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Sewing without a pattern (help!)

AmeteurSeamstress | Posted in General Sewing Info on

I’m an amateur seamstress, and I just wondered how hard this dress/shirt from the movie ‘Pride and Prejudice’ would be to re-create. So… My question is; On a scale of 1-10, how hard do you think this would be? Any help would be VERY much appreciated! Thanks!


  1. starzoe | | #1

    From your posting I assume you have not sewn much, with or without would suggest that you not try to accomplish this without a pattern at least. A shirt is a complicated item for non-sewers and so is that dress. You may be able to find a pattern for the shirt and perhaps one close enough for the dress if you want to take on the challenge.

  2. stillsuesew | | #2

    I agree shirts can be tricky with collar and cuffs and buttons down the front. I did costuming for years and I would think that you could find a used white cotton shirt that would give you much the same look - a little oversized, roll up the sleeves....

  3. decoratrice | | #3

    Congratulations! You have the spirit it takes to be a good sewer, although maybe not the experience. I think the Poet's Shirt from Folkwear patterns might be what is shown; it would certainly fit the period. It's easy to make and comfy to wear. If you've never sewn a shirt before, this will give quick gratification. Then you can venture into more complex patterns. If you want to make a particular garment, decide what the most complicated feature is and get a commercial pattern with that feature, and go from there. It does take a certain amount of experience, but you can tap into that on this forum. Go for it!

    1. AmeteurSeamstress | | #4

      Thank you! I will definitely look for that pattern. Thank you for the kind words, encouragement and help!

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