Second dressmaking class!

January 16, 2008 at 11:18 am 2 comments

Well, I went to my second sewing class last night, and am making good progress with my skirt.

I went into Reading (UK!!) yesterday to buy some fabric and found a lovely little shop where the staff were so helpful! I basically said, ‘Look, I’m a total beginner, I need some fabric for a class, this is my pattern, I need it to look like this skirt, what should I get?’ The manager showed me all the things that might be suitable, and when the one I liked wasn’t wide enough for a big, flary, bias cut skirt found me something else. I ended up buying some pink and white checked fabric which I like very much. The checks will hang like diamonds when it’s made. I suppose the friendly people in the shop could have totally fleeced me, but I’d like to think not. =)

It was about £10.50, and that was for quite a voluminous skirt, which uses a lot of fabric and will have plenty of offcuts. I’ve always heard people saying that making your own clothes is really expensive, and it’s true that I could easily have bought a skirt for less than £10, but not necessarily a nice skirt, and it didn’t strike me as unreasonably pricey at all. Admittedly, I have to put in my own time to make it, and I have chosen to absorb the costs of the sewing machine, the course, the scissors, zip, other equipment etc (which will decrease as a proportion of the garment every time I make something). I also didn’t buy a pattern, which helped.

I have the main bits all cut out (though I had to get my teacher to make the first snips as I was scared of ruining it, hehe) and will be able to do the waistband and interfacing next week. I’ll actually get to start sewing!

I think I might try and get to grips with my sewing machine a bit more this week, and try and make a cushion cover out of an old skirt I have.


Entry filed under: dressmaking course, sewing machine.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Mara  |  January 17, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    A very pretty skirt…and the waist looks so very tiny!

  • 2. Greentwinsmummy  |  January 24, 2008 at 6:14 am

    Its looking lovely Hamster! I soo need to be brave & attempt a dress fo r the smalls,I got given a nice *easy* pattern for a simple sun dress last year..maybe this year it will get made eh?hahah!


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