Tammy Handmade Rhea Dress & My First Sewing Vlog

Hello everyone, its been quite the week so far and its only Tuesday! I launched my sewing YouTube channel, So What If I Sew on Sunday and I’ve already nearly got 100 followers. Thank you so much to everyone who has followed me so far, if you haven’t, go check out my channel, my intro video is below. Also you might have noticed but the blog has had a major makeover, I have been doing a lot of web design at work and I decided to put my new skills to the test with the blog. So a very busy weekend all round.

Two weeks ago I made my very first garment on my gorgeous new machine and it was fantastic fun. In fact that is what prompted me to start the YouTube Channel, I started to make the Rhea Dress from Tammy Handmade and I was trying to think about how I would write the blog for such a big project and then I realised that I could just talk about it to camera. I was very nervous so I asked on Instagram if people would be interested in a Sew-A-Long and the response was overwhelmingly positive.

It was quite an experience having never vlogged before but I actually really enjoyed it. It was exciting to share the process of creating a garment on my machine and I feel comfortable on camera, It’s like I can just have a chat with you all about what I’m making while I’m doing it. You can follow my highs and lows, see me talk about techniques I’m using and follow an honest and realistic journey as I make my garment. Like what you’re hearing? Then go ahead and subscribe to my YouTube! Below you will find my vlog and first ever sew-a-long for the Rhea Dress and this post will be mostly notes on the process of making it.

On to the dress itself. The Rhea Dress is a gorgeous tiered midi dress with straps. The construction is simple and elegant and its deceptively easy, suitable for beginners. I received the pattern after a friend who I tagged in an instagram giveaway received it instead and passed it on to me. I bought a stunning remnant from Sew Sew Sew online, I needed 2.5m of fabric for this dress and I managed to find a stunning blue viscose remnant in a firework pattern that just happened to be 2.74m long! I wasn’t especially concerned about the pattern itself but I was nervous about the gathers because prior to this video I had never done them. If you are nervous about gathering then this dress is a fantastic project! Not only is it a simple introduction to gathering but by the time you’ve finished you’ve done so much gathering that you’ll never be nervous about it again.

Good Points On The Pattern?

  • The pattern has a very flattering shape, I was doubtful as to whether it would suit me but i felt so graceful and elegant swishing around in this dress. It doesn’t cling but the drape still gives a nice silhouette.
  • It’s a quick and easy sew. I spread mine across two days and as I was filming it took longer because I talked through each stage. It is a simple sew in terms of technique. The gathering takes time because of the sheer volume of the skirt but you could probably do it in a day if you’re experienced.

Things to be aware of

  • The pattern is very loose by design, its got that boho, loose fitting, flowing silhouette but that does mean that you may need to size down. I definitely needed to make adjustments as you will see in the video but I’m glad i made a 10 and then adjusted it to my frame.
  • The straps are quite long and very hard to adjust once you’ve inserted them so I would advise either making a toile of the entire bodice or just measuring your torso beforehand and shorten the straps accordingly.

I had a marvellous time both making the dress and vlogging, in fact I’m recording my next vlog at the moment! I have had such wonderful support from everyone so far in the online sewing community. In the meantime, I’ve got a couple of projects to upload to the blog including one surprise home make so look out for lots of posts coming your way.

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