So, I am readying to embark upon my third adventure into the world of hand crafted clothing, and this time I though to myself "Hey! You're finally a member and no longer a lurker. . . you should ask for advice!" I felt rather clever after that gem
I feel I must explain, I am an art student at University. I love to paint, sculpt, anything with my hands! I've dabbled in a wide variety of crafts (soap, jewelry, poly clay, candles, book binding. . . the list goes on, much to my man's chagrin!) But sewing has never been, shall we say, a strong suit of mine! My previous two projects, a simple dress and sleepy pants, earned I'd say a C and B respectively. The dress was made of an old sheet, so no stretch. Skirt was lovely, bodice less so. Sleepy pants were a fantastic success (hurrah, as they were a gift for my man!) Made out of fleece, the pockets are only slightly ridiculous. But when its cold he wears them, so I am pleased.
However. . . this time I feel a sight more ambitious.
I want to craft myself a fantastic, funky, and fresh dress to sport when I'm feeling particularly arsty!
I actually drew out a simple plan. Forgive the colored picture, I was feeling rather generous of myself. (while I am a slender figure, my waist isn't quite that
So, I suppose what I'm asking is. . . help? Ladies of thrifty fingers, of fantastic fabric construction-ability, I need your assistance! any gems of wisdom you feel able to part with concerning the construction of this piece will, I promise, be treated with absolute respect!
Onto badly taken sketches-->
Now. the sad truth of this is, I dont own a sewing machine. I'm kind of gunning for the semi unfinished/rough look. I already have fabric, although the green is much closer to NEON GREEN than the cool, suave green of my crayon
Its very bright against the royal purple.
I'd like the bottom to be ruffled, though not quite sure how to accomplish that.
The center spiral will be top stitched (I think thats what its called. . . ) onto the purple body of the dress with a purple thread (again, channeling the 'rough-ish' look). The material is a cotton with a little bit of give, but not as much a jersey.
I am unsure of quite where to start, measurements, how to stitch it together and have it stay in one piece, etc. Please, if you have any input, it would be most welcome!