Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Back to school

Well, not really.

After destashing some fabric on etsy (there's still some available, if you're interested!), I decided to sign up for the Summer Dresses course taught by Whipstitch. I've been making more garments lately, and felt the class would help me improve my garment-making skills. The biggest problem I face (and I'm sure I"m not alone in this) is fit. It's easy enough to follow a pattern, but catering a dress pattern to your body, accentuating you features, etc. is challenging.

Over the summer, I'll share progress from the class.

In the meantime, I thought I'd share some of the fabrics I might use for the class.

Future dresses-knits

I just recently purchased these two knits from Drygoods Design. I am especially in love with the one on the right. I'm picturing a tank dress (or possibly a sleeveless one) and maybe some shirring?

Future dress-linen blend

I also hope to use this new Anna Maria Horner linen blend (purchased from Pink Castle), but I'm not sure which dress I'll make. Before washing, this fabric is a little stiff, but I imagine it will soften up after washing.

Future garments-voile

I've also got a pretty substantial stash of voile, mostly purchased on sale (luckily).
I won't use all of this for the class patterns, but hopefully, I'll make a dent.

Future dresses-quilting cotton

And two large cuts of quilting cotton. The left print has been in the stash for EONS. I originally bought it for a skirt, but think it's much better suited for a dress. The right print is from that recent Sew Fine Fabric gift certificate.

I've got a few other fabrics that might come into play, but by the end of the summer, I hope I have a lovely handmade wardrobe!


  1. awesome! good luck with your class. i have pretty much given up on quilting cottons for clothing, except for maybe art gallery with its fine, tight weave. i just find them too hot, heavy, and unbreathable. i might still use them for skirts, but probably nothing else.

    i love the stripe on the right as well. i'm sure you'll make some adorable dresses!

  2. oh and you'll have to report back on how you liked the AMH linen. i was thinking about getting some to make a dress for my niece but was unsure of how heavy it was.

  3. sorry--it's me again. i found a possible pattern match for your stripey knit fabric if you don't have one already: i have the renfrew pattern and it is indeed a good one. very easy to alter.

  4. Oh, you go girl! Keep inspiring us to make clothes. It's needed around here!

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  6. Thanks for sharing your knit sources. I'm on the lookout.

    I bought the same purple AMH fabric for the art student tote. But I have a ton leftover so I was thinking of making a skirt out of it. It's still a bit stiff though after washing, so I'll have to find an appropriate pattern.

    Yah dresses!


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