Okay, it’s Thursday… those of you who read my previous post will know I should have posted this on Monday, but hey, no one’s perfect!
I’ve made a list of 25 challenges, and here’s the first one I’ve managed to do:
Learn to sew, and make something wearable! Drum roll please……
Ta dah! (excuse dodgy photo – was having a bad face day, but just wanted to prove that it is in fact wearable.)
In half term, I descended upon my mum, demanded sewing lessons and said “right! I’m gonna make a top today, a skirt tomorrow, and a dress on saturday!” Three days later, I realised I’d been a little ambitious and spent around 15 hours making just the one the dress in the end. Ho ho ho.
I learnt quite a few new things. Having my mum there (aka sewing guru) was a massive help when things started going a bit dodgy, or if I reached a point where I didn’t understand what I was doing.
Weirdly, I also found myself being a lot more careful and patient under her watchful eye. When I sew alone, it usually goes wrong because I get frustrated, go really fast and wreck everything!
Above is our sewing station. My mum was also making a dress, which she did in quadruple speed compared to me. I’ve got a lot of practise to do!
Here’s the moment when Mishka came to help 🙂
And here’s the end result:
I’m quite chuffed with my dress, and I wore it to the lovely Polly’s christening, which made it extra special.
Things I’ve learnt whilst making my first dress:
- It takes a LOT longer than I’d expected
- But it’s a lot quicker than knitting a jumper
- Sometimes you need to take a breather and go outside to stop yourself destroying your garment.
- You need to use an iron a lot in sewing (eye roll)
- Bias binding is a pain in the arse.
Onto the next challenge!