I’ve decided I’d like to sew a dress. I had initially planned on making a Colette laurel, because it’s similar to the Marimekko dress I was eyeing up and needed to test out the shape for, and also because Ive been seeing everyone’s versions around the blogs. However, I wouldn’t be able to wear that until after I’ve stopped breastfeeding, and I’ve pretty much decided to keep going with that for as long as possible before I go back to work in October, and I want a dress I can wear as soon as it’s finished. I haven’t been able to turn up much in the way of suitable dresses that are also beginner level. Really the best dresses are jersey wrap style ones, but I’m not deluded enough to think I can sew with knit fabrics and it look at all of wearable quality.
So the closest I’ve found is this little beauty, Sureau by Deer and Doe. Sureau means Elder (as in berry or flower), which I learnt in Brussels cos that was one of flavours of Bionade they had there. It looks like if I undo all the buttons it should be ok. I haven’t quite committed to buying it yet though, so if anyone has a better suggestion, tell me now!
But my main question for any sewist readers is: What is the best paper for tracing patterns? From what I’ve found out so far I’m considering tissue paper (pieces are too small so would have to stick together and rips easily), architectural tracing paper (has the advantage of being available in up to A0 size, but too tick to be able to pin to fabric) and newsprint (no idea where I would get that from). Advice please!