It’s crazy to think I’ve been sewing now for a little over five years. I first started my old blog back in 2012 and that was to showcase learning how to sew, discovering new patterns, testing and trialling different fabrics and making heaps of mistakes! However, without going through that process I never would have been able to learn what fabric types I liked the most and what pattern styles suited my body shape. I was also able to learn the basics of sewing including how to cut a pattern, how to following instructions, how to use my machine and importantly, how to modify patterns to suit my own figure. Even though I still make mistakes, I’m more confident in my pattern and fabric choice to be able to create outfits that I’m proud of wearing.
Pattern: Butterick 5949 Dress
Description: Lined dress has close-fitting, pleated, bias front bodice variations, waistband, and invisible back zipper.
Fabric used: Watercolour blue combed cotton found on Spoonflower
I am a pretty big fan of Spoonflower fabrics, even selling a few designs online myself on my Sixteen Stitches Shop. You can go through the designs and make a favourites gallery of all the fabrics you love. These are fabrics that at times you just can’t find in store and if you can get really creative you can even make the fabric yourself!
The blue water colour fabric below by Joan McLemore is one of my favourites, which I’ve now purchased a few times for different dresses.
Each year we do a dress up party for our work Christmas party and it’s fitting because it’s a sewing and embroidery company. Some people opt to make their own costumes, while others order their outfits online. This year when browsing through ideas I saw the 50’s Pop Art theme and since I’ve always being a huge fan or Roy Lichtenstein I was keen to make my own dress.
This was mostly a mash up between my previous Lekala Dress top and also the Butterick 5949 skirt. I also just added to two yellow panels to break up the red and blue dots.
Here is a photo of me and my co-worker Michelle who also made her own 50s dress from New Look pattern 6824.
Pattern: BurdaStyle #101 top and Butterick 5949 skirt
Description: This is a bit of a mash up including a BurdaStyle slim fit dress top and the Butterick slim fitted pleated skirt.
Fabric used: Cotton sateen with a cotton poplin lining
Pattern: Butterick 5747
Description: Dress has wide collar, detachable dickey, fitted bodice, button closure, waistband, pleated skirt, and belt.
Fabric used: Cotton top and linen skirt