Thursday, 17 June 2010

How far can you go on 1 metre?

About this far! One metre of light wool fabric that cost R10 on a sale, an old(ish) Burda magazine pattern, and several hours of sewing by the rules.

These are really really bad photos, I know, and I'm sorry, but there's so little light indoors at the moment, and I was too cold to take off the shirt I'm wearing under the dress.

It's the simplest pattern I could find: just 1 front and 2 back pieces, the sleeves not being cut separately. The original pattern had a long straight skirt, but I made a mock-up in calico (gasp!). Once I'd checked that that fitted, I just drew lines outward from the hip shaping to make a more A-line shape.

It's exactly what I wanted. Given how long it can take to sew a dress*, buying clothes is usually cheaper than making. But I never find things I want in shops. Or, if I do, I'm disappointed at the fabric, the lack of lining or proper hem, and I always, always have to take things in at the back of the waist. The only clothes I ever really want to buy cost as much as I earn in a very good month. So sewing ends up cheaper.

*specially if you press all the seams, and tack the zip in rather than just pinning it, and measure seam allowances instead of guessing, and mark pieces with chalk. Yes I did.

16 comments:

Simone said...

Very nice indeed.

Classic, simple design, that can work with lots of things :)

L'Atelier said...

oh its absolutely beautiful!!!!
and you sound like you usually sew like me..the lets-just-guess-and-it-hopefully-will-work-out-kinda way ;)
enjoy wearing your piece of art

Jennifer S. said...

Lovely, well done you.

mizu designs said...

I absolutely agree about not being able to find stuff I like in shops unless it costs way beyond what I can afford. And making something yourself is so much more satisfying even if it means following the rules sometimes.

Great dress, btw.

Katherine said...

Stylish and simple. It's perfect.

Rosie said...

Jealous much!

Ruby in the Dust said...

i love it! did you line it too??!!

Freshly Found said...

Lovely!

Heather Moore said...

Verrrrry impressed indeed!

Kat said...

Très chic!

else said...

Looks verry nice!
And i like the shoes with it.

Cate said...

I love this! If I made a dress like that, I think I'd wear it everyday. It reminds me of Andrea Zittel's Personal Uniform.

mjb said...

I always try to convince myself that I can make a dress with 1 yard, but so few patterns agree! Yours looks great.

Pinktulip said...

Great dress! I agree with you, you can never find exactly what you want in shops and the prices are ridicilous. I refuse to pay R400 for a knit top I can make for less than R100 and I can make it in the style I want too. Just wish I can find more nice fabric locally, especially knits. I prefer wearing knit fabric tops to cotton anyday.

strikk handknits said...

ohmygosh! i'm so impressed. your dress is truly gorgeous - and for a tenner. blimmin heck, even better :-)

Sherrin said...

I love it, it's perfect! The cut is really lovely and classic on you too.