Monday, 8 November 2010

Well. I made it.

The month of Frocktober is over. Final accounts aren't quite in, but several hundred dollars donated by my thoughtful friends is now helping research into ovarian cancer.

But it's not like all I did last month was wear dresses! I also, um, made a dress!

The pattern was one of Pattern Review's patterns of the year for 2009. I figured that was a pretty good recommendation of it. I ordered the paper pattern from them, and it cost about $10.

The fabric I used was $2/m from Geoff's Emporium. Man, I love that place. I don't think there is a fabric there for more than $8/m. It's not the place to go if you want something *specific*, and it's not that great for natural fibres... but when you're not that confident in your sewing ability, it's nice to sew a dress for $3 worth of materials!

In hindsight, it would have been cleverer to sew the whole thing with white thread, not green. For some reason I found it hard to be objective about which colour was more prevalent in the fabric. Seeing as I hardly own any patterned clothing (I don't know why), this is not a problem I normally face. Oh, and this was my first attempt with a twin needle - go me! *Slowly* is the key.

Anyway, I'm happy with the result. This is one of the few Simplicity patterns that I've liked the fit of afterwards. I will actually consider making this one again, or trying out one of the other variations in the pattern. That's high praise, considering my aversion to having more than one of a similar design (you only have to look at the Frocktober photos for that to be clear)!


  1. Thanks Meegs! I was pretty happy with it too. The biggest advantage of sewing is that I'm not stuck with the dresses in the shops. Baby dolls, mini dresses, strapless bodices and things with frills are not my friends :-)

  2. Hmm, when you put it THAT way, it might be time I familiarised myself with Nanna's old sewing machine which mum said I could have (of course, Nanna passed away in 1996 and it certainly wasn't used in the ten or so years prior to that, so it may not even function...). There really are a disproportionate number of fugly clothes in the stores at present. Who the hell thought that an 80's revival was a good idea???

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