You may remember I am signed up to the Love What You Wear Project, meaning no new clothes for a year (from November 2012 – November 2013). I signed up for the project partly in response to my unease with the ethics of the fashion industry and partly to spur me on to making my own clothes.
Shortly before Christmas I purchased Vogue Pattern V1224. This pattern was marked as “Very Easy” so I thought it might be within my sewing abilities. I bought some stretchy fabric, traced off the pattern pieces (adding a couple of inches to the skirt piece – yikes, that was short!), and figured I’d make a start. But then I started reading up on how to sew knit fabrics…and scared myself off! I happened to show the pattern & the fabric to my mum, saying I thought I would put off making the dress until I was a bit more confident of my sewing abilities. At that point she said “would you like me to make it for you?” How could I refuse?!
So, here’s the dress:
It’s not made by me but by my rather lovely and talented mother. She volunteered to make it. No coercion was involved. And she enjoyed it so much she has copied the pattern to make one for herself. So, my question is, “Is this cheating?”