I am showing 2 friends of mine how to sew. Sewing is a skill I take for granted, and sometimes I don’t even consider it a skill as its just something I have always done – and so, I am often a bit surprised when people profess to not being able to sew (as deep down I still think its innate!). I had to learn to take a step back and slow down on what I am showing them, and concentrate on making sewing samples. Originally, I had planned that we would start off with making some easy sleeveless tops with a button close, but I was really putting them under pressure, so, I showed them how to sew different seams, and we made some yy bags.
I am hoping that we will try a simple dress soon, so I got this pattern to show them how to work from a commercial pattern and I was hoping also if I whipped one up, they would be inspired to give it a go. I think this would work as a jumper dress in a heavier fabric, but this one started off as a sheet.
Its a handy pattern, no tricky openings and no darts. The main shaping is a subtle boat neckline and slight cap sleeve. The dress curves in a little bit towards the hem. I graded out for my hips.
I did a ‘spider web’ shibori effect by winding around some button thread and tying it, and dampened the dress before dying It was pretty quick to do, and very effective in the end!. This was dyed right side out, and the one thing I have noticed about the indigo dying, is the inside out produces a less even effect, which can be more pleasing a more textured look is the aim. (below is a photo of the inside).
Quite pleased with this one, as it took no time to make, and required the least effort. As a plain white dress it was fine, but highly unlikely that I would have worn it, as it still had the sheet quality, however, its a completely different look as the indigo, especially as the sheet has the worn soft quality, and so wearable….. love it love it love it – feels so summery and beachy – don’t think this summer will turn around but beach ready for next year! below is the side and back view