The “Crepe Expectations” Dress
Fabric: 1 x vintage double bed sheet $35, dark purple linen from stash
Pattern: Colette Pattern’s Crepe
Time to complete: 5-6 hours (Plus a zillions hours of procrastination, dithering and generally saying “eek I can’t do this!”)
First worn: 5th of February to the Daughter’s 2nd birthday party
Wear again: Yes!
Total price: $35
When Mena did her mind-boggling 7-in-7 challenge I feel deeply in love with Colette Patterns. I hasten to their website and bought a few of the patterns, including the Crepe. I then bought this vintage sheet in June 2011 knowing it was meant to turn it into a Crepe… and then I didn’t do anything except look at the sheet and the pattern, freak out and then put it off to “another time”. I even got to the point of laying out the pattern to cut it but could never bring myself to do it. Finally 8 months later I have turned the sheet what it always dreamed it coud be = a Crepe! hoorah!
Why after 8 months did I FINALLY just suck it up and do it? Well I made a new years resolution to make two articles of clothing for myself each month (thank you Sew Weekly for being my inspiration!), the daughter started to refuse to wear clothes i made for her and I made a dress for the button challenge – not in time to post it but it was finished and wearable! So I have come to realise sewing clothes is a bit like my other love – Baking! How? Well all you need is 1. a good recipe/pattern 2. good ingredients/the right fabric for the job, 3. know you oven/sewing machine and 4. enjoy it!
Getting back to the Crepe – it’s not perfect (the hem is a little wonky and I did something a little weird with the front panels so they don’t sit quite right – any ideas as to why?) however it’s totally wearable and I adore the colours. It’s given me confidence to try more sewing! yippee!
This vintage sheet just keeps giving too – I also made a Sorbetto and it made the most lovely lining for this adorable bear hat for the Daughter (which she refuses to wear). Plus there’s enough left to make a skirt for the daughter so she can refuse to wear that too!