Hi all! This is my very first post here, I’m excited to be contributing. I’ve long admired the sewing talent and gorgeous projects I’ve seen posted here, so I thought I’d jump on in myself. I come from a family of seamstresses (grandmother, mom, aunt) but I didn’t learn to sew myself until I was in my 20s. Because of this, I’m pretty much 100% self taught (thanks, the internet!) Until recently, most of the things I created were done without patterns, because, basically, I was afraid of them. I just didn’t understand the jargon, and I tend to want to know how everything fits together before even starting, which I found difficult to do with patterns. Also, I’m super impatient and all those extra steps just plain put me off. Until recently I stuck mostly to aprons (which I sell in my Etsy shop) and simple skirts, most of which I designed myself.
But with a few years of sewing under my belt, I started to eye all the lovely retro repro patterns out there and dreamt of making them myself. I was feeling more confident in my abilities as well, and so after doing some research last fall I decided to start with the well known and “Very Easy” Walkaway Dress, Retro Butterick 4790. I’d read a lot of people had fitting issues, so I used Katrina’s fantastic sewalong and was thrilled with the results.
My hem is a bit wonky but it has since been fixed.
More details on my blog here.
Since making my first real retro dress using a pattern, I’ve been slightly obsessed! I have a ton of patterns now I’m excited to try out, and have already made a few other dresses (including a tea length wedding dress for a friend!) so I hope to be posting about those dresses and more as I work my way through my pattern stash in the near future.