Hot! Bio and My favorite completion of 2011

Name & Location: Eleanor, just outside of Ithaca NY

Blog: **i NEED to start posting here more**

How long have you been sewing: I’ve been sewing for about 10 years now, since I started by making my dress for junior prom

Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge: I’d like to start making more things for myself and my children.. For my business I’m almost always making things for other people.. as a parent we often tend to do for others first.. my wardrobe is in dire straits.. <3

What do you love most about sewing garments: the wonderful feeling of creation.. in every step of the process

What do you hate most about sewing garments: When I make a simple mistake, over and over again.. and become best friends with the lovely seam ripper

What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: I am always excited to learn and expand my library of knowledge and sewing terms and skills.. plus, i’d like to mix this with a few other blogs and challenges I have been watching off and on over the last year.. mostly the lifetime wardrobe stuff over at

Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: better organization and a smoother running at home time with my family.. a better ballance between work and at home work

Favorite Sewing/Fashion blogs:  and **though there are atleast fifteen others that i flip through regularly

The Facts

Fabric: red taffeta
Pattern: Vogue 8743
Notions: Zipper in the back, black edging, black crinoline under, and shawl that I crocheted
Time to complete: I think this dress can be done in one day if you are able to sit and do it
First worn: 10/15/2011
Wear again: Most certainly… I love the 50s look and the ease of the pattern..

Total price: I think it was around $40 for the fabric and everything

I also lowered the neckline and made the dress in a lovely stretch corduroy



Eleanor is the owner/founder of Abstruse Costuming and Black Sheep Bridal.. Since she sews mostly for business she's very excited to be sewing for herself and her children this year here at The Sew Weekly


Comments are closed.

  1. beautiful dress – looking forward to seeing more!

  2. Hey! Where around Ithaca are you from? I hail from (the oh-so-small) Trumansburg originally… Lovely dress, by-the-by.

  3. Oh, wow! That dress is fabulous and I love it paired with the cons :) Thanks for the shout-out!

    • I LOVE LOVE all your lifestyle wardrobe, thrifty 365 etc.. I’ve even thought about instilling and following the fabric/notions rations that we were given in the 40s for myself for the year.. but I’m still debating <3

  4. I adore the colour and the cut of this dress, so eye catching!

  5. Gorgeous. Love it!!!!!

  6. I like your style. :)

  7. Absolutely amazing, well done!

  8. I love a TNT that works in such different fabrics. Stunning colours!