Hot! My Favorite of 2011 Buttercups!

The Facts

Fabric: Thrifted Sheet
Pattern: McCall’s M6466.
Year: 2011
Notions: handmade piping, thrifted zipper
Time to complete: 2 days
First worn: November
Wear again? Yes!
Total price: About $5.00

Name and location: Barbara Carlon, Northern California

How long have you been sewing: 45 years!
Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge: I thought it would be enjoyable to sew again with the challenge and inspiration of “The Sew Weekly” and most importantly, with others who also love to sew.

What do you love most about sewing garments: I love that each piece is unique and made to fit me or some other lucky person that I sew for.

What do you hate most about sewing garments: What I hate is that sometimes they just don’t fit. Then I feel like I’ve wasted time and materials.

What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: I’d like to go a bit slower, and check the fit as I go. I’d like to keep better records, and when something does work, document, and use it again in the future. And also there’s repurposing fabric from the thrift store.

Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: Oh, I have a few big ones! I have pledged to not buy any clothes retail for a whole year. I also have started an old-fashioned scrapbook that will include the outfits and their details for 2012.

What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs: Of course, The Sew Weekly is my favorite, but I’m discovering some other great sewing blogs such as Seamlessblog, The Sew Convert and then there are great online fabric sites like Vogue Fabris,  Beverlys and Mood!



Barbara is a resident of Northern California. She loves to sew and has pledged not to buy retail clothes for the year of 2012. That means she has to make her own, or buy it at a thrift store. I hope she doesn't spend too much on fabric. When she shops for fabric her eyes light up as she imagines the possibilities! She's like a kid in a candy store.


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  1. Lovely dress – I love the floral print. I’m in NorCal too – maybe I’ll see you at a future meet-up :)

  2. Such a sweet dress! I love even more that it’s an upcycled thrifted sheet! Awesome!

  3. well, i was amazed (jealous) at how perfect your sheet dress is, and then consoled you have a few more years on some of us :)

  4. Your piping is divine! I adore your dress – yellow is fantastic on you.