After having traced and graded a couple of patterns, I'm now finally starting to sew one of them together. I'm using fabric that I bought a while ago but that isn't really something that I would necessarily wear. It's one of those "what was I thinking?" purchases, and yes, I make them both in clothes and in fabric. At least when I buy crappy fabric I can use it for something like test garments; when I buy bad clothes there's no hope for them for me :)
Anyways, I really like the pattern for the dress that I'm making and I hope that I don't have to make too many (read: any) alterations to it. This pattern is a little different than previous ones and is introducing me to new techniques: in particular, the collar extends from the front piece, joins at center back, and then is joined to the neck. It makes a nice looking collar but I've never made one like this before. This dress also has buttons down center front to the hip and below that is a pleat; I've never done this before, either. Hopefully it'll all look good when it's done.
I also just ordered this blue yarn-dyed cotton gingham on sale ; I don't know what I'm going to make with it, but checks were used a LOT in the fifties and would look good made up as many of the dresses I'm making. And blue is a good colour for me. And it was cheap; this seller has more gingham in navy and red, and she's got lots of fabric in stock.