I was going through some old photos the other day and I happened upon this picture of me taken when I was about 21. I remember we were going to a family reunion dinner and I worked on this dress forever. This was the first designer Vogue pattern I ever sewed by myself. I remember getting the front pieces confused and having to cut them out twice. I used some crappy poly charmeuse from JoAnn and I had re-buy it because I made so many mistakes (I didn't make muslins back then). I don't know why I didn't get my mom to help me, maybe I didn't live at home anymore, who remembers those things. I remember asking my boss (I worked at a shop making dance and skate costumes) and I got the best advice I've ever received as far as sewing is concerned. She said, "just try to make it look like the picture on the cover", BRILLIANT!!!! I was so proud of this dress when I finished it. I recently also found the pattern that I used.
Now that I'm a much more experienced sewer, I see so many things wrong with that dress. The shoulders are droopy, the fabric is fug and what's up with that bulge around my midsection? I still love that I felt like a million bucks in it and I loved wearing it. I don't think I wore it too often since I didn't have many places to wear it but still, LOVED IT! After this, I started making most of my clothes and I had a pretty cute wardrobe back in the day. Suffice it to say, I went clubbing a lot and I always had something fabulous to wear and enough money to buy my own drinks, thank you very much!
So my question to you is this: What's the first thing you made for and/or by yourself of which you were really, really proud? What is the item in your sewing past that burned into your soul and gave you that incredible feeling of empowerment?