Wednesday, 6 June 2012

A little bit of dressmaking

I recently decided to do some dressmaking.  Something I used to do a lot of when I was a lot younger.  In fact the last thing I made for myself was my wedding dress and that was 17 years ago!

I had some material which I had bought for crafting, however the piece was 5 meters long and there is plenty for crafting as well as making a top for myself.  I was going to down load a pattern from the internet, however I decided to check out the new haberdashery department at John Lewis and found myself perusing the dress making patterns.  £5.95 later and I had my pattern.  I chose a fairly easy one.  I wanted to ease back into dress making.


It didn't take too long to cut out the fabric,and it didn't take too long to sew everything together.  I completed the project over several days, but I'm sure it would have taken an afternoon from start to finish.

I decided to do French seams as it hides all the raw edges. 


A close up on the button detail and front gathering.

I enjoyed my revisit to dress making so much, I might just do some more.... when I have time that it!

Sarah xx

18 comments:

  1. That's beautiful! I've just bought a couple of Tops from M&S a very similar shape to those. Wish I was better at making clothes I could have saved myself a few quid! xx

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  2. That's lovely - the fabric is really pretty. Looks very professional.

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  3. What a super top... now all we need is the Summer to come so you can wear it :)

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  4. very pretty I love dressmaking just never find the time looking forward to seeing your next project xx

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  5. The material is lovely and its a vety pretty

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  6. Welcome to Handmade Monday! I love your top, very summery and pretty.

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  7. I'd love to be able to sew my own clothing, but I'm very bad at sewing in straight lines with a machine!

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  8. what fun! you are clever putting this together as i know it is harder than it looks - you obviously haven't lost the knack! x

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  9. The material you have used is very pretty and the top looks as if you had bought. I hope you get a lot of pleasure from wearing it.:)

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  10. It's really pretty and it looks like a professional finish. You obviously haven't lost your knack for dressmaking. Ali x

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  11. That is so pretty. I bet you will go on to make some more!

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  12. It's so preeeettty!! It looks so professional - I know it sounds a cliche but I can't believe you made that!

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  13. I love this and might have to give it a go myself!

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  14. Like you, I also used to do a lot of dress-making and really enjoyed it (made my wedding dress too). I do like your top and am sure you have been re-bitten by the dress-making bug. Hope you have a good week.

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  15. I made my bridesmaid dresses 20 years ago and never made an item of clothing since so hats off to you for doing it and what a lovely top it is. Well done you

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  16. This looks fabulous - a very clever lady! I now know what French seams are so appreciate the extra effort you took! Lovely fabric too! Have a goos week. Jo x

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  17. such pretty fabric, I wish I could make stuff like that

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