09 Aug Making the Cut: Part 1
Many thanks to the readers who suggested I write a post about the clothes that made the cut when we moved. Her suggestion compelled me to study the good, the bad and the ugly of my sewing and style choices. I surprised myself after this exercise and recommend it!
Who wants to give something away that you’ve spent hours making? Some of my makes were great learning experiences, while others remain wardrobe favorites. Maybe you’ve had similar sewing experiences!
Before I start, I have a question…….. Do you readers who do not blog take photos of the clothes you make? I have found keeping a “journal” of your handmade clothing is quite revealing and valuable. I was blown away by how much I’ve learned about sewing, style and myself since 2011.
One thing is certain. I love summer sewing and I love sewing dresses, so I’m beginning with my largest category of makes – SUMMER DRESSES.
Read on: 10 Summer Dresses that Made the Cut, 10 Summer Dresses that did not. 😉
Burda 7059 2013
A jersey dress made in 2013. The jersey was too heavy for this pattern. The bust is too high and does not fit correctly. This is not my color.
BUTTERICK 5873 2013
I loved this mock wrap dress sewn in 2013. The rayon jersey fabric pilled after years of wear. I guess I should say it was worn out.😊
Simplicity 2584 2012
I made this wonderful pattern 3 times in 2012 during the first year of my blog, and it was one of the pattern inspirations for The Tunic Bible. I was proud of matching the huge pattern and loved the fabric. However, it looked dated, faded and needed to go. ☹️
McCall’s 6700 2013
Shame on me. This pattern was designed for knits and I used this beautiful designer silk crepe de chine. Apparently I’m not comfortable with clothes that cup under the bust as this is one of several that did not make the cut.
New Look 6372, 2016
This fabric would have worked better in a fuller silhouette. I love the color but the crepe de chine is too thin for this column style dress. PS…. I also lined a dress with it and it was perfect.
Vogue 9053 2018
I like the silhouette and pattern, but this fabric was very cheap and I learned a lesson about skimping on fabric.
Vogue 8904 2013
I loved it when I made it and wore it everywhere! It’s a little trendy, served me well, but it was time to say goodbye.
Simplicity 1612 2016
There is nothing wrong with this dress, but again, the cupping under the bust is just not for me. I gave it to a friend who really enjoys it.
BUTTERICK 6048 2016
Everything about this dress is wrong. The fabric is too heavy and combined with the sleeves and straps……NO!
The Oscar de la Renta cotton stretch twill was too heavy for this pattern, but I wore it anyway and enjoyed it for a while. It was easy to let this one go!
Vogue 2864, 2013
Make this #11. It’s truly a what was I thinking moment 🤪 What a nice tiered maxi skirt this fabric would make!
MAKING THE CUT
You can read about each one below:
Style Arc Teena Dress, 2015 I wore this dress just yesterday!
McCalls 2401, 2016 Quality silk dupioni and lined with silk crepe de chine
Simplicity 7715 2012 My first RTW knockoff, Kate Spade inspired
BUTTERICK 5917 2013 Ten years later I still own this pattern. My first version was in madras.
Burda 7044, 2019 This dress took perseverance and I feel elegant whenever I wear it.
BUTTERICK 6633, 2019 I never owned a shirtdress until I started sewing!
McCall’s 6885 2020. Inspired by a dress that belongs to my daughter
McCall’s 2401 2017 Summer shifts are the best in the humid South
BUTTERICK 4498 2016 Made in honor of our new puppy and a dress I cherish!
Vogue 1536, 2021 Luscious colors, this dress turned out better than I imagined.
What did I learn in this exercise?
For starters, I’ve put in my 10,000 hours. I began my blog as an enthusiastic novice and it represents that success is attainable by anyone who is willing to invest the necessary time and effort.
The Summer Dresses that I kept fit and are made with quality fabric that is appropriate for each pattern selection. I’m not tall and thin, but each keeper enhances my attributes and downplays my flaws. On the other hand, it’s time to branch out and I’m happy to be sewing some fuller silhouettes these days. I realize that not e v e r y dress needs to be slim. 😉
The dresses I kept also represent the importance of investing my time and resources in timeless choices, clothes or otherwise.
Readers, I’d like to know your thoughts and evaluations of your own sewing, and most of all, thanks for being on this journey with me 😊
All the best,