We are excited to add the Page Sew Along to our library. Throughout this sew along we will be sewing both views. We hope you will find all the support you need, even if the Pagey is your first garment. We also have community lead sewing support in our Facebook group, or you can email directly for additional support.
Before we begin sewing, here’s what you’ll need for your Page:
- The Page or Mini Page pattern in pdf or printed in your correct size.
- Washed and pressed knit fabric. If you’d like more inspiration and links to fabric and notions, check out our Page fabric post here.
- Small piece of tricot or other lightweight fusible interfacing.
- 2 yds (2 m) drawstring for hood
- 2 yds (2 m) drawstring for hem if sewing view B
- Four 1/4″ (0.6 cm) grommets
This eyelet kit from Wawak is what was used for the Page Hoodie samples.
- Safety pin or turning tool
- Tailor’s Chalk or washable fabric marker
TIPS FOR CUTTING
When cutting your fabric and pattern, here are a few important notes to remember:
- Your fabric should be pre-washed the same way you plan to launder your garment.
- Read the information on each pattern piece.
- Grainlines are indicated on the pattern pieces. Place pattern pieces on the grainline, parallel to the selvage or fold.
- If the pattern says “Cut 2,” the pieces are mirror images of each other.
- If the pattern says “Cut on FOLD,” place the pattern edge exactly along the fold of the fabric.
- Clip all notches at 1/4” (0.6 cm) or less.
- Transfer all pattern markings to your fabric with a washable marker or chalk.
- #1 FRONT BODICE – CUT 1 ON FOLD (A/B cup sizes only) or #2 FRONT BODICE – CUT 1 ON FOLD (C/D cup sizes only)
- #3 BACK BODICE – CUT 1 ON FOLD
- #4 HOOD – CUT 2
- #11 HOOD LINING – CUT 2 (if your main fabric is too thick, you can use jersey for the hood lining)
- #5 SLIM SLEEVE – CUT 2 OR # 6 FULL SLEEVE LONG OR SHORT LENGTH – CUT 2
CUFFS & BANDS
Cuffs and bands can be cut from your main fabric. However, if your main fabric has less than 50% stretch or less than 90% recovery, we recommend cutting the cuffs from rib knit fabric. Note: if you’re sewing short sleeves, cuffs are not needed.
- #7 SLEEVE CUFF – CUT 2 (if using main fabric) OR #12 SLEEVE CUFF – CUT 2 (if using rib fabric)
If sewing View A, you’ll need to cut bottom band pieces as well.
- #8 FRONT HEM BAND – CUT 1 ON FOLD (A/B cup only) OR #9 FRONT HEM BAND – CUT 1 ON FOLD (C/D cup only)
- #10 BACK HEM BAND – CUT 1 ON FOLD
Pattern layout will vary based on your garment size and fabric width, but take your time and make sure the grainlines are parallel to the fabric selvage. Once you have all your pattern pieces cut, you’re ready to begin sewing.
TIPS FOR SEWING KNITS
- You do not need an overlock machine to sew knits; you can use your regular sewing machine. For sewing joined seams, set your machine to a narrow zig zag or a stretch stitch.
- For seams where you will not be utilizing the fabric stretch, you can also use a regular straight stitch.
- If you use an overlock machine, remember the joining seams have a 3/8” (1 cm) seam allowance and trim the correct amount.
- When hemming you can use a twin needle, a narrow zig zag stitch, a stretch stitch or coverstitch.
- If you find that your fabric stretches while sewing, try a walking foot.
- If you are having trouble keeping your hems flat, you can try fusible hem tape.