Creative Crafting, Daily Notes

My First Dress

Well, I took my first baby step towards making a dress this weekend — I cut out the pattern that I bought way back in the spring with Juju.  My measurements fall amongst a few sizes, so I have no idea if the dress I make will actually fit or not…but if it’s too small, maybe that can be my extra motivation to stick to my healthy eating.

Anyway, next step will be to pin it to the fabric and keep on cutting.  Any advice from any of you more seasoned sewers out there?

2 thoughts on “My First Dress”

  1. I’m not a seasoned sewer but some good advice I was given is ‘think twice, cut once’. One thing I found very frustrating at first was transferring markings. Then I discovered thread tracing which is a lot faster than it sounds!

    Best of luck with the dress!


  2. I don’t know how much experience you have, so I may be telling you stuff you already know, but hopefully you’ll find these helpful. I just took Clothing Construction I at O’More College in the spring and learned a LOT.
    Pin, pin, pin!!
    Make sure you use lots of pins when pinning the pattern to your fabric. It takes only just a little more time, but I found that it makes it much easier to cut the fabric if you place the pins closer together. (It’ll keep the pattern lying flatter against the fabric.)
    Also, pay attention to the way the pieces are supposed to be laid out on the fabric. There are directional arrows on each piece that indicate whether it goes crosswise, lengthwise, or diagonal (on the bias). Unless I had read my Reader’s Digest Complete Guide to Sewing from cover to cover, I would have had NO idea what those meant before this class.
    Read through the pattern instructions before getting started, have LOTS of patience, and don’t try to use shortcuts. Probably the biggest mistake I’ve made in the past was thinking that I could do something quicker or easier. It usually caused more problems!
    Good luck! 🙂


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