One of the highlights of the Craftcation conference was hands down the dress making class I took from Christine Haynes.
The class lasted over the course of two days (3 hours each day). We started with three yards of fabric, and ended up with these awesomeeeeee dresses.
We started by cutting out the fabric from Christine’s patterns (coming out in her book this fall). Once all the pieces were cut, we spent the first day sewing the big pieces together.
By the end of the first session, the pieces already looked like a real dress:
Day 2 was all about the detail stitching. We added the cuffs at the end of the sleeves, and we learned how to do some gathering (magical).
We finished the neck with binding (the hardest part) and then we hemmed the bottom edge.
And just like that. . . we had real dresses:
Voila! Not bad, right?!
It was one of the best sewing/crafting classes I’ve ever taken. It was an equally challenging and doable project, and I learned several new sewing techniques.
Christine is an incredibly talented and supportive (and hilarious) teacher, and it was a pure joy and excitement to learn from her. I can’t wait to take more of her classes! If you’re in the LA area, check out her local classes. She also has an awesome blog and books and patterns for sale.
Have you ever made your own dress or clothing? I think I’m hooked! I bought these patterns to try out next.