A couple of weeks ago I bought myself a copy of Sew Home magazine and, with it, came a free sewing pattern to make the tea dress as featured in the Great British Sewing Bee book. Well, I’ve never made a dress before (I tried a skirt or two once) so I thought that this may be the perfect opportunity to give it a go.
Stage one of the project, however, is not to buy the material or locate my scissors. No, stage one is to spend several hours sellotaping the pattern together, for the free pattern comes as a print-your-own download consisting of 35 pages of black lines. This tea dress project is presenting itself as a challenge to both my craft and my geometry skills.
So, with an evening and a living-room floor to myself, I set about cutting out all the paper pattern pieces and matching up 1A to 1A and 26B to 26B. A few hours later and I’ve come up with something resembling a dress pattern: result!
Stage Two of my dressmaking project is to choose some fabric. The pattern in the book says that the tea dress should be made using synthetic silk, though I’ve done a lot of searching the internet and I’m yet to find anything vaguely stylish in that material. I might try and make it using a cotton dressmaking fabric instead… how hard can it be?