Thank you, thank you, thank you everyone that participated in the survey I posted (now closed). I got over 400 (!) responses, which is enough data to flesh out my business plan and justify a celebratory
donut box of donuts. There were some surprising results so I'm glad I shelled out the clams to do it properly.
But now it's my part of the bargain; I promised you finished sewing project and here it is! A bias cut, self drafted cami in Colette Dinnigan silk (from The Fabric Store) because ooh-la-la I'm fancy like that.
*Nonchalantly dusts off shoulder*
*Realises there's chocolate on my shirt*
There's three reasons for this, two of which can be found nestled in the 'sewing goals' of the monster essay that is this post. They are:
- I'm a freelancing gal with very few clams, of which patterns can cost a few;
- I want to expand my skills and start drafting patterns (for personal use, not for sale);
- I'm working on a capsule wardrobe, and I couldn't find a pattern that matched what I wanted.*
* I originally wrote "couldn't find a pattern that matched my vision" and then laughed at myself for writing one of the wankiest sentences ever.
I've been using The Pattern Making Primer, which feels like a good beginner book but I really don't have a clue because it's the only drafting book I've properly read besides Metric Pattern Cutting.
It's finished with french seams and I employed Seamwork's tips for cutting on the bias and using cord to make spaghetti straps, which was way more frustrating than I expected.
I'm blissfully in lust with this cami, perhaps because of a narcissistic amazement at my ability to successfully draft and sew something, but next time I'll:
- pinch out a little in the front bust (apparently I think I have more bewbies than I do);
- lengthen the facings; and
- lower under the arm.
If I had muscles, they would be evident here
Oh no, don't look at the pants. I'll tell you what they're not though - they're definitely not my unfinished Ginger Jeans held together with a pin because my machine refuses to sew a button hole or belt loops. Nope. They just look like that.
Crab & Bee | Katy & Laney | Tessuti's Camilla Pattern | Anything by Ohhh Lulu
I'm really excited to share my capsule wardrobe as it develops. It's been an enlightening project that I haven't fleshed out on the blog, but maybe I'll do that soon.
Much love, Reana x