My first foray...

Years ago - we're talking around 1999/2000 ish - I decided to make a couple of tops. Don't remember what made me do it but along I went to Boyes in Grimsby, bought some cheap fabric, placed a t-shirt on top and cut around it! This was my first attempt and was mildly successful (most items were a bit snug and not surprisingly I have none of them today!). Then after a few attempts my mum suggested trying to make something by actually following a pattern... I mean, WHAT??!! Crazy talk!!! So off I went and bought my first pattern, a New Look 6042, and some fabric which actually matched the suggestions on the packet.
I don't remember much about it other than I didn't have fun. The fabric was a nightmare to work with and it took ages to make...

But the resulting item (version B), although not my style, was not half bad! It ended up going to a charity shop, I think, because I just didn't wear it. I still have the pattern - just in case (and because I'm a hoarder)! Unfortunately the experience might have put put me off sewing for a while...

Until...

In the summer of 2013 for some reason I thought I'd have a play with making a dress using a pattern again, this time a very simple New Look 6176 which was even labelled as easy! I didn't include sleeves to make it even easier! I remember calling my mum while measuring the pattern and me for size saying "it reckons I'm a size 12 top and size 22 bottom... how does that even work???!!!" This is a dodgy photo and the fabric was just some thing I had in my small stash but it fit and I even wore it outside! A lady at the checkout in Sainsburys even complimented me on it! How about that!

Around the same time my mum found some old patterns from Prima magazine and gave them to me to play with. Not all my style but useful to keep anyway.
I had a go at this Prima one, a simple jersey dress. It came out too big (sizing again!) but I think I can unpick the skirt section and take it in around the sides. The skirt will have more gathers but thats not a problem. The fabric is gorgeously soft and a fab colour for winter.