Hot! My Summer Cherry Tart Dress (and hello!)

My favourite 2011 creation: The Cherry Tart

Name and Location: Megan Eliza, Vancouver BC


How long have you been sewing: Household items for seven years, garments for eight months.

Why did you want to commit to the Sew Weekly Challenge: My hope is that the challenges push my skills and creativity to the next level in 2012. I am a beginner when it comes to garment-making, and I welcome the inspiration and the support of the Sew Weekly community in helping me to learn and develop as a sewist.

What do you love most about sewing garments: I love sewing functional items – in the past I have made many quilts and kitchen items because they are immediately usable in my life. Clothing fits into this paradigm for me – items that are both beautiful and easily rotated into my wardrobe.

What do you hate most about sewing garments: Because I am still trying to get the fit right without owning a dressmakers dummy, I frequently end up ripping our and resewing seams and sometimes whole garments. This is obviously tedious.

Why do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: I would like to learn to alter patterns better before the cutting and sewing phase, and I would like to participate in a minimum of two challenges per month.

Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: I’m in grad school in addition to working full-time – so really, coursework is my main focus right now. My biggest non-sewing goal is getting through my next two classes!

What are your favourite sewing/fashion blogs: Sew Weekly of course! Sewaholic, Thinking in Shapes, One Avian Demon, Sew Serenidipity, and Stitch Magazine.

I also wanted to say a big thank-you to Mena and all the other Sew Weekly community – you’ve thus far been a major inspiration in my garment sewing and I look forward to another year of seeing more of what y’all create!



Megan Eliza is almost forty and lives in Vancouver, BC. Love, home, sewing, craft, writing, grad school, gardening, cooking and even sometimes politics are what make her life joyous and complete!


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  1. I too, do not have a dress makers dummy, and can sympathize with the re-do aspect of that. I love your dress so cute!

  2. Ruthanne Edward

    Hooray, a fellow Canadian! I have been reading through everyone’s welcome posts and wondering if I was the only one. I live in Ottawa, but I was born in Vancouver.

    I am a beginner too and I really need to make myself up a duct tape dress form. Trying to get the fit right without one is a time eater. Love your cherry dress!