I’ve been having a bit of a clean out. You know, that “stuff” that’s been shoved away to be dealt with later. 90% of it has gone to the op-shop (why do I keep this stuff in the first place??!!), but I thought you might like to see these.
Waaaaaay back, I used to dress make. My Nanna (Ma Kettle’s Mum) was a fabulous, self taught dress maker and so, taught me. I also did some dress making in high school. The skirt on the left was one of the first things we made – it’s now my duster bag! (Just sewed up the hem!). I made the skirt in the middle pattern in red gingham with the top in broderie anglais, complete with threaded ribbon, all for a 1950’s style dance at high school – and won a prize for the costume! I can remember making the frilly top in the right hand pattern, but can’t remember in what.
I made quite a few of the skirts in the left hand pattern, including a denim one and a brown one (it was the 70’s!). The middle one I made in the dress, with longer sleeves in a green pin whale cord, and used cream linen for the pants of the right one, and vaguely remember making the top.
The pattern on the left I made in a very pretty pink floral and wore to the Valedictory Dinner at the end of year 12. The middle dress was made in electric blue to wear to a friend’s wedding (woo hoo!!), and with the last one, a friend’s mum helped me alter it as the style wasn’t quite as I imagined on me(!!) and in pale pink was my wedding dress when The Golfer and I walked down the aisle!
As a late teenager, nearly all my wardrobe was hand made – hard to imagine now! And looking back on these (and many, many more!) has whetted my appetite for a bit of sewing of the clothing variety!!
How about you? Did you or do you make your own clothes?