Learning Skills to Love What I Wear

You may remember that I signed up for the Love What You Wear Project a few weeks’ back. I made a commitment not to buy any new clothes from 1st November 2012 to 30th November 2013. In my last post, I talked about learning to sew my own clothes as a response to life on this new planet we have made. About time I got round to something then!

I was pleased to pick up a couple of old dressmaking books in a charity shop:

dressmaking books

Both have lots of useful info, but the Batsford book is a particular gem. There are charts detailing which needles and threads to use with which fabrics:

pfaff fabrics

Info on basics like facings and setting in sleeves:

setting in sleeves

And some very twee illustrations:


Next step is to actually make something!

After the disaster of cutting out a too-small-size pattern for Waif’s pyjamas, I decided that, rather than cut out the actual pattern for my skirt, I would trace off the size I need. This has the added bonus of reducing the number of confusing lines; plus I am less likely to put my thumb through the tracing paper as it is much thicker than pattern paper. My mum gave me a tip, which was to tape the pattern onto the window to trace it, which I did:

pattern tracing  (1)

I have now cut out my pattern pieces, and washed my fabric, so hopefully this weekend I will be able to get to work on cutting out the fabric and actually sewing something!

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4 thoughts on “Learning Skills to Love What I Wear

  1. Jen says:

    I love old sewing books! Although I find sometimes they assume a level of knowledge I do not have…! Keep us posted ๐Ÿ™‚

    • vivjm says:

      Lol, I know exactly what you mean about assuming a level of knowledge. Isn’t it a shame that the knowledge that nearly every woman had fifty years ago is all but lost to most of us?! If there’s anything too tricky in it, I might end up having to look for a YouTube video to help ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. sewbusylizzy says:

    I’ve found blogs great for advice & pattern advice/reviews.
    I bought a roll of lightweight white plastic party tablecloth. It came on a roll of 20m and you can see straight through it. No pinning to the window required! And it is cheap!!

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