I still can’t believe how far I’ve come with sewing. I remember watching others make all kinds of cool clothes on YouTube and wishing I could do them all. When I finally decided to start, I chose to focus on bags. Mostly totes and clutches. They were just easier to start with and I found a lot of online tutorials to guide me.
With clothes however, I have to deal with complex processes and learn sewing vocabulary that I don’t have the patience for. I want to dive right in and sew bomber jackets, blazers, button-up dress shirts and jumpsuits like the awesome “Sewistas” I follow. I may be a beginner sewer but my taste is quite advanced.
Anyway, commercial patterns are great because they provide options for lazy sewers like myself who don’t want to deal with measurements and sizing.
This particular pattern from Simplicity’s Cynthia Rowley collection is beginner-friendly. You can make this in a few hours.
It comes with three major pattern pieces. Front, back and the sleeve. The only other item required, apart from fabric, is elastic. No need to run to the tailor for off-shoulder dresses from now on. I can make as many as I want. I’m planning to sew a longer version with an elastic waist. Then maybe try the jumpsuit option.
Here’s my version of this pattern.
So, how do you like my dress? I used Adire, a traditional fabric from the Yoruba tribe in Southwestern Nigeria. I bought it from Adire Lounge. She was kind enough to ship to me in Oz.
Thanks for stopping by. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.