Hot! Introduction

Name & Location: Mary in Fairbanks, Alaska


How long have you been sewing: I learned to sew about 25 years ago, though I only picked it up as a serious hobby about 10-12 years ago.

Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge: I have all the best intentions to sew things. I buy patterns. I buy fabric. I’m just looking for the kick in the butt to actually finish my projects.

What do you love most about sewing garments: Getting clothes that fit! Having clothes that no one else has!

What do you hate most about sewing garments: Cutting and marking is the worst part for me.

What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: I hope to complete at least half of the challenges. With my work, teaching and travel schedule, it may be a challenge!

Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: Getting my yoga teacher certification!

What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs: Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing, Green Apples, Sew Retro

I’m including some images from my wedding. I made the wedding dress, using a vintage pattern from 1959, Simplicity 3045. I couldn’t find it in my size, so I bought small and made a few test patterns.

The extra muslins came in handy when we decided to do a post-apocalyptic photo shoot before the wedding. I was able to make all my lace overlay mistakes on the muslin, and then we did our best to trash the dress.

I am eternally thankful to Gertie for her posts on lace overlays.

Dress details:
Fabric: The muslin was made from, well, muslin. Since my time and shopping options were limited, the lace was super cheap Casa lace from Joann Fabrics. The white underlay for the final dress was also from the Casa collection. Two sashes (since I changed my mind on shoe color! The extra came in handy for the post-apocalyptic photoshoot.) were also both made with the cheapest satin available.
Pattern: Simplicity 3045
Year: 1959
Notions: Interfacing and zippers. This was a pretty simple dress.
Time to complete: Technically, I made 3 of these, which probably took about 7 or 8 hours total. I made the pattern in the smaller size I bought, then figured out how to grade it up for a better fit. I made it again, and the fit was good, so then I made it in the final fabric. I also had to figure out how to realign the pattern pieces so that I could use the shaped edge of the lace.
First worn: May 16, 2011
Wear again? Actually, I did put on the official wedding dress briefly during our reception on September 3, 2011. Since we got married alone in our backyard, only 4 people had seen the dress. After some debate, I just threw away the post-apocalyptic dress. It felt a bit strange to do so, but I had no use for it.
Total price: $49.08 – The pattern was $19.45, and I spent a total of $29.63 for the fabric. I did not include the muslin cost, as I buy that by the bolt and already had plenty on hand.



It's hard for a girl to stay stylish in fashion-starved Alaska. Mary does her best with one fabric store in town, but the next one is 350 miles away.


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  1. What a beautiful dress. I love Gertie’s site, I have learn so many new techniques from her. Wow, the next nearest fabric store is 350 miles.

  2. Love your wedding dress. That neckline is just beautiful!

  3. This is just stunning! I can’t wait to see more of your work :D :D

  4. Oh wow! Your wedding dress is stunning. The neckline is so beautiful.