I love hand-sewing. Ever since I was a child, I've loved plying the needle, imagining myself in another time. It's certainly a slower process to hand-sew a garment than to do one by machine, but in the summer, when the weather is fine, I often take my projects to a local park to work on them. A few years back, I was working on drafting a basic dress pattern, and made a couple versions of it. The pattern is not perfect (the armscye is cut too close in the front, the sleeves I drafted for it never fit right, and I'm not crazy about the neckline), but it's a good example of an early stage of my pattern-drafting. And, despite the fit problems, I always get compliments when I wear the dresses.
I don't have much to say about the construction of this one, as it was so long ago. However, here are some pictures of the hand-sewing:
Quilting, dressmaking, and history plied with the needle...
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