Monday, March 30, 2009

And my next challenge is...

I've had a few failed or stalled projects lately, what with the Burda dress's miniscule sleevelings, the 2-t shirt refashion that will now probably end up a small cushion, and the sweater dress that I haven't started because I realised that chunky knits make me look like a big marshmallow.

Then I realised that all these weeks I've been sewing my clothes too small, because I've been using the little screw on my sewing machine's throat plate as a seam guide; all this time I thought it marked 1.5 cm seam allowance, but it's actually 2 cm.

But I'm far too obsessive a person to let stuff like that stop me. I'm a human typhoon, wreaking havoc on my own wardrobe and devastating perfectly good fabrics in my path...right up until I lose run out of air and move onto to another hobby.

So - my newest in a middlingly long line of start-ups will be a shirt dress made from one of the boy's discarded stripy dress shirts. Clevergirl did a nice job of hers, though that collar wouldn't suit me. Riot-siren's is pretty blimmen' fantastic, though maybe a bit too out-there for a woman of my years.

I normally have a hate-hate relationship with button-down shirts; I just hope I can design and construct a shirt dress that's nice enough that I wouldn't rather go naked.

5 comments:

donnasoowho said...

oh now I want a shirt dress (you know that I'm eyeing up Ray's shirts as we speak ... lucky for him I can't sew. Nor do we have a sewing machine...)

koala brains said...

I want to try refashioning a men's shirt into a dress, too. I get a bit nervous sewing for myself since I haven't figure out how to properly fit yet. By the way, thanks for visiting my blog. :)

Violet said...

donnasoowho: ah well, you'll have to buy one then. I'm sure there are several boutiques near you that specialise in re-fashioned clothing. Maybe you could even accidentally remove one of Ray's shirts from his closet and it could mysteriously end up in the hands of one of the refashionistas...

koala brains: I reckon with a shirt dress, you don't have to worry so much about fit. Otherwise I wouldn't be trying it either!

donnasoowho said...

mmmm now there's an idea. Of course, I do have my own personal seamstress but I suspect she might not be party to refashioning her own sons clothes for my benefit (actually, she probably would) but also apparently she's quite in demand making bridal outfits now (which is apparently all my fault cause she's been flashing around our wedding photos at work and now people want her to sew dresses for them).

Violet said...

donnasoowho: I'm impressed with anyone who can make something well enough to sell it!