If you’re here, then I know one thing about you…
And that is…
You’re ready to sew insanely pretty dresses!
And you want to make it happen without crazy overwhelm and unnecessary angst.
Well, if that describes you, then you are so in the right place.
Because in these series of articles, I am going to share with you the process that I use to craft exquisite dresses that I don’t ever want to take off and that I’m really proud to flaunt!
First, let’s start with…
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A True Story
Once upon a time long, long ago, when there was still milk in my face, my skin was smooth and rosy, and my disappointments were so few, I fell in love with a young man.
And one birthday, he decided that while he loved seeing me in pretty dresses with cute sandals wouldn’t it be nice if I expanded my style repertoire. So he bought me something that was different than my usual taste.
Can you even begin to imagine what he bought?!
Well, he bought me a luscious, cream-coloured silk blouse –and, wait for it: jeans. Yes, jeans!
And according to all who beheld me, I was a lovely sight in that get up. Everyone thought I looked great. Everyone, except ME!
It wasn’t so much that I didn’t think I looked good. Rather, I didn’t feel at home or happy in it! Truth, I was beyond miserable. And the whole time I was out in public in that get up, I could hear the siren calls of my lonely pretty dresses calling my name from home.
I wore it twice before donating that blouse and jeans to my local Goodwill center in hopes that they find someone who would love them in a way that I NEVER, EVER would.
Bottom-line: I don’t do pants, jeans, or shorts. I never have and I never will!
What else can I say other than this:
I love, love, love an insanely pretty dress!
So now that you’re privy to my dress obsession, let’s talk about…
The Rules of Dressmaking
Rule #1: Do NOT attempt to learn a new technique during the actual construction using your fabulous fashion fabric. You will almost certainly end up in a puddle of tears. Don’t do that to yourself. Instead follow my advice HERE!
Rule #2: Slow. Down. I urge you to take your time, single task, and enjoy the actual process of sewing rather than fixate on arriving at the finish line.
Rule #3: Make it easy on your body and break up the process of sewing an insanely pretty dress into chunks so that you can avoid burnout and costly mistakes.
So if you’re ready, it’s time to learn…
How to Sew a Dress
- Choosing Your First Sewing Pattern
- Chunking the Sewing Process
- How to Sew a Dress: The Basic Recipe
- How to Sew a Simple Dress ~ Step 1: Why Vogue Very Easy 9237 & Getting Started [A MEGA Series]
- How to Sew a Simple Dress: Step 2 ~ Fitting Our Sewing Pattern
- How to Sew a Simple Dress: Step 3 ~ Over at the Cutting Table for Real
- How to Sew a Simple Dress: Step 4 ~ Let’s Sew Our Dress
- How to Sew a Simple Dress: Step 5~ Assess Our First Dress Project
With what you learn here, you’re on your way to sewing insanely pretty clothes to flaunt as the day is long.
I’m so glad you’re on this journey with me.
Sewing has been so gratifying for me; it has given me back my life! Read my story HERE!
And there is something so immeasurably satisfying about being capable of taking a dazzling length of fabric, pin, cut, mark, and sew it into something that is so insanely flirty and fun to wear — AND not having to settle for style, fabric, colour, or embellishments!
I would offer you one more tip…
Make every dress at least three times. This will help to solidify that you are indeed the mistress of the techniques used in its construction!
And if you sew something that you’re especially proud of, please promise to contact me HERE and share. Because I really do want to hear all about it!
Now, enough with the gabbing and let’s get busy sewing our dreams into the real world!
Life is the ultimate red carpet event. Dress for it!
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