I love to make stuff, but I hate clutter and impracticality. I went through a phase of making and enjoying things such as miniature clay sweets and amigurumi, but I couldn’t find a use for any of it. I needed a craft that was physical and practical. Digital illustrating is fun but, at the risk of sounding lame, I can’t feel what i’m doing. This apparently bothers me.
I decided to return to sewing since there is little more practical in life than clothes. As it turns out, I really, really love sewing. Unfortunately I was also very rusty and tried to bite off more than I can chew with complicated patterns. They did not end well. Eventually I churned out a success story though – my Laurel dress by Colette Patterns.
I love Laurel – it only has two pattern pieces if you make it sleeveless and this appeals to my lazy sensibilities. If you’re an efficient sewer it would probably only take a few hours to cut up and sew. If you’re me, it’ll take two days.
I omitted the sleeves to make the dress easier for myself and faced the armholes with bias tape. So easy. I slipstiched the tape in the left armhole, but for the right one I cheated and just stuck the facing down with fusible web. Handstitching is not for impatient me.
Next time I make a dress i’m going to make sure the top is lined up and even. Baby steps, huh?