DIARY OF A NOVICE SEWIST: Wattlebird Dress
I AM BACK!
I know I know, it took some time for me to get back behind the sewing machine. A lot has been changing too fast and too slow at the same time – and the combination of those things made me very stressed.
So I started knitting again which helped me a lot in coping with the situation. And a few sweaters, hats and slipovers later, spring finally arrived in Vienna. And with the first rays of sunlight I felt this tickling feeling in my fingers again. And all of a sudden I had thousands of ideas and started working on moodboards again. Jackets, patchwork, simple dresses, kids wear, bucket hats, …
I wanted to make a slipover dress that I could wear over a t-shirt in the summer or with a sweater in spring. Super simple, a light color, nothing too fancy. Just an easy-going comfort dress. And so the search for the perfect pattern began.
To be honest – it took some time for me to realise that I already had the perfect pattern in my collection. The Wattlebird Dress by Common Stitches is a really easy dress – no big darts or crazy closing techniques – just a nice everyday dress. I made my first Wattlebird Dress back when I started sewing my own clothes 1,5 years ago, so I thought “why not start the dress season again – with the same dress from the first time?”. So here I am – same dress, different person!
Ok – pattern: check.
Next: THE COLOR
I don’t know which ones of you have read my other entries, but in one of my first blog entries I confessed my love for the color ultramarine (which I still love by the way – and I promise you, we will see the return of ultramarine soon), but nowadays my heart beats for lilac. Sweater for my son? Lilac. Tulips? Lilac. Those 90s/00s mum hair clips my son calls BeißBeiß (engl. BiteBite) because they look like teeth? Lilac. I just love it – everything looks better in lilac! It’s the perfect balance between cold blue and warm red in a light and soft version. And you know what’s cold and warm aswell? Right – SPRING!
The only thing I would change next time – I used one of the lightweight fabrics (in SILVER LILAC) but would recommend one of the Midweights (for example Iris) more, as my dress is a bit transparent. I don’t really have a problem with that, but not everyone is comfortable with wearing a see-through dress.
So enjoy spring with its sun and new flowers and soak up all the fresh new energy!
PS: I love sewing kids wear – would you be interested in some kids wear pattern recommendations?
PPS: Behind the (analog) camera – the one and only Sophie Nawratil!
Good morning from California! Thanks for the read 🙂 I would love some patterns for kids that are a bit more size inclusive. My 6.5 yr old is at the very last size in kids patterns. He still has the stature of a little boy. Just has a protruding belly and I’d love for him to feel confident that he looks good in what he is wearing 🙂 thank you!
Greetings from rural New York,
Thank you for your lovely articles. I always find inspiration in them. In regards to your P.S. I would love recommendations on sewing patterns for kids. We have a 4 year old son and a 7 week old daughter, and I am itching to try my hand at clothing for the first time.
Good morning from Texas. You are aware faster than I about the different weights of this wonderful linen. I agree with you that the 3 or 4 ounce are better for blouses or glass drying towels. In turn the 7-9 ounce is better for pants, skirts and daily bath or dish towels. The 5-6 ounce work well for dresses, kids hooded towels and most anything else. I get so caught up in the wonderful colors I forget to check the weight until recently. The projects have turned fine but they will last longer if I pay attention better and use the appropriate weight for that project.
I’m hoping that one of my next projects is going to be a rag rug with these scraps from my many projects. It’s hard to throw out even the scraps I like this linen so much.
Keep sewing Sophie. You are on a wonderful adventure of discovery. Sewing one of my most enjoyable pastimes.
Good morning from the USA. I thoroughly enjoy your articles so thank you. The Wattlebird dress is the style I am hoping to make for summer days. Also, I would love some suggestions for children’s patterns…especially infant/toddler boys. Thank you again for the fun posts…enjoy your day!