I have a thing for the Italian fashion house Missoni, for their beautiful textiles, prints and fabrics. I made ababy cape with a Missoni for Target cotton blanket before, but I was still thirsty for more. When I saw some Missoni knit fabric in Rome on my honeymoon, I couldn’t help myself and bought some! And when I saw McCall’s 6844 envelope, I knew I’ve found the perfect pattern for it.
Pattern:McCall’s 6844, View C, rated ‘Easy’, sized for ‘Petite’.
Size made: ‘Y’ (Xsm – med included), I made size Xs.
Pattern pieces:6 for view C
Fabric used:Wool blend [40% wool, 30% polyester, 30% acrylic], 140cm width, 1.5m long, made in Italy, bought in Rome on my honeymoon
New Techniques used:First serious pattern matching attempt; First time using knit (tricot) interfacing.
Modifications:I reduced the peplum length and corresponding neckband by 6cm due to not enough fabric for pattern matching.
I actually bought another Missoni chevron fabric in the red/black colourway. Dreaming about what to make with that…
I’ve wanted to make this dress as soon as I saw the pattern envelope. A fitted wrap dress with a split, and rolled up sleeves. I could never find something similar in shops that fit my 5’0″ stature, so why not try to make one? Not being experienced with pattern fitting and grading, I think I got lucky this time.
Pattern:McCall’s 7185, View B, with separate pieces for cups A/B, C and D.
Size made:US 6-14 included, I made size 6 in cup A/B.
Pattern pieces:11 for view B (without pockets)
Fabric used:Cotton Sateen [97% cotton, 3% spandex], 127cm width, 3m long, made in China, bought from Spotlight
New Techniques used:First time trying a true wrap design; Making buttonholes; Sleeve tabs.
Modifications: Eliminated pockets.
I think I got lucky this time, making a somewhat fitted garment with reasonable results, without making any adjustments or pattern grading, while cutting a size that clearly deviates from what is suggested by the company. It was stressful every step of the way, not knowing if it would fit or not and whether the garment is wearable in the end! The most sensible thing to do is to make a muslin, but I just don’t have the motivation to do so…gotta thank my lucky stars.
Mustard with hints of Burgundy, Emerald and Teal. It screams Autumn to me! This loud print is not my usual style, but I fell in love with the colours. The fabric is also buttery soft, and is perfect for mild autumns in Queensland. I made Burda 6919 with it. It is a pattern for a knit semi-fitted dress with scoop neck, shoulder holes, tucks in bodice and skirt, batwing sleeves and elasticated waist.
Pattern:Burda 6919, View A. Rated ‘Easy’.
Size made:US 8-18 included, I made size 8
Pattern pieces:5 for view A
Fabric used:Stretch jersey [90% polyester, 10% spandex], 148cm width, 1.5m long, made in China, bought from Spotlight
New Techniques used:First time trying pattern matching – I only managed the centre fronts of bodice and skirt. Side seams not matched…
Modifications:Shortened skirt at hem by 14cm; Encased waist elastic instead of sewing onto the seam allowance; Hand-stitched hem and dress hems.
I have done proper scrapbooking in the past (they are on my Gallery page under ‘Scrapbooking‘), with fancy papers and embellsihments. It is a really time-consuming hobby, and also after discovering dressmaking, I’ve lost motivation for scrapbooking a bit.
However, I’ve decided to make a simple scrapbook to document my dressmaking projects. I drew them using templates from a Fashionary book (I’m not affiliated with them), and made paper envelopes to house my traced patterns. I added a swatch of fabric with metal studs.
Here is my first Dressmaking Scrapbook, Volume ONE. It documents the first 20 handmade garments I’ve completed. You can click on the link at the bottom of each pic to see the post of each item.
That was fun! Both the dressmaking and the scrapbooking. It’s great to combine two crafts, the process and result is always satisfying. I’ve already started Volume Two! But it will take a long while to fill up. At the moment I’m only sewing maximum one garment per month.
I like to sew Destination Dresses – when I sew something to wear on an overseas trip. When I knew MS and I were going to Seoul in South Korea, I decided to make McCall’s 7243 in a thicker knit to wear in the still-cold Springtime there.
Pattern:McCall’s 7243, View D
Size made:AX5 (sizes 4-12 included). I made size 6
Pattern pieces:5 for view D
Fabric used:Stable knit with textured ‘braids’ on right side, [83% polyester, 15% viscose, 2% spandex], 138cm width, 2m length, unknown country of origin, bought fromTessuti Fabrics
New Techniques used:One piece wrap collar
Modifications:Reduced collar width; Hand sewn hems; Refined hip fitting by trying it on, pinching and pinning.
This dress is probably my longest-running UFO. I started it more than a year ago, traced the pattern and cut the fabric, and had not touched it since. Up until last month when I finally decided to sew it, as it was taking up precious space in my fabric cupboard.
Simplicity 2497 is an OOP pattern (it wasn’t OOP when I bought it in Spotlight!). Given that I sew so slowly, with endless distractions/responsibilities, by the time I sew my patterns, I’m not surprised if most of them are out of print or out of fashion. Neck ruffles, if I remember correctly, were trendy a few years ago. Maybe not now, but I don’t care….On the topic of trends – I don’t follow trends much – but even if I wanted to, I’d have no hope of sewing them. By the time I finish it, trend will be over. Maybe by a few years. I bought some off-the-shoulder patterns last season ( I like the style regardless of trend), but now it’s all about the sleeves…so my attitude is, just sew whatever.
