I have recently discovered a previously unconsidered side effect of my sewing endeavours. Storage space. To be precise, I’ve used it all up. It’s not surprising really, once I’ve considered I’ve made 15 dresses and they all have to go somewhere. It’s got to the point my chair is permanently used as an overflow station as I really haven’t got much motivation to search for hangers and shove things back in the wardrobe.
So, later this season I’m going to have a proper clear out with a friend to try and slim things down. Not so much what I’ve made, more retail wear that I don’t use much/no longer fits. But the fact remains I can’t keep sewing for myself (sniff) at the pace I have done. What to do though, to fill the sewing gap? fear not, I full intend to still create the occasional project for myself. I have projects lined up.
However, the challenge of creating a project, tweaking the design and seeing it shape up still remains. I’ve decided to therefore venture in to realms hitherto unexplored. The world of etsy. I’m going to combine my love of making toddler clothing (as current receiving friend’s toddler is steadily growing and won’t remain so cheap to sew for) and sell the results. I get to work on a nice small scale and hopefully make some fabric money. I’m not intending to give up the day job any time soon. This is just for fun!
I intend to review all the projects as I’m sure I’ll come across new techniques and problems. Which leads me nicely to my current project. My first dress made to sell. Its a combination of silk bodice with cotton lawn skirt. It took a while to match up the pattern of the flowers, but I am quite pleased so far. It has a matching bolero and everything will be french seamed. Here are some “in progress” photos. In the first one of the front you can see the difference the interfacing has made, which I added to provide a little more body and thickness. It’s stabilised it wonderfully.