We’re back with Made it Monday! This time showcasing some of the process that goes into sewing clothes. I love that today, there are electronic patterns that you can purchase, download, and print - and that there are online communities for the different brands/pattern makers so that people can see what people look like in these clothes and offer tips when you’re having difficulty with sewing.
Some of the pattern companies that I use the most are Hey June, Itch to Stitch, Patterns 4 Pirates, Sew Straight and Gather - and many others. This dress happens to be the Hey June Charleston dress. I’ve made this one before and blogged about a version of it here. It’s fun because you can alter the sleeve lengths, the type of skirt, pockets/no pockets.
The first step is choosing a fabric. The pattern will tell you how much stretch is required and what type of weight of fabric is advisable. If you choose a different type - it will change the way the fabric lays and thus change the shape of the fabric. Part of my Christmas gift from my mother in law was a trip to the fabric store in Grand Rapids and I found this leopard? print. This is what it looked like before (please ignore the wild hair): a giant sheet of fabric
The next step is to cut out the fabric using the pattern pieces (you’ll see in the background of the above photo that since I’ve had this pattern/used it before, I already printed, assembled, and cut out the paper pattern pieces)
Once all your pieces are cut out, you follow the instructions for assembly! Below is the skirt (the wrong side of it) with its pockets before it’s attached to the bodice of the dress.
We forgot to take a picture of myself at the sewing machine /at the serger but, ultimately, you end up with something like this! (Also featuring the front of our condo. So scenic.)
And that’s it! A new dress to wear to work. It really has been a while since I sewed clothing and I haven’t done as much of it during residency, so it was fun to go back to a pattern I was familiar with and create something new. Thanks for reading!