Today I started a 12 week course in dressmaking. This is something I have been wanted to do for ages since getting hooked on the Great British Sewing Bee. I started my sewing journey earlier this year with a basic 6 week course learning to use a sewing machine, basic hems etc and even went on to make some cushion covers and a tote bag!
I thoroughly enjoyed this course after years of being almost frightened of sewing after horrible memories from secondary school ( bet I’m not alone there!). I was desperate to get a close enough proper dressmaking course as I want to get patterns and make things for myself. I daily see people’s makes on IG and am very jealous and even bought the Dottie Frock pattern as most people said it was suitable for beginners. It probably is but I excitedly opened the pattern and then had instant confusion and folded everything back into the package! Sad but true. So I am hoping this course I started today will sort out any confusion I have that puts me off trying things.
Today we had our introduction class, leaned how to take proper measurements and decided individually what we wanted to make. After the tutor made it clear that you will really only get the skills that your pattern requires ( although we will get to see others use other skills on their garments) I decided that I would chuck myself in at the deep end and get as many skills as possible- so I decided on a fitted style shirt, with long sleeves, cuffs, a proper collar, buttons and chest pockets! NO LAUGHING PLEASE
This could be a huge gamble on my part as it may just put me off for life, but somehow I don’t think so. My reasoning is that then I have the skills for most garments right? It will include using interfacing for the collar, learning buttonholes, adjusting darts etc so hopefully then attempting my Dottie frock later on will be easy peasy…………..
So this week will mainly be fuelled by online pattern searching and in shop fabric shopping…………c’mon what’s not to like?