Scattered all over the midnight blue fabric of my first home-sewn dress are tiny flowers, twigs, seedpods, mushrooms and leaves. Blue is my most favourite of colours and I love the sweet flora printed all over it. Very me!
My new "Midnight Flora" dress.
I chose the simple Quilting Bee Dress pattern from the book, Just for You - Selfish Sewing Projects from Your Favourite Sew Can She Bloggers: 24 Simply Stylish Projects by Caroline Fairbanks-Critchfield and Sarah Markos. I borrowed it from my local library and just traced the pieces (of which there are only two, that then go together to form just one pattern piece:) While simple, it still challenged me somewhat and thus, extended my almost-beginner sewing skills. I made a drawstring, practised buttonholes, made a simple casing and sewed co-ordinating bias trim. While learning all that, I managed to stick iron-on interfacing to my iron, sewed the casing on so it was inside out and had to unpick the bias trim around the neckline no less than three times. These were, of course, rookie errors and I know that next time I sew up this dress it will all be easier. I'll have done it before!
I am planning to sew another one of these dresses in a heavier fabric so as to make a tunic to wear with leggings for the cooler months. For Summer now though, I am very happy to have a new dress, in this beautiful Midnight Flora fabric I love, that fits and that I made myself.
Are you learning a new skill at the moment? What is it and how did you begin?