Hi! I have actually finished my vintage top! Yayy! But until I have some nice photos, you’ll have to wait for the post all about that.  In the meantime, I’m A Little Puzzled . . .

Have you seen the fabric kits you can buy from places like Craftsy?  (I’m sure I’ve seen them on other websites as well, but I just can’t seem to find any of them right now.)

Wrap dress on CraftsyFor example, here’s a dress that I might consider making but I really don’t like the fabric they’ve chosen for the kit.  OK, this one has a choice of two fabrics, but it still puzzles me and makes me a little mad! Why? I hear you ask.

Firstly, why would I go to all the trouble of making something and then find that someone else has made the exact same thing?  I may as well just buy a dress from a shop, after all, one of the reasons I love making my own clothes is that they are always totally unique.

two women one dress


Next, surely choosing which fabric you’re going to make up into a dress/top/bag/whatever is part of the fun of making something yourself?  I love finding the perfect fabric in a shop for that pattern I’ve been wanting to make.  Or even finding some fabric in my stash which I bought years ago because I loved it but never knew what I’d make from it, and realising I now have just the right pattern to bring it to life – this is what happened with my vintage top.

Hmmm, which fabric will work with which pattern . . .

Hmmm, which fabric will work with which pattern . . .

For me, sewing is a creative endeavour and these kits just take the creativity right out of it.

no creativity

Maybe they are aimed at the beginner who isn’t very sure what they’re doing and might make a garment out of a totally inappropriate fabric.  Ok, I’ve done that and sometimes it’s worked but when it hasn’t, I’ve learnt from it.

Ok, so I'm being a little silly now - but actually I'm a bit intrigued by this dress!

Ok, so I’m being a little silly now – but actually I’m a bit intrigued by this dress!

I just don’t see the point in these everything-included-to-make-your-dress kits.

Has anyone who reads this bought one?  What was it like?

I feel a little better now after having a little rant.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Craftsy, I’m one of their biggest fans, I just don’t get the kits.  And if they sell, then that’s fine, obviously they have an appeal to some people. . . I just hope one day those people will get a little more creative! 😉

And just before I leave you, here’s a little peak at a couple of recent vintage pattern acquisitions:

Butterick 8088

Butterick 8088

Butterick 8088; ca. 1957; Dutch-Boy Styled Dress and Jacket. A slim dress and waist length jacket – a combination that’s smart anywhere. The below-elbow sleeved jacket has a low placed collar, magnet shaped shoulder detail. The short sleeved dress is curved with tucks at the hips.


Butterick 7480

Butterick 7480

Butterick 7480; 1950s; Wing-Sleeved Dress: Slim Skirt. Pert, stand-up collar, bodice smartly detailed with stitched, curving lines, deep wing sleeves. Slim skirt has full-length pleat in back.

These both have slightly unusual styling features which I think are quite interesting.

Cheerio for now, 😀