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Tilly and the Buttons STRETCH! Joni Dress

This dress is a bit more complicated to sew than the other patterns in the book so we will use both sessions to complete the dress.  You'll learn about nap layout for fabrics such as velvet and modifying patterns for single layer cutting out to increase cutting accuracy.  You'll also learn about stabilizing shoulders and other parts of the dress with thin elastic to ensure that the dress doesn't stretch out as you wear it or over time.  Joni also features a hidden neckline binding so you'll learn about that type of neckline binding not only for Joni but for all necklines that you sew.


  • Tilly and the Buttons STRETCH! book
  • 2 1/2 yards jersey, stretch velvet or stretch sequin fabric (lightweight jersey is preferred for this pattern)  (if you use stretch velvet, please also bring about 3" of 60" wide jersey to use as the neckline binding).
  • Matching thread
  • 1 yard 5/8" Fold Over Elastic
  • Ballpoint needle size 80/12 (90/14 if using stretch velvet)
  • Scissors and rotary cutter (optional)
  • pattern weights and/or pins
  • Your sewing machine

If you need to use a shop machine, please reserve one before the class by calling the shop.

**Images from Tilly and the Buttons STRETCH! book

Skill Level: beginner
Skill Details: Advanced beginner/intermediate
Requirements: You must have proficiency in the use of your sewing machine and prior experience sewing with knits.
Instructor: Martha West
Instructor Bio: Martha West

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