Anyhow -- in total I sewed five dresses (four involved incarnations of Butterick 6149) and eight skirts (six of which involved variations of the Crescent, though at least all six weren't for me. Not that I probably won't end up with several more eventually). The other dress was made from Simplicity 4294 from 1942, and the other two skirts evolved from Burda 7741.
I wear all the skirts I made, and love and will eventually wear all the Butterick 6149 variants. But I'm not sure that Simplicity 4294 is gonna get any use. I like the way it looks in pictures, but it's just not "me" somehow. I think it's the shape of the sleeves. Plus, the fitted waistband bugs me. I think I'll hold onto it for a while longer before I decide its fate.
I am surprised that I sewed so many repeats, especially all those skirts in solid colors. Boring, huh? I rarely take a practical approach to sewing! I think my next project really needs to be an over-the-top ball gown in wildly patterned quilting cotton, just to balance things out.
I reckon repeat-sewing did show me a few things, first and foremost that even after four versions you won't necessarily have the fit perfect! I did enjoy adding some practical stuff to my wardrobe, but I doubt I'll ever be a slave to clothing "needs". For me, sewing is all about the fun. Knowing that, I should push myself to experiment more.
Speaking of which ... look what came in the mail today!
|51 yards of fabric.|
http://fabric.com had (and maybe still has -- I daren't look!) a bunch of fabric on sale for $1.97 a yard, so I stocked up on cheap stuff that I won't feel too bad about ruining, yet also wouldn't mind wearing should things go well. I got a few special pieces too. But not too special: I didn't even think about getting any of that gorgeous Liberty fabric, because the five pieces I have from our Europe trip last summer have proven to be too scary to cut into! A couple of my cheapy fabric treasures have somewhat unexpected textures (the navy voile is stiff, like netting!) but we'll see how things look after a trip through the washer.
Excuse me, but I have to go roll in my 51 yards of new fabric now. And then figure out where the heck I'm going to put it all.