The “1950s Horrockses” dress from May 2011
Fabric: cotton bought from www.croftmill.co.uk
Pattern: Free download from V and A museum in London based on a dress in their collection, graded up by me
Notions: zip, hook and eye
Time to complete: 17 hours
First worn: To the London sewweekly meet in May 2011
Wear again? Yes, to the street party I am organising in June to mark the Jubilee (Queen Elizabeth II has reigned for 60 years this year!). Not on a day to day basis!
Total price: £22
Name & Location: Charlotte Tilley, Lincolnshire, England
How long have you been sewing: Recently, seriously, with my own sewing machine, about a year. As a teenager I made a couple of things on my Mother’s machine, but I am not counting the dreadful too-tight on purpose pencil skirt I made when I was 15.
Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge: Last year I made about thirty items and completed 22 sewweekly challenges. I did alot more as part of the community (with a purpose and a deadline) than I would have on my own!
What do you love most about sewing garments:The planning stages, research, finding fabric. Going to my sewing class. That “yes! I did it!” moment
What do you hate most about sewing garments: Preparing the pattern and cutting out the fabric
What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: To improve my sewing. To gain new skills and to make a jacket and a pair of trousers
Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: to finally lose some weight so I can enjoy the clothes I make more
What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs: Apart from www.sewweekly.com, obviously, there are loads, but top are www.coletterie.com, http://www.blogforbettersewing.com, http://www.tillyandthebuttons.com, http://fashionsfromthepast.blogspot.com, http://houseofpinheiro.blogspot.com, http://beebeesvintagedress.blogspot.com