Hello Dear Reader,
I do not profess to be a good dressmaker, but I am improving. I have kept the first quilt I ever made as a reminder of where I’ve come from. It’s not perfect but it’s colourful. I have done the same with the first dress I made. It didn’t fit well. I did learn a lot.
- Read the instructions carefully.
- Check the patterns sizing.
- Check and use the correct seam allowance.
- Add extra to the hem/length or shorten accordingly.
- Work carefully methodically; it’s not a race and you are not on the Great British Sewing Bee.
- Start with thrifted fabric, such as a second hand duvet cover and use that as a practise. Then, when the fit is right and you can follow the pattern, then make the skirt/blouse or onesie for real.
- Sewing patterns are expensive, use them over and over and they will be worth every penny.
I also spent too much time looking for the right parts of a pattern when I use it the next time. This time, I’ve divided them into the skirt bits and the blouse bits! I’m going to practise the skirt on some fabric I picked up at a jumble sale for 50p and I shall practise the blouse on some sheet fabric. They might turn out good enough to wear but I may have to adjust the fit. I’ve measured myself and know neither patterns are long enough for my lankyness and I will adjust them by and extra 1.5 inches.
It’s easy to think that we can all just pop into the bargain retailers and buy clothes but they don’t last, certainly don’t fit me very well and I don’t like the idea of throw away fashion. I actually want something of quality that lasts. I hope to have a couple of winter skirts made and some blouses that I could wear at work or with jeans at the weekend. I would love to be able to afford to go out and shop ethically and even better to buy British made clothes. I have a few very well made British items and I wear them over and over as they cost a lot. However, the people who made them are safe, paid properly, can be in a union, entitled to sick pay, maternity pay and a pension. Until, I can add to my wardrobe without doing something unethical, I’m going to keep trying to improve my dressmaking. Some of my loveliest pieces of clothing have that magical label inside “St. Michael” and say made in Britain on them! Of course, I found most of them in charity shops but they are certainly better made than clothes I could buy cheaply today.
Over to you Dear Reader, who else would like to have a go at making their own clothes? Who else tries their best on an ever shrinking budget to shop ethically for clothes? What about readers from other countries? Are you wearing clothes made in India or China or does your country still have a manufacturing base?
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