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July 6, 2010

First Home-Sewn Dress

Hurrah!  I have made my first dress all by myself.

I got the inspiration for the pattern from a project on Burda Style.  Luckily, there is a great fabric shop in my town.  It has a wide range of fabric – although it doesn’t have the coolest prints, you can rummage for some good finds.  It also has patterns and had just the one I wanted.

Simplicity Pattern # 2591

The pattern is a tea dress which you can make with or without sleeves and with different neck variations.

I bought some white fabric with a small green and blue pattern when I bought the dress pattern.  I am quite cautious and I wanted to test out the pattern first.  I bought some cheap fabric from Petticoat Lane last year.  It was about £10 for 10 metres – ideal for testing out my skills and the pattern.  I originally bought it to line handbags but haven’t used it for anything yet.  The fabric is quite a striking ethnic print and was a really nice cotton to work with.

After cutting out, the sewing took about two afternoon sessions.  There was a tricky moment when joining the side panel with the front panel and then side pocket (what does pivot mean???!!!) but mostly it went quite smoothly and here is the finished result!

Happy with my new dress

I am really pleased with it.  It is quite flattering for my shape and is really cool for the summer.  I have added a belt as the pattern has come out on the generous side.  I was so pleased with it I even wore it to a wedding on Saturday.

Me and fella at wedding

I am going to try the white one over the next few days as I have a few days off work.  There’s no stopping me now!

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