Early in the year, just after I’d set my goals for 2010, I stumbled across Carolyn’s sewing challenge. One of the sewing goals that I had set for myself was to “make at least one thing for myself (to wear!)” and there it was Carolyn’s January challenge - “something for me”. Still recovering from Ms. M’s first birthday, Christmas and New Year which had all occurred in the fortnight and knowing that the third birthday season was looming I was reluctant to sign up. Still the challenge was always in the back of my mind niggling away.
At the last minute I signed up. Last night I started sewing a dress and this morning I finished it off…
Phew… I just finished it in time!
I used a McCall’s pattern M5832 because there was a buy one get one free special on at the time I purchased. Initially I had been interested in M5659 but the difference in price exceed $10. From what I can tell it looks like essentially the same pattern only the dress is fuller in the latter version. I chose the design of the dress because it looked casual and comfortable and I could wear my maternity bra. It wasn’t until 2330hrs last night as I was starting to sew on the yoke that it occurred to me that I wouldn’t be breastfeeding in this garment. Ah – not to worry – Ms. M mostly feeds first thing of a morning and last thing of a night. If she wants another feed she is pretty easily distracted with snacks!!!
This is almost* the first garment that I have finished sewing for myself – ever! I’m very stoked with how it turned out even if my son did make a passing remark about the pretty tent that I was wearing. The feeling of accomplishment totally rocks – and of course there is the added bonus that I’ve just completed a challenge.
I got the pattern for the pants from the book Sewing Green by Betz White that I recently borrowed from the library. The pants were really quick and easy – a project started and completed within the evening. The purple floral is a flannelette sheet that I picked up at the op shop and the cuff was part of my treasure from the vintage sheet swap that I participated in last year. I’ve been wearing them of an evening ever since!
So – to review my 2010 goal: I have now made something to wear, and worn it. Now I think I should up the ante and make something that I wear further afield than the street in which we live. I’m so pleased with the dress I think I should be able to achieve this goal in the not too distant future.
* which actually makes it the second garment – but I decided that second doesn’t sound as good as “almost first”!