Pattern:Simplicity 2497, a Cynthia Rowley design, View D
Size made:D5 (sizes 4-12 included). I made size 4
Pattern pieces: 7 for view D (after eliminating pockets)
Fabric used:Polyester crepe,135cm width, 3m length, bought on myJapan trip
New Techniques used:Sewing princess seams; Using rolled hem
Modifications:Raised neckline at lowest point by 5cm; Eliminated pockets; Reduced bodice sides by 5cm total; Used rolled hem instead of narrow hem for neck ruffle
First handmade garment of the year, and it’s already February! My goal to sew more isn’t going that well…but we all start somewhere :P
The reason I chose this pattern to make was simple. I accidentally bought two of the same paper patterns during sales, so I decided I’ll try for the very first time to cut straight into the tissue paper instead of tracing. The relaxed fit reassured me that minimal adjustment or grading would be needed.
Pattern:Butterick 5878, I made View B
Size made:A5 (sizes 6-14 included). I made size 6
Pattern pieces:8 for view B (total 11 pieces in envelope)
Fabric used:100% Rayon, 135cm width, 1.5m length (really should need 2m), made in Thailand, bought fromSpotlight
Trim used:6m (used about 4-5m in the end) scallop lace trim from Lincraft
New Techniques used:Making yoke facing; Elasticated sleeves
Modifications:Shortened skirt tiers – middle panel by 4.5cm, bottom panel by 5.5cm. Reduced sleeve length 7cm. Altered lace trim placement.
We took a mini road trip to the sunflower fields in the countryside…
I have another project in the works…let’s see how that goes.
When should one make an impractical, shiny, sparkly piece of garment? The silly season, of course!
I made a skirt out of sequined fabric. Not the heat-bonded type, but the individually stitched on type. Which, as I find out, is my absolutely least favourite fabric to sew! I tried removing the sequins at the seam line before I sew, but ended up having a visible gap. I stitch any closer, the sequins get caught in the machine needles, and I broke 2 needles. In the end I just hand-stitched it.
Pattern:Self-drafted, loosely based on RTW garment
Fabric used:Stretch sequin fabric, origin unknown, less than 1m needed, bought from Lincraft
New Technique used:Sewing sequin fabric (not much luck with machine)
(Edit: I found more photos from my old laptop and added them here)
Christmas is fast approaching – hope everyone will have a festive, happy time spending with their loved ones during this holiday season.
I’m not even going to pretend to be able to say ‘Hello’ in Greek. I still couldn’t, even after spending 2 weeks there some time ago.
In preparation for my Greece trip, I have sewn a grand total of….ONE garment to wear there. Boo. I had aimed for three, but alas, life has been crazy and busy. Oh well, one is better than none.
I had originally wanted to make a Grecian inspired dress – a white, one shouldered, fluid-y, maxi-length concoction. But the more I think about it, the more cliche it is to wear that in the country especially as a tourist. So instead I used a pattern with an asymmetrical design. I still used white as the base colour, and it was not until after I’ve finished the dress that I realised the print has an oriental feel to it. So, East meets West it is.
Pattern:Vogue 8898, I used elements from all views: View A length + View B shoulder tie + View C hole-in-waist design (sans sash as I used a belt)
Size made:Size Y (x-small to med included). I made x-small
Pattern pieces:3 (I cut the pattern for sash but didn’t use it. Four pieces if include sash)
Fabric used:Polyester knit (92% polyester, 8% spandex), 147cm width, 1.5m length, made in China, bought fromSpotlight
New Techniques used:Interfaced sash opening (like a buttonhole) and handsewn
Modifications:Moved sash opening 3cm towards midline; Moved armhole from shoulder to side seam; Shortened length 5cm at lower hem; Topstitched drape-y side seam.
We also went to Athens, Delphi, Olympia, Nafplio, Mycenae, Corinth, Marathonas and Santorini in Greece. I wish I had made something to wear to each city!
That just revealed where I made the error. I started out making a dress, and it ended up being a top. Title of the post was inspired by Alanis Morisette’s song “You Learn”, which has been playing in the car (and in my head) lately. Just checked and the recording was released in 1995. Eek. Time flies.
Pattern: New Look 6022, View B with sash from View C
Size made:6-16 included, I made size 6
Pattern pieces:5 for view B + sash
Fabric:(a light to medium weight woven fabric with sheen – possibly polyester? Satin? Bought too many years ago to remember), 140cm width, 1.5m length, (unknown place of manufacture), bought fromLincraft
New Techniques Used:Cap sleeves; Single bias tape sleeve finish; Back elastic
Modifications:Topstitched sash; Dress made into top (“unintentional modification”)
In the spirit of the failed purple dress, I took out my purple (RTW) skirt to go with the top, so the original purple all-over look would be preserved…somewhat.
Better be more careful next time. I was taught not to run with scissors as a kid. I learned that as an adult, even sitting down with scissors can cause problems…