Isla Sewing Pattern

Isla Sewing Pattern from made by rae

This playful design for knit fabrics can be made as a dress or top. Isla features a fitted bodice with a peplum skirt attached at the natural waist for a flattering fit. Elastic thread is used to gather and attach the skirt, a clever technique that you’ll find yourself returning to repeatedly. Built-in cap sleeves and a scoop neckline are finished with double-fold bands for a quick and easy finish. You’ll love Isla both as a transitional piece between seasons and as a summer wardrobe essential!


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This item is featured in the following blog posts:


    • knit fabric (see recommendations and yardage chart below).
    • coordinating polyester thread
    • elastic thread

Note: I’ve linked my favorite source there; but you can also find Gutermann elastic thread at most sewing shops. I do NOT recommend store-brand or Dritz elastic thread! See also: Resources, below.


Recommended Fabrics
light to medium weight knit fabrics such as jersey, interlock, and rib knits

Size Chart and Finished Measurements

Isla Sewing Pattern size chart


My Knits Page
Shirring Tutorial
Tips for Hemming Knits
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My favorite knit fabrics

Alternatives for gathering the skirt:
Indiesew’s Floss Method  and Elastic Method



Isla Dress & Top Sewing Pattern - $12

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