I used to sew when I was a kid. I took classes at a local arts & crafts store called Piecemakers, and I ended up with a few dresses, vests and pants. You know, the usual stuff. Then I stopped sewing for about 20 years and picked it up only last fall when I had a month off between jobs and nothing to do. Halloween was coming up, and I wanted to wear a renaissance or medieval style dress, but I didn’t want to spend hundreds of dollars. So I decided on a whim to make one. I bought McCall’s 6376 because it seemed to be on the simpler side. It took nearly a week of sewing 3-4 hours a day, because I had no clue what I was doing, and the neckline lace took nearly 2 hours of hand sewing.
Even though it turned out gorgeously, I swore I’d never do it again…until last week, when I decided to go to the LA Renaissance Fair and didn’t feel like wearing my Halloween costume because it seemed too nice to wear to a dusty fair. So I made a skirt (Butterick 5757) and bodice (Butterick 4669) out of linen blend fabric instead. You can read about that one here.