Lace debut

I must admit, I just love lace. For me it's a very feminine fabric that can upgrade every make. Back when I started sewing I wanted to make some girly clothes that would fit my body, since the ones from stores usually were poorly made or did not fit at all. As soon as I saw this golden lace I fell in love and imidiately started workig on my first lace project.

I've got all of the supplies as a Christmas gift around 5-6 years ago, specifically for pattern #106 from Burda Magazine 12/2012. I really liked that pattern as soon as I saw it and it was also a chance to have matching skirts with my cousin. I was quite stressed about sewing with lace, cause it was my first time doing it, but most of it went fine. I only needed some help with the waistline. What I really like about the pattern is the fact that I had to insert a zip only to the lining layer. For the lace layers I added few snaps. The only thing I would change is a different shape of the lining - currently it's a basic skirt, but a gathered rectangle or circle would've been better for a 14-year-old.

Unfortunately I don't think I'll be able to wear this skirt anymore. The lining is just too fitted right now and sitting or walking up the stairs is very uncomfortable. I may re-do it, but I'm not sure if I actually want to. It might be one of the first me-made clothes that I've grown out of.


Clothes that didn't survive

Through seven years of sewing I had to say goodbye to some of my makes. Some of them were to small, the others got destroyed, I've lost some of them to. It was always hard, cause I put a lot of heart into every single stitch. But it's something normal and I think that every creative person should look sometimes at those old pieces and see the progress. So I wanted to show you some of my makes that didn't last for long.

The first dress was made for a wedding 3 years ago. Because of the shipping problems I only had one day to finish it. I used pattern #116 from Burda Magazine 3/2015. Sewing was quite nice, despite how stressful the deadline was. Instead of usin the original pattern I made a pleated skirt. There was an invisible zipper on the left side (that wasn't so invisible to be honest). Unfortunately I broke it while sewing it in. When I was trying to repair it I accidentally cut the dress and there was no way to fix it. It's currently waiting to become a skirt.

Another wedding dress was made a month later. I wanted something elegant and simple, yet with a twist. I decided to modify pattern #122 from Burda Magazine 11/2012. Sewing was tricky, because I wasn't sure if what I was doing will work. It did and I was really happy with a result. I thought that it might look better if it will be more fitted. The ripping killed the dress, it created many holes. I was not able to sew this dress the way I wanted to. I had to say goodbye and hope that I will recreate it one day.

One of the easiest things to make - a gathered skirt. It was a really fun project - I also made another skirt using the wrong, blue and white side of this fabric. I had some problems with the waistband. I wasn't sure how to do it properly, which resulted in some problems with the zipper. I clearly have no luck with them. I had to rip everything, still waiting to sew it the way I should. Fun fact: the zip broke when I was doing those photos with my friend and I was stuck in the skirt.

How many makes of yours got destroyed through the years? Do you fix them or reuse them for something new?