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Lovely to see you again!

8 Apr

DSC_0124Hello Again!!

Geeze-o-peeze, it’s been so long since I’ve last posted! I definitely did not make my goal of a dress a month, but I haven’t been totally out of the crafting loop. I’ve made a few dresses, a skirt or two, tried and failed at knitting, started crocheting (and am actually doing pretty well), and even landed myself a new job (not quite my dream job, but it’s closer!). Eventually, I will get all of those creations on here, but for now, here is my latest dress.


This little number was supposed to be a different fabric, but I saw this and decided I needed it. That’s how it goes with fabric sometimes; when you see it, you know. Anyways, I decided to use the Burda Style 7494 pattern. It started off quick and easy until I got to the end. I had so much trouble getting the right fit for this pattern! It took me a couple of weeks to get it right. I had to take in every seam in the bodice to get the top right, but that wasn’t the half of it. I had to add darts to keep the back by my neck from gaping. The original skirt was cut to be slimmer at the bottom, but that ended up making the top of the skirt look like a giant balloon! You guys, I looked like an apple on a stick! It was pretty awful. To fix it, I had to add a triangle shaped insert on each side and make it into a full skirt.


I also had to shorten the zipper twice (because it would stick out), and I had to replace the pleats with gathers (which I had to then detach and re-do three times to get it right). With all of these issues, I almost gave up and scrapped the whole thing. It took me a week to even look at the thing again! I didn’t let it stop me though. I stuck it out (with more than a few curse words involved in the process), and now it might be one of my best dresses yet! Though, I will probably never make this dress with the original skirt pattern again, I will be getting some more use out of the bodice pattern. It was super quick and easy to put together and when sized right, it fits very nicely.

DSC_0109Look! I even painted my nails to match!

Even with the time it took to get this thing right, I went ahead and took the extra time to make a belt to match, which is a first for me. Another first for me-I actually used interfacing, and I might actually continue to do so as it really helped stabilize the neck line and belt. I might even go as far as suggest that every lazy seamstress like myself, take the time to do it. Seriously, do it.

Anyways, there you have it. The dress that almost wasn’t. I plan to try to add more creations, more often and keep this little blog going. No promises or deadlines, just me doing my best. I think it will work out better this way. To tide you all over until the next post, here is a complimentary silly photo of the boyfriend and me. Enjoy.




Promises, Promises

15 May

So… I’ve really got to step up my game! I have had my dress for April finished for 3 weeks, but it is currently May 15th, and I am just now getting around to posting it. One of these days I will get it together and post when I promise.

With that out of the way, let’s talk about the dress, shall we. I wanted to make a dress with a little bit of old school charm so I used the Simplicity pattern 2692, and make some changes to give it a some pizzazz since the pattern itself was a little plain. Although, the fabric is so fabulous that it would be impossible to be boring.

I made two changes to the pattern, one intentional and one not so intentional. For the intentional change, I added a front panel, which was pleated at the top and cut to curve and allow the main panel to peak out.

For the not so intentional change, I switched the sleeves from full sleeves to bands, mostly because I messed the sleeves up. It worked out in my favor though, because it looks quite a bit better this way. The band sleeves give it a much nicer vintage feel, which is what I was looking for anyways.

Oh yeah…I also added white piping to the waist band, which looks great, but made putting in the zipper and matching the sides up properly extremely difficult and frustrating. Speaking of the zipper, I should have made it longer, extending up through the bodice. As it is now, there is not enough give to make the dress easy to get on. In fact, it is mighty difficult to get on and off.

My next project, which I shall not promise to have finished so as to not disappoint, will be a reconstruction using a tutorial from Max California. She is really cool, and always has the most awesome hair.

P.S. In my last post I mentioned a need to paint. Well, I finally got the guts to paint something. Here it is, in case your curious.

Did you say hello? ; No, I said ‘ello, but that’s close enough.

5 Jan


My name is Jessica, and I have a project I want to share with you.
Let’s start at the beginning, shall we. I have recently graduated with a degree in Anthropology, but jobs with this type of degree are not easy to come by, so until I find a career, I am working as a pharmacy technician. Between this job, and my ongoing career hunt, I have let my passion for sewing (and other hobbies, but mostly sewing) fall to the wayside. This is where you come in. I have decided to embark on an adventure which will require me to make at least one garment for myself each month for the entire year. I have a tendency to proclaim adventures such as this and not follow through (usually letting work or school get in the way), so I will be blogging about this sewing adventure as a way to keep me on track, and hopefully, entertain all of my lovely readers. It is my goal to not only keep on track with this adventure, but to also document any other adventures I may have this year (of which I plan to have many!).

I am super excited, and I hope you are too!


P.S. If you couldn’t tell from my title and my awesome use of proper grammar, I’m kind of a big nerd. Expect to see much more of this.