Since I started sewing almost 2 years ago, I have been building my pattern collection so I have a range of different outfits I can try my hand at. With McCalls/Butterick's having a pattern sale this week, I thought I would spoil myself and buy 4 new patterns. Whilst it can be difficult to find feminine clothing in the store, there are plenty of modern patterns that are lovely and feminine and you can alter the hem length, neckline or add sleeves if you so wish.
I am still a novice at dressmaking but I am willing to trying things that perhaps are out of my comfort zone. A few months ago I lined a dress and was so pleased with the end result I will certainly do it again - in fact I surprised myself with how well it worked. Youtube is an excellent source for sewing tips and tutorials.
My next sewing project will be one of the dressers below - they all look great for summer and very suitable for work.
To help with my sewing and hopefully do away with the need to buy some patterns, I have purchased two courses from Craftsy "Pattern-making basic: The bodice sloper" and "Pattern-making basic: The skirt sloper". If you haven't used Craftsy courses before, I would highly recommended them - some are free and others have a cost and I just wait for them to have sales and both these courses I purchased for 50% discount. I have been using one of their free quilting courses to help with a quilt I'm making and have found it very useful. I have also purchased a bread making course (sour dough) and can't wait to do it. In fact these would make excellent courses for homeschooling and once purchased, you keep them for life.
Aren't these just lovely and what a great length and neckline. My favourite would have to be the black and white square neck that the model is wearing.
I find jackets expensive so I thought I would try one myself - how hard can it be!!! I will let you know!
I've never sewn a pleat before - first time for everything!!!
|Butterick 4933 - an old pattern I use to own and glad I found it (uncut) on Ebay. This one covers the tummy so ideal for me!!|
|Blouses are so expensive so I would love to make my own - got these two patterns to practice my skills - these would be great in summer. I have just ordered some cotton fabric from Hawthorne Threads to try and make the Butterick pattern above|