The 365 Day Challenge

My goal is to create something every day using something from my craft cupboard. I am a self-confessed fabric addict and just love to fossick through thrift shops and find treasures.

So here goes. Live, love, recycle and get crafting.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Day 195 - Pattern making and mock-up of dress

Today was a very satisfying day for me. I made my own pattern from scratch, using a picture and drafting the shape of a dress. Although I've done quite a bit of sewing, mostly I just use patterns or alter existing outfits. I've made things for the kids without using a pattern, but this is the first time I've ever made a pattern for myself using just a picture. It felt really great because a year ago I would not have had the confidence to do this, but now I feel ready to try anything and I'm really happy with the way today worked out.

Tomorrow I will be making the dress with some of the vintage fabric I got last week and I can't wait to get started. I'll be cutting it out tonight and I might make a little start.

Inspiration from this modcloth dress and the amazing blue floral vintage fabric I put on yesterday's blog post.

Paper pattern drafted.

Cut out of the dress using an old sheet.

Dress semi made up. Fits really well, made a few minor alterations. Very excited!


  1. Wow, that's wonderful. You're very clever. Years and years ago, back in my teens, I used to do a lot of sewing, but never ever did I try to make my own pattern.

    Joyce...who has noticed that she isn't a robot any more, lol.

  2. Ah Ok, so now this answers my question from the newer blog post in which you've made your dress. Well done!!