I feel like the April Dress was made in the dreaded “Race Mode” - that's when I think less about what I am doing and more about the finish line. This, of course, totally defeats the whole idea of this project. With the pressure of making a dress for someone other than myself (mostly) off the table I had high hopes that I would be able to rediscover dressmaking as a fun and stress-free hobby. You know? I could take it slow and create twelve perfect and perfectly fitting additions to my wardrobe.
We are now four months into the new format and I am not so happy with March (yes, I will still give it a second chance down the road) and although April turned out pretty cute I don’t know if it’s really me
. Although it really should of been since it secretly doubled as my Birthday Dress.
Oh, and while we are on the subject of birthdays, the end of April marked mine. I see my birthday as a personal New Year’s and as such it is a time to reevaluate and resolutionize. (No, it isn’t a real word, but maybe it should be.)
I have come up with the following Dressmaker's Manifesto which hope will help keep me on task and provide the guidelines for what I want this project to be.Dress a Month
The following topics will be presented for each month's dress:
1. Inspiration. What is the thought behind the dress?
2. Initial idea(s). I should really practice drawing.
3. List of Notions and Supplies. I am curious to see how much I have to buy and how much already have!
4. Figure out cost. Really! Is making a dress cost effective?
5. Evaluate time spent. How long does it take make a dress?
6. Talk about the process. This might slow me down a little, which I hope will mean fewer mistakes and mind-changing
7. Present finished product. I have to be accountable to somebody after all!
8. Wear it! That's the goal.
While making a dress a month is the main event 'round these parts, I always have the urge to set more (and more) plates a-spinning. The other things I want to tackle:
1. Viola Collection. I am really excited the collection of old patterns that I inherited. I have broken it down so that each pattern I present will be divided up into four blog posts covering a range of topics about the patterns, history, the dress I'll make, and perhaps a bit about, Viola herself. Or, at least, the eras in which she lived.
2. How to Sew books. I love old sewing books. because they are such a sign of their times. These entries will surface from time to time (like when I need to take a little break?).
3. Extras. You know, like cool findings and words on fashion and the history of. Goals
Can't get any simpler than this:
1. Take it slow and build my skill set.
2. Use my hoarded supplies.
3. Master the art of fitting.
4. Improve photography.
5. End up with dresses I really want to wear.
6. Remember the cute and thoughtful little details make it..
Easy peasy, right? OK May, let's get going. We'll just see if getting organized brings back a love of the stich. Because, really, dressmaking feel like this: