Before Crab&Bee, which was born in February of 2011, I blogged here. It was a quiet little blog, but I was writing there when I started getting serious about making my own clothes. I’m sharing my pre-Crab&Bee creations in a few posts, as well as a bit of my sewing history.
*I’m glossing over a lot of scary experiences – not going to the doctor when I smashed my finger in a closet door because I only had catastrophic insurance! – and a lot of great ones – staying up until 3am every night because I could! – for the sake of focusing this post on sewing.
Anyway, the first year with my Bernina involved a lot of thrifted sheets (which I still love for fabric) and a lot of awkward projects. But I kept at it, and by 2010, I started making things I felt like sharing, some of which you may have seen glimpses of during the me-made months or on burdastyle.
This is one such project, from the fall 2010. I used Butterick 5418, in spite of the very mixed reviews it got. It was my first experience with knit fabric and a huge struggle. This is the project that brought home the need to look at the finished size measurements; the dress was gigantic, and I scrambled to size it down after I’d finished most of the bodice! Even though I liked it well enough at the time, I can tell the bodice is just too big.
During the entirety of 2010, I was in a HUGE Simplicity Cynthia Rowley phase. I struggled through all those boxy woven tanks, desperately hoping they’d be the floaty, simple garments I dreamed of (they were not). I finally hit my stride with the dresses. I tried this pattern as a possible wedding dress base before realizing that the unstructured bust area was not the bridal look I was seeking. Nonetheless, I liked the pattern enough to make this linen version (from thrifted curtains!) It’s a little difficult to find the right occasion to wear this – it’s low in the front and the ruffles fit strangely under most cardigans – but it’s very cute and I’m keeping it around.
Thanks for taking this trip back in time with me! Do you find any value looking back on your older creations? I’m feeling so much appreciation for my past self who kept on sewing through challenges!