Outside of a few skirts and shirts I haven’t done much sewing for myself. For some reason I have always thought anything outside of that was more difficult than it would be worth; but lately I am seeing the value in it. Custom made for the price of your time and fabric? Really it’s a bargain.
Plus, I am thinking it will look way better. For instance, I have really narrow shoulders with arms that are disproportionate to their size. So by the time I find a dress to fit my arms, it is always too big in the shoulders and looks a little off. So then I always end up buying it a little too tight in the arms, and I am thinking that is not the most flattering of looks :).
Just recently I made this Dolman Sleeve Top, and really it has been a favorite. It fits just the way I want it too, and is actually flattering – and easy! It’s convinced me to do a little more sewing for myself.
Well my husband has a conference coming up and every night (6) requires a dress or a skirt. So what better time than now, right? I have done a little looking around and have found some great resources to get me started, but I would love to hear your input on the matter – like where would you start? Do you have a go-to pattern that you love for dresses? Here’s what I’ve found:
- How to measure yourself correctly – thinking this is a good place to start
- Shannon’s Modify Dress looks very customizable
- A novices guide to draping on Burda Style
- Seriously tempted to take this Sew Retro Perfect Bombshell Dress class on Craftsy
- All Free Sewing has a Free E-Book For 11 Patterns for Sewing Woman’s Dresses
- I am all sorts of in love with this retro dress pattern – is it too much?
There’s what I’ve found, now I’d love to hear your bits of wisdom on the subject. For some reason sewing a dress intimidates me…possibly because it would really stink to spend money on 5 yards of fabric only to mess it up.
Tell me what you think!