The “Paint Me a Hello!” Maxi Dress
Name & Location: Amy, San Francisco
Blog: Sew Well
How long have you been sewing: Two years.
Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge: Sharing common goals with others keeps me inspired to sew each week, regardless of whether I complete an entire garment. Plus, the Sew Weekly was the first sewing blog I found, which gives it a special place in my heart.
What do you love most about sewing garments: I love the creativity in making something unique, and the heirloom quality of each finished, handmade project.
What do you hate most about sewing garments: It’s frustrating being a novice. My sewing is slowed as I research the proper way to insert an invisible zipper into a bias-cut skirt, set a sleeve, create bound buttonholes… It’s exciting to learn new things, but I often wish it wasn’t so slow going.
What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: I want to create a deeper and broader handmade wardrobe and get to know more of the sewing community while I’m at it.
Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: I have big goals professionally, but I won’t bore you with them. Instead, I’ll let you know that I want to run a three-hour marathon this year.
What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs: I’m not a fan of having favorites. There are a lot of talented people out there, and I feel lucky to have gotten to know a few of them over the past year of blogging.
⁃ Fabric: “Paint Me a Maxi Dress” silk and cotton blend from FineFabrics.com
⁃ Pattern: Vogue V8182
⁃ Year: 2006
⁃ Notions: Invisible zipper
⁃ Time to complete: Much of the summer
⁃ First worn: September 18, 2011
⁃ Wear again? Yes, I already have!
⁃ Total price: $100?
You Can Do It: Favorite Dress from 2011
My favorite dress from 2011 is the maxi dress that I struggled with most of the summer. Preventing the ruching at the waist from being a saggy mess and inserting the invisible zipper into the bias-cut skirt were just about the end of me. But, I persevered, and I ended up with a keeper.