The Jump Rope Dress Sew-Along is almost here! Do you have your pattern yet? (The small and large sizes are both on sale.) If you’re sewing along, we’re sure you’ll appreciate the help of our expert contributors. Even if you’re not sewing along, you should definitely make a point to stop by anyway. The Oliver + S patterns are built on a solid foundation of garment construction skills, so you’ll take away valuable information that can help you create a placket, make a collar, or sew a cuff down the road.

We have three awesome contributors, who will be guiding you through the process:

Amy Gunson of Badskirt
Amy organized the Ice Cream Dress Social and helped a legion of sewists create cool Ice Cream Dresses of their own.  Amy was also one of our board members, so you can learn more about her here.  Stop by Amy’s shop for great fabric and patterns (shipping from Australia.)  By the way, this whole thing was Amy’s idea, so send her some love if you’re jumping along with us!

Amanda of Sasikarana Handmade
We love Amanda’s blog and all the beautiful things she makes.  She was recently one of our reviewers and made an excellent Patricia Tunic. Amanda participated in the Ice Cream Social and wanted to help this time.  We’re glad to have her!  Check out  her recent version of the Jump Rope Dress.

Jeanne of Night Knitter
Jeanne is an Oliver + S expert!  She has made gorgeous versions of the just about all the patterns (including a modified Ice Cream Dress for herself–you see, it can be done!).  If you’re in Boston, Jeanne is teaching a real-life Oliver + S sewing workshop this month.  If you’re not in Boston, you’ll just have to come back here to get some of her expert advice on sleeves, cuffs and more.

Here’s what to do:

  • Hop over to Flickr and join the Jump Rope Dress Sew-Along.  In addition to posting photos, that’s where we’ll have a discussion.
  • Skip back here Monday.  Amy will help you get started with copying, tracing and cutting.   The rest of the week Amy, Amanda and Jeanne will guide you through the placket, collar and sleeves for both View A and View B. You’ll have some time to catch up over the weekend, then you have to jump right back because we’ll cover the skirt (view A), pockets, beltloops, sash (also View A) then we’ll finish up with hemming, buttonholes and buttons.
  • Along the way, you’ll have a chance to win some great prizes, which we’ll tell you all about on Monday.

Once again, even if you aren’t sewing along, we guarantee you’ll learn something wonderful by following along with our team of expert sewists.  And if that isn’t convincing enough, how about giveaways?  Comments on the blog will qualify you for some fabulous prizes, so jump in every day!

Speaking of giveaways, tell us what you’re up to this weekend.  We’ll draw 5 names to win one yard of fabric on Monday.  Have a great weekend, everyone! (And keep a look out for our newsletter, which will contain a special Labor Day offer!)