I started trying to take some better images for the blog to show what I’ve made. It can be quite tricky to get great images when you’re not an excellent photographer, but I’ll give it a go from now on.
When you’ve invested your time, money and effort into creating your own hand sewn garments, the last thing you want is for them to be ruined after their first wash. Your fabric may shrink, colours may run, the texture, the way the fabric feels and hangs could change. To avoid this, the care process begins before you’ve even made the first stitch… Continue reading
I’ve been minimally active on other social media (not following Thimble Minds yet? Click here), but have had a few things to deal with, such as my health and looking for somewhere new to live, which can be quite tricky when your other half demands a garage and you demand a sewing studio!
Speaking of sewing studios… I have reclaimed mine from becoming a storage room (see Sewing Room Sabotage). I have space, light and freedom to sew again.
So let’s get back to it, shall we?
Series 2 of the Great British Sewing Bee came at a time when I was just venturing into learning to sew. I hadn’t been watching it and while everyone was watching Episode 4 on TV, I was catching up on the previous episodes in between finding free patterns and reading extensive tutorials and vintage sewing books. I eventually bought the book from the series and hate to admit, but I don’t think I’ve finished any of the garments that were in it.
When my nieces bought me flowers and showered me with hugs and kisses, telling me that they missed me, I suddenly had the urge to make clothes on a much smaller scale. I’ve never made anything for children before, so thought I’d give it a go.
“Fast fashion” is a term used to refer to clothing that is produced very quickly and very cheaply, to respond to changing trends in fashion. If you live in the UK, think of Primark, H&M and more expensive shops like Next and Topshop.
One of the reasons I started dressmaking was because I was fed up with wandering around shops picking up garments I barely liked, because they were cheap and happened to fit “okay”.
I’ve realised that since I’ve been making my own clothes, I haven’t bought anything new. I’ve bought one or two items from charity shops. So I’ve vowed to quit buying Fast Fashion for good.
Well… there’s no more Great British Sewing Bee. It was over so quickly! At least we have the book to keep us going. I really wanted to make something simple during the week and made the Sleeveless Shell Top from the book.
I visited the Wot-Ever Scrap Store in Welwyn Garden City again yesterday and found some more free fabric. You definitely need to check for any scrap store or recycling schemes near you for freebies!
Last night I decided to whip up a skirt using the fabric and used View E from New Look 6217.
Hi. Sorry for being a bit quiet! I’m having some full bust related delays. I now need to reduce the bust again… I’m still working on the peplum top but have also been discovering some great freebies too!
It is possible to whip up new clothes out of fabric which has cost you nothing or very close to nothing.
Here are my suggestions for salvaging fabric from various sources.
There’s a vast amount of information online regarding what kit a budding dressmaker should own and it can feel like the list is never ending. Not to mention the escalating budget required!
Above: I’m guilty of buying way too much before I even started.
So here is, in my opinion, the absolute basic kit a beginner dressmaker/tailor will need. For less than £65.