Only Three Dresses?

This blog was created to keep track of dressses I was making. I hoped to try different looks, cuts, bust darts and so on and eventually find 3 dresses in my closet that I loved. They needed to be comfortable and all in all my go-to dresses. I wanted two to be classics so I wouldn’t have to keep working my butt off to get good fit on a gazillion patterns. The third would be a trendy dress and basically this third dress would change from season to season.

But, really, I wanted ONLY three dresses? Oh, beginner Leila and your achievable goals.

Everyone swears by different pattern companies and when I started this blog I had no idea there would be so many.

I’ve tried the Big Four, or ButtMcVogue as Carolyn at Diary of a Sewing Fanatic calls them. Say it, use it. It’s hilarious. I’ve also tried a couple of indie pattern makers but I’m still on the hunt for three patterns.

Little did I know, what I was setting out to do was become a pattern repeater. Funny that it took a sewing dare to make that clear.

So, here I am. I’ve made two three (the third Tira needs photographing) of the exact same dress pattern and I want to make more.

Dare I say that the Tiramisu knit dress is the first of my three dresses? You all know that I work for Cake Patterns, right? I’m the current distributor for the Northern Hemisphere. If you’ve bought one of their patterns, and you’re in the N.H., it’s come from me. I don’t think this is the reason why I love this dress.

The real reason is the fit. I’ve been on the hunt for great fit for two years. Diligently, too. I’ve learned how to do full bust adjustments (FBAs) and that I can cut corners with a larger front and smaller back and still achieve great fit. The thing with this Tiramisu dress is it’s also blank slate dress. I can see how changing up the fabric can give me a completely different look. It’s open to interpretation. There are some rules, like use knits, but other than that, you can make it what you want. I like that.

Am I really only searching for two more dress patterns I love to make and wear for this project? What will happen when I’ve found two more dresses I can re-make to my hearts content? Will this blog disappear?

Also, what are your favorite pattern companies? Have you found one to be loyal to or maybe you’re on the same hunt I’m on?

And, yes, I have a thing for the number 3.

silk cotton tira2

17 thoughts on “Only Three Dresses?

  1. sewbusylizzy says:

    I think you are too creatively driven to be satisfied after finding three dresses 🙂
    I started sewing as it put me back on a creative path and provided me with challenges.
    I had no idea when I started there were so many indie pattern companies! I live trying them and also how many of them are niche and fulfil a particular need rather than trying to be all things to all people.
    It’s well documented I’m a Sewaholic. I love the fit & simplicity of MariaDenmark (I’ve made several of her patterns numerous times). I’m also a fan of Vogue, I find their patterns fit well & have good instructions.
    Great post.

    • Leila says:

      That’s what’s so cute about me 2 years ago. I seriously love checking things off and so my goals tend to be very reachable, like cookie jar reachable- just a bit out of reach but you just have to step on a stool sort of thing. Oh, the metaphors! oh!

      I want to try the Sewaholic patterns one of these days. And I love my MariaDenmark day to night top I made.

  2. Kat says:

    Great post. I love hearing how my blogging friends got their start and what their motivations were/are and especially how we evolve! I’ve gotta say that probably 1/10 patterns I make I LOVE (I mean really love) an will make again. But, that’s normal I think…they can’t all be stellar winners and that’s ok. It just hones us in on what we really like and provides us with endless hours of sewing pleasure and play. Sounds good to me!!!

    • Leila says:

      That’s a good point. Not all can be stellar winners. Very true. I feel like going thru my closet and seeing what I’ve got, how many dresses I’ve made and kept. But really, fitting was such a thing when I started and a lot of the dresses I made I just didn’t know how to fit. I feel like going back and tackling those patterns again. Some are really, really cute.

  3. Brooke says:

    I’m glad I found your blog before you found one of your 3 dresses (and I had a feeling one would be the Tira dress when I saw your navy one) because it’s fun to watch your journey! I always thought once you found your 3, your blog wouldn’t go away – just evolve into something like “Three Dresses…and Beyond!” hehe. Can’t wait to see the full pics of your newest version of the Tiramisu!

    I suppose I have a handful of patterns I use over and over, but I am easily bored, so I’m always trying something new. And I’m not sure that there is such a thing as a “perfect” pattern or pattern company unless you hand-draft everything yourself. I have been doing a sizing/grading experiment recently, which you will probably find interesting when I get to posting about it. =)

    • Leila says:

      thanks! Yeah, I’m easily bored with patterns, too. That’s why the Tira pattern sort of shocks me. I’ve never even given a pattern a second thought after either it was finished or I threw in the muslin. I’m getting an idea to go back to the really ill-fitting ones and make another go.

  4. sewexhausted says:

    I like that- “Three Dresses…and Beyond!” Leila I know you will go way beyond three dresses and have a closet full of beautiful, wonderful fitting, dresses. And it will be great watching each and every one of those dresses come to fruition! 🙂

  5. laurahoj says:

    The best thing about we humans is that we are always changing. If we make a mistake, we just change things. If we get tired of something, we just change it up. So if your blog started with the intent of finding three dresses but you change your thoughts on that, you can just change it. Of course, you can always have the name three dresses because that’s how it all began. Right?

  6. geebeew says:

    I can’t even tell you how thrilled I am that a little sewing dare helped you discover a new way to look at sewing! I think it’s one of the most wonderful things about the sewing community that we are constantly involved in the back and forth of inspiring/supporting/challenging/teaching/learning! It’s always a reciprocal process! You’ve certainly been an inspiration and a support to me, and we;ve only been twitter friends for less than a month! 🙂

    I love all three versions of your Tiramisu – They make me wish I had a killer hourglass figure too!

    So… now that one #sewingdare is done, are you ready for another?

    • Leila says:

      Goes to show you that words, even typed, can be very powerful. I’m so glad we’ve become twitter friends. I need to be dared to finish my victorian costume for the ball at the beginning of Feb. Ack!

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