I’m Guesting over at So Zo….

As you may or may not know, the ever clever, stylish and talented Zoe of So Zo… has recently got married. While she and Mr So Zo are off honeymooning in NYC she has a bunch of guest posts lined up. (Sheesh, to be so organized ahead of your wedding!) Anyhow today is my turn (How chuffed was I to be asked? Very!)
So if you fancy finding out how I managed to get this size 8 vintage blouse to fit my size 12 bod, then hop on over….

You won’t be expecting this one, I promise, lol!

BTW, if you haven’t already left your thoughts on this post, then if you have the time, please do! I need as much feedback as possible!

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  1. Eilidhbelle October 5, 2012

    HI ! I’ve just read your guest post on So Zo… and loved it, so I thought I’d come take a look at your blog – and I am officially hooked. LOVING your stuff. Unfortunately, I’ll get nothing done at work today. Oct well.

    I’ve just started dressmaking in the last few months and I’m sort-of trying to teach myself. But it’s too hard, and I can see myself getting sick of it before too long. Do you have any tips for a beginner?



    • Miss P October 7, 2012

      Eilidhbelle! Thanks so much for saying such nice things about my blog. You are now officially my best friend, lol!
      My advice would be to try and detatch yourself from the outcome of your sewing projects a bit. Expect a few fails, but look at the process of sewing them in the context of what you’ve learnt and done better; rather than what you bodged. Every sewer you see, on every sewing blog, bodges. Big time. Frequently. You just don’t always get to see it. So don’t fall into the trap of thinking they’re all perfect and that you’ll never reach that standard. You will; and much quicker than you’d think!
      I’d start off with some really simple projects with very few details. Colette patterns Sorbetto top is a great one. Then as you get a bit confident; move onto something with sleeves/collars etc. Skirts are also a really easy starting point. Check out charity shops or ebay for cheap dressmaking patterns; and use old sheets/duvets to practice on so you don’t have to worry about ruining you expensive shop bought fabric.
      Refashioning is a good starting point too. Start with something simple like shortening a skirts or narrowing a pair of jeans or something like that.
      Most importantly, don’t get disheartened! If you ever have questions ask someone here in the blogging community or look up a tutorial on You Tube πŸ™‚

  2. Anonymous October 5, 2012

    Portia, I stopped by So Zo’s blog on the way to your blog and left a long-winded comment. Love your remake!

    Eilidhbelle, there are a lot of terrific sewing blogs on the internet, as well as YouTube videos. The blogs range from home decor (sometimes easier than garment sewing) to garments to quilting–and everything in between!

    Depending on your skill level, you might want to try some “flat” projects first, just to learn to operate your machine comfortably. Pillows (or covers), aprons (if you or anyone you know wears them), and similar items are easier at the beginning because there is less fitting of 2-D fabric to a 3-D body. And you’ll still have something you can use!

    Sewing is a lot like painting a house: the more prep you do, the better the finished product. Sewing garments begins with fitting the pattern (assuming you’ll be using a commercial pattern) to your body. Patterns are like RTW (ready-to-wear) clothing: they have measurements that may or may not be similar to yours. There are books available (check your local library) on making a basic sloper (bodice fitted to your measurements) and other fitting adjustments, as well as tons of information on the internet. If you’re lucky, your measurements will be reasonably similar to those of the pattern and you’ll just need to adjust the pattern to suit your body and style preferences. If you’re like me, you’ll spend a fair amount of time trying to fit neckline/shoulders as closely as possible, then adjusting everything else! *eek*

    Garment sewing–particularly in the beginning–is a process. You’re constantly learning about your machine and techniques that will allow you to produce the most professional looking garment possible.

    Good luck!


    • Miss P October 7, 2012

      Great advice Taja πŸ™‚


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