Sweet Bimaa Because it {was?} COLD.

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Even though I already had gotten the Bimaa sweater last year, I caved and bought it again (with more sizes and apparently the pattern was perfected) during the friday fiver from sew mama sew a couple weeks ago. So glad I did! I really do love this pattern and I love how I can use it for both kids with the different neckline options.

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This fabric was bought at Joanne’s and I swear it was SO WEIRD TO WORK WITH. When I bought it, I didn’t really realize that the stripes were vertical. When I was laying it out to cut it I was so confused. The stripes were vertical and I was a little upset about having a vertical striped sweater for Millie…  but then I realized the grain line was the stretchiest… what? So I decided to just cut it horizontally. It took some creativity on my part to get this squeaked into 1 yard that way, but I persevered! I sewed up the size 5 on this 5 year old girl, making zero alterations. I just love how fitted this little sweater is. I will also add, I sewed up the 5 last year too and even though my other version had way slippier fabric, I think this really was drafted better.

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As weird as it was, this really is a neat knit, lots of texture and I like it. Last week Millie declared that the weather was colder than she had EVER felt it. That is when I decided to sew this up for her, to be nice and cozy for the bitter cold weather. You know, the bitter cold 29 degree temps that we have here. Trust me. I am from a colder climate, I am aware of how fortunate we are to have lows in the 20′s. These are the season’s highs for lots of people. However, we live in Texas and weather can be fickle. It was in the 70′s today, but poor Millie has a fever and so she was FREEZING. Other than that she seemed to be happy and feeling well, so I took the opportunity of her being home from school to take some photos :) Good thing I had sewn her a sweater! She was more than happy to model this today :)

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I tried to get her to give me little genuine smiles when taking pictures. I asked her to imagine that I had just given her a puppy or a pony to get some surprised smiles.. But then I was like “or would you rather just have a lollipop?” She said “A LOLLIPOP!!” and proceeded to pretend to shove one in her mouth. Thank goodness for easy things making my little love happy! No furry lives needed to make my little angel ecstatic, haha!

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I think I’ll be sewing some more of these for both kids this winter.. They are so fast and easy! Quinny still fits in his old one too so that is awesome! Now I just need to find a Bimaa for grown ups :)

 

Last Stop on the Lotta Skirt Tour Train!

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Woohoo! I’m pretty excited to be on the Compagnie M Lotta Skirt tour! When Marte selected me to be a tester for her skirt, I was over the moon! I loved being a part of the Mara action tour and was excited to work with her. I just love the gathers and the cute pocket detail with the buttons.

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I have to admit, I had this fabric hoarded for quite a while. It is a walk in the woods by Aneela Hoey for Moda fabrics. Apparently it is out of print since I was holding on to it for so long! I was SUPER excited when I bought it but could never figure out what to sew with it. Nothing seamed right or perfect enough.. Until the Lotta skirt! I knew I was taking a risk cutting into this while the pattern was still at its testing stage, but having sewn Compagnie M before, I kind of knew Marte was very detail oriented and wouldn’t really have to worry about any weirdness in the pattern pieces. And thank goodness my faith panned out because this skirt fits Millie PERFECTLY!!

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I wanted to keep things simple and have the main fabric be the eye catcher, so I just used a red quilting cotton for the pockets and light blue buttons so they could accent the birds and mushrooms. The pattern gives the option of adding button hole elastic in the back waistband so you could sew a size up and have it last a bit longer. I sewed a size 4 for Millie, she fit within those measurements and I definitely did not need to do that elastic in the back! Seriously, this fits her beyond perfect. I did add 2 inches to the hem, though since she is pretty darn tall. It closes with an invisible zipper (which, I admit, I need a little more practice with) so it is very clean and professional looking.

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Millie saw this skirt when it was *almost* finished and was like “Is this for ME?? I LOVE IT!!” That made me really excited since she is usually more of a dress person than a skirt person. She has already worn it 3 times in the couple weeks or so that it’s been sewn, which says a lot since she wears a uniform to school!

