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Benning

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  • Fabric & Supplies

    Light to medium weight woven fabrics such as linen, chambray, cotton lawn, batiste, shirting, double gauze, and rayon challis.

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    All-purpose polyester sewing thread, sewing machine needle, 5/8 yards (.6 meters) of lightweight fusible interfacing

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  • Sizing & Fit

    Cora is wearing a size 8 Benning dress with the dart lowered and 1" added to both skirt pieces. Her measurements are 37", 31 1/2", 42 3/4", and she is 5'9".

    Our Misses patterns are drafted for a C cup and our Curvy patterns are drafted for DD. Both are drafted for a height of 5'8" (172 cm).

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    We want to help you achieve the best fit possible so you can sew garments you truly love. Our fit guides are designed to help you better understand the fit and details of each pattern. Use fit guides in conjunction with the finished measurement chart to better understand the ease and intended fit of each pattern.

  • Details

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Pattern Extras

Benning Bonus

The member bonus pattern for the Benning dress changes the V-neckline into a high, round neckline.

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Benning Tiered Dress Sewalong

Ready for Spring? Sew up this fun and floaty dress with us! This class will teach you all the tips and tricks to make the Benning dress, so pick a fabric you'd love to show off.

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