Hello! Hello! Hello! I am excited, YES! I am very excited, my first dress is finished, I'm wearing at this moment, this exact moment, and I'm pleased as punch! I sewed it over the afternoons of Saturday and Sunday of last weekend, and I still can't quite believe I've done it!
I'm so used to my knitted garments taking a while to complete, the sewing of this dress felt like a very intense experience, so I'm feeling like I'm coming down from a period of great excitement, (even though I have plenty of other exciting things on the go). It must be something to do with it being a new hobby.
Gosh, sewing could cost you a bomb in fabric couldn't it? I mean, if you got passionate and obsessed by sewing like I am with knitting, where you had to do a bit every day to get your fix................ well, you'd whizz through projects. I know that this pattern was a quick and easy pattern as sewing standards go, but still.....................
I know what I want to sew next, another dress, it's the fabric that's the problem, the cost of it. The nice stuff, that really nice stuff is £12 metre. If I need 2.5 to 3 metres, then there's lining material, (if I use that), on top. It all adds up. I've been going googly eyed searching the web for reasonably priced fabrics I like, I've been finding it hard to choose!
So! The details! This pattern is "The Baby Doll Dress" (not the baby doll blouse, there's a separate pattern for that), from the book "Chic And Simple Sewing" by Christine Haynes. She has a website here.
Christine, the author of this pattern, helped me sew my dress brilliantly, her written instructions are clear and to the point, and she's started me off on my sewing path feeling confident that I can sew to my heart's delight!
The main body of the dress uses Chambray Cotton in a pale pink, whilst the patterned area uses Amy Butler for Rowan fabric, I've been trying to find the exact design, but it must be an old one, because I can't find it.
The pattern above is also from "Chic and Simple Sewing" by Christine Haynes, I like it a lot. I've got a few other patterns that are contenders for my next dress too, but that will have to be in another blog post, sorry folks.
Righty-ho, I'm off to do whatever it is I'm meant to be doing! See you on Friday! Love Vanessa xxx