Well, its about returning to something I used to do about 15 years ago…. dressmaking or the current terminology being a “sewist”. I did sewing or O level “Dress” at school, and made a lot of clothes when I was in my twenties. My current inspiration started last year when I organised a street party and decided to make myself a dress to wear! Inspired by Dyan Reavley and her complete change of image over the last couple of years, and also the frustration of not finding clothes I liked that fitted well.
I made this dress as a one wear Jubilee street party dress but I actually wore it to help at the school jubilee party, to an Olympic themed 50th party and to a burlesque show (not me doing the burlesque part you will be pleased to know!) . The thing is, I loved wearing the dress and the compliments I got – even though the quality of the sewing was shocking.
Recently Dyan introduced me to some sewing blogs – and I was hooked again! I have bought 3 sewing books, a handful of vintage patterns and some current patterns. I went fabric shopping at the Shuttle in Shipley, Bradford where I used to buy fabric for our school projects . I am well on the way to completing my first project this year – another dress. As with all first projects I probably would have done things differently with the benefit of hindsight – but I am willing to accept that it’s a bit like making pancakes – the first few don’t work that well!
This is the fabric being sewn on my retro New Home machine.
I am using a New Look 6864 pattern.