I recently bought Cal Patch's book 'Design-it-yourself clothes. Patternmaking simplified' and I was dying to try it out and make clothing from scratch
Drafting the pattern wasn't as easy as it looked and it took a few tries to get it right but now I'm quite happy with the result. Here's my first project, a simple dress:
The fabric is a super nice light blue poplin. It was all sewn on my vintage treadle sewing machine (except for the buttonholes and inside seam finish).
I screwed up a little on the sleeves and the neckline and I hope with my next project it will turn out better!
Here's the finished pattern:
I have a longer post on my blog about is as well: http://tidytipsy.wordpress.com/2010/03/15/dressmaking-my-first-dress/
I can really recommend the book, I loved learning to make patterns and it teaches you to make a lot of variations as well!
Thanks for looking!