I think I’m ready to tip-toe into the land of dressmaking again. In 2013, when I got my sewing machine, I was so AMBITIOUS about the things I wanted to make, he he. I was in such a hurry too, to see if I could actually make anything or finally admit to myself that sewing just wasn’t for me. The very first dress I made was out of these Avengers bed covers I had (comic books and superheroes – another childhood passion I just haven’t managed to get rid of.)
Iron Man gets to be the centrepiece because he is my favourite superhero, him and Batman 😉 I guess I’ll explain why. These two do not have any superhuman powers (except for being super geniuses maybe, which would then qualify a big chunk of the human population, starting with Stephen Hawkins, of course), they are the Kings of “Do-It-Yourself”. Random thought; how many prototypes for his suit did Iron Man have to make before he got it just right? And how many times did he fall on his super hero butt before it worked right? Many, many times! And that’s the spirit I love. Batman went through a similar creative process when coming up with his thing. No fancy bug bites, Semi God parent and what not.
After the trouble I went through to make the first dress, I knew I had to get some patterns, atleast for the learning period. I started off with a simple one that did not require zippers.
I went with just the top option in an effort to practice slowing down 😀
Then I moved on to another dress after enjoying the success of finishing the top. I wore the top out a few times and got complimented quite abit 😉 , which was motivating. I chose this very easy Vogue option.
I used an African Print fabric I bought on line from Vlisco.
Once I was happy with my results, I went a bit crazy with planning what patterns to buy.
I realised that was crazy so I decided to get organised and buy patterns based on what I wanted to learn.
I really fell inlove with Cynthia Rowley’s collection for Simplicity that year. If I’d had the money, I would have bought them all.
I also got into drawing because I thought It would be a practical skill to have for this sort of thing and took inspiration from everywhere.
Some more sketches.
I guess the plan remains the same. Pick something I want to learn, pick a dress to make and that’s it. You’ll find that the majority of these patterns are somewhat related to all the dresses I’ve pinned on my “My Style” board on Pinterest. Here is to hoping I actually find time to make!