I have been sewing since my Grandma Effie taught me when I was around 8. I would spend my summer visits in Chicago learning how to sew using Barbie patterns. She was one of those seamstresses that could look at you, never take a measurement and whip up a garment that would fit like a glove. As a result I ended up studying apparel and textile design in college. Although I didn’t pursue a career as designer after college, I did end up working in the fashion industry for many years in visual merchandising.
I recently had the itch to sew again. The last time I sewed was over 2 years ago. Although I haven’t sewn on the regular, I do have a stash of fabric and patterns that I have accumulated over the years. I love pretty fabrics and end up buying them with visions of wonderful garments I plan on constructing. Unfortunately, it never happens.
I decided to renew my love of sewing and whip up a dress last weekend. Since I am the queen of not following through on projects or taking eons to complete, I broke everything down in parts to keep me from getting overwhelmed. On Friday I graded my pattern and cut it out. Saturday, I sewed up my dress.
I used the Simplicity Pattern 2586 by designer Cynthia Rowley to construct this dress. I had to grade the pattern up at the hips to cover my ample size but I cut a smaller size at the bodice. A good thing about sewing your own clothes is that you can customize your garment to fit properly. Next time I use this pattern I will grade one size down in the bodice. I kept the dress short and didn’t add the contrast brand. I used an abstract printed polyester fabric I had in my stash. The dress pattern had pockets. I absolutely love dresses with pockets.
This was a simple pattern to get me back into the swing of things. It only took me two days to cut out and sew. I already have my eye on the next garment I’m going to sew. Also, my earrings are an DIY upcycle. Stay tuned for how I did it.