Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Sew Over It 1940's Tea Dress & Conscious Sewing

I have been good with sewing clothes for myself each month and trying new patterns/skills...however remain pretty useless at documenting. Same old excuse- not enough time/space/light to record what I make. I'll be in my own space soonish which will hopefully have better natural light- or at least I will have a tripod or remote as some things don't photograph at all well on the hanger.

This  1940's Tea Dress would be one of them. It's lovely but looks like a weird sack when you hang it up! Anyway, this is my second Sew Over It pattern and I am pretty happy with it. I was pretty pleased with myself as I really took my time with this, hand sewing it in segments. I am glad I did as made it with this gorgeous, if insanely slippy, rayon; it was worth it in the end. It's a little big on the bodice- but its actually ok with this type of billowy fabric and very comfortable to wear. I am already looking forward to making more, a bright summery crepe and maybe even a dark silk for Christmas??

However, I am trying to have more of a sewing plan. I have been trying to record each make with notes (nerd alert part 1) and also make lists of what I need (like the perfect plain skirt) and then what I would like to wear....plus (full maximum nerdiness) skills I'd like to master. So, so far, different fabrics and more hand-basting (this dress!), tracing and grading patterns for a better fit, princess seams and lining....! Hopefully this will keep me on track making a true homemade wardrobe and also not being too limited in my skills.

A new Zinnia in bargain sale cotton, for work :) ~The list commanded, I made!!