Prepare to Sew
Let’s sew up Rhett! In this sewalong, you’ll see each step from the instructions in action and get some extra tips to help you sew. Tip: keep the instructions nearby while you watch!
This pattern is rated advanced beginner, but adventurous beginners are welcome! We assume that you’re not an absolute beginner and you have some experience cutting out fabric, finishing seams, and using your machine and tools. If you need extra help along the way, click the “Links” tab below the video player or hop onto the Community to post a question.
You’re going to learn how to:
- Sew the collar and plackets
- Tricks for hemming and sewing buttons and buttonholes
You’re NOT going to learn how to:
- Cut out and mark your fabric
- Use basic sewing tools and supplies
If you need additional help with the skills required for this class, click the “Links” tab below the video player for a helpful list of tutorials.
- All seam allowances are 5/8” for wovens or 3/8” for knits unless otherwise stated.
- Stitch settings can vary from machine to machine, so we recommend testing on scraps. Use a notebook to capture what stitch length and width work best with your chosen fabric.
- We show finishing seams with a serger because it’s the quickest method while filming. If you don’t have a serger, a zigzag stitch works just as well!
Fabric and Fit
Fabrics to shop:
Look for medium to heavy weight fabrics such as denim, canvas, twill, duck cloth, and corduroy.
Fabrics to avoid:
Avoid lightweight fabrics.
Rhett has a relaxed fit throughout with about 9-10 inches of positive ease at the bust. Select your size based on your bust measurement and remember Rhett is designed to be worn over clothing.
Rhett Jacket Sewalong
Here’s what you’ll need for this project:
- Rhett pattern
- All-purpose polyester sewing thread
- Topstitching thread (optional)
- Topstitch sewing machine needle (optional)
- Sewing machine needle
- 3/4 yards (.7 meters) of lightweight fusible interfacing
- Six 3/4” (20 mm) buttons
- Water-soluble marking tool
- Point turner
Here are some additional resources to help you make the most of this sewalong: