I’m not sure what has come over me lately. I have had a very strong urge to sew. To make lots of new clothes. Mr Chardy gave a sewing machine and an overlocker to me for my birthday and Christmas one year – I reckon that would have been way back in 2003. Which is pretty funny because I really don’t know what I am doing when it comes to dress making. It is a bit like blogging I suppose… I just fumble my way through and do it my own way, which more often than not is the very wrong way. I could make basic things like skirts but that was about it. When I was pregnant with my first baby I did make a maternity top and was very proud of myself, but that was it. Now all of these years later I have the urge to sew.
I think what got me started was the fact that it is so hard to find lovely basic cotton clothing – I just wanted some plain white cool summer cotton tops. So I decided to make some. My favourite white top was my Gumnut Designs classic blouse.
If you are looking for gorgeous cool cotton, good quality, clothing then Gumnut Designz is your friend. I know not everyone has a sewing machine or can sew for that matter so head on over and have a look, you won’t be sorry.
I made a gorgeous dress before Christmas and had a lot of people ask me about the pattern etc. So I thought it would be easier just to share it here on the blog…
This dress is just so comfy it isn’t even funny. I could eat as much as I liked on Christmas day without having to suck it all in. So lovely and cool. I purchased a heap of fabric from FABRIC.COM which is in the USA. If you are purchasing any fabric from Fabric.com you must specify a street address for the delivery as it arrives via courier.
The pattern is New Look 6871 and is apparently “easy”. It is actually a pattern for a top, I just added 15cm to the length and the added the band on the bottom which adds another 10cm to the length. It is actually quite easy too, there are no buttons, no zips and not even any darts. The hardest part is the top facing yolk thingy, which isn’t that hard really either. Now when it comes to sizing I would like to believe that New Look/Simplicity patterns are on the small side. I am usually around a size 12 but I cut all of my New Look patterns to a 14, sometimes I have to take them in here and there, but I am generally a 14 in their patterns. Here is the pattern…
You can purchase patterns and anything else from Spotlight. They have loads of patterns. I also found Titleys in Charters Towers very helpful. I just called them and they had patterns, interfacing, lining etc posted out to me faster than I could say “lets sew”! You can phone them on 1800 138 550 – they are really lovely too.
Another reader also asked me what sort of sewing machine I have. Now I am not really qualified to dish out any sort of advice when in comes to sewing machines… but … I have a Janome sewing machine and also a Janome 4 thread overlocker. The sewing machine is just a very basic model that does everything I need it to do (which isn’t much – I have never ever done a button hole – although the machine can – and have never sewed a button on).
I did a bit of sewing while Mum was here, she helped me out a lot, especially with one top I was having trouble with, turns out she does things the “right way” – not the “easy way”… ha ha ha. I’m not sure she was all that into it but she soldiered on.
Anyway, I hope that helps. Feel free to share any photos with us of your latest creations, any tips about where you buy your fabric and patterns, I would love to know. Share away, you can tell us in the comments below or over on Facebook, share your photos, don’t be shy!!!
What have you been sewing lately?
Have you bought some gorgeous Gumnut Designz?