Today I finally got around to crafting using my newly acquired stash 🙂
I’ve been thinking of how to create my wavy edge dress and whether or not to just ‘go for it’ or ‘go for it with a different fabric, then modify’ etc etc. But when I saw this tutorial I thought I’d give it a try.
It seemed very complicated and I had to redo a few measurements but I came up with a ‘toile’ for a bodice and then made it so that it was extending down to my hips. 

It ended up being a little bit big around the waist and the arms didn’t feel right, so I modified a bit, nipped in here and altered a line there. Cut the next attempt to include a 12 inch A-line skirt and… voila!

Ok, this fits perfectly if I wasn’t trying to suck my tummy in for a nice photo to send to the boyfriend in Afghanistan!! And the colour is horrible hence why I used it for ‘experimenting’ 🙂 I might dye it a dark colour then I can actually wear this!
Now that I have the basic design blocks that fit me, I can tweak and adjust for various designs – I can add sleeves, change the shoulders, the neckline, the skirt flare and length and the way its cut to fit together – lots of possibilities! For my wavy edge dress (which now, I’m considering making a straight edge but trimmed with lines of ribbon) I think I’ll narrow the shoulders a tad and make a more open neckline but leaving the rest as it is 🙂

Kim Debling is a Hampshire, UK based designer and Director of her own company Kestrel Design Ltd. She is mum to Rose and Harvey and wife to her best friend Steve.  She’s fighting off Stage 4 Lymphoma and sharing her story along the way, mainly via YouTube. Kim is passionate about being happy, mental wellbeing and in particular art and creative pursuits as therapy during tough times. She teaches online at Udemy, has published books and has art and printables available for sale.

Dressmaking Basic Block was last modified: April 30th, 2015 by Kim Debling