First Dress: Bodice Mockup

IĀ readĀ that it isĀ helpful to make aĀ toileĀ (also referred to as a muslin)Ā beforeĀ starting yourĀ actual garment. You essentially createĀ aĀ mockup in cheap fabric before you commit to the good stuff. It’s supposed to reduce waste ofĀ your preciousĀ fabric and, if you do it right, give you aĀ better fit.

Some peopleĀ rely on finishedĀ measurementsĀ suppliedĀ withĀ aĀ pattern and skip the toile altogether, but IĀ decided to take the extra step. I really struggle with standard bust measurements in shops, so I liked the idea of being able to see how it fit before I made the commitment.

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First Dress: Pattern Pieces

I’ve never used a predefined pattern before, especially one with so many different markings. Thankfully, the McCalls pattern (variation D) was quite straightforward and had just six pieces to cut out.

Neither you or I could have predicted a time-lapse video of me dumbly tracing shapes would exist, but here it is. I’d say sorry, but I had to sit through it!

First Dress Project: Pattern PiecesĀ fromĀ Narelle GibbonsĀ onĀ Vimeo.

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New Hobby Alert

My hobby is essentially collecting hobbies. In the last two years I’ve done handbag design,Ā watercolour painting, sewing, wooden furniture, crochet, singing, knitting, baking, needlepoint, short stories…. I’ve lost count.

I think it stems from my obsession with being handy ifĀ a Zombie Apocalypse comes. Web development isn’t exactly going to be the most sought after skill, unless you’re talking Matrix style Apocalypse. I could roll programming and knitting into one really cool offering there. I’d fix so many holey jumpers in Zion, the rave scene would look like a GAP advert.

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