Apparently sewing is making a comeback. We are snapping up sewing machines by the dozen and a sewing revolution is taking place across Britain.
I used to make my own clothes when I was in sixth form and at university. Mainly because it was cheaper to make them than buy them, but, when cheap far eastern imports started arriving, it was cheaper to buy them than make them, so I stopped.
I've done cross-stitch for fun and I'm currently making daughter a patchwork quilt. I occasionally borrow my mum's sewing machine for little projects such as making curtains for daughter's playhouse:
and I recently used it to make some bunting, but I haven't made clothes for twenty years.
Now, next year there is yet another of one of daughter's
"Please send your daughter in a ******* costume" days
and this time it's Victorians. I thought a quick apron and a mop cap would be pretty easy to do. I studied them at Quarry Bank Mill to see how to make them and was pretty happy, but then daughter threw this in:
"If you go as a servant the teachers pick on you, if you go as a lady they don't, so I want to be a Victorian lady"
I can see her point, so I've been trying to think how I can concoct a Victorian lady's costume. I've spent hours watching Long Susan in Ripper Street:
competely missing the story, to study her clothes, but I was struggling. Then, after watching the Great British Sewing Bee I remembered that I was perfectly capable of following a pattern so a quick trip to Amazon yielded this:
I reckon the one on the bottom right without the ribbon across the bodice, made in a dark fabric and adorned with lace would produce a Victorian lady's dress.
The only trouble is, can I remember how to sew?
Help me, Patrick and May: