I have been wanting to make a tartan dress for aaages... Well I am Scottish after all!
What put me off was matching the pattern up and finding the correct pattern. I have been looking but have yet to find a pattern that suited the style in my head. That is also free. I don't want to buy expensive patterns if I can avoid it.
So... I decided to have a go at my own pattern again! I don't know if I'm weird, but the pattern pieces seem to make more sense to me when I have placed and cut them myself. I also find it easier to input
Much needed bust darts when I can fiddle about myself.
I have went with a basic half circle skirt this time (quite short again) and this time a scoop neck bodice (1 piece for front and 1 for back)... I made a princess seam dart so it looks like different pattern pieces but they did all originate from 1 piece which is easier to fit and pin. Especially when using patterned fabric like tartan.
I have taken pictures of each step so I will publish my first attempt at a tutorial when it is finished. I'm almost done. Here is a wee taster of what it looks like at the moment.
I hope to wear it to a cèilidh (kay-lee) this coming weekend. I'm sure you know what that is, but in case you don't - it is a Scottish dancing night with fast folk music :-) "a wee jig"
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It took me 1/2 a day but my skirt is cute! The weird thing was that the zip as waistband should have been hard and the seams should have bee...
I started and finished this spontaneous project in a few hours. As mentioned previously, I want to use my big bits of "scrap" befo...
I have been wanting to make a tartan dress for aaages... Well I am Scottish after all! What put me off was matching the pattern up and fin...
I hate wasting fabric. The thought of throwing scraps away seem awful to me. But the thought of them lying in a tub and not getting used als...
As mentioned, I used bias cut triangles. 2 big isosceles triangles for the front and back and 2 smaller ones for the side seams (these one...
I have forgone my lunch and everything! I was just too excited to work on the dress! I still have some tweaking to do... Add a trim, take ...
I am starting my new project! I bought Cloth magazine at the weekend and fell in love with the skirt shape I the "pinafore pattern"...
I really took my time on this because I wanted to get them right. I was also dubious that I could do it and make it fit my dress form. Tur...
I love finding videos that really explain techniques, tips and steps to help me improve my sewing skills. A really helpful and simple v...
I literally finished the final fit and trim 30 mins before I wore it out tonight! I am a swing and jive dancer and tonight was a party nigh...