♥ Not Quite Couture!



Two autumns ago I enrolled in a dressmaking class.  It seemed like a good idea at the time and very much in tune with the zeitgeist, besides I had a treasured length of fabric bought aeons ago waiting to be turned into a dress.  I spent an age flicking through pattern books before selecting one for a very tailored dress.

I passed the first class pressing the fabric, cutting out the dress,and marking the darts on the cut pieces.  Then I hit a wall, the pattern had reams of complicated instructions and I was totally lost.  The teacher poured over them for a while before suggesting that it might be best if I started again with a simpler pattern.

So it was back to the fabric shop and this time I found an easy pattern for an a line skirt and bought new fabric to make it up in.  I didn’t take long to cut out the skirt and I stitched it together quickly, in truth it was sewn at breakneck speed as the fabric unravelled at a rate of knots.  It was not my best effort and for reasons that I cannot now recall I abandoned  the waistband  and I used some petersham instead.  I have never worn the skirt but I also made a simple summer dress before the end of the term and as I took more care when making that dress I have worn it on a few occasions.

If I were to tot up the costs of the two items I made (classes, patterns, fabrics, and a sewing machine I bought while attending the dressmaking lessons) I am sure I would find that I could easily have bought a to-die-for-item from a high-end designer’s range for the same amount of dosh.  Never mind I have plans to use the sewing machine again – patchwork is on the agenda.

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4 responses to “♥ Not Quite Couture!

  1. Don’t give up yet.. how about a nightie.. i always wanted to make my own nighties I can never find the ones i like. I collect curtain fabric,(I hate curtains by the way) but each spring i make two or three simple little waistbandfree skirts from wild curtain fabric to wear all summer on the farm .. and that is all i can sew.. c

  2. This is excellent! Boy, do I know how it is to have those sewing projects go sideways. In some cases, the messed-up version turns out to be more interesting than the intended version. In most cases, a totally ridiculous mess, but a cool story left behind, at least. As in this instance! Thanks.

  3. Thank C and K for your comments – I will try again.

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