The Duvet Dress
Name and location: Diane, Norfolk, UK
How long have you been sewing: all my life, seriously 1 year
Why did you want to commit to the Sew Weekly Challenge: After a year of ‘shadowing’ the main contributors, I’m still keen to carry on. Sew Weekly is a vehicle for my creativity and I’ve received such wonderful support and encouragement.
What do you love most about sewing garments: A good fit, in a fabric I like. I absolutely love prints and finding unusual sources – I now never look at a duvet in the same way again! The creative process is also important to me, making something unique from nothing for a fraction of the cost in the shops.
What do you hate most about sewing garments? Machine malfunction – running out of thread underneath for example, happily sewing away and not realising! Also unpicking – what a waste of time!
What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: I want to investigate things I’ve never tried before, such as some couture techniques. Generally expand my knowledge.
Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: Carrying on with my City and Guilds qualification in hand knitting, which I’m nearly half way through.
What are your favourite sewing/fashion blogs: Anything at the moment which goes into sewing depth: Sunny Gal Studio Sewing, U-Handblog, Frabjous Couture, Chick Chick Sewing and of course, The Sew Weekly.
Fabric: One side of a double duvet
Pattern: Vogue Repro 1043
Year: Original 1953 design
Notions: 14 inch zip
Time to complete: approx 12 hours
Wear again? Definitely!
Total price: £12 sterling (or £6 given that I only used one half of the duvet) Zip from stash and pattern form a free offer
I wore this dress to Ladies Day at Newmarket Races this past summer. Felt really comfortable in it and fitted in no problem! No-one would have guessed that I was wearing a duvet…