The “Owl’s About A Kiss, Then?” Dress
Name and Location: Hello there! My name is Jess Foxparse and I hail from Melbourne, Australia. The Land of Variable Weather and Really Excellent Breakfasts!
Blog: No blog yet, but one can always hope I’ll get my arse in gear and make one.
How long have you been sewing: I’ve been making mistakes in sewing since about 1996, but only really started getting serious 2 years ago.
Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge: I am always making things for other people on short notice, I figured I should start doing for myself! Selfish reasons aside, I really want to push myself, skillswise, this year. I want sewing to be less guesswork, more science!
What do you love most about sewing garments: I love being able to make the clothes that suit my body and seeing other people in clothes I’ve made especially for them. I am not so crash hot in other creative pursuits but with sewing, I tend to use the Force somehow and make some pretty good things!
What do you hate most about sewing garments: Hemming! Oh hemming, I curse you into the heart of the sun! I am also slightly deranged when it comes to zips. I do not like them, hells no.
What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: Make myself some out of my comfortzone clothes and broaden my sewing horizons. Maybe learn to use my overlocker? (Naaahhh)
Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: I am definitely going to learn how to drive a car this year. Definitely.
What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs: Bloody hell, Top 5 Internet Capable Desert Island blogs? Veronica Darling, Gerties New Blog for Better Sewing, Coletterie, My Poppet and Ink & Spindle (plus about 50 faffillion others!)
This little purple and navy number I made to wear to an event at my local Comic Book Shop and boy, did I overdress! It was my first crack at a bi-coloured dress and at sticking to a pattern. And golly, what a pattern it was. I’m used to making things in 3-4 pieces maximum, but this was 9-10 bits of fiddley mayhem! Steep learning curve. I really do love how the colours go together (and match my hair) in a darling ’3 Day Old Bruise/Pansy Bouquet’ way. I also like how I managed to get it over my head/considerable bust without installing a zipper! What I’m not so keen on is how long it is and how the weird box pleat at the front tends to stick out like a..well, like I’m hiding a book in my knickers. And the boob-darts are a little wonky. But overall, it’s a spiffy little number.
Fabric: Navy Blue and Purple Homespun Cotton AKA The Crinkley Wonder
Pattern: Butterick Retro 5209
Notions: Nothing! Haha! Take that, zippers!
Time to complete: About 2 days, on and off.
First worn: September 17th
Wear again? With a bit of alteration, yes!
Total price: $8 (homespun is cheap, yo!)
I’m really looking forward to having an exciting sewing adventure!