Showing posts from January 1, 2012

Beating the mid-winter blues

I'm kind of excited.   We're only four days into the New Year and I have already begun a new dress for the new year.  Go me! I've begun sewing an easy dress using Vogue 8744 .   Image from The only description provided is "fitted".  Now c'mon Vogue, we know you can do better than that. I would add that this dress has front and back princess seams, raglan sleeves, a high rounded neckline, slightly lowered waistline that dips at the center front, a multi-seamed straight skirt, a center back walking slit and a back lapped zipper.  All of the seams are topstitched. So far so good.  Even though matching seams and topstitching are a bit time-consuming. Isn't that the loveliest shade of blue?  Perfect to lift one's spirit in the midst of the mid-winter blues *********************************************

Why Hello 2012!

Happy New Year everyone! I love the beginning of the new year.  A time to reflect on the past and a time to ponder the possibilities of what lies ahead. 2011 Sewing Reflections As far as sewing stats go, I didn't accomplish much this year.  I was pumped to join the One Jacket A Month challenge, but failed miserably.  But it doesn't matter because I realized jackets are no longer a big part of my daily wardrobe.  Although I did fall in love my linen jacket from McCall's 6294. 2011 did have it's share of sewing stars - my Burda flirty founce skirt , the Butterick 5566 mini houndstooth skirt , and my Yabba-Dabba-Do dress from McCall's 6391. There were some misses too - the infamous Vogue 1250 didn't work in my fabric choices , and the oversized big top look just isn't a good look for me. Another miss - sewing related although not a sewing project - was not having my book idea picked up when I pitched it to four editors of leading sewing publisher