Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Happy New Year!

It's a new year! I have made a few resolutions. My main one is to be healthier. My sewing one is to get perfect fitting clothes. They kind of relate to each other - if I make clothes that fit perfectly then I will feel more comfortable in them - both mentally and physically.

I haven't done any sewing yet this year. I wanted to make a mini-skirt on New Years Day but I couldn't find the fabric for it. I was pretty sure I had quite a bit of the turquoise zebra fabric left but I hunted through my stash (which is kept in many different places - my wardrobe, under my bed, in boxes...) and I only found a small square of it. So that is another thing I want to work on - getting all my fabric organised and reducing the amount of fabric I have.

I made a holiday dress two weeks ago. I wanted something nice to wear for Christmas. I used Burda pattern 7829 for about the ten thousand millionth time. I don't think I have ever used a pattern quite so many times as this one... I just really like it! So you would think I would have gotten the fit perfect on it like when I made it in cotton. I used this beautiful shiny black fabric I found with the help of the sweet old ladies at the fabric shop around the corner. It is amazing how much using different fabrics affects the fit. At first I made it and it was reasonably comfortable but it kind of stuck out awkwardly at the sides of the bust. So I took it in about one cm on each side. This made it look perfect. I can breathe - just not as deeply as I would like to at times. It's just a little too restrictive and kinda squishes my tits down. It also means I can't eat too much but I see that as a positive. Luckily I have enough leftover fabric so I am going to redo the front bodice and make it just a teensy bit bigger. I think redo is one of my least favourite words. It means a lot of unpicking, a lot of time and lot of fiddling around. I'm just trying to think how much healthier I will feel being able to breathe normally (see how my resolution fits in with sewing!).

This pic was taken on Christmas night at my friend's gallery. It was such a nice evening with wine, carrots and interesting people :)


  1. Your dress is lovely. I think everyone who sews dislikes the word redo. It made me laugh about all your fabric being in different places, I'm exactly the same. I need to organise/use all of it.

  2. I love your new dress! You look stunning in it! When it comes to finding a pattern / design that you want to make over and over again that means that it is the perfect one for yourself. There was a term for it (block pattern or something)and it's not just you. My last dresses are variations of the same design which I find most flattering (at the time being).

  3. Thanks for your sweet comments!

    I'm glad I'm not the only one who keeps making the same dress over and over :)

    I am putting off redoing the bodice. It's just so hard to cut into something which is completely finished, lining and all....


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