A few weeks ago, I stocked up on supplies for the sewing machine and treated myself to a special foot to do invisible zips. Eventually, I want to make a dress that has an invisible zip inserted, and thought a skirt would be a good place to start.
It wasn't all plain sailing, but for a first attempt I was pleased. It's in and it works, can't ask much more than that.
I now have another make to add to #mmaw2015-this time a A line-ish skirt, made with no pattern, an invisible zip and waist facing. Not sure what will be next on the list, better have a look and see what's top of the fabric pile.
So this one could have been an absolute disaster. I had an idea for a dress, and on paper it looked good, in practice, it was far from good. I'm just glad I hadn't had to pay for the fabric, so making mistakes doesn't feel so bad.
The first incarnation was made, tried on and looked hideous, so back to the drawing board. Maybe taking out some of the fabric would help.
The second incarnation was made, tried on, and although not as bad as version one, was far from being wearable. Back to the drawing board.
The third incarnation turned the dress into a skirt, it's wearable, but it'll be back to the drawing board as far as that version of a dress is concerned. I do have an idea, but time will only tell if it gets as far as being a wearable design.
In the meantime, I have a few days to try and get something made for July. I have a feeling it might just be catch up time again in August.
No, I haven't got the date confused, I'm just catching up with #MMAW 2015. I'm determined to work my way through those crates of acquired fabric one way or another.
There wasn't much of this fabric, but it was enough to make a skirt. This is the same pattern (made up) that I've done the last few skirts, even the little girl's skirts. It so versatile.
As there wasn't so much fabric this time, the gather is a lot less than the first one I did, but I'm still pleased with the way it has turned out.
So, that's May done, just June and July to do now to catch up.
Still catching up with the clothes sewing and April's project is a skirt. This is fabric that I acquired and seemed perfect for a light and summery skirt for the summer.
Again, I've not used a pattern. I've now sussed a formula which will work for any size and is so simple to do. The skirt is gathered, with a separate waistband.
It just needs a good wash and a press and it will be ready to wear. I may just have to go through and see if I have some more fabric that will make a good skirt.
This picture gives a more accurate view of the colour. This is the first time I've done a facing on the neck and I love how it's turned out. Noe I've done it once, I think this is the way I'm going to be doing them from now on. I've used the selvedge as the hem as I love the effect of the darker edging.
After a wash and a press, I'm sure this will look so much better. The next garment will be a skirt. All being well, that should get done this week.
You may remember way back in January, I was going to keep up with #mmaw and make one garment a month. You may also have noticed, it hasn't happened. Well, I've gone some way to remedy that this week.
In one of my crates of fabric I acquired via Freegle, I had some white fabric. It's fairly thick with a goodly content of lycra. It's now become a top, and I'm proud to say, I've even managed to do sleeves.
I'm really proud of the way the shoulders sit, you can't tell from this photo, but they're in the right place. Can't get much better than that. Lesson learned-check the direction of the stretch of the fabric before cutting out. If I'd cut the first one out the right way, I would have got two tops instead of one. Never mind, it all goes towards the learning curve, and as far as clothes go, I have still have long way to go.
After my forays into making clothes last year, I had every intention of making something on a regular basis. I've been very fortunate to have been gifted huge crates of fabric, it was a good opportunity to use it.
Despite all the good intentions, months would go by, and I was busy, and nothing got made. I think I made three dresses and a pair of pyjamas last year. I needed a kick start to get going again.
Jen Gale over at My Make Do and Mend Year decided to take part in Make Me a Wardrobe 2015 and has invited everyone to join in. The idea is to make one garment every month. I thought it was the perfect challenge to get me making clothes again.
This is my first item for #mmaw2015, although it was a day late. I made it on Sunday. Another simple dress, just needs a wash and a press and it's ready to go.
There is still some more of this fabric left, so for February, I'm hoping to make a top. I may even get a bit adventurous and add some sleeves.
Will you be joining in?
I have had a lifelong love of crafts which started with being taught how to knit at a very young age. It didn't take long to realise that great joy and satisfaction came from making things. Even now, I get a thrill seeing something that started just as an idea, becoming a finished product, whether I make it, or teach someone else how to make it.