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As for the construction of the skirt, everything went pretty smoothly. Marte gives a really good way to do even gathers in the instructions, which was kind of like DUH! I don’t know why I never thought to sew them that way!! I always just gather everything and hope for the best.. This method was WAY more geared for perfection :) Everything lined up exactly as it should and everything is explained thoroughly.

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Another REALLY awesome thing about this skirt? It comes in women’s sizes too!! After seeing some of the ladies versions on the tour I definitely plan on sewing one up for myself too!! And right now the Lotta Dress is 10% off with coupon codes.. The one for girls (size 1-10) is lotta-girls-10 and the one for women’s (sizes 12-14 yo and 34-46) is lotta-women-teens-10.

Happy sewing!!

Holy Crap.

This weekend is the Austin Fabric Shop Hop. This is my current haul. I still have 2 stores to visit. Did I need fabric? No. Did that stop me? Obviously not. Dear lord!

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Prepared for the Winter

SO last week I bought the Perfect Pattern Parcel because apparently I’m TOTALLY susceptible to mass marketing, LOL. But seriously, this bundle was all women’s patterns and since I’ve been totally enjoying sewing for myself, I thought it would be fun to get this, even though I’m more into fitted bodice dresses than sweatpants and potato sack dresses…

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ANyways, I probably should have just purchased the individual patterns that appealed to me, it would have been cheaper.. But at least my money went to a good cause :)  Either way, I AM super excited about my new Julia cardigan :D

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It was really hard for me to sew it up because the weather was still SO HOT and it just felt weird to sew something that was actually making me sweat in the process because of its warmth. The actual construction was SOOO EASY!!!! NO HEMS! Man I love not having to deal with hem nonsense! I made the size L, following my upper bust measurements. I have quickly discovered that when I sew using my actual bust measurement, garments end up being GIGANTIC.

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 Well I was VERY happy to have already sewn it on Friday when a cold front blew in and we saw lows in the 40s. My wardrobe is seriously lacking in the cold weather department. Not only is it super warm but it is also super cozy! I got this awesome textured fabric from Joanne’s. I decided to line around it with a SUPER soft black knit that I had and I’m SO glad I did. the awesome textured stuff is pretty itchy so I’m very happy to have the black part be the only thing that touches the sensitive skin of my neck. I also like the dimension it adds to the look of the sweater :)

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I just realized I used the word “super” 4 times in 4 short paragraphs. 3 of which were all in the last. Instead of using a thesaurus, I’m just going to call myself out and  leave it in there :P

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I guess getting this was pretty cool because I already have my Bronte shirt cut out and ready to sew and even though I already mentioned that I’m not a sweat pant kind of girl, the weather IS getting colder and I could use some house pants and that pant pattern could fit the bill :) The bonus dress seems a little old marmy to me with the little modest flap over the cleavage.. I think if I can figure out how to get rid of that the dress will be a cute one, especially for the fall. My high school self is sitting here amazed at my lack of modesty and need for cleavage. All my friends used to make fun of me because I dressed like a school teacher when I was 15 and always hid my curves..  I guess in my 30′s I’m ready to be TOTALLY okay with my larger than average chest and I have no issues flaunting that shizznit. :D

Happy Halloween!!

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I just realized that the last few posts have featured Quinn. What a lucky boy to get so many outfits!! Well here he is again because he is the ONLY person in my family who I made an outfit for. Millie kept going back and forth with what she wanted to be and they were all outfits we already had (YESSSS!!!! Lazy mom for the win!!) I also think I deserve an award for being one of the 4 moms this Halloween who doesn’t have a daughter dressed up as Anna or Elsa, woohoo!

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ANYways, back to Quinn’s hilarious outfit. Jake and I decided a long time ago that he would be an old timey strong man. I finally sewed it yesterday. haha! It seriously took NO time. Gotta love that fast and dirty Halloween sewing!! No hems!! I drafted out this thing, cut and sewed it in under 30 minutes. I think the thing that took the longest was tucking the serger threads in so they wouldn’t unravel.

