Friday, 2 May 2014

Distractions and learning to sew properly

Distractions and learning to sew properly...

So, it's May again. This time last year I tried to make this shirtdress.

It was my first ever attempt at a shirt style garment and it stalled at the toile stage. Like many sewers I have quite a few half finished projects lurking, sometimes just because it's really easy to be distracted by new ideas... (parasols anyone?)

This May I am most excited be doing a short couture course. I know completing Simplicity 5124 for this would teach me loads (see the list below). It is a lovely dress and I will wear it. But still something is pulling me towards this girly Vogue 9260.

It has a big collar, button front and a full skirt, but it's less of a challenge. And I know exactly what the big draw is - just look at those sweet pink and purple dahlias on the vintage fabric I am planning to use for it! I am dying to make it up and I have enough of it for a full skirted dress.

Whatever I end up making, I cannot recommend going to sewing classes enough. I am used to reading books, blogs, watching craftsy etc. but finding a good teacher and going to regular lessons has been amazing. Sewing with a group is a treat; you get less done but chatting and learning from other each other more than makes up for it.

For this 10 week course we will cover some interesting stuff which will fit with either of my dresses:
  • Collars and cuffs
  • Bound button holes
  • Patch pockets
  • Top stitching and seam finishes
  • Arrowhead trims
I am off to give myself a good talking to and hopefully produce something nice to wear at the end of all this. Watch this space.


  1. Both those patterns are lovely. I'm lucky I have an experienced friend who can talk me through trickier makes, I'm self taught and still a bit nervous. x

    1. That's so handy! I am really glad I started classes as I have finally met some fellow sewers, I may have to start a sewing club or something so we can carry on after the classes end.

  2. I think both dresses, and the fabric, are beautiful. I wondered about going on a course, I'm sure you're right and I would learn such a lot, as I am a real novice. xxx

    1. Ah thanks very much, I have stuck with the Simplicity ! I am lucky my teacher is really good. I also love my Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Sewing, I think it was done in the late 70s but its still the best.

  3. Visiting from Secondhand First. I am in LOVE with that Vogue pattern.

    1. Ah, thanks very much. Yes me too, it has taken all my will power not to start making it before I finish the other one.