Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Sew...A Dress??? or Two or Three???

photo from dillards.com
My current day job as a Human Resources Professional, requires me to wear a suit or some sort of professional "ensemble" five days a week. This can be tiring and boring because there are only so many ways to "dress up" a business suit and quite frankly, I'm sick and tired of pant suits.

A few years ago, I had a different job, and not to mention the fact that I was A LOT smaller than I am these days. I used to wear cute dresses with sweaters all the time and it was appropriate - maybe even overdressed for that particular company. I was comfortable and professional at the same time.

With spring right around the corner - I'm thinking that maybe I could try my hand at making a couple of very basic dresses to wear with sweaters or a blazer depending on the day. I found these vintage patterns in my stash. There's only one problem - I have no idea as to how I am supposed to use a pattern. Well two, these dresses are a little more "intricate" than I want to make.

I've thought about going to Goodwill and picking out a $4.00 dress that I like and tearing it apart to make my own pattern. Will this work??? I really hope that it will because I have a tremendous amount of vintage polyester fabric that I practically stole from a thrift store that I could definitely picture as a dress.
Do you use patterns? Any tips?

1 comment:

  1. Tip #1 - get more sewing under your belt before attempting to sew clothing for yourself. Sewing clothing is swear worthy, and I've only done it for Abigail so far. Tip #2 - find someone to show you how to cut a pattern. Or start with something much smaller. You can get patterns for $1/each at Joanss, Hobby Lobby and Hancocks when they have sales. Just pay attention. It takes some time to figure out how to use them. I've also read that the Wendy books are really good for learning how to make clothes. Her most recent is Dresses by Wendy, but it says to learn by starting with her first book. Good luck! I try to only work at places that don't require me to wear more than a dress and a sweater. I am not good at suit wearing or buying.


feedback please!!! i love it!