It took a while; I've been threatening (but failing) to do it for ages, so I am delighted to reveal my new self-sewn dress.
...is from 1978.
Which is probably the last time I made anything from a pattern.
We learned how to make a skirt at school, and I made a few, but never progressed to anything else. We also had to make an apron, which we then used in cookery lessons.
My Domestic Science teacher, Miss Griffiths, was terrifying, and frequently rolled her eyes at my poor efforts (although not as much as the even more alarming Miss Williams, the PE teacher.)
So here you go, Miss Griffiths - this piece of Sheet Chic is for you!
(Alas, Miss Williams' derision put me off sport for life, and not even 35 more years will rectify that.)
The proper sewists amongst you would probably pull a face similar to Miss G, circa 1977, if you took a closer look, but hey, it's a first attempt. I've never done facings or darts before, it took two attempts to put the zip in correctly, and I had to take the bodice in for a better fit.
I find the technicalities tricky, I am not neat or skilled, and I clearly have difficulties with curves and ease.
But I made myself go slowly, press as I went along, follow the instructions and not wing it, and leave it till the next day when I felt myself getting frustrated at my mistakes.
And I really did enjoy the process.
Dress - made it myself (I can't tell you how proud I am to be able to say that!)
Cardigan, bangles, flower and necklace - charity shopped
1960s shopper - vintage fair
Sandals - Ebay
It's entirely possible that this dressmaking malarkey might become addictive; as soon as I had finished, I wanted to start another project.
So I did.
1960s pattern - a gift from Vix.
Always so helpful.
We'll see how this one goes.
Spring in outfit form, I think.
Nina and I popped to the local vintage market after her swimming lesson today; the bribe of a piece of cake helped maintain compliance.
I'm almost as skilled at parenting as I am at sewing.
My only purchase was a 1970s maxi dress, £5.
But I enjoyed browsing.
Smug? You betcha!
Hope everyone has had a great weekend.