I recently acquired a printer through a local swap/sell/give Facebook group and I don’t think it’s an overstatement to say it’s changed my life. That, and receiving March’s Seamwork Magazine, I had to make the Catarina dress RIGHT THEN.
I used a red rayon (?) from my stash (that I also used to make my first Deer & Doe Datura blouse) and I love it so. I’m almost ready to take on the summer heat in this dress.
I didn’t have any bra strap rings and sliders (and no patience to get any!) so I made the straps adjustable by pulling and tying them at the back, foregoing the waist tie. As the day goes on, the straps slide in towards the middle and the back poufs out, but I actually don’t mind it.
I didn’t have enough fabric, so I shortened the skirt by about 5″. I used a red ‘ninja star’ polyester (also used for Seamwork’s Akita blouse) from my stash for the bodice lining and bias hem facing. I like the little peeks of pattern.
I cut out a size 12 based on my measurements, but this one is so roomy, I think I could go down a size (or two, even).
I’m sad I used up the last of this red fabric but I’ll be getting a lot of wear out of this lovely piece this summer and making more!
I’ve always dreamed of having a handmade wardrobe.
This is the year it’s gonna happen.
I’ve been on a roll these last few weeks, making four dresses, five shirts, two pairs of shorts, a sweater, and a bra (not to mention 3 quilts)! I have a bunch of posts ready and waiting for photographs so you’ll be seeing them all soon!
I’ve been working through my pattern and fabric stash which, while not huge, is full of things I’ve never made. I’m trying to make really wearable things, which often means “boring”. While I love a statement dress, I often go for jeans and a t-shirt (a favorite grey v-neck in particular), so I’m aiming for more neutral, comfortable pieces, that I can make multiples of. I think I’ve found a couple of those already.
I’ve also always wanted to participate in Me Made May (a challenge for people to wear at least one handmade item every day in the month of May and generally be more thoughtful about their wardrobe), but short of wearing a dress every single day, I’ve never felt like my handmade wardrobe was robust enough. But now it is and I’m very excited :)
Part of that will include wearing things I’ve made that I’m not so crazy about, and I might sell those things to people that will love them. So stay tuned for that!
I have to give many thanks to Seamwork Magazine for helping me feel as though my handmade wardrobe dream is achievable. Thank you!
Coming up: jeans, a coat, a cape, and a bathing suit.