...and an entire handmade wardrobe. Yes, recently I've been daydreaming a lot about making all my own clothes. I buy nearly all my clothes from charity shops, but my turn around is quite fast, as so often the clothes don't fit quite right or are slightly worn out. What if I made all my own clothes? All my skirts and trousers could be highwaisted! I could have chic bedwear! I'd wear big 50s style dresses to parties (and not just the same two I always wear)! It would be amazing! But oh yes, I am forgetting, that little factor called time. So maybe I should start with one project, before I commit myself to an entire handmade wardrobe ~ making a dress for my good friend's wedding.
Where I am working at the moment is in an area of London full of fabric shops (Shepherds Bush for you Londoners). Today I went into one and found this fabric which I instantly loved. The shop was full of gorgeous fabrics that Nigerian woman use for their traditional attire. It's printed and embossed. I think it's perfect for my dress.
One thing that encourages this homemade wardrobe idea is that I have a small suitcase full of vintage dressmaking patterns. Fifties and Sixties are my preferred styles, so, having these patterns means I woud be able to make most of my clothes. Above are the patterns I've picked out for the blue and white fabric. I like the full dress in 4491, with one of those big underskirts in 8117.
I have the best book for dressmaking and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is learning how to dressmake. Readers Digest Complete Guide to Sewing. It has step by step instructions for everything, including how to alter a pattern to fit you exactly. See? I'm all set with everything I need. I could make all my own clothes, but first, let's see how I go with one dress.