Sewing is so easy!

Oooh look what I made!!!! (a gravity defying child AND clothing to fit my gravity defying child!!)

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Sooo, it’s the end of February and this is my very first post this year yeeeeahhhh sooooooo sorry eeek…. I can’t say I have been lazy just really busy doing stuff. January was a bit of a blur of school holidays, bbqs, an annual trip to Barooga in NSW, celebrating Australia Day and getting ready for the new school year. Of course that meant I had to clean the cupboards in the kitchen…?? I had to!!

Then February was all about..more Summertime bbqs, getting my little 3yr old settled into kinder, which I am happy to say she loves, as well as a very quick and very much unplanned trip to Sydney to visit a very dear friend of mine (Hi Gina!!).

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I made a few New Year Resolutions and one of them was to dedicate more time to sewing. I am ok at it…not brilliant but I have made a two dresses, a few circle skirts and a top based on a pattern from 1942 but most of those were done in the sewing classes I attend each week.

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Really what I wanted was to be much more autonomous when sewing. Not having to ask for guidance or help or getting stuck but just being able to sew & understand the instructions that come with patterns. So I bought a few patterns and yep…I instead of taking me 4-5hrs to complete it’s dragging on and I’m now 4 weeks (2hr lessons each week) into a top that I thought would be easy.

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Regardless for ages I have been doubting my ability and doubting that I can really sew, then about 3 weeks ago I popped into spotlight and saw this really cute ‘Vintage Paper Doll’ patterned fabric with a yellow background and on a whim I bought it. It was on sale and I was thinking that I could make myself a novelty circle skirt with it.

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Then Miss A saw it and declared it “her new dress”. So I got to thinking that there might be a simple free girls dress pattern that I could find online and then if I stuff it up..meh. If it works then HOORAY!!!

I Googled, I Facebooked, I searched the sewing pages that I follow until I saw a few pics and that led me to Create Kids Couture. I found a dress that I liked. I bought it and printed it out and really started to stress…the ‘what ifs’, the ‘not sure’, the ‘I don’t think I am going to be able to interpret the sewing jargon’.

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Then I figured…it’s a piece of fabric…material. So what if I stuff it up. It’s all practice anyway. Away I went. Oh uh…first road block. I didn’t have any contrasting fabric to use. I could make it all using the same fabric but it would look so much better with contrasting fabric.

Off to Spotlight I go and I find some  but there on the sale table is the exact fabric I already have at home ready to be cut but with a pink background, rather than the yellow background I have. Miss A declares the yellow is yucky and she wants the pink. I would have preferred the pink too…in fact if I had seen it the first time I would have bought the whole bolt. Anyway…I also bought it because I figured I could keep the yellow fabric to make my novelty circle skirt.

Sewing07I followed the instructions and with the exception of one step, which I quickly rectified it took me two nights to complete this dress.

The gathering on the skirt took me 3 goes. The first time the thread broke, so I unpicked and stitched again. I got my gathers all done and then ahhh…BROKE the thread again and this time I have no idea how it broke.

Third time lucky…!!! Oh and of course…ha ha…FRICKEN ha…I found an awesome tutorial on creating gathers using a zig zag stitch that just looked so awesome that I am going to give this dress a crack again and see if this new fandangled zig zag gathering business works.

My most gorgeous most adorable baby girl! Sewing05

I don’t have an overlocker so I wasn’t able to finish my edges as nicely as I would have liked, however my Pfaff has a huge number of stitches to choose from and one of them is a zig zag that will suffice for raw edges.

Overall I am absolutely freaking thrilled. It’s amazing how something so small can boost your confidence so much. I want to find a few patterns that have sleeves –  I don’t think I can let my child out of the house in the middle of winter with a halter neck dress on.

In any event the dress I have made is called Hadley, cost $10.00 and you can buy it from the Create Kids Couture website. It’s a downloadable PDF pattern with full instructions and pics to go with it. Any pieces of the pattern that have straight edges you have to measure up yourself but the curved pieces are on the PDF. Absolutely perfect for beginners so give it a crack if you need a confidence boost or have a gorgeous Daughter like mine!!!

 

Cheers

Alex

4 Comments
  • Shannon
    February 28, 2015

    It’s beautiful and the best part is you did it all on your own! If you keep this up you will be amazed at what you can create by the end of the year! Thanks for giving our patterns a go! Have a wonderful day <3

    • Alex
      February 28, 2015

      Thank you so much!!! I really enjoyed making this dress and it was a great feeling finishing it, then seeing the absolute joy in my Daughter’s face when she knew this dress was finished & it was hers. I will certainly be making more dresses!

  • Renorine Gurusinghe
    February 28, 2015

    You clever cookie:-) well done Alex. I have only just begun sewing myself after having held on to a machine for almost 2 years. All the’what-iffs’ kept me from trying. Your post was a boost and encouragement to me too. Looking forward to seeing more of your sewing:-)

    All the best!

    • Alex
      February 28, 2015

      Thanks Renorine, I think with a hobby like sewing you just need to jump in and do something. I will admit I was very ambitious with some of my previous pattern choices but this dress was a great way to start. Create Kids Couture also have patterns for boys clothing so I will have to find something my Son will like.

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