Tuesday, May 25, 2010

First forays into dressmaking

I kept to-ing and fro-ing trying to decide which pattern I should use for my first steps into dressmaking, and eventually plumped for the pattern I got the Thai tailor to draft from my 1950s Swirl wrap dress. I thought this would be easiest since I have the completed article for reference, and it doesn't involve any complicated bits. The downside is of course it doesn't come with instructions. And I want to make one with cap sleeves, instead of sleeveless like the original.

I thought I'd try with a muslin first like Gertie, but then I figured if it goes well it may as well be wearable, so I bought some inexpensive red Swiss dot cotton poplin for my "muslin".

So I got my material home and realised I don't own any pins! Some seamstress I am! But I really wanted to get the pattern pieces cut out today, so I've been basting my pattern (made of paper and Thai newspapers!) to the fabric. I don't have a sewing machine either, so tomorrow I'll take them to my local craft shop (which, handily, is about 300 yards from my house) where they have good machines, you just pay to use them for the afternoon or whatever.

Wish me luck! Actually I don't know why I'm making such a big deal out of it - how hard can it be: Cut out pattern pieces, stitch darts, sew together!


  1. Good luck!! I really want to learn to sew clothes!!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

  2. I look forward to seeing the finished article. Will you be sporting a matching knee bandage alongside the dress?

  3. YAY! so glad you are joining the dark side...er, um, I mean world of sewing :-)


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