Dressmaking Essentials with Jenni Smith: 50wt

Welcome to week four of our Dressmaking Essentials series with Jenni Smith. Jenni’s debut Aurifil collection is a gorgeous range of 10 small spools including her go-to colors and weights for all of her apparel sewing. The accompanying 7-part series aims to educate us all about how to use 100% Cotton threads in our own apparel projects. If you missed the launch post, head here to read more about the collection, Jenni’s inspirations, and her favorite makes. Weeks 2 & 3 are linked at the bottom of this post — Enjoy!

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.

Jenni Says: “50wt Aurifil thread first came in to my life because I am a keen quilter and I use it for piecing and machine quilting.  Realising that I could also use my beautiful colours for dressmaking projects was a real game changer for me – not only did it save me money, it taught me that clothes stitched with a thread that compliments the cloth gets you a better result.  Polyester on fine silk is not a match made in heaven!

On areas of a garment that get a lot of wear, such as the underarm seam you can always sew the seam twice with a cotton thread to make it stronger.

Thanks so much Jenni! We feel more and more inspired after every post! Don’t forget to follow Jenni at @jennismithsews on Instagram to check out her #toptiptuesday videos for even more great ideas and inspiration.

For now — we’d love to know… have you tried Aurifil 50wt with dressmaking? Where do you like to use it?

October 26 – Dressmaking Essentials Collection & Giveaway
November 2 – Dressmaking Essentials: Why Cotton?
November 9 – Dressmaking Essentials: 40wt
November 16 – Dressmaking Essentials: 50wt  (YOU ARE HERE)
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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