My “First Attempt At Vintage” Dress
Name and Location: Jo, from Kent in the UK.
Blog: The criminally neglected http://theamazingtaracat.wordpress.com/
How long have you been sewing: Nearly a year – since February 2011.
Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge: When I sew I relax. I need to relax more.
What do you love most about sewing garments: So many things. Having clothes that actually fit. Going into that zone where you are so absorbed in a project that you forget all your other worries. The whole mathematical process of taking a flat sheet of fabric and creating something three dimensional. The look on people’s faces when they ask where I got something and I tell them I made it. Hoarding patterns and fabric. I could go on….
What do you hate most about sewing garments: Ironing/pressing. I did ironing as a job when I was sixteen learned to loathe it. I managed to avoid it ever since, until I started sewing and realised it was unavoidable. And fastenings – long live the Mena test.
What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: Getting the fit just right. Tackling my phobias of trousers and buttonholes
Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: Find a way to earn a living working for myself.
The Facts ⁃ Fabric: Cotton poplin?
Pattern: Butterick 9269
Year: Early 60’s
Notions: zipper, cream lace
Time to complete: about 5 hours
First worn: August 2011
Wear again? Have done, loads.
Total price: All fabric and notions gifts, so nothing!