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The Final Product

In Sewing on September 24, 2012 at 4:18 am

Thank you to all the helped me determine the final design of this dress.  In the end I went for a sleeveless dress with the simple grey trim.  I am in love with this dress and how my little one looks in it.  So much fun.

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Need Your Help, Pease!

In Sewing on September 10, 2012 at 4:54 pm

I keep going back to the simple grey ribbon.  At first I thought it needed something else.  But now, I think I am drawn to the simplicity of the single ribbon.  What do you think?  BTW, totally loving this refashioning project.  Totally what I needed to get out of my sewer’s block funk!

Thanks for your help.  I am looking forward to the feedback and creating a community with my followers.

   

Sewer’s Block…

In Sewing on September 8, 2012 at 6:00 pm

I have been on a downward spiral in regards to sewing for about 2 weeks now.  I can pinpoint the exact beginning of it (which was when laying out the fabric for the first ever dress I would make for myself and realized upon pinning the pattern to it that I did not have enough fabric).  Now I simply have to pull out of it.  The truth is that this dress, which I knew would test my skills, seemed easier than the one I sewed for my niece, but isn’t.  The darts on the darts on the front of the bodice are not quite in the right place.  I had to use my favorite tool, the seam ripper, to take the sleeves off and replace them so that they hit me in the right place.  And that took a week to do simply because at the end of the day, I knew I was too tired to do it well.  I just kept putting it off and putting it off.  See, the only time I really have to sew is at night after the kids go to sleep.  And while I may be surprisingly good at sewing up simple, sturdy and cute clothes for my kiddos, tackling new patterns and trying to force them to fit my body measurements is a whole different thing. Yes, I read about how to grade the pattern to fit different sizes, but I could not figure it out.  This dress has, without a doubt been my toughest challenge yet and I do believe I may need to put it aside for now.  I have a list of items I want to sew for the kids a mile long; amongst the list is a birthday dress and a dress for a wedding for my daughter and 2 shirts and 2 pairs pants for my son for the same wedding and his birthday.  Plus, of course, there is the Project Run and Play sew along.  Way too much.  I am going to have to cut something out.  I’m just not sure what yet.  But I am pretty sure that if I begin with cutting out my dress from the line up that I may be able to get my creative juices flowing again and enjoy sewing again.  The next step will be to find some sewing classes.  The awful truth is that I am hitting a wall, partially due to the fact that I am such a novice.  I have done well on my enthusiasm and creativity.  Now I need a little know-how!  Sewer’s block, be gone.  Thank goodness for a little time to organize myself and my sewing space today.  It will all start there.

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