Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Sewing for me. The green dress.

Ok. ..so I've downloaded an app for blogger to my mobile. ..but am open to suggestions if anyone else has any bright ideas!
Once again our home computer, or, more accurately our Internet connection,  hinders my blogging ability- which causes me no end of frustration-either no service,  slow service with occasional normal service.  Big Pond remain our only service provider option.
But now straight to the sewing.
In October last year I did a pattern drafting short course at the local TAFE. I loved it.  I came out of it with a block pattern made from my measures for a dress,  pants and sleeve.  It has made sewing for me so much more fun- I feel like I've found my style of sewing.  I've got the basic shape as a springboard to many patterns and designs- with less instructions than a commercial pattern, which I don't mind (assuming I have good basic sewing reference texts around me).
Lara (don't know how to link on mobile yet) brought a dress to sewjourn last year that I loved,  a Marie Tilton Vogue pattern which isn't yet available in Australia-so I couldn't get it in the larger size range. I looked at Lara's and used my block pattern to create my version, which I wore to a wedding on the weekend.
It's made me feel like the world is my oyster in terms of clothes potentially available to me- assuming I can find fabric I love and keep developing my sewing skills. I've made two simple knee length A line skirts which I have been living in.  I'm loving wearing clothes that feel 'true to me', it makes me happy!
I need more practice with sleeves, but feel okay about leaping in and practicing. I have felt quite obsessed with thinking about what I'm going to sew, designing stuff in my head.
Nice to have my sewing passion directed to benefit me! I've mostly sewn for kids in the past!


  1. Fantastic dress. The fit is perfect and green is soooo your colour. Can't wait to see what you make next.

  2. You look beautiful in your new dress! I love the happy green color!

  3. Well done - it is a great dress. Love the detail on the skirt!

  4. I cannot say enough good things about this dress and the smile that it has put on your face.
    I loved seeing you discover and develop your new skills at Sewjourn, you've done and incredible job, well done you!

  5. Great job Tan, dress is awesome!

  6. Not sure how I missed this post, but I did....
    Anyhow, I love the dress, well done! I've got the clothes sewing bug. Lately I've even had dreams about sewing clothes. It appears my quilts addicting is morphing to include seamstressing and knitting too! Where will it all end???
    Enjoy the new adventure :-)
    Ab x


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