Who’s ready to get patched?!? I know I am. Patchwork is in and is here to stay! When picking prints, it can be hard to know what should and shouldn’t go together, but with the Mood Exclusive prints selection, it’s easy to find the right grouping of coordinating prints! Quilting for a garment can be time-consuming, but with a simple silhouetted pattern like the Ginger Dress, it becomes much easier!
Purchase Materials Used Below:
- 2 yards Mood Exclusive Arden Love Cotton Voile
- 2 yards Mood Exclusive Garden of Eden Cotton Voile
- 2 yards Mood Exclusive August Rush Cotton Voile
- 2 yards Mood Exclusive Garden of Earthly Delights Beige Cotton Voile
- 2 yards Mood Exclusive Haute Lines Cotton Voile
- 1 805 Cream 24″ Invisible Zipper
- MDF188 – The Ginger Dress Sewing Pattern (free download below!)
All seam allowances are 1/2″ unless otherwise stated. See chart below for sizing specifications. Note, this specific pattern is available up to a size 30.
The Patchwork Process
Research what kind of patchwork you want to do to get yourself inspired. Below are a few inspiration pieces that I used when planning out my Ginger Dress. Figure out what type of quilted/patched design you want and create a pattern piece accordingly; it can be any shape you want it to be. *Note: for the quilt seam allowance, I did 3/8″ so it would be less bulky.
I created the pattern piece here just by simply altering a square at an angle. Keep in mind, the smaller your quilting pattern piece, the longer it will take to quilt enough fabric to fit your dress or garment pattern.
How many yards you will need?
It depends on your project. For this dress, there were two yards of each to ensure there would be enough fabric. A good rule of thumb is to have at least 3 yards more than the pattern calls for overall.
When you are placing the print, avoid placing the same prints side by side. Start placing them together, then place your pattern piece on top regularly as you quilt so you can make sure you’re making enough patchwork. If you don’t like prints but like the look of patchwork, try a monochromatic look with solids or do a color block look!
*Note: after you have sewn your quilt pieces together, your piece will shrink due to seam allowance.
For finishing the inside edges you could either serge, do French seams, or leave them as a regular seam and cut the raw edges with pinking shears.
Once your prints have been quilted together, all that’s left to do is cut out your garment pattern and sew following the original instructions!