I rock

I’m delighted with myself, as in the last two weeks, I’ve made/worn two dresses which I think are really beautiful.

The one I made a few weeks ago and wore last weekend is basically a necklace I bought for €2 and a wrap I bought for €3. Tonight’s one is 6m of ribbon which I bought for €2 and a wrap I bought for I think either €3 or €5.

I so enjoy making my own dresses like this. Going shopping for a dress usually just has me uber-depressed, and I think it’s partly because I need to create what I wear.

Pictures to follow. Right now, I need to get dressed. (c:

It never rains, but it pours

I’ve been hectically busy with loads of stuff, and got addicted also to the short, sharp updates on Facebook. The result was a long silence on here, which I’m making up for with three posts in one hour.

I have to report on my dress. Well, at the minute it’s a wrap and some yarn, but it might be a dress one day. I want to make the wrap into a skirt part, and crochet the bodice.

So that’s another project to work on. I am so excited. Watch this space…

Making your own dungarees

Some time ago, I posted about making myself dungarees.  I got so many hits from people looking for dungarees patterns and instructions on how to make them, that I felt pretty bad all they’d get here was my ecstatic ramblings about how glad I was to have managed to make my own.  Therefore the next time I made myself a pair, I took loads and loads of photos so I could give what help I am able to.

Some things need to be noted here: if you are not already familiar with sewing your own clothes, I’m not sure how easy this will be for you to follow.  Also, these dungarees will be different from the standard denim ones.  I made a pattern to my own taste, which suits my personal needs.  If it suits yours as well, you might figure out from my notes how to make something similar for yourself.

This pattern might not be perfect first go.  It wasn’t for me.  I would suggest you make your first pair of dungarees from cheap fabric, try it on, and then make adjustments to the pattern where needed.  That’s what I did, and I now have a pattern which is perfect for me which I can use over and over again.

Lastly, there are A LOT of photos in this post.  On a dialup connection, you might well have huge trouble downloading it.  Sorry about that, but it’s just one of those things.

So, on to the pattern and instructions:

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Dungarees: I has them!

If you’re looking for directions on how to draw a dungarees pattern and sew your own, go here.

Back in South Africa, I lived my life in denim dungarees.  I had long ones for winter, and short ones for summer.  I wore them so regularly that I remember how weird it would feel to have pressure on my waist when I wore normal trousers.  Dungarees are obviously held up by the shoulder straps, and I wore them so much that anything else was strange.

They were too heavy to pack for Ireland, so I gave them all away.  “New country,” I thought, “new dress style.”  That was five years ago, and I’ve been struggling with clothes ever since.

Nothing felt right.  I kept buying this, and trying that, and not feeling really comfortable and natural in anything.  Recently I’ve started wearing the odd skirt and a few dresses again.  Yes, it’s been nice, it feels feminine and flirty to don a shortish skirt and stockings.  However, it still felt as if I was wearing someone else’s clothes.

I realised at a stage that I missed my dungarees, realised what a big mistake I’d made to leave them behind.  I started looking for dungarees here, but no luck.  I could have ordered them online, but with me sometimes wearing a 12, sometimes a 14, I was wary of doing so.  The other thing is that I believe fashion has veered toward tighter fitting clothes.  Even if I checked exact measurements for hips, chest etc. and ordered accordingly, my idea of a comfortable fit might be nothing like someone else’s.

Yesterday, all my problems were solved.  I got a sewing machine.  His name is Harold, and he’s gay*.

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