Dressmaking Essentials with Jenni Smith: Why Cotton?

We are so thrilled to have Jenni Smith as a guest on Auribuzz for a wonderful Dressmaking Essentials series inspired by her debut Aurifil thread collection. Last week, we introduced her collection, learned a bit more about her inspiration, got to check out a solid lineup of some of her favorite makes, and gave you the chance to win a collection of your own. If you missed it, head here.

Jenni has been using Aurifil threads in her studio for the last 6 years and feels very strongly about working with our 100% Cotton threads for her garment sewing.

Today’s featured video answers the question — Why Cotton?

Jenni says: I can’t imagine sewing a silk or lawn cotton blouse now with a polyester thread – it just doesn’t feel right.  I had the same experience when I started quilting with Aurifil – just as it seems to lay so flat on patchwork seams, it creates crisp lines on garments and that is very satisfying!

Thanks so much for Jenni! We absolutely love her little nuggets of knowledge. Don’t forget to follow her at @jennismithsews on Instagram to check out her #toptiptuesday videos for even more great ideas and inspiration.

For now — we’d love to know… what types of clothing to you most like to make? Do you have a favorite fabric/thread combo?

October 26 – Dressmaking Essentials Collection & Giveaway
November 2 – Dressmaking Essentials: Why Cotton?
November 9 – Dressmaking Essentials: 40wt
November 16 – Dressmaking Essentials: 50wt
November 23 – Dressmaking Essentials: 28wt
November 30 – Dressmaking Essentials: 12wt
December 7 – Dressmaking Essentials: The Big Finish!

10 Small Spools, 100% Aurifil Cotton
28wt: 2240, 2318 | 12wt: 2021, 2975, 2784
40wt: 2783, 2692, 2309 | 50wt: 5020, 2630

To view this info on our website, click here. For purchasing, please contact your local Aurifil Dealer.


Jenni has been sewing for the last 25 years. She grew up in a house where her mum and nan stitched upholstery for the caravans and trailer tents designed by her grandfather.  She studied History of Art and Italian at University before working as an Associate Producer in documentaries. In 2006 she spent a year in Toronto where she learned how to quilt and her love of dressmaking grew with the birth of her daughter a few years later.

For the past three years Jenni has been taught by sewing veteran Ann Ladbury. She has also developed her own series of textile art and has made original pieces for Sex and the City actress Kristin Davis and US artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon.

Jenni’s goal is to share her knowledge and enthusiasm, inspiring a new generation of people to embrace the handmade revolution.

** Images by Jenni Smith


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