Put a Bird On It Dress! (and Hello!)
I cannot tell you how excited I am to be a part of this wonderful group. Quite honestly, I can’t believe I am able to hang out and collaborate with the likes of the rest of y’all! Here’s to an amazing 2012!
How long have you been sewing: I started sewing when I was 10, but took about 15 years off before beginning again, so about 4-5 years total.
Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge: I am a teacher and get insanely into my work during the school year. Up until about two or three years ago I felt as if I had no hobbies whatsoever. Sewing was a way to reinvigorate my creative side and also reach out to my grandmother, the one who originally taught me how to sew.
What do you love most about sewing garments: I love when the fit works out just right. I also love the planning process. I could really, truly, just buy fabric and patterns and not actually sew a darn thing (isn’t that horrible?!?!?)
What do you hate most about sewing garments: I hate the tracing of patterns and the cutting. I am horribly impatient and math deficient and therefore tend to rush. It ALWAYS results in problems, but due to my stubbornness and general impulsiveness this is a reoccurring issue.
What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: I am really excited to be part of a community, but I am also really competitive. If I can lean on others when my stubbornness or impulsivity kicks in I hope to avoid many of the pitfalls I’ve experienced in 2011. At the same time, I hope that being a part of the Sew Weekly community will provide a creative challenge, allowing me to make a garment that I am truly proud of. In the end, I am hopeful that I will train myself to act in a positive way independently.
Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: My biggest non-sewing goal is to maintain a daily positive attitude and to work hard in order to create balance in my life. I can get really caught up in the hustle and bustle of the school year, which usually results in my sewing, martial arts training, or personal relationships taking a bit of a back seat.
What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs: I love to read (obviously) The Sew Weekly, A Beautiful Mess, Molly’s Sewing and Garage Adventures, Tilly and the Buttons, sewithought, colleterie, modcloth
Here are the details on my 2011 sewing project pictured above!
- Fabric: Michael Miller Tammis Keefe, Cage Free Birds
- Pattern: Colette Macaron Pattern
- Year: 2011
- Notions: 19 inch sage green zipper (don’t judge, I was desperate!)
- Time to complete: 5 hours over a two week period
- First worn: June 18th, 2011
- Wear again? Only with a zipper fix
- Total price: approximately $25.00
So here’s the deal. This was my second official dress that I sewed for myself. My good friend and coworker was getting married on June 18th. I knew this date back in December, but I decided it would be better to browse the newly launched BHLDN for dresses I couldn’t afford than to actually start planning and sewing one of my own. So fast forward about five months and there I was, a week before the wedding practically in tears, because I had been drooling over my laptop for five months despite the fact that I had promised myself to sew something just as beautiful.
- I have ZERO patience
- I have one dress experience
- I have a math deficiency