When I first learned how to sew, I was a little more adventurous. I first learned how to sew in November 2015. I bought a New Look pattern and watched a lot of YouTube videos on how to make a dress using a pattern. I mainly watched Professor Pin Cushion videos. I did a really good job, considering that it was my first time. I actually wore my creation to work and received many compliments.
Looking back, there were so many little mistakes but I was much more adventurous back then. I didn’t know much about how to choose the right fabric. For this first dress, I chose a quilting fabric, which I know a lot of people who sew actually do. But now, that would not be my preference. Since then, I’ve learned much more about different apparel fabrics available. Also, with that first pattern, I learned how to sew darts, pleats and put in a zipper! Definitely not a beginner pattern, but I did it. I didn’t even realize that I could have sewn a more simple dress. I also didn’t know much about sizing and ease. I’ve learned a little more about that topic but somehow with that dress, everything just worked out.
Four and 1/2 years later, I have learned a lot and can definitely say, I still have a lot to learn. Unfortunately, I’m not as adventurous as I used to be. I stick to a pattern, directions and recommended fabrics. I think it’s good to be adventurous. You learn more and with those risks come beautiful creations.
Back to being adventurous. In 2016, about 8 months after that first dress, I wanted to learn how to make a blouse without having to use a pattern. I found a few videos and articles on how to clone clothing. I wanted to make a simple blouse and my two cloned makes actually turned out well.
My first blouse was a simple short sleeved blouse. I used a loose blouse as my template. My fabric was a crepe de chine with little birds on it which I purchased through Fabric.com.
My other make was also a simple blouse using a loose blouse as a template. With this one, I added cap sleeves. I used a crepe de chine that I bought from Fabric.com with little Eiffel Towers on it.
I would like to go back to being a little more adventurous. I am going to try to clone a couple of my favorite dresses in my closet. We’ll see how it turns out.