I am so excited you’ve chosen to make the Ana pattern! In this post, we will discuss preparing to make your garment, from fabrics to tools. Let’s get started!
When choosing a fabric, it’s best to aim for something with a good, soft drape. My favorite materials to use for this garment are rayon crepe, rayon challis, and silk habotai. They are the ideal weight for this garment to be worn as a cover-up or layer for warm weather. I originally created this to wear over my yoga gear while running to class in the summer. However, I have made this garment from a variety of knits, linen, and flannel (which is such a fun make to be worn in colder temperatures, like in the fall). For this sewalong, I am using a beautiful rayon crepe fabric.
To begin, print out the pattern instructions, or open up the document on your computer (which is what I usually do to save paper and ink). Next, make sure to read through the first few pages, so you understand where the pattern is going and what the intentions are for this project.
If you haven’t already, wash your fabric according to the instructions. Then make sure to iron your fabric before cutting. This pattern is based on a lot of straight lines and ironing will help you to get as straight of lines as possible, which can be tricky with slippery fabrics like rayon crepe or silk.
Before beginning a project, I like to thread my sewing machine and serger and gather up all the tools I think I might need. The tools I recommend for this pattern are all fundamental and ones that I used most often in sewing.
From left to right in the photo below:
measuring tape or straight edge ruler
sewing gauge (my favorite sewing tool)
disappearing marking pen or chalk ( I purchase these on Amazon, make sure to test on a swatch of fabric before using as sometimes these can leave a slight mark even though they disappear with ironing)
Seam ripper (because, you know, I’m not perfect)
small/embroidery scissors (I like to keep a pair on the ironing board and a pair at my sewing machine)
fabric scissors (I recently purchased these scissors and love them)
And that’s it! Now you’re all ready to begin your project!