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I remember sneaking into the loft as a child, opening up this huge trunk of my mother’s dresses – they were fabulous creations full skirted, tight bodices, with the most wonderful net petticoats. I would leap from one rafter to another, wearing these beautiful creations, along with hats, gloves and heels. As I fingered lace, satin and velvet – the dressmaker in me was born.
We are living during a unique period in fashion history, one that has no identifiable style but gives permission for self expression. This trend for looking back at past fashions and re-inventing them really does make my heart sing.
What a dressing up box we have to choose from!
You can stroll through 70 years of fashion in one week!
From the Downton Abbey inspired twenties dresses, through to the elegance and bias cut of Hollywood style. The ‘Home Fires’ austerity of the make do and mend era, into the glorious feminine curves of the fifties. We can all wear the boho chic of the seventies mixed up with the black and white A line of the sixties.
There are no clear set rules it is all about being your own fashion designer!
Dressmaking skills are easy to acquire; they are the keys to the kingdom, the dresses of my dreams will be in reach.
I hope to share these adventures with you, some of the tips and tricks I have learned along the way.
As soon as you take a pattern from the envelope you begin to work with your body, where you need a little more here, and a little less there.
I am a magpie at heart, but my shiny things are clothing details! My dear Mr D is used to me exclaiming the delights of the button detail on a stranger’s shirt, or how a skirt hangs and sways while a lady is walking.
I squirrel away details and then I work out how to incorporate it into my own dressmaking.
I believe in crossing over from other crafting skills, knitting, crochet and embroidery also have their place here among the adventures.
So come with me on a journey, with pins, needles and thread.
I look forward to hearing from you,
This is my dressmaking blog, where I share anything sewing related, the rest of my life, book reviews, outings and trips, art, poetry etc, is on my other blog Fred-the-Needle.
I have created projects for sewing world – it is always a thrill to see my name in print. I am in the process of writing a sewing book that will be published later in the year. I create my own patterns and will be selling them soon through an Etsy shop.
I have run a number of classes at Clothkits, Eternal Maker and Harry and Floss.
I also run a group called the Felpham Material Girls