Recently, I tried experimenting with a craft I haven't explored much in the past: sewing! While this is not the first time I've sewn a dress, this time I really felt like I "got" what I was doing. In the past, the sewing machine had intimidated me and always seemed to be going too fast. But now I feel more in control of the machine and the process seemed less scary and more enjoyable. Getting comfortable with a seam ripper certainly helped me feel more relaxed about sewing--I ripped out a lot of seams during this project!
The pattern I used to sew this dress is Lekala 4345. I wasn't happy with how small the sleeves on this pattern are though, so for those I used the cap sleeve from Sew Many Dresses, Sew Little Time, modified using this tutorial for greater arm movement (and then modified again to fit on the fabric I had). Lekala patterns are quite terse, so I was glad my mom knows how to sew and could explain and show me what to do!
My finished dress is not perfect, but I think it turned out quite well, especially since I haven't had much experience. I'm hoping to do some more sewing in the near future!
I'm Sarah Gomez, a 17-year-old Christian knitter, sewist, and aspiring historical costumer.
Find me on Instagram and Ravelry as aLittleBitToKnit.