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This morning, I took two styrofoam balls, stuck them onto a black pencil and spray painted them black. I also spray painted my hands and part of one of my rings in the process… then dripped black spray paint on my garage floor.. then somehow Quinn stepped in some and left little black foot prints all over the kitchen…WHOOPS! Thankfully I got it off my kitchen floor and mostly off my hands… No comment on the other surfaces…

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Sorry about the extra eyeliner on his face, he somehow found it and opened it while I was getting ready to take the pictures and I couldn’t wipe it off, lol.. But there he is! My sweet little strong man!! The only problem is that today, for the first time this year, a crazy cold front blew in and it will be too cold for Quinny to wear so little!!! This is totally reminding me of my childhood in New Jersey where I had awesome costumes but then I had to cover them up with a coat to go trick or treating  :( I might just do some insane last minute skin tone shirt sewing this afternoon. That would be hilarious and probably necessary!

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I hope everyone has a fantastic Halloween!!!

Bouncing Atom

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When Jake and I were talking about having a second kid, we were throwing around some names that we could potentially use. He decided that since I had suggested Millie’s name, it was now his “turn” to name our baby and he was obsessed with naming our future child Atom. He thought it was awesome and epic and hilarious since when you say it out loud it sounds like Adam, but it would really be Atom and maybe he could grow up to be a scientist or something amazing along those lines. These were Jake’s thoughts.

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So when we DID get pregnant, he was like “YES!! If it is a boy we will name him Atom!!”

I, of course, said HELL TO THE NO. That is silly and insane.

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Jake never let up. He actually was trying to drill into my brain “Atom Danger” so that Danger could be his middle name, just like that saying. I thought that was just WAY too silly. Turns out more than 9 months later, Atom seemed more familiar to my brain than crazy, and I actually agreed to let it be his middle name. I was 4 days past my due date when we decided over dinner that this baby’s name was to be Quinn Atom. I went into labor the next day. I guess he liked his name and was ready to come into this world!

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So anyways, I bought this fabric a few months ago and I knew I NEEDED it to make some pajamas for this boy. It really couldn’t get more perfect than little atoms floating around :) For some reason I held on to this fabric for a while before sewing it. I guess I had a particular pattern in my head by then realized I didn’t actually have enough yardage for that so I was just waiting for the right thing to pop into my mind.

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Then last week I was like DUH. I’ll use the the pants of the original pajamas I wanted to use, which is this Kwik Sew pattern and I’ll just use my beloved O+S Raglan tee for the shirt!!

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I honestly wasn’t sure if the combination of the woven with the knit was going to work, but it TOTALLY does and that makes me SO happy!! The knit I used was some awesome SUPER soft stuff that I bought from Joanne’s and I used some white ribbing for the neck. I’m honestly surprised at how easy this was to sew together. I was also a little worried about sewing the woven pocket onto the knit shirt, but I had zero issues. Must have been that awesome Pfaff built in walking foot action :) I’ve sewn these pants like 10 times, perhaps more. They are SO easy and fast and wonderful, seriously. This Kwik Sew pattern was incidentally the FIRST sewing pattern I ever made, so I do have a little soft spot for it!

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This was such a fun little photo shoot. Quinn was being ADORABLE and running in circles around the bed then falling over backwards and then cracking up. My plan was to take a sweet picture of him sleeping wearing this, but like a ding dong I gave him both black beans and vanilla yogurt and he got it all over the outfit so I had to change him before bed :)

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So there we have it. Quinny’s middle name is Atom and I’m kind of okay with it. Even though when he got his social security card in the mail it looked SO ridiculous written on a legal document, ha! OH boy, I hope he appreciates it when he grows up!

