Carrying on the search for sustainably sourced clothes that cater to all bodies, I found myself in the market for a corduroy pinafore dress. My previous cord pini (RIP) not only got tighter but also began to shrink, riding up further towards my bum with every wear. I’d exhausted Depop, charity shops and sustainable fashion brands but everything was coming up short (literally). Then my mum offered to help me make one.
This seemed like a pretty good idea as making your own clothes gets rid of cheap labour costs, supports small businesses and also contributes to slow fashion because it takes time to make good quality garments. I just had to get past previous experiences of trying to make garments.
One of the subjects I studied at A Level was Textiles, and although I was pretty good at the designing part, in fact, I loved it, when it came to actually making what I had magicked up in my head, well, putting a bin bag on would have looked better! However, I quickly found reason not to let my past disasters with sewing machines stop me from giving it another go:
- I am no longer juggling A level textiles with A Level Art. I still don’t know what I was thinking taking on two of the most time consuming subjects, especially when all I had sewn prior to starting the courses were slightly wonky pillow cases.
- This time around I had a lot more than stressed out teachers and an off kilter mannequin for guidance. Goes without saying that this included my brilliant mum, but I also had the lovely Sarah from Like Sew Amazing who helped me pick out a bright mustard cord with a hot lemon interfacing. Not only this but actually having a pattern with a step by step guide to work from this time around made life a heck of a lot easier.
- I am a lot more patient than I used to be and it only took a global pandemic to get me there!
Don’t worry, I’m not about to give you a blow by blow of how I made the dress – i’ll leave that one to the sewing bees who have more than one garment under their belts (including my incredibly talented friend, Petra, who has also has her own blog)! But, aside from a few messy seams and a bit of tailoring to stop the dress looking more like something a clown would wear, I’m pretty darn proud of my creation.
Not only do I now have a fabulous corduroy pinafore dress that I made (see above), I got to spend quality time with my mum. If it hadn’t been for our fellow friend, COVID-19, I doubt the idea of making clothes together would have even come to fruition. So, thanks mum, I really loved the days we’ve spent together over the last few weeks, using fabric, needle and thread to distract each other from the chaos going on in the world.