First ever attempt at dressmaking

A few weeks ago, ok let’s be honest here we’re talking months, my mum bought “Allemaal rokjes” by Madame ZsaZsa as a little gift for both me and Annelies. For those of you that haven’t heard of this one yet, it’s a little gem full of skirts to make for yourself, your friends, or some of the little lovely ladies in your life. I love the art direction of the book, it’s fun and colourful and makes you want to dive straight in and get going on that first project.

Which is exactly what I did, even though it took my a few months! The delay was mostly due to choosing a fabric to be honest. Crafting fabric is pretty straight forward if you consider it: quilting weight cottons, home dec weight cottons and felt are basically all you need for a huge variety of projects, but when it came to dressmaking I was a bit lost. In the end I decided there’s a limit to the amount of new techniques I can successfully handle in any project without messing up completely, so considering this was my first attempt at dressmaking I decided to stick with quilting cotton.

The next challenge was choosing a print: I didn’t want to make the same mistake as when I made myself a bag, and chose a busy print, which clashes with about every piece of clothing I own resulting in the bag never getting used. In the end I went for Lucie Summers – Summersville – Check Weave in Black : which shouldn’t be too difficult to match with some of the tops I have, while it’s still a fun print.

Now with fabric sorted the only thing left was too make it. All in all it went quite well, the pattern was very clear, instructions relatively easy to follow and except for a few hickups (zipper way too short resulting in me having to put on the skirt over my head for example), I think the end result is pretty good:

Just a few things I’d change next time: maybe try a different type of fabric: the fabric I used  seems to crease really easily, so the back of my skirt will look all crumpled when I’ve been sitting down. I think I need to go a bit bolder on the print, maybe not a busy pattern, but a bright colour would definetly be a good idea. Madame Zsazsa’s book is full of great fabrics, she writes on her blog that she gets some of those in the Netherlands, on markets ( So might have to give that a try!

In any case, I think this was a success, thanks Mme Zsazsa!

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