Adventures in Sewing - DIY Dress
I sewed a dress for myself!
Also, my purple hair matches the purple accent fabric. Coincidence? I think not.
My original love for sewing came from the idea of being able to 'design' wearable clothes, choosing my own fabrics and pairing them together in ways that I liked, that might not exist in the 'real world' of clothes shopping.
Since getting my new sewing machine this past fall, this is the first dress I've made for myself...with fabric I bought the same week as I bought my sewing machine. Ha! Good things take time, I guess! :) Upon getting back into sewing, I realized anew that I really don't have the level of sewing expertise to create more complicated wearable items without patterns, so creating this dress had to wait until my sisters sent me a pattern to use from the USA. I really admire the art of pattern creation, because at this point patterns still seem like a mystical, magical puzzle from which beautiful dresses emerge somehow.
I didn't alter this design too much from the original--I stuck to a standard size to keep things simple. The waist is a tad loose for me, but that's better than a waist that's just a bit too tight, am I right? The pattern called for an invisible zipper, but I opted for a visible zipper and I lengthened the skirt by about 3 inches from the original. I mostly used french seams throughout the garment--I've used them before in a tunic I made for myself, and I like how well handmade garments last through wear and washing with french seams.
It's a pretty fun feeling to be able to wear something that started out as a bolt of fabric. If anyone's interested in getting started sewing, but feels intimidated by the art--I really recommend just doing it. I am totally self-taught when it comes to using a sewing machine, or, more accurately, internet- and user manual-taught. Of all hobbies I've ever tried, this is the one that most perfectly meets the line of being both fun and creative and really, really practical--from clothing to gifts to household linens--there are so many awesome things that can be sewn and used in everyday life. I like cross-stitch and embroidery as well, but it's not nearly as practical of a hobby, as it's purely decorative sewing instead of constructive sewing. There's room for both!
What is your favorite hobby? What sorts of hobbies are you drawn to most? I love hobbies that involve being creative...but I also have a distinct 'practical' streak, so I especially enjoy making things that I can actually use!