Sew Many Tips for Completing the Georgia Pattern

Sew Many Tips for Completing the Georgia

I did it!  This newbie sewer completed my first sewing pattern from start to finish! I promised a follow up to my post The Perfect Dress Patterns to Sew for Girls, so here you go. The Violet Field Threads Sew-A-Long community was amazing.  I cannot believe I was able to make this Georgia! It is a gorgeous dress pattern.  I am going to share with you some tips I learned along the way, so you too can create this pretty little dress for the sweet girls in your life.

For starters, if you haven’t joined The VFT Gathering Place: {Sew-A-Long} Central group yet, you really should! You can still go back and check out the albums even though this sew-a-long is over. The albums contain a lot of valuable information. FYI: I  am not an affiliate for them, so this is an honest review of their patterns from a newbie sewer.

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 What Will You Need?

Well,  purchase the dress pattern of course.  You can find the Georgia pattern here. Read over the directions several times, and write down the amount of fabric you will need based upon the size you are making (all of those directions are in the tutorial). Also, jot down any other notions/materials you will need. Stumped? Check out these posts:

The Best Sewing Supplies for Beginners
The Most Important Sewing Supplies for Beginners
The Perfect Dress Patterns for Girls
The Perfect Dress Patterns for Girls

Preparing the Pattern Sew Many Tips for Completing the Georgia Pattern

Print out the pattern pieces, tape together, and cut out the size you are going to make. You do not have to print out all the colorful instructions. I did the first time and realized that it used up A LOT of ink.  I only printed the actual pattern pieces for my next pattern and followed along with the instructions on my computer and/or my phone.  So much cheaper that way.

Measuring Your Child

Measuring your little lady is key to getting the absolute best fit. You can even mix different sizes if you feel that will be best. Violet Field Threads have a video that shows the best way to measure your child. They also have a beautiful printable on their website for keeping all your child’s measurements organized.

P.S. Violet Field Threads offers a lot of getting started video tutorials on their website and YouTube channel. Check them out, because a lot of your questions may be answered there.

Fabric and NotionsSew Many Tips for Completing the Georgia Pattern

There are endless possibilities for which material to use for this dress. I used two different 100% woven cotton fabrics and a 100% organic cotton sheet for my lining ( got it at Target in the clearance aisle for $3). I purchased fabric for my Georgia at a local fabric shop. You can also find it here.

If you are a total newbie: try to stay away from one-directional patterns and solid colored fabric.  They are more difficult to match up and/or cut straight. I planned on following this advice, but the fabric did not ship on time, so I used the materials you see here.  It was one-directional, and it was tricky to match it up, but somehow I did it! Whew!

Here are some great places to buy fabric:

  2. JOANN Fabric & Craft Stores
  3. Craftsy
  4. The Confident Stitch 
  5. Hobby Lobby 


2. Thread

Violet Field Threads suggest using this thread: Aurifil Cotton 40W Thread in a coordinating color  You can find a large variety here! 

Of course, there are plenty of options out there. I used this thread.  Remember to match the appropriate color thread to your fabric.  I used pink for the main fabric and ruffles,  and white for the lining.

3. Buttons Sew Many Tips for Completing the Georgia Pattern

3 to 5 buttons that coordinate with your fabric. I got the buttons at JoAnn Fabric!

Tracing and Cutting Out the Fabric

Okay, deep breaths. Cutting fabric is always the most challenging part for me.

Wash and iron your fabric before anything else. Yes, you should do it.  Not only do you need to worry about shrinking, but sometimes these fabrics are sprayed with chemicals. I have read that there could be formaldehyde on the fabric you buy. Gross! So, yes, wash it!

After it is clean and pressed, you will want to make sure your fabric is straight.  It makes EVERYTHING better. The wrong cut can change the way your fabric drapes among other fit issues. Here is an excellent tutorial on several different methods of how to cut your fabric straight.

Once you do this, you are ready to trace and cut out your fabric. Follow the instructions.

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Follow the Detailed Directions

Sew Many Tips for Completing the Georgia PatternTake it one step at a time. If you get stuck on something, check the albums on the Sew-A-Long page, or search Pinterest and YouTube. Even look in your books. This one really helped me out.

I actually have this older version.  It has some great information!

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Sew Many Tips for Completing the Georgia Pattern*Here are some tips and tricks I learned along the way.







Sew Many Tips for Completing the Georgia PatternHonestly, these were the trickiest thing for me. I had to walk away from them for a day. I tried all the methods I could find in my searches. The easiest thing (and most frustrating) for me was sewing two rows of gathering stitches, and pulling on them as gently as possible until you create the gathers you want. Be patient and know it is entirely possible for the thread to break. This will cause you to have to start over with those gathers.


Read the directions and look at the photos carefully. Also, Violet Field Threads has a video with very detailed instructions. Check it out here! 

It is Done!

You’ve got this.  It is doable if you take your time.  There are so many resources, and I hope I helped you see that. Let me know if you have any questions.

Look at her twirling around. She loves this dress!

I cannot wait to create SEW Many more amazing things with you!



Sew Many Tips for Completing the Georgia Pattern



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