A place where lazy bloggers can come and feel better about themselves. The rest of you are welcome too.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

My first vintage and very frou frou dress ever

Like a lot of crafty creative types, I've been crafting (sewing, knitting, painting, beading... a huge variety of things) since I was a tiny dot. I remember making tiny, knitted jumpers for barbie dolls, clothes for me, and things for my parents like this pot holder:

(What happened with those lines of stitching at the top? Did I run out of wool and just couldn't be bothered getting more to finish the last line? Or was I trying to get as much out of one piece of wool as I could, so it's actually an achievement that it stretched as far as it did?).

I also have a whole heap of creative bods in my family, some of whom make a living from it, others who do it for fun. Not many of us have had formal training.

I have learnt practically all I know from my mother and my nana (my father's mother), and I've learnt a lot from trying stuff out for myself.

Before Christmas, I was sewing madly for van Rose, my clothes business, and decided to reward myself after the Christmas rush with some clothes for myself. I was given a heap of stunning vintage patterns by my nana. I've chosen this one to start:

In the past I've been gung ho in my approach to clothes for myself, and more often than not it hasn't really paid off with dresses. I think being short (I'm about 5 ft 2) makes a huge difference when making dresses whether I want it to or not!

I've found some delicious vintage material (the spotty one) and some new quilting cotton for this dress, so this time I can't afford to mess up.

I've also been exploring the interwebs of late and have discovered a treasure trove of sewing sites and blogs, so I've picked up ideas that I think will improve my dress. One of the ideas is to make a 'muslin' - a kind of practice dress - to figure out any changes that need to be made before starting on the good fabric. Genius!

I picked up about 10 metres of material ages ago from the Super Secret Secondhand Shop for next to nothing but only decided recently that I don't like it. Ta da! Material to make my muslin.

The measurements on the pattern are too small for me by about 4 inches in the bust, waist and hips, so I added about that amount in the middle of the front and back pieces before I cut out the material.

This is the making of the front:

I think in the final dress I'd like to line the 'bib' on the back. I like clothes to be 'closed units' - I'm not big on being able to see the workings.

I whipped up the back (pretty standard - gap for a zip and two long darts to shape the small of the back) and tried on the dress:

Eek! I've created a massive SACK.

More to follow on how I resolve this, um, BIG problem. When I figure out how to that is.


Nikki (Mother of the Devil Child) said...

Oops I giggled when you called it a sack. Sorry!!

Will be watching with interest... so far I've stuck with makin' baby stuff - not so much fabric to waste if you screw it up! hehe ;)

Megan Rose said...

Hey! What are you doing here? I thought you were in the middle of nowhere? Do they have broadband there now?

It's ok that you laughed at the sack dress. I laughed too but only at the chance I might be skinner than I first thought...