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Announcing the Amy skirt sewalong!

We're feeling the winter chill in the air, and what better way to keep warm than with a spot of sewing? Flick on your kettle and fire up your sewing machine, because Afternoon is hosting the Amy skirt sewalong to keep you company this July.

For the uninitiated, a sewalong shows you how to sew your own garment, step by step. We post lots of pictures and more detailed explanations. Plus, because I'll be sewing along with you, I'm at the same stage of the project, and will be right here to answer your questions!

The first post will be going up on Monday, 3 July so now's the time to get sorted before we delve in. We will be posting each step every two or three days so that you'll be ready to show off your beautiful new skirt before the end of July.

Join in! Just follow the steps and sew along with us. It would be great to see what you're up to and how it's coming along in your sewing room, so please share with us if you'd like. Post on your blogs, show us what's going down on Facebook, tweet us or Instagram those lovely pics! Our hashtags for this event are #afternoonpatterns, #amysewalong, #amyskirt and #sewingamy

Here's the class schedule, starting Monday, 3 July

  1. Welcome and introduction to the basics
  2. Laying out and cutting out your pattern
  3. Getting started and sewing the pockets
  4. Gathering your skirt
  5. Attaching the waistband and setting your zip
  6. Stitch your hem and share your makes!

Buy your pattern. You can get an Amy skirt sewing pattern in our online shop or over on Etsy. Choose between an old-school printed copy, or go for an instant PDF download that you can print at home. If you're based in Cape Town, you can also pop over to Fabricate at the Gardens Centre to get your hands on a pattern. 

Get your fabric. Off to the shops with you! We'll be posting some inspiration pics and fabric recommendations to get you raring to go. 

Make sure you've got the basics covered. Sewing machine, fabric scissors, dressmaking pins, fabric marker or chalk, sewing thread, measuring tape and tracing paper are all integral to the process. Just read over your Amy booklet beforehand to familiarise yourself with everything you will need. 

Any questions, just pop Jenny an email or comment below, we'll be happy to help out!