 

Never Enough Hawaiian Shirts

Remember how I said I had all the pieces cut out for a shirt I was planning on making for Quinn? Well I FINALLY went to Joanne’s and bought a TON of interfacing (that way I wouldn’t have this problem again). I won’t mention the other fabric I bought that was totally unnecessary lol. Anyways, I was finally able to finish my little project. Man UFO’s bother me, I just knew those cut up shirt pieces were upstairs mocking me, I had to make it and fast! lol :)

Hawaiian Shirt Love

I know, I know. This is my 4th time sewing up the O+S Sketchbook shirt. My other ones are here here and here. There is something just SO GOOD about the way Quinny looks in them!! He looks like a total party boy ready to have a great time, all he needs is a baby (virgin) margarita lol! This time I sewed up a size 2 and didn’t alter anything about it. I usually shorten the sleeves but this time I really wanted it to be big and flowy. I also wanted to make sure he would still fit into it after a while :)

Hawaiian Shirt Love

I’ve now sewn this so many times that I really don’t need the directions anymore. I’ll be honest though. Collared shirts aren’t my FAVORITE items to sew. They are so darn fiddly and for some reason I’m super lazy and like shortcuts. You’d think it was the hand sewing on the collar that puts me off, but you’d be wrong! I actually enjoy that part. Oddly enough, it is as simple as having to use interfacing. Working with interfacing is SO annoying, lol! It isn’t like it is hard or anything, it is just an extra step that I don’t fully enjoy. I DO, however, enjoy the HECK out of looking at Quinn when he is wearing them :D

Hawaiian Shirt Love

I got this fabric from Chic Fabrics in NYC. I actually saw it there 2 trips ago and regretted NOT buying it, so when I went back I was desperately searching for it! I finally found it WAY behind hundreds of other bolts and made the owner get it for me, he was joking around about being annoyed at having to get it for me. The bolt was totally dusty back there and gross but I DON’T CARE! I love this fabric!! He actually claimed to have remembered my sister and me from the previous time, which I don’t know if I believe, but maybe we are super memorable? Who knows! Anyways, the super amazing part of this fabric? It is a mixture of cotton and silk, it is SO SUPER SOFT and it was only $5 a yard!!! I’m so angry at myself for not snatching some for myself! I don’t know what I would make with it, but it is SOOOO SOFT you don’t understand, I would like to live in the feeling of this fabric. I guess just making Quinn wear it all the time and then holding him is the closest I’ll get. I’ll take the extra snuggles though  :)

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I DO wish I had paid a little attention to the pattern when cutting it out. I kind of hate how the two front pieces are identical. The pocket throws that off a little, but certainly not enough. Hopefully I’m the only one who notices things like that.

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I got these cute pearly yellow buttons at Joanne’s. Yes. I went to Joanne’s TWICE for this darn shirt. I wanted to use some color that would pop out in a coordinating way.. Turns out I’m actually almost done with my crazy button stash I had because I had nothing on hand at home that went well with the shirt. Looks like I need to peruse Ebay for some more.

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Yeah, I know these pics are kind of grainy. We couldn’t find the camera charger anywhere, then Jake took the camera itself to work. So I was left with my phone to take pics. Then I didn’t even bother to edit them. Whatevers, you get what you get from me! I’m just happy to be finding time to sew and blog at all!

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The night I finished this, the kids were in bed and Jake was still at work and I was like HMM I still have time for more sewing!! So I actually whipped something ELSE up that night before passing out! I’ll take some pics of that and blog about it later this week :) PEOPLE. The sewing bug has officially bit me again! I was feeling a bit uninspired, pretty much since summer due to a lack of time, but I’ve been super excited about it again! I have a ton of projects just waiting for me and I can’t wait! Now that the kids are falling asleep earlier I can actually work after they go to bed, something I’ve never been able to do! So exciting!

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“Hey, ladies.. Need a ride?”

Gosh, this little noodle is handsome!

