I follow the Great British Sewing Bee TV series with immense interest. It’s a reality show like American Idol or Project Fame, but for sewers.
Tilly Walnes, from season one, writes a great blog that feels like a warm hug from your BFF as she welcomes you to the pearly gates of heaven *cue soft harp music*.
Chinelo Bally, from season two, learned how to sew using the “organic” freehand cutting technique which I find oh so fascinating. I must admit that I am quite useless at spontaneity, though not as badly as those who actually need a Maggi cookbook for precise instructions on how to boil Indomie noodles!
Before I started sewing, whenever I visited my tailor’s shop I’d watch her cutting fabric freehand. I, myself, learned to sew using pattern drafting techniques.
- Speed vs. Efficiency – for unit production, Freehand cutting offers the advantage of speed and for mass production, Pattern drafting offers the advantage of efficiency
- Art vs. Science – Freehand cutting is more art and Pattern drafting is more science
- Toe-may-toes vs. Toe-mah-toes – Either way, the dress gets sewn
Different roads will all lead to the same rowdy “kparakpo” village meeting 😀
So, this project was inspired by the dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in the iconic opening scene of the movie, where she stands outside the window of Tiffany & Co. munching a croissant.
For my dress, I combined a coffee brown eyelet fabric (dry lace) and burnt orange underlining, using my self-drafted armscye princess seam bodice and straight skirt patterns. I attached an invisible zip at the left side seam.
I laugh when I look at my early sewing projects and realise how far I’ve come, I laugh at my mistakes and observe the things that I’d do differently now that my techniques have improved. For example, this non-stretch dress desperately needs a slit/vent, so let’s just say I take baby steps whenever I wear it.
Not that different from life… we live, we learn, we take baby steps, we press on and we start to catwalk confidently.