Summer Sewing

May 22nd

Red summer

The other day I mentioned I’d like to learn how to sew a dress.  In my mind, this is the Everest of craft — creating something that fits and that I’d like to wear. The two wrap skirts I’ve conquered are hills in comparison, and considering the wrap is so forgiving, even that is a generous analogy. Many of you responded that you too are interested in this project. And so, I thought I’d chronicle my adventure in great detail in case you want to play too.

This week: find a pattern. I found three I’m loving, in part because all Simplicity patterns are $1 (from the normal $16) at JoAnn’s this weekend. I bought two Cynthia Rowley designs and one vintage beauty. (This site is great for pattern reviews. )I couldn’t find a fabric that didn’t remind me of a quilt or frankly, JoAnn’s. While I don’t mind their prints for placemats, wearing it to dinner is an entirely different matter.

So, I think I’m going to try to make one of these dresses first in muslin as a rough draft. A little practice certainly never hurt my sewing. Also, I am skipping a bit because my mom recently bought me some oh-so-silly-fancy sewing machine. They have friends from Phoenix visiting them in Texas this weekend and I’ve got my fingers crossed this new baby is road tripping to Tempe soon. Woo!

~K

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14 Responses

  1. clothes aren’t that tough! what kind of machine did you get?

  2. Jessica May 22, 2009

    What sewing machine did you get?? I’m looking to buy my first, but don’t know how to pick a good machine. There are SO many out there.

  3. Thank you very much for making me crave some yummy, sweet red strawberries! 🙂 Good luck on making a dress! That will bo so cool to sport a fashionable dress that YOU made! Looking forward to meeting up next week!

  4. You’ll do great! I used to make clothes (particularly dresses) all the time. I just bought fabric & notions to make a wee dress for Miss Dahlia. It’s been a while since I’ve sewn clothes so it might be a “play-at-home” dress! haha. Good luck on this new adventure!

    AND YEAH for a new sewing machine! That is awesome. And I’m only slightly jealous….

  5. love the blog, kelli, and its inspiring me to take out my sewing again! i’m wanting to sew my first dress too.

    does anyone have any suggestion of where to buy cute but inexpensive fabric that would be good for a dress? i agree, the selection at joann’s isn’t exactly doin it for me…

  6. $1 patterns! I wish I had a JoAnn’s nearby. I’m thinking about trying this dress this summer: http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/infinity-dress.html.

  7. I can’t wait to see all the steps of this new adventure!

  8. Sarah h May 23, 2009

    Oohh…. A new sewing machine!!! Next you’ll need a serger! 😉
    enjoy sewing a dress! You can do it!

  9. Awesome, I cannot wait to see your creations! Good luck Kelli.

  10. I am going to TRY and sew along with you. I have never made clothes before! I like that dress….so here we go! Thanks for the inspiration!

  11. That Cynthia Rowley dress is SEXY! I’ve been looking (barely) at fabrics and patterns ever since you posted that kate spade dress (which is only sale by the way. not for enough off, but it is). Here is a place my friend found:
    http://www.mariemadelinestudio.com

  12. on sale. not only sale. oops!

  13. I think I must be on the same sewing trajectory as you. Skirts are easy but a dress scares me. I am planning to tackle that this summer though…I’m thinking something simple in a soft grey fabric or a black and white seersucker. I can’t wait to see what you make.

  14. Barbara May 30, 2009

    As others have asked, I would love to know about the machine! I’m researching for buying my own and would love to know what your Mom bought you and what your opionion of it is.

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