Uh oh. People, I'm thinking about sewing clothes. I have a history with garment sewing - through my teenage years I sewed clothes for myself somewhat regularly - usually with much wailing and gnashing of teeth (and help from my mum). Believe it or not, I find piecing quilts much easier than I found sewing garments.
Recently I've been thinking more about trying to make my own clothes again. My sewing skills have definitely improved so I'm hoping I might be a bit more successful than previously. It would also be nice to have a spring/summer dress that's actually the right length. At 5'8" I'm not exactly super tall, but I'm tall enough that dresses which are meant to sit just above the knee end up sitting quite a lot higher on me.
Anyway, the other day I saw that Rae of Made by Rae has just released a new dress (and top) pattern - the Ruby Dress and Top. It's described as a pattern for a beginner sewist, which sounds right up my alley. Unlike some of the other patterns out there which I can tell will not suit me, I think the shape of the Ruby Dress will work for my body (fingers crossed!).
Even though I'm a huge fan of using quilting fabrics in my quilts, I'm not planning to use them for this dress. Instead, I think I'll take the opportunity to visit The Fabric Store, a local shop which stocks a great range of amazing garment fabrics. I've been there before and lusted after all the gorgeous fabrics, but couldn't see how I would use them. Haha - now I have a plan!
So - any other quilters out there trying their hand at garment sewing? Anyone specifically planning to make this dress? I'd love any tips you might have. Mum, I might be