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Topic: Learning to sew. First projects: dress, shorts and a skirt. (Picture fatty)  (Read 7236 times)
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« on: February 07, 2012 02:24:34 PM »

Hello craftster!  It's been a long while, but I've decided to get back into making stuff.  I attended a sewing class from October-December last year where we had to make a "vintage inspired" dress.  So I used this pattern and fabric.  I'd have found the pattern really challenging if it wasn't for my tutor, she also found some of the directions tricky to follow.

I made size 16 (UK), and had to take it in at the sides.  I knew I would though, used that size in order to fit my largest measurement.

I put in pockets! Cheesy  Being able to put pockets in things is a large part of the reason I want to learn to sew.

It does hang a wee bit wonky, but its not really as noticeable in real life.

I lined it as well, which wasn't in the patterns.  This was my first zip.  It's not perfect, and I had to hand sew some of the seam allowance in which I hadn't managed to catch, but it looks pretty alright.

This skirt is possibly my real first project.  It's from a New Look pattern which I shortened substantially.  I started it at a sewing class I went to in 2004, maybe 2003, and failed to finish it.  My Mum's friend lined it and put in the zip for me.  I suck at finishing things on time, I was pretty far off finishing my dress when the class finished.

The lining is actually the bottom of a slip.  I couldn't find any short ones so cut up a long one, and the bottom was the perfect length to line this.  This photo shows the colour of the fabric better.  It has a pattern of wee swirls.

I wanted to prove to myself that I could actually sew before starting last years class.  I got a free Burdastyle pattern (sailor shorts with lips pocket by junespoon) and some fabric from my Mum's stash (she got it in Nigeria in the mid-late 70's).  The pattern was sized UK 10, and sometimes I'm a 12, so I added about a half inch to the seams which, of course, made them too big.  I fixed it by sewing further up the pockets, but to where the bottom button in. 

My back pocket!  It's kinda low down, but it's my first attempt at a pocket.  You can also see how I messed up my pattern cutting.  The paisley goes in a different direction on the front.

I put press studs at the top of the waistband, because it was folding over.  This also (pretty much) fixed the sizing problem I mentioned earlier.  The were hanging from the top button before, which was pretty lose and now they hang from the waistband.

So, let me know what you think.  Hope this post wasn't too long.
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« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2012 03:43:17 PM »

What a lovely dress you've made!!  Looks great on you to  Grin The fabric suits the style, good choice.

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« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2012 04:03:01 PM »

That dress is so cute! And I love what you did with the shorts. That's impressive to have shorts be your first successful garment because pants can be a BITCH to fit. So yeah, you are trucking along just fine.

Don't worry about getting perfect zippers in, there are loads of helpful tutorials here and cut out and keep for great zipper placement, etc.

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« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2012 02:31:22 AM »

Thank you guys!  It's so nice to get positive comments from here since you all make such lovely things.
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2012 05:34:08 AM »

ooooh! i love the dress pattern, and your fabric is perfect!  i also REALLY love your sailor button shorts!  great work!
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« Reply #5 on: February 08, 2012 06:11:50 AM »

I stinkin' LOVE those shorts! I love the contrast between the vibrant orange of the paisley (OMG LOVE vintage African fabrics) and the dark bias binding. I totally hadn't noticed the pattern going the "wrong" direction. I absolutely have to find that pattern on Burdastyle and try it. Especially as my other half was reading over my shoulder last night and snorted in disgust at the shorts. I think I shall make them in the amazing whale-print flannel I have in my stash, and wear them specifically to annoy him because I think they're fabulous Cheesy

« Reply #6 on: February 08, 2012 12:47:15 PM »

Those are very nice for beginner projects. I think the "charlie & willow" collection is a success. Why did I call it that? Well when a designer makes a mistake or error, it is called a designer detail because that makes the item very unique. Sometimes a mistake ends up being a signature style of a designer.  Grin May you have more fun in the future with your sewing.

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« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2012 02:01:04 PM »

hilarei:  Thanks, I loved the fabric too.  It was a bit more expensive that I'd been thinking of but I just couldn't resist.

charlieandwillow:  Let me know if you can't find the pattern, I have the pdf saved in my computer (which is why I didn't give the link, I didn't have the internet while I was making them).  You should totally make a pair to annoy your husband, and whale-print fabric sounds ace!

purefairydust:  Thanks, I always assume that my mistakes are more noticeable to me than to anyone else.  It's nice to think of them as being "unique details", if anyone points them out I'll tell them that.
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2012 09:38:37 AM »

I love your projects!, they look well done!
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« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2012 03:37:10 PM »

 You did a great job on your projects! Much better work than most beginners! Keep it up! You'll only keep getting better and better!

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