Behold – another new skirt in the wardrobe! Today’s applique design comes from a tutorial at http://www.livingwithpunks.com/2011/06/sys-anthro-scrap-skirt.html. The skirt pattern itself is from Sew Serindipity – it’s the same pattern base as the bicycle skirt, but with one shade of linen-blend instead of two.
This learning to sew garments has me seeing clothing in a whole new way. Never before have I thought – Empire or A-line? Sweetheart or scooped neckline? – when looking at dresses. But lately I am learning to identify just what it is in a dress that I like and want to try out as I leaf through patterns and online dress shops. I find myself a lot more open to different fabrics, colours and patterns as I have hardly any interest in sewing entirely black pieces (black being the staple of my wardrobe for the last 24 years). And I am loving looking at cute dresses without having to worry about the price. I haven’t looked at a single dress yet which I can’t make for less than $60 – and many pieces are far cheaper than that. Today’s skirt? $10. The linen-look jumper that I’m working on next? I got the fabric and the pattern on sale – $25 total cost.
I did go a bit extravagant today and spend $62 on dress-making supplies to attempt my very first see and make. That is, a project where I see a commercially made dress and then try to find a pattern and fabric to replicate it:
I don’t even know if I can get away with such a vampy dress, but damn – a fifties halter dress in black cherry fabric – who doesn’t need that? The fabric was a bit pricey – since I had to order a Kaufman cotton to get the right cherry pattern, and the dress is fully lined (I bought pink lining on sale for $2 a yard). The Vogue pattern was also on sale and comes from their Very Easy line – so I’m hoping that isn’t a lie.
Before I get to that I’m going to work on my red linen-look jumper and possibly another skirt (pink and brown modish fabric – I’m thinking a cute mini!)