I made a dress!!

It's super exciting! So basically I've made a few things from patterns so far and it hasn't gone so well... I made a skirt which was lovely, but looked terrible on, a shirt-dress that doesn't fit properly, a couple of really simple, weirdly stiff dresses. Anyway, I figured the things that I'm bad at is making a pattern fit me properly so I decided to take something that does fit properly and make a pattern from that! And it totally worked!

I made a pattern from a dress that I love by getting some plain lining paper, lying my dress on top of it then using a pin to trace out the pieces. then I added seam allowance and voila!

I made sure that it was a pretty simple pattern to copy and it was super speedy to make. Also, how pretty is the fabric? From the sewing cafe of course!

The fabric I used was cotton lawn which is much more lightweight than I normally sew with. It took a bit of getting used to as it's so slippy. In the end I used an overlock stitch as this caused the least bunching. I also hand stitched a blind hem on the skirt- it was tres easy and fun! This is the back:

Vac sign

Here's something fun! You know I went to the maker faire the other week? Well I got to play with a vacuum forming machine! It was super fun, although I did feel a teensy bit silly queuing up with all the kiddy winks. 

It was tres easy to use. Find the letters to spell out your sign and place them on top of the machine, making sure that there's enough space between them for the plastic to mould around.

Place a sheet of plastic on top, shut the lid and flip the switch! This melts the plastic. Then I flipped another switch which created a vacuum and pulled the plastic around the letters. Allow to cool and there's your sign!