My Pattern – Babydoll Dress

This idea had been forming in my mind for a while;  I think its clear by now that I like an oversized simple casual style that I can dress up.  Which sounds simple enough, until you try to shop for this AND are a plus size.  Hence why I sew.  But I still search for inspiration, sometimes things fir the criteria.

One thing that kept popping up was a simple babydoll dress with puff ball oversized sleeves (I am assuming oversized sleeves, but these are on tiny models so just sleeves) So I set about planning one out:

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Again, this was another idea I had to purge, it was haunting me and I found that I had to get it out into the world to move on with other projects (the creative mind!) I had a semi sheer crepe fabric in my stash that wasn’t doing very much, I felt that it could be semi wearable, if not, I have not wasted a good fabric, at least get a wearable Toile out of it.

This work was completely self drafted, I made a practice bodice and one sleeve, adjusted the height of where the skirt would sit on my breasts and hardly needed to adjust the paper pattern before jumping right in.  To be honest, I find this the best way to work, throwing caution to the wind and just doing.

I am not ashamed to admit I watched a few tutorial and read a few blogs for this one.  The online sewing community is amazing, full of talent and an abundance of information.  Use it!  My sleeve was drafted purely from looking at pinterest diagrams!

So How did it Sew?

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Date Completed: 13th April 2017

For a fabric I had little faith in, I am not hating it, its definitely something different in my wardrobe, even though it is a little stiff still.  (I am planning a fabric softener soak if possible)  This dress was simple and quick make, from idea to draft to completion.  This was due to the skirt part just being two large gathered rectangles rather than a drafted piece, but i feel it added to the dress and allowed for maximum gathers.

The bodice part is double layered, despite this I will be wearing it over a slip or the classic vest and leggings due to its sheerness.

One plus about this fabric being stiffer is how the puff sleeves fit.  Depending on the materiel for my next attempt (and there will be one) i may have to consider a mesh or a supporting fabric inside the puff.

A great bonus of self drafting is not having to follow a pattern, and although it was a bit of a freestyle, the freedom is a relief.  Not that I tend to stick to instructions, its just nice to figure it out yourself. Its definitely more fun, and quicker as long as you don’t make a mistake.

I absolutely love this dress on.  As a plus size sewer I was worried about adding volume around the bust without highlighting the waist, but I love the silhouette it gives me.

I have already selected my next material for another of these.  I am even considering a single button at the top as something a little different.

 

Update: NO PHONE

So i had been having a few issues with my phone, but it was still working.  I just haven’t had the time to haul me and the toddler out to get it looked at (plus I know he will scream the minute I have to have an adult conversation, especially when its around an important issue such as getting my phone fixed)  Well, the other day it died… Just before I went to take my pictures, on the only morning I had free.  I was so mad.  I now have my (old) camera on charge in prep for tomorrow, but I know it will be a faff just to get them on the PC, then uploaded… if the quality is okay that is (its an old camera)

I consider myself someone who doesn’t need a phone, having grown up at a time without them and then the basic ones in my teenage years… but I have found without Instagram and my camera at my finger tips, Its really hard to be creative.  I don’t know how the original bloggers did it back in the day, Everything I do is so instant.  And I miss looking at other people and just the inspiration… I have put it on my child’s Kiddy pad (it has a kids only section and an adult home screen so he cant get at it) but its clunky and not the best, plus he wants it as soon as i touch it unless he is asleep.

Basically this is just a rant of my absence  from social media.

On another note, I HAVE DONE LOADS of sewing, and last night (although I couldn’t photograph it) I did 8 alterations on things.  Hems, sleeves AND I recycled three garments into skirts!  This was off the back of me clearing out my wardrobe, mixing the seasons around a bit and really streamlining it to only what I really need.

This brings me on to an issue I have only recently encountered:

What do you do with old Me made clothing?

I am an avid Ebayer.  Having worked in fashion most my life i have accumulated a lot of clothing, plus I like to pass on fast fashion once I am done with it.  What I have now noticed is that some of my makes are just not me, and have not been worn (as do most of my bought clothing)

But do I put those me mades on Ebay? Will I technically be breaking some form of copyright?  All the patterns I have bought do say that they are for personal use and not to be distributed/manufactured (or words to that affect) but should my me mades be treated different because I made them, they are still part of my wardrobe, a wardrobe that changes and evolves with me.  Ebay, I see as a very productive way to recycle.  Yet now my wardrobe may be considered un-recyclable. That kinda goes against the whole idea of me making my clothing as a way to combat consumerism and mass consumption of natural resources.

Its a moral conundrum that I am reaching out into the sewing community for help.

The only thing i can think off to make this sustainable for myself, is maybe doing a fabric swap for a me made swap, I cant be the only person with this issue?

Anyway, its a lot of food for thought and something i am interested in hearing from you guys about.

Anyway, hopefully this random update and rant will get you through the absent of blog content.

Love

Sooze