Name & Location: Quinn Kelley, Southern California
How long have you been sewing: junior high, but there have been some years off!
Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge: Last year this blog was a lifeline to a world where women made time to make amazing things. I’d like to challenge myself to take the time to sew beautiful clothes.
What do you love most about sewing garments: The beginning. Sorting through fabric and pattern and seeing something I want to sew. I also love the hand sewing part and the constant ironing (no kidding–it’s contemplative).
What do you hate most about sewing garments: Apparently I can’t leave a pattern alone. It’s like cooking. I find it almost impossible to cook a recipe as written. I make a lot of extra work for myself by changing the pattern. Finishing can become very difficult.
What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: I’d like to pick up some speed. I’ve enjoyed reading about the challenges during the year and have wondered what it would be like to knock out a garment in a week. I’d like to try to sew a pattern as written and extend my skills.
Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: Right now work is winning, but I’d like to to try to find a better life/work balance.
What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs: Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing, Wearing History, Sunny Gal Studio, the Coletterie blog
Fabric: brown wool gabardine
Pattern: Vogue 7362
Notions: zipper, bias tape.
Time to complete: approximately 20 hours–I think!
First worn: sometime last year?
Wear again? It’s a standard
Total Cost: Probably around $30.00. The fabric was bought on sale when Beverly Hills Silks and Woolens closed down.
I have the most fabulous dress, suitable for every occasion. I bought it years ago at a church rummage sale. My mother told me it looked like a monk’s robe and of course that’s what I’ve called it ever since. It’s fabulous, but it’s also high-necked and long sleeved and falls almost to the ankle. I thought it would be great to have a variation. Something that has some shape to it, but is modest in nature and can accessorized to suit a number of occasions.
I started with Vogue 7362, but changed it radically. The top fits fairly snugly through the shoulders and there’s a lot of ease in skirt. I pinked the inside as the gabardine ravels, and put the zipper in by hand using the technique in Claire Shaeffer’s Couture Sewing Techniques book. The zipper took a lot of time to finish, but I think it’s beautiful. I finished the edges by top stitching over bias tape. I’ve been happy with this dress. It gets a lot of wear, usually with a brown sweater or a little red vintage jacket.