Sunday, 11 May 2014

Dressmaking #1

Like millions of people up and down the country, I was glued to The Great British Sewing Bee and I was lucky enough to get the book that accompanied the series for Mothers Day. So, having not made an item of clothing since GCSEs textiles (some 25 years ago!), I've made myself a T Shirt! And very good it is too.

I was aiming for this T Shirt from the book:

And this is how it turned out:

Not bad, eh? Many lessons were learned along the way. I actually made 2 toiles before I got the length and neck right but it was worth the effort. I would point out that this pattern has come under fire in the reviews of the book on the internet - it does have a very wide neck so if you don't make a toile you might be disappointed. But ever the diligent student, I did exactly as my TV tutors told me and practiced first! I had practiced making and using bias binding before I did it "for real" and I was very pleased with myself. However, I had practiced with cotton and the actual T Shirt is made with Jersey so the material didn't act in the same way. Still, though there is room for improvement here, I'm happy with how it turned out.

I read a great post at where Florence talked about "Bless My Heart" garments that she has made but not worn and I did ask myself if I would be brave enough to wear a homemade item out. The answer to the question is yes, I will wear it out and I have! Not that I told anyone - I happened to have it on during the school run a couple of days ago.

I'm so please with my efforts that I'm halfway through a skirt now so watch this space!

I'll be linking up with Handmade Harbour today, so join in the fun there if you can.

Love Natalie


  1. It's really pretty, and you should be very proud to wear it outdoors! Congratulations on making not one but two toiles!! I am impressed! A+

  2. It looks wonderful. I think Patrick and May would be impressed. Your fabric looks really pretty. Looking forward to seeing the skirt.
    Ali xx

  3. Seems like a week for sewing. Your top is lovely. I really like the fabric, and it is the sort of top I would wear all the time. Can't wait to see your skirt.

  4. It's fantastic - and I'd have been telling everyone I met that I'd made it, if it was mine!! Have a great week, Chris xx

  5. So glad you were successful with your Tee-shirt. And that you listened to your Sewing Bee tutors, toiles are so important and nobody does them any more. x

  6. Aww it looks fantastic! Well done you for having a go. I always feel a bit frightened of trying to make something to wear but it must be a great feeling to know you've made it yourself :) x

  7. It looks great, you should be proud of yourself. It sounds like it was a great idea to have a practice go first.

  8. Wow - you are very clever! I loved the Sewing Bee too but wouldn't dare try making clothes! Jo x