Overcoming a Sewing Rut with Something AWESOME

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For the past couple weeks (every since I finished my awesome ostrich dress) I have been feeling pretty much in a sewing rut. Remember how I said I never have UFO piles? Well, scratch that fact. It no longer exists. The past couple weeks I’ve been trying to muster the excitement to sew something. I cut out all the little pieces to sew Quinn a new Hawaiian shirt (because he will never have enough of those) but I realized I don’t have any interfacing, which I need. But I TOTALLY don’t feel like driving to Joanne’s to get some more. So now all those little cut pieces of fabric are just sitting on my ironing board waiting.

Then I thought I might participate in the PR&P signature style week. So I printed out a pattern, traced it, cut it all out… When I realized I don’t have enough of the fabric I planned on using. Plus I just wasn’t that into it. So now that pattern is sitting next to the cut out fabric for Quinn’s future shirt.

Then I thought, “you know what? Maybe I just don’t feel like sewing for the kids, I’ve been having way more fun sewing for myself! Let the selfish sewing commence!!!”

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I have dress that I bought from H&M when I was in Jersey last time that I really like. So I decided to draft my own pattern from that existing dress! It was actually really fun, especially figuring out how to draw a dart in the pattern without having to  take the actual dress apart. I had this awesome ponte knit that I bought in my last NY shopping trip, which was in the wrong section so she only charged me $5 a yard instead of the $10 (WOOHOO!!) I had orignally planned on making a fun pencil skirt with it, but I TOTALLY was able to make this ENTIRE dress out of just ONE yard! How awesome is that??

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This actually went SUPER fast!! I traced the dress onto freezer paper on Tuesday, cut and sewed it together Wednesday and then hemmed it onThursday. All during Quinn’s nap times :) It felt SO good to be able to whip something together this quickly! I LOVE KNITS!!!

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I didn’t really think about making it chevron-like but I sort of had to do it that way in order to get the pattern to fit on the one yard of fabric. Turns out I LOVE the look! The pattern I drew out was supposed to have the front cut on a fold but there just wasn’t room for that nonsense. Yay for happy accidents!!

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This was a pretty fun little photo shoot. I was having a play date at a park with a friend of mine and her two kids, I asked her if she could snap a few pics of me since Jake has been working so much lately (I’ve had a small taste of what it is like to be a single mom.. much respect, that shite is HARD) I knew I wouldn’t have been able to get photos of me for ages if I didn’t have someone else do it. Also, how do you like those gorgeous flip flops? This isn’t a fashion blog, people. It is a sewing blog. REAL LIFE.

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Anyways, she made me feel pretty awesome, since she loved the dress anyway and was totally surprised that I made it, but I was telling her how I initially wanted to bind the neck and armholes, but then just got lazy and folded them over and sewed them with a double needle.. She was like “Um yeah, you were LAZY when you were SEWING YOUR OWN DRESS. Whatever, Michelle” Hahah it really made me think, sometimes as a sewist you get a little caught up in the details of perfection, when people who don’t sew just see what you make and think it is absolutely amazing and professional looking.

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This might actually be my most favorite dress I’ve made to date. (I know, I know, I’ve been getting more and more excited with every new garment I sew myself!) I finished it, put it on to pick Millie up from school, and both her teachers were like “wow I love your dress!!” Like a dope I was like “WOW thanks!” without ever mentioning that I actually made it. I need to be okay with letting people know I sew!

I find it funny how not too long ago (only a few months ago) I was SUPER afraid of sewing for myself, now it is the only thing I want to do! It is so much fun being able to create something specifically made for your body! I feel a little bad that my kids aren’t getting tons of outfits like they used to, but seriously. They have tons of clothes. They really don’t need anything. My closet is barren!

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This is me like “oops where did the kids go? MILLIE!!! QUINN!!” photo shoot over, back to being a mom :)

Bowing Out of this Week’s PR&P

I’m sure some people expected me to have something posted for this week’s Project Run and Play since I’ve participated in every one since I started blogging… This week was denim week though…. And I’m just NOT into it.

