I’ve really been inspired by my Built by Wendy: Dresses book. It’s changed the way I think about making clothes…for the better. Before, every pattern or design always seemed so daunting. I couldn’t see that most of the pieces I was making all started from one basic pattern with small adjustments made to change the overall look.
So, with my new outlook on clothes, I’m much more open to trying things on my own without a pattern…or with a pattern, just not all the confusing steps. I’ve been looking for another way to test my skills when I stumbled upon a great series thought up by iCandy Handmade.
She got together a few of her favorite kiddie clothes bloggers to do a Basic Bodice Design Series. It’s brills. Every blogger starts with a basic bodice and makes minor changes to the pattern to create a whole new look. Amazingly, each of the pieces ends up looking so different. But, like I said…kids clothes. Wah.
But, I remembered a great shirt pattern I bought (at Wal-mart of all places) that was simple and fit great on the first try. It was one of the first things I’ve ever made. And, I thought, why couldn’t I use my bodice piece with the Basic Bodice Design Series tutorials to make the pieces to fit me?
There’s 11 different variations covered in the series and I can’t wait to get started. Stay tuned for pics and updates. I haven’t had the best track record with online tutorials, but I’ll hopefully be able to decipher what to do.
First up, this adorable On The Bias Striped Bias Dress!