Cocktail Fenix Romper

I have been adamantly against rompers ever since I stopped wearing them in kindergarten. Rompers are back and they are everywhere. I have never even considered a romper pattern for myself until I saw the Cali Faye Fenix Romper.  I love that it almost looks like a dress.

When I first started purchasing fabric I had no idea what I was looking for or how to visualize what it would make later. I have ended up with some fabrics that have remained untouched since purchase. This 100% cotton cocktail fabric is one of those and I thought it would make a great fun romper.

Happy Hour Cottom Fabric

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Cashmerette Upton

Why did I take so long to buy a Cashmerette pattern? Why? The Cashmerette blog is one of the things that inspired me to to take my first (and only, so far) sewing class. Let me just say, I wish I had bought one sooner. I have future plans for the Dartmouth pattern, but for now I have completed the Upton dress in View B, with the gored skirt, for our rehearsal dinner.
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Updating my 2017 “To Sew” list

So this year is flying by and our wedding is fast approaching as I told a friend, “there is a lot of wedding crafting happening!” I can’t help but think of what to sew in my free time afterwards. As usual, my “To Sew” list has changed due to wants, needs, and just life in general. I am a list-making maniac, but I am not unwilling to go with the flow and change them as I need to.

Cashmerette Appleton for my Mom

I’m sort of cheating here as this dress is nearly finished. My Mom wants to wear a maxi dress to our rehearsal dinner, but she is having trouble finding a true RTW maxi. They all stop above her ankle, and she is 5′ 4″. What is that about? So I offered to make her one. I helped her pick this beautiful, tropical double knit that is not too clingy and not sheer. We had a quick fitting this weekend and it looks so great. I cannot believe I did not try this pattern sooner!

Appleton

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Inspired by Mary Rockcastle’s very poignant, and very true “Sharing Your Makes” post.

Mary Rockcastle has a fabulous blog at http://littlelambstudios.com/ and recently wrote the most beautiful and badass post on the Curvy Sewing Collective titled, “Sharing your makes: How to create a safe space for yourself on the internet.” 

Go read it! I’ll wait.

Maybe it didn’t resonate with you the way it did me, and that’s OK, but I am willing to bet if you are a woman, no matter what size, that you have met with some of the negative online experiences she describes. (This is not to say that men or non-binary folks are not exposed to these things, but I am speaking from my personal experience.)

At first, starting a sewing blog where I would post pictures of myself seemed daunting. What would people say about my body? Would I be embarrassed? Should I be embarrassed? Should I just drop a smiley face emoji over my face so no one could tell it was me? I had been reading all of these wonderful sewing blogs for months where fabulous bloggers twirled and smiled in their me made garments in photos and I so longed to be one of them. I longed to have my self-image anxiety stripped from me and to truly enjoy myself in my creations.

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Wedding Dress into Hair Flower

A family member asked if  I would like to use some sew some pieces of an old family wedding dress into the hem of my dress for a “something old.” I don’t really subscribe to all of the things “blue” and “old” that you are supposed to have for a wedding, but I thought there might be a way to honor her request and make something beautiful from a family heirloom. 
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This dress is from a family wedding in 1914. All of those family members had passed away before I was born so I don’t have any sentimental connections to it, but it’s interesting to see this family photo from a wedding that happened over 100 years ago!

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Simplicity 8379: I need at least 5 more of these dresses.

This dress came out of nowhere! Honestly, I stumbled across the pattern on sale and then turned around and bought some green spandex knit jersey. It wasn’t on my list of things to make at all. 3 hours later I had a dress I am madly in love with. I have had it for 2 weeks and have worn it 3 times.

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Oh yeah, and when I put this bolt of fabric on the counter to be cut I said something like, “I just love that color!” The lady cutting it replied, “Well, I hate it. I think green is hideous.” Hahaha! What do you even say to that? I love it when things like that happen. You know what’s great about sewing is that it has boosted my self-confidence enough that I didn’t care that she thought I was making something hideous. Who cares? Not me!
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All the possibilities for a Rehearsal Dinner Dress

Warning: Wedding Post Ahead.

We are less than three months out from the wedding and since I am doing a lot of DIY it means I have not been doing a lot else.

I did find exactly what I was looking for in a clearance off the rack wedding dress, so I do not have the added stress of making my wedding dress. However, I would like to wear something me made to the rehearsal dinner. I cannot seem to make up my mind on a rehearsal dress pattern, fabric, or anything. Do I want to wear white? Do I want to wear something super fancy that I probably won’t wear again? Do I just want to be comfy? So many choices!

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I made my own bias tape!

And another thing I love about sewing is that I am constantly learning new things! This chartreuse fabric is one of the first fabrics that I ever bought and I am now about to put it to another use; 1/4″ double fold bias tape!

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Materials; fabric marker, strips of remnant fabric (cut on the bias), 12mm bias tape maker, iron, rotary cutter/scissors, and a ruler.

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Colette Sorbetto: Hmmm…

I cannot decide if I like the Collette Sorbetto. It has some unusual fit issues that the Curvy Sewing Collective details in a blog comparison of the Collette Sorbetto and the Cashmerette Springfield. I experienced the same sleeve issues that Michelle mentions. Now frankly, I cut everything on the larger side, so that I can take in if I need to, whereas it is not as easy to save something cut too small. I probably need to take an alterations course. You will see that my “rogue altering” is getting a little out of hand!

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My Tchotchke Pincushion

I caught sight of a cute little pincushion on Instagram last week, and of course I can’t find it again. It was a ceramic animal with a hollow space and it had a velvet pincushion in the hollow space. I believe the one I saw was completely hand made and so it was very cool. This is my semi-homemade (like Sandra Lee from Food Network) version.

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