Hot! The “this is why I need the sew weekly challenges” dress!

The Facts:
Fabric: Quilting cotton
Pattern: Meghan Peasant Dress by SisBoom
Year: 2009
Notions: elastic (shame!)
Time to complete: about 4 hours
First worn: May 2011
Wear again? yes to work
Total price: about $20

Name & Location: Beth, Brisbane, Sunshiny QLD, Australia

Blog: (i just started blogging this year – not a sewing blog)

How long have you been sewing:
 I had a brief and disappointing flirtation with sewing in highschool. I started sewing vintage inspired aprons as gifts about 4 years ago. More recently I have been making clothes for my daughter and a few things for me.

Why did you want to commit to The Sew Weekly Challenge:
I need structure and a timeframe or I will procrastinate indefinitely! I like the themes. I have loved reading and admiring everyone’s post throughout 2011 – thank you for the inspiration and giving me the courage to take the plunge!
What do you love most about sewing garments:

I love that idea of not having to look and be disappointed by the clothes in shops. I like the mindfulness of sewing too.

What do you hate most about sewing garments: I’m afeared of zippers and the laying out of patterns and cutting is where I have stalled many a time as I’m terrified of ruining it BEFORE I even start sewing!

What do you want to accomplish this year with regard to the challenge:
  I want to learn how to sew clothes! beautiful, wearable, made-by-me clothes!

Your biggest non-sewing goal of 2012: get my ears pierced! and make my own cheese, yoghurt, bread etc

What are your favorite sewing/fashion blogs: 
There are soo many great sewing blogs but here are a few of my favourites: Coletterie, Lladybird, Meet me at Mikes, & Naughty Shorts  



Beth is a mum, occupational therapist and a beginner sewer. She hopes by the end of 2012 she'll have a wardrobe filled with sewn garments.


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  1. Your dress is darling. I understand exactly what you mean about being fearful of cutting and ruining your creation before sewing even starts! I’ve experience that paralysis myself, especially if it’s really beautiful fabric that I really, really don’t want to ruin, LOL. But after the first cut everything’s fine, isn’t it?

  2. Hi Beth, great to see another Brisbane girl here! I’m tryimg to adopt the mantra “have no fear” this year as I have a similar problem! Good luck!

  3. Thanks Sharon and Deb. I’ve been telling myself that I have to make mistakes to learn anything :)

  4. OMG Beth, I just got my ears pierced last month after 10 years of procrastination, and I’m 33!

    Wishing you all the best for sewing weekly this year, and can’t wait to see what yo come up with! I LOVE not shopping for clothes, because I was always disappointed in the fit.

  5. I haven’t heard of that pattern brand before. It looks like they have some great patterns. Can’t wait to see what else you make.