Dressmaking Essentials with Jenni Smith: 28wt

Week five of our Dressmaking Essentials series with Jenni Smith brings us to our 100% Cotton 28wt thread!  We’ve loved working through all of the threads in Jenni’s debut Aurifil collection — truly a gorgeous range of 10 small spools including her go-to colors and weights for all of her apparel sewing. This series has been all about education, to help us learn more about using 100% Cotton threads in apparel projects. If you missed the launch post, head here to read more. Weeks 2, 3, & 4 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: “The orange 28wt thread in my collection is proving to be hugely popular in my studio classes. I have just top stitched my new Riley dress with it and it works so well with linen and denims. Little details can make big statements. I would recommend a top stitch needle when using this one.”

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 28wt 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
November 23 – Dressmaking Essentials: 28wt (YOU ARE HERE)
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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