Hi, I’m Anna and in Spring 2013 I decided to sew my first dress ever. I bought a pattern and watched the Craftsy course Couture Sewing by Susan Khaljé. I bought books about Couture techniques. Then I sewed.
My machine is a traditional foot treadle sewing machine. I love it, such a piece of precision engineering.
They are a joy to work with even though you have to think of alternatives for zigzag stitch or overlocking.
Did you know these old machines have a tiny hole instead of a slit, where the needle meets the foot? Perfect for sewing silks, it never gets gobbled up by the machine.
When I started out didn’t know anything about sewing, grain, ease, size or lining but I was going to learn and I was going to learn it well. Think toile, fitting for alterations, hand stitching and couture techniques.
By now I’ve made a couple of dresses and I am wearing them with confidence. I’m still learning though. Very much so.
These days my learning revolves around princess seams, armholes and pattern drafting.
I’ve met the end of virtual learning, I need the aid of someone with experience. I’m looking for a teacher.
It is a great pleasure to have clothing that fits well and that flatters the body type. It feels rich to wear something that required attention, time and skills.
I wear my dresses daily: I sit on the ground in them, I eat messy chocolate in them, I do gardening in them. They are to live in.
a happy dress is good medicine
pic by Tamlyn Rhodes
pictures from which the headers were taken were made by Dave Dyet, Andrea Kratzenberg, FOUR by Gölin Doorneweerd – Swijnenburg, Eve Blackwood, Michaela Kobyakov, Andreas Krappweis, jm2c, mhidayat1 and madmick99