My Mum was right for all these years too; unless you’re making a totally posh outfit with pricey material you can make pretty clothes for far less than you can buy them. I’ve just ordered a pattern at half price which will give me six different dresses if I want it to, and the fabric was also under a tenner. I chose a very pretty lavender coloured floral fabric, as it was in keeping with what I want to make – a pretty maxi dress for next summer.
I have a reason for this. Remember that I was trying to make this outfit?
Well, it was only a dummy run – and I made a complete hatchet job of it. It was fun though!
I made a lot of mistakes – having served two years as an upholstery sewing machinist made me think I knew it all. I didn’t cut anything to the size that fits me (because I remember a sewing teacher in school advising the class not to do that) and I didn’t cut the notches you need to match bits up. I didn’t read the instructions properly and therefore missed a few places where I needed to use interfacing. I’m not good at improvising on clothing yet and so I messed the back of the pinafore up.
I didn’t even mark where the button holes should be on the blouse. That was insanely ridiculous of me.
By making a few simple dresses I’ll learn a lot. I’m looking forward to receiving my new pattern and materials, and this time I know to wash the fabric first!
So, I’m still getting to grips with everything, but I’m very much enjoying my new hobby. Any productive hobby is good.
My new length of grey denim is currently being washed. Before I begin that pinafore again though… maxi dress that I can wear with a denim jacket! Assuming that I can make a denim jacket…
Oh, I also had a lovely dream last night. I was in a hotel on the Isle Of Wight with D and it was right on the beach. We spent a lot of time in the sea, swimming about and having a laugh. It made me feel happy, so it can’t mean anything negative.