“Longing for Thomas”

Hello Everyone! I call this dress “Longing for Thomas” because it was inspired by the beautiful Thomas Wylde top you see below. Even on sale it’s way beyond my reach (insert sigh and a single tear here). I used Burda pattern #8220 and lengthened the back and added a ruffle along the bottom. I tried it with the sleeves first and felt a little like Laura Ingalls. I also tried adding some ruffles along the sleeve opening but then it became more about the ruffles and less about the fabulousness of the dress. I changed the neckline a bit by adding a keyhole opening and a tie. I spent about $15 on fabric and thread, it was quick and easy to make and I will definitely wear it again.

I learned to sew in HomeEc class when I was in 7th grade. I made most of my outfits through high school then took fashion classes in college. I dropped out of college and left sewing for years and, after discovering Sew Weekly decided to try again (for real this time). I started strong at the beginning of last year and then fell off when work and family commitments took over. I want to commit to this challenge because I believe that when you fail you get back up and try again.

I believe that we say a lot about who we are through our clothing and how we wear it. Sewing helps my voice to come through more powerfully. That’s what I love most about it. What I hate most is making a muslin. I know it’s worth it in the end but getting the fit just right can be frustrating sometimes.

I love blazers. I have too many and every time I see a cute one at the thrift store I try and talk myself out of it. It rarely ever works. My goal this year is to make a blazer with a lining.

My biggest non-sewing goal of 2012 is to get over my dislike of seeing myself in pictures or video. Being a style consultant makes it easy to hide because I work behind the scenes. Now that my business is growing I find myself in the spotlight more and that makes me very uncomfortable.

I will look at just about any blog or magazine if it’s about fashion. I am most inspired by street style because it encourages me to keep putting myself out there. Some of my favorite blogs are The Sartorialist and Lookbook and I like to check out the projects on Burdastye.



Gina Clark is a girl from Texas living in the Midwest. She has been sewing most of her life but swears every few months that she is giving it up for good.


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  1. Wow great top, well done.

  2. This dress is fantastic! I’m looking forward to your creations this year!

  3. Thanks Meg! I took a look at your post for New Year’s Eve. I love your energy and spirit-it’s very encouraging. Maybe this year I’ll make it out of my shell a little more. Great dress!

  4. Thanks Kazz. I took a look at your website and photos-so lively! I love it!