I started looking around the internets for some inspiration, and I kind of stopped when I found something that looked kind of like a denim sea creature, but more like a denim vagina… There is no going back from that image burnt in my brain and seeing that is when I decided I was SO not doing this week. I like to sew because I enjoy the act of sewing, but also because I really like to see my kids wear the outfit. But when it comes down to it, I’m just not a denim person. I won’t enjoy seeing my kids wear it. I don’t actually own a pair of jeans that I like. I am not a denim jacket girl. It just isn’t gonna happen. So maybe I’ll be doing the week four “signature style” thing, but maybe not… We’ll see… Jake is working ACL this weekend which means I have free tickets which means I’ll be hanging out listening to live music and stressing about losing my kids in a ginormous crowd and definitely NOT sewing… :)

My New Dress is Covered in Purple Ostriches!!!

OH MY GOODNESS I LOVE THIS DRESS.

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This was selfish sewing week and I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have sewn this up if I hadn’t had that in my mind. How fun to declare a week to sew for yourself? I used the Gathered Sundress pattern by Pattern Runway again. I really love the other dress I made but there were a few fit issues that I wanted to try and fix. So I did something I’ve never done before, which was to wear the dress and pinch out certain places and figure out how much to alter and where and then I just sort of altered the patterns from my measurements of the problems areas..

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With the other dress, the armholes were kind of gapey in the front and the bodice was too long. So I took off a whole inch from the armhole part and redrew the curve from my bust point to the arm pit on the princess seamed bodice and I shortened all my bodice pieces by an inch and a half. I am SO happy with the results!! I’m really learning how NOT scary it is to alter women’s patterns  :)

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The pattern calls for a lining, but I skipped that part, mostly due to utter laziness… I didn’t FEEL like sewing EIGHT curved seams so I cut that number in half by eliminating the lining. The fabric is thick enough as it is and not at all sheer so I figured “whatever yay!” Around the neck and arm holes, I just made me some bias tape, finished the seams with that and tucked it all in so you can’t see it. ALSO can we talk about this fabric for a minute? OSTRICHES. Purple ostriches. I got this fabric not the last time I was in NYC, but the time before that. I had no idea what it was going to become, but I NEEDED IT. I don’t even like the color purple. Or I didn’t before this dress.. I think I’m changing my mind about the color. Apparently it looks good on me! I have never owned a purple garment before! I’m really sorry I have no idea who makes this stuff or which store I actually got it from, it is just mystery goodness.

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Sorry for the wrinkles in the back, but LOOK! I’m getting better at invisible zippers!! Mostly due to the fact that I bit the bullet and bought an invisible zipper foot.. Those things are actually very necessary. And amazing. I actually found a purple invisible zipper for this dress, which probably wasn’t even needed due to how awesome I set that thing in there :D Ahh little victories!

Purple Ostrich Gathered Sundress

As for those wrinkles.. I wore this out on the town (SANS kids!! I’m still recovering..) on Friday night so in order to get these pics taken today, I pulled the dress out of the hamper.. I know, gross but you gotta do what you gotta do, right?? It is normally a little smoother :)

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I’m pretty sure I found my go-to pattern in this dress. It is fairly simple to put together, especially now that I’ve done it twice. The first one took me 3 weeks (but that included printing out and taping and tracing the pattern plus making 2 muslins), this one only took me 3 days! I think the cut of the dress is pretty attractive on me and I really like the style of it. I often peruse the internet for dress patterns that would look good on my body and usually come out empty handed. It is hard to find things that don’t make ladies with big knockers look bigger than they actually are around the middle.

Purple Ostrich Gathered Sundress

I actually have some GORGEOUS (and slightly expensive) fabric laying around waiting to become one of these dresses. I was just waiting to make sure I had the perfect pattern and fit before cutting it up  :) I know everyone is starting to sew for the Autumn/Winter season right now, but dude. I live in Texas. We are still in the 90′s and I can’t even think of warmer clothes. Plus I can just throw a cardigan over a dress and BOOM: winter wear. Hooray!

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