At some point in my teenage years I made a top and trousers for a school class. As far as I can remember that was the first and last time I made clothes.
I’ve been following Elise’s sewing exploits with interest for a while now and decided that I could add another hobby to my ever growing list!
Adding this onto my list was one way to make sure I did it.
I signed up for a free trail over at the Creative Bug a few months ago and one of the classes was to make Shirt No 1 by 100 Acts of Sewing. This was the top that I’d seen Elise make so I downloaded the pattern and slowly, step by step began.
I have to say that this is a great pattern for a beginner. Only two pieces to cut and the neck, hem and sleeves to finish. I complicated it by following one of the variations show in the class as I really wanted to use that orange material with the linen.
I was perhaps half way through making the shirt above when I saw this grey spotty fabric and had to buy it for another shirt.
Unfortunately, however beautiful that grey spot is the material was way too thick. It doesn’t drape as you really need a shape like this to do. But I still love it and I’m sure it will after some washing it will soften up.
I think that I have always steered clear of sewing clothes because I know it isn’t easy. I know that often it is trial and error because a pattern you buy will not fit you exactly and it can be very frustrating not to understand where you went wrong, or rather where you need to adjust the paper pattern in order to get a better fit. Google is always a good friend in these circumstances although another class that I watched at Creative Bug was a pattern drafting class and this gave a wealth of information and was full of tips and tricks for getting a better fit.
In the spirit of practice and trying to weave making clothes into my normal life I have made a list of what I think I’ve learned from these two sewing projects –
- I need to develop more patience and accept that I’ll have to rip out seams to get something right.
- Read the instructions about types of fabric best suited to the pattern.
- I need to actually make more stuff! It’s no good just watching videos. To improve and get better I need to make clothes.
- When I make this top again add a couple of inches to the length.
- Watch the neckline on the top too. They are both fine but I think I’d prefer it less wide at the tops of my shoulders.
- Remember the tip about turning up a hem to avoid ‘bubbles’.
Here’s to slow fashion, practice and general creativeness.