Hot! The “Taffeta Gingham For Every Day Wear” Dress

Name & Location: Liz Cowin.  Portland, OR.

Blog: I just finished up a year long personal challenge with Dress of the Month Club.

How long have you been sewing: Sewing has been a partof my life for as long as I can remember.  My mother was at her machine for a good chunk of my childhood.  As soon as I was tall enough to reach the pedal she showed me the basics and it all grew from there.

Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge:  The Sew Weekly is a super fun read and I have to admit that there were a great many challenges I wish I had participated in last year.  Now I have my chance.

What do you love most about sewing garments: Being able to answer “Yes!” every time someone asks “Did you make that?”

What do you hate most about sewing garments: I don’t know why, but I can’t stand marking darts.  I love the darts, themselves, though.  Curious.

What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge: I am really working to stock my closet with classic, quality pieces that fit well and will stand the test of time.  All the better if I can make them (and show them off!).

Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: I guess I hope to pull off a really fun, stress-free wedding.  We just “decided” to get married about a week ago so . . . we’ll see.

What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs:  Apart from this one, I enjoy A Beautiful Mess and Coletterie.  I really wish The Selfish Seamstress would make a prolific return.



Liz makes her home in continuously gray, but lovely, Portland, Oregon. The cloud cover and raindrops only contribute to her dressmaking habit. Liz believes that all dresses should have pockets and all pockets should hold kittens.


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  1. your blog is lovely, as is your dress! congratulations on your upcoming wedding!

  2. I love it! Kind of flirty and oh so fun.

  3. I’m with you on the ‘marking darts’ thing. The taffeta gingham is lovely.