First Dress: Bodice Mockup

I¬†read¬†that it is¬†helpful to make a¬†toile¬†(also referred to as a muslin)¬†before¬†starting your¬†actual garment. You essentially create¬†a¬†mockup in cheap fabric before you commit to the good stuff. It’s supposed to reduce waste of¬†your precious¬†fabric and, if you do it right, give you a¬†better fit.

Some people rely on finished measurements supplied with a pattern and skip the toile altogether, but I 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: The Fabric

I could have been a responsible adult¬†and¬†used something from¬†the many piles¬†of fabric in my house,¬†but I just couldn’t help myself getting something new. It’s my first dress, after all!¬†If you can’t treat yourself to new fabric under those circumstances…

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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 Pieces from Narelle Gibbons on Vimeo.

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New Hobby Alert

My hobby is essentially collecting hobbies. In the last two years I’ve done handbag design,¬†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 if¬†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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