Tuesday, March 3, 2020


One of the things on my (long) list of things I'd like to be able to do, is sewing my own clothes. Now, I don't have the time nor the patience to look through intrigate patterns, adjust sizes and things like that.
Or, to be honest, I tried that and failed miserably. Not my kind of sewing.
So I was on a quest for an easy dress pattern, that would tick all the boxes (comfortable, suitable to wear outside the house, preferably a little bit flattering) and that I could make over and over again. There are some nice patterns online, but I found most of them didn't really have a defined waist shaping. I like to see my waist, while I still have it.
I had this storebought (well, thrifted) dress that I really liked. I can put it on over my head (no buttons or zippers!) and it had an elastic waist, that was simple but looked nice.
So I decided to copy that dress. Drew the outline on pattern paper and made the bodice (since the waist of this dress was too far up for me) and the skirt a bit longer (these dresses are meant to wear for my normal day-to-day happenings. I like not to worry about what's showing when I bend over).
And then I just started cutting and sewing.
Much to my surprise, it actually worked.

I used the second option (baby hem) in this article about edge finishes to hem the armholes and the neck. Worked like a charm.

It's a little bit too wide, because I tend to cut bigger seam allowances then I sew them. (Weird, I know.)
But it still fits nicely and I love wearing it.

So I did it again, this time paying a bit more attention to seam allowances.

I love these dresses. And yes, I will be making more soon.
But next, I'm going to try to do something similar to T.'s favorite shorts.


  1. CONGRATULATIONS, you look great! The pattern looked a little crazy for me in the first pictures, but WOW, you can totally pull it off, the colours look so great on you! It's so cool that you succeeded in copying what you like from a finished garment - I know that a friend of mine (from the US) has been on a mission to sew her clothes instead of buying them, and she did the math and found out that it was, in fact, cheaper to do it, even if you buy a kit or more expensive cloth for it. Good for you!

    1. Thanks! Ha, maybe I should have added that... it sounds strange for a tropical island, but most people here wear synthetic clothes. I asked for 100% cotton or linen in the fabric shop and the lady said: "Only African prints, sorry."
      So I decided to just go for it. These were actually the less busy patterns ;-)
      When I'm in Holland, or feel like driving all the way to the other side of the island where the other fabric store is located (that doesn't have a lot of cotton either), I'm going to look for solid colors or simpler prints. But these African prints are growing on me. I bought another one last week.

    2. Oh okay - I thought they would have a lot more cotton? But okay. The African prints look great for sure! Maybe synthetics are cheaper? (At least you don't have to iron linen now!! In my last shop, we had a few more or less snobbish customers who'd always come in to buy tickets for high cultural music festivals (classic music) and then wrinkle their nose at the "ordinary" folks buying concert and football tickets. One coworker dubbed them "the people who were linen", and it ... wrapped it up perfectly (you also know immediately that they don't iron their linen clothes themselves).

  2. They are so cute!! And the perfect little outfit for your island. And you can dress them up or down, depending what you need that day.

    1. Thank you! Yes, they are really versatile.