Friday, January 15, 2010

Sewing a Dress


My experience of sewing thus far has been full of extremes-- there are the picnic blankets that I've been making, a very large-scale sort of project, and then there are little projects, things like these coffee cozies, or these country angels. So I am happy to report that I am undertaking a nice middle-of-the road sort of project: a dress for myself using a cute vintage pattern I picked up at the thrift store. I'm still hunting for some fabric-- I am checking back at the thrift store for something that is colorful and makes me think of spring, and if that isn't successful, I might just splurge and go to the fabric store. But I'm getting excited about the possibility of making my own clothes... talk about saving some money.

6 comments:

Once Upon A Parent said...

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One and Doll said...

Look at the sheets at the thrift store...they can be used as bolts of fabric...you are impressive. I need and want a sewing lesson- bad!

Adele said...

Thanks for the tips, ladies! I will let you know how it goes... I look for sheets whenever I'm at the thrift store, but I feel like it's tricky to find dress-worthy material. Or maybe I can bring back paisley.

Rachel said...

Oh girl, don't kid yourself. A dress is quite a project! I would consider a simple skirt to be middle-of-the-road. I love sewing. Those could be really cute dresses.

Adele said...

Thanks for the reality check, Rachel (who is a much more experienced sewer than myself). I may be crazy, but I'm going for it. I will report back with my progress/lack there of. :-)

Lauren Oliver said...

Yay, Adele! As a fellow, though fairly recently dormant, seamstress, I hail your ambition! You can do it! Also, I think that is a pattern my grandmother had- my cousin and I used to always use her vintage ones when we had our annual sewing weeks at her house every summer.