I finished making a dress today. Why, you may wonder, am I writing about dressmaking in a supposedly geeky blog? Here’s my inspiration:
Shockingly, this fabric was in the clearance section of Fabricland. Yes, that is a happy robot washing his robot dog. Naturally I couldn’t resist buying some, and since it’s a lightweight jersey I thought it would be perfect for a nerdy summer dress (apparently I have less willpower than the typical Fabricland shopper, because there was lots of it left).
The snag is that I’ve never sewn clothing, unless you count the ill-advised and thankfully never worn culottes I made in Grade 7 home ec class. So I bought a pattern labeled ‘easy’ (they lied) and went to town with some even cheaper practice fabric. From cutting out the pieces the wrong way — apparently two sides of a dress should be mirror images of one another — to sewing the wrong sides of things together, I think I’ve made three or four dresses in order to make one. Here it is:
A cute little wrap I can wear over a bathing suit… and no one will be the wiser about how much I goofed up along the way. Except anyone who reads this, of course (all three of you ;)
I tried, failed lots, and eventually got somewhere. Not bad for a few dollars’ worth of discount fabric. One day in the not so distant future, I’m going to sew myself a robot dress. And that day will be glorious.
Photo from Pretty/Ugly Design (thanks, Lifehacker)!