Welcome to the beginning of my new posts on monthly projects.
This month, February, I will be dressmaking in the studio. I could easily blog about dressmaking all year long but I'll calm down and complete a project this month.
I love to make my own clothes! I know sewing clothing seems anachronistic in these times of plentiful, cheap, ready-to-wear, but I believe there are still good reasons for making your own. I won't pretend that economy is one of them as my collection of fabric would mock me.
- Fit: The reason why there are so many clothes made out of jersey fabrics is because this is the only way to get the "flexible" dress sizes needed for the mass market. If you want a dress to fit in your upper and lower body in a woven fabric you had better be a perfect dress size. That means a bra cup B and proportionate waist and hips. No matter how much weight I lose I will never be this standard size.
- Style: I can find styles I like in high end clothing but I can't afford them. When I want unique clothing I make it myself.
- Satisfaction: I love making things. I'd much rather spend the weekend sewing than shopping in a mall, wouldn't you?
For this month's project I am going to work with a ready-made pattern. Albeit, in Japanese. Like many of you crafters I have a collection of Japanese craft books. I get mine from Pomadour at EBay. Look under the category for Clothing Pattern Books.
There are many to choose from. The Pochee magazines are particularly good.
I'll be back in a few days with more. I'm nursing a stomach flu today.