When I first started making clothes, I really wanted to get started straight away, and didn’t much care about accuracy or a good finish – they’re clothes for a toddler, right? They’re going to get trashed anyway.
While this is true (they’re going to go through a lot), as I’ve grown more confident I’ve realised that it’s worthwhile putting a bit more time and effort into things to make something you’re really proud of, and not worried about falling apart in the next wash. Sure, there’s always mistakes and bodged bits, but only you will know! After all, it’s true… if something’s worth doiong, it’s worth doing properley.
My first few makes were very mush ‘make it up as you go along’ affairs, I was working without a pattern to see if I could make something from scratch. It was a good leraning process, but I did make a lot of beginner’s mistakes. I’m much clearer which were I went wrong now.
This little skirt was inspired by the fabric used in The Great British Sewing Bee titles – I actually think it’s the same one.
It’s sort of an a-line skirt with an elasticated waist, and a ruffle around the bottom that I attached with a gathering foot. It was my first time using a gathering foot, and it was so stupidly tricky to control it. I just whizzed it round because it was frustrating me doing it slowly, and if you look closely you can see where it hasn’t caught properly and is coming away from the main body of the skirt. I think I unpicked it and tried again after this photo, but it turned out worse than before. I don’t think she’s ever worn it, but lesson learned – gather things in the normal way!!
Here she is mid-way through the elastic being fitted (see it trailing on the floor!) and also features a cameo from my awesome amigurimi deer
I can’t remember what I called fer – Dotty or Deirdre or something – gotta have an alliterative name so I can remember it!
Here’s a little pair of casual trousers that I made around the same time – photos have a filter one them that’s why they look funny. They’re from a long quarter metre of ditsy printed black and white fabric.
I had a really hard time cutting the fabric, as I didn’t really have enough for what I wanted to do, but I just carried on and cut it anyway. I was adapting a pattern for a little playsuit, and I don’t think I sewed the front and back legs together properley. It never quite looked right. It has a bit of black edging on it, which was horribly wobbly, and supposed to be bias binding, but ended up super wonky and wrong. I didn’t have any black fabric, so I chopped up a charity shop shirt and used that. The elastic around the middle is super thick and I think a little bit too small.
I got them on her though, and they did the job for a few hot days in the summer, nice and breezy wide legs with a bit of sun protection. I love her in bare legs, but she does fall over a lot so trousers avoid a drama!
So, not total disasters, but not my best work. Do you have any makes that you’re not happy with, or that you’ve learned from?