I had a day off from knitting and crocheting yesterday. Well, when I say a day off, what I mean is, I spent slightly less hours in the day knitting and crocheting than I usually do. For me, there is no such thing as "not knitting" - I tried it once and it was scary!
Anyway, yesterday I did some dressmaking. I want to be good at dressmaking and enjoy the process, but I still find it very stressful and I don't feel very confident. But it's like knitting, you see a cardigan or a dress in the shops and you think I could make that - you've just got to give it a go.
So yesterday was devoted to making the Dottie Angel dress. I was given the pattern for Christmas by Grace. And here is my first attempt.
It's a very simple dress with minimal pattern pieces so it shouldn't take too long to make but there's a lot of attention to neat edgings and seams so it took all morning and afternoon to make. I'm pleased with the result.
The original pattern has pockets, which I omitted.
I would love to make a really colourful version, so I'm on the look out for suitable fabrics.
It's a simple tunic dress with ties to fasten at the back - no zips or buttons - very simple.
My version - because I was practising - is made from a single size bed sheet (£4 from Primark). Now that I've had a trial run, I'll be quicker and more comfortable for the next version (fingers crossed) and I'll use nicer fabric. But this one is nice enough for now.
All I need now is some warmer weather so I can wear the dress.