Dressmaking at home

I recently won this book in a giveaway generously hosted by Inna.  It arrived last week and I’ve been remiss in sharing this with you and letting Inna know it’s here safely.

dress at home coverAren’t sewing folk generous?  Thank you so very much Inna.

I love the cover dress and this one too. img904

Isn’t that fabric just divine.  The folklore embroidery is to die for.

I’m really thrilled with this as I do love Japanese sewing books…even if I’ve been terribly intimidated by them!

My problem has always been that I don’t have a well fitting block and I’m a bigger size than the patterns supplied in the books.  Which makes my upcoming adventures with Sew the Perfect Fit even more timely.

stpfThe style of the pattern will, as well as a great fitting dress pattern for the lovely fabrics winking at me in the sewing loft, effectively give me a bodice, sleeve and skirt block.  Which means I’ll be able to finally get to grips with this book and the once kindly gifted to me by the lovely Himmelbjerget aeons ago, and which she’s probably given up all hope of me sewing something from!

Very exciting.

I’m hoping to get to this course in the next couple of weeks.  And I will, of course, review the course and post my progress to the perfect dress.

In the meantime I’ve got to get the camera out and some photos taken and I’ll have projects to share with you.  And once the stuff on the sewing table is finished I’ll be cracking on with STPF.  Yay!

10 Responses to Dressmaking at home

  1. Measure, measure and measure again, then make a toille. I recently delved in to the Japanese pattern books which have some fantastic patterns and styles, but I think I’ve concluded that the Japanese woman is nothing like and average European woman. They came up small all over, and watch those bust points – far to high for a real woman (ok, a woman thats had 3 kids anyway).

    • Thanks for the tips. I’m hoping that I will be less likely to encounter problems by basing the pattern on a block that I know fits, but I do usually make a toile so I’ll be sure not to skip that this time.

  2. K-Line says:

    I’ve bought the course and haven’t yet had time to watch it. S, my fitting friend, says it’s quite good.

    • I’m hopeful that at the end of it I’ll have a dress pattern that I can just cut and sew. A wardrobe of pretty dresses would be a good start at filling the echoing cavern that is my closet!

  3. Congrats on winning the book – yes there are some really generous giveaways hosted by crafty bloggers.

  4. Gjeometry says:

    Looks like a great book, congrats on winning it!

  5. Love the second dress! The course will definitely help you with fitting

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