Pattern: Self drafted pattern
Description: A cute baby doll dress with full pleated skirt.
Fabric used: Wool challis
I haven’t worn this dress in about ten years but I really wanted to take a photo of it because it was one of the first dresses that I got my mum to help me make. Admittedly, she did make most of it but it was so exciting to see the process of drafting up a pattern and stitching it all together. Thinking about it, it was one of the main reasons why I wanted to learn how to sew myself.
I would love to revamp it a bit now and take off the big buttons (which was actually in at the time hehe) and replace them with either no buttons or something a bit smaller. I absolutely love the white piping in it though, it makes it a very cute baby doll looking dress.
I still remember being eighteen, wearing this out and my friends being in awe that it was handmade. I think that’s one of the coolest things about being creative and designing, making and wearing all your own clothes. Even if it’s not that great, who cares! I think you should be proud of what you learn, the skills you pick up and being confident in having a go, no matter what the outcome.
It’s been about six years now when I sat down at a sewing machine and started off with a simple skirt pattern thinking, “I’m never going to be able to understand all these crazy patterns and instructions!” Sure enough, the more you create, the more you learn. It takes time, learning any new skill and it’s one of those hobbies that’s both relaxing and extremely rewarding. Especially once you’ve finished your new outfit and ready to wear it the next day. These days I usually put on a movie with my pugs sitting under my feet (sometimes on the pedals lol) to create my next project.
It’s also amazing to think I’ve kept this piece of clothing since I was 18 and still absolutely love it because it’s made so well and will last a lifetime. I can’t say I have too places to go to wear this little number to but hey, it’s still nice to have.