How I ended up dressmaking

You will now be surprise that in an address of cityediblegarden.com and now you got a a dressmaking blog?! I am still new to blogging I am into nearly a month of blogging. How time flies!! I am still navigating on wordpress.com to design my blog into a style I like. Stuff like have your own domain name, html, code is all completely new jargon to me.  I started with two blogging sites but never launch the other one as it took me awhile to write about just about gardening. I am still finding what topics I like to blog on so no changes for the moment …

Making has always been my first love ever since I was a child as something I always wanted to do. When I was young I love watching my mum cook and make clothes for all of us in the family. I did get an offer to do a degree in textile design but didn’t take it up. I was in my 30’s had a mortgage, nice job, love my travels just wasn’t right to be a full time student again. So in between gardening, I do love making all sorts of things mainly clothes. I must admit some clothes I made in the past have landed in charity shops as after making them I have never worn them again. Just didn’t like it at all. It had a deep V neck cut that doesn’t suit me at all. And guess what? I was walking past that charity shop and it was on the display window?!!  lol!! I guess what is ones rubbish is another one treasure.

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Another dress I made

I love nice fabrics after all I believe if you are going to spend all that time making. It makes it even more worthwhile making it.As it is most likely a dress that will stay in your wardrobe for years. Don’t get me wrong I have started dressmaking in my early years using cheap fabric as well. I use to make them for sleepwear. Nowadays there are shops like Primark https://www.primark.com/en/homepage here that you get a dress that cost just £5 on sale. Great for using them for daily casual wear. But it’s most likely made out of polyester fabric or one might find a dress that is just a bit too short in my circumstances or in my age showing off my varicose veins. I still love to shop in Primark though when I am in the moment when I just to shop lots and not having to pay a lot for it.

I am fortunate enough to be able to source the fabrics from places where high end fabrics are sold.There is Valli tessuti in Bologna where I bought some lovely digital printed fabrics. Here is their website http://vallitessuti.com/?lang=en

At about nearly 8 years ago a print to make a dress cost about 180 euros. A genuine versace dress print in collaboration with illustrator Julie Verhoeven. Not a classic print but that what makes it so special. Here is a link a very similar fabric https://www.exquisitefinds.com/collections/clothing-shoes-accessories-womens-clothing-dresses/products/new-versace-julie-verhoeven-print-long-dress-gown-38  Retail at $5995?!! I couldn’t find the same fabric here in London at the high end fabric shops at that time. I still hardly wear this dress only on special occasions as the lovely luxurious feel of fabric just demands for it to be worn on a special occasion. It just shows that from home sewing one can actually make it into something that looks very nice and professionally make.

For cheaper option there is silk factory outlets in Guanzate near Lake Como. There is now online shop but I have not bought anything from there yet. It needs signing up in order to view the prices and buying from them. http://www.carnet.it/en/

The dress patterns are from burda monthly magazines http://www.burdastyle.co.uk/category/burdastyle-magazines in which I have adapted fit the pattern into the fabrics layout.

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The Dress that I made and didn’t like, gave it to charity shop and got displayed there?!! lol!!

 

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