraderie in sewing, new pattern tips and tricks, or pure simple fun, this sew along is for you.  

We will be using the new Daffodil Top pattern for this sew along. If you haven't grabbed your pattern yet, be sure to do that now. Purchase it with the Daffodil Capris in a limited time bundle discount and save 25%. These patterns pair together perfectly!  Including sizes 12 months through 9/10, the Daffodil Top pattern will quickly become your favorite Spring and Summer top.  It’s not even Spring yet in the Pacific Northwest and Sweet Pea’s closet already has 6 Daffodil’s waiting for warmer weather (and being worn now with a cardigan).  Unlined, clean, simple lines and built in cap sleeve will make you reach for this pattern time and again!

Yes, that's a tulip  not a daffodil, but you work with what you've got!
The Daffodil Top pattern is recommended for advanced beginner or higher sewing levels, but all sewing levels are of course welcome to join the sew along.  In fact, the sew along is a great way to get some extra help along the way if you are not confident with the skills required in the pattern.

One of the fun perks of a Sew Along with Tie Dye Diva is some fun extras for the pattern! First, we will show you how to lengthen Daffodil to an adorable a-line dress.  Second, we will add inseam pockets to the front princess seams. Finally, we will use the Universal Flutter (downloadable for free in the Tie Dye DIva Facebook Group) with a few modifications, to make an adorable flutter shoulder option.  I hope you are as excited as I am!

How adorable is this Daffodil Dress!?
Flutters are so sweet!

Before we get started, here’s a breakdown of what we hope to accomplish each day:
Let’s get started today with looking at the options for trim, color placement and sew along extras!  The princess seams in Daffodil are the perfect place for adding fun trims.  I’ve added piping and crochet lace trim in this seam.  

 Other possibilities would also be a petite ruched or inseam ruffle.  I will step you through each of these during the traditional construction on Thursday. If you like, different fabrics could also be used for the sides and front/back pieces making a color blocked look.  Or, if you are working with a striped fabric consider rotating the side pieces 90* as I have (subtly) done on this Daffodil Top.  It really shows of the seams nicely.  

The tuxedo ruffle on the front is optional, but adds a nice accent and frill. When I have left off the tuxedo ruffle I typically still add a little lace or button detail.

Now, let’s print and assemble the Daffodil Top pattern. For sizes 12-18 month through 3, print pages 11-16. For larger sizes print pages 11-19.

Refer to the Tie Dye Diva size chart and determine which size(s) your model falls into.  Before adjusting your pattern (if needed), decide if you’d like to make a top or dress length

The pattern includes a short tutorial for lengthening or shortening the Daffodil top on page 10. Sweet Pea has a 21” chest placing her at the bottom of the size 3 chest range, but she is 39.5” tall placing her squarely in the size 4 height range.  Choose your size based on chest and adjust length as needed. Ask in the group if you've got questions! We are there to help.

To make a dress length Daffodil, the lengthening steps are the same. Jen has done all the math for you for an at-knee-length dress. This chart will tell you how much to lengthen each size for a dress length.

If your model wears a different size in length than width, refer to the Finished Top Length chart on page 2 of the Daffodil Pattern. Determine the difference in length between the size needed for width and the size needed for length and add that amount to the extension amount above. For example, Sweet Pea is a size 3 width and size 4 length. The finished length difference between the two sizes is 1" so I added 1" to the "Extended Pattern" measurement above and lengthened the pattern 7" for her dress.

If you’d like to add pockets to your dress (or top) you simply need scraps of material or a coordinating fabric.  We will go into more detail on cutting out patterns tomorrow.

I hope your mind is full of wonderful ideas for your Daffodil Top or Dress!  In review, before tomorrow, you should have your pattern printed and assembled.  Also, decide on making a top or dress. Lengthen (or shorten) the pattern as needed according to the description above.  Select your fabric. Will you add flutter sleeves? If not select any trims (piping, lace, etc) that you would like to add to the princess seams, and make sure you have a package of single fold bias tape as directed in the pattern (or make your own single fold bias!).  Decide if you would like a tuxedo ruffle on front and if you will add pockets or not.  See you back here tomorrow to cut out and begin sewing!

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