So here is what I got completely distracted obsessed with in New York City. I went to Kinokunya Bookstore, a Japanese bookstore with about 3 floors of books including a huge craft/sewing section. I was in heaven! Although...I am certain HEAVEN has plenty of books in english. The first book I picked out was this one. I originally picked up the book for styling ideas for my drawings but after I studied it a bit more thoroughly I lost my mind decided that the patterns where pretty straight forward and that I might attempt one of these dresses myself. Well, my "one of these" turned into more...because when I returned from Mood fabrics I had fabric for 5 dresses to try to stuff into my small suitcase. I felt like I was stepping back in time. These are the type of dresses that my mother and I used to make. They are not complicated but you really need the right fabric for the right drape so you don't look like you are wearing a housecoat. You can see by the directions there are not a whole lot of pieces to cut out. Actually, cutting the pattern out might prove to be the trickiest part. I found a great blog post with tips here. I basically have to trace them onto pattern paper and add seam allowance and all the pattern lines overlap. I can't have any distraction during that process.
One of the reasons that I just jumped in with my eyes closed committed to the idea of making a couple of these dresses was that I was in NY and at Mood they actually has a HUGE amount of garment sewing fabric. As I wait for the strike offs for my new quilting weight fabric to arrive, I can try my hand at these. I DID look through a couple of other books and got THE CUTEST idea for a project for my Now We're Goin' Places collection.
So am I crazy? Let's take a vote. For the record, my mother does not think so...I did have a moment of panic where I called her and told her that Luke and I were coming for a 2 week visit when school was out so I could camp out in her completely outfitted sewing room to brush up my skills. When I told her I wanted to come out, She asked..."So I can sew for you?" And like a child trying to tie their shoe I replied, "NO! I want to do this myself!" but just having her near will make feel better.
I do have this etsy shop listed as one of my favorites...they sell a lot of books like this. I actually found the book I bought and it only had a $1 mark up but they are shipped from from overseas so the shipping is high BUT oh what fun.....!