More photos of dress below.
Welcome to my new dressmaking blog, my name is Lynn and I love sewing and many types of crafts.
It is twenty years since I did any dressmaking, I gave it up when my son was about three years old, but after seeing all of the wonderful sewing blogs out there I decided to start sewing again. Some of you lovely bloggers will already know me from my other blogs here at Happiness is cross stitching
and Lynns Cross stitch Tutorials blog here which you are all very welcome to visit. I am not promising to do as much sewing as I do cross stitch, but will diarise all my dressmaking creations on here, hopefully it will not be 20 years before I make another dress!
I have just finished making this dress and I am quite pleased with it, before I talk you through the pattern and fabric I will show you some of the things I found in the loft once I decided to get my sewing machine out again, I found my tailors dummy in a suitcase, I have not yet altered it to my new size, mmm I have put on a few pounds in 20 years, thankfully not too many!
I then found all of these threads and notions and various stitching tools that will certainly come in handy.
I am sure some of these must be vintage!
Talking of vintage- how many years old does something have to be before it is classed as vintage?
I checked on the internet and it said 7 years, but I thought that timespan was a bit short, can anyone enlighten me?
And now for the pattern ( Simplicity Pattern 2886) that I used to make the blue dress in the photo above, I am going to make the little bolero jacket later.
I made view A.
I chose this bold navy and white poly/cotton fabric, I prefer cotton but they did not have any that I liked, I then chose to interline the skirt with soft batiste 100% cotton, I am so glad I did because it made such a difference to the finished dress. I hand stitched the pockets and interlined them too after reading about the benefits of hand stitching in Claire Shaeffers book Couture Sewing Techniques, I found it quite relaxing doing the hand sewing, not rushing the process really made a difference to the finished result of the garment.
I initially made a toile ( muslin ) I had to do a full bust alteration on the bodice, but when I make it again I would make the armholes smaller as they are just a little too loose.
I stitched a 4cm hem.
I really enjoyed making this dress, I am certainly going to make another!
Until next time, happy stitching!