Hot! Bright Lights, Big City



The Facts:

Fabric:Timeless Treasures Sweet on NYC Packed Buildings Multi
Pattern:  Simplicity Amazing Fit 1914
Year: 2012
Notions: thread, invisible zipper
Time to complete: 8 hours
First worn: April 11, 2012
Wear again? Yes!
Total price: A whopping $23 dollars!




I had to wait a week for my fabric to come from across the country, so when it arrived on Tuesday, I got right to it. I thought I would try the AmazingFit pattern 1914 by Simplicity to make an easy summer-dress. The fabric is an interesting pattern of buildings, that is only recognizable when you are close up. It went together smoothly with just a few alterations under the arms. It took more time than I thought it would, as I had to hand-stitch the neck facing and the bias trim around the arm openings.

Back door of a Bistro

My husband and I attended an Apple Seminar in Santa Rosa on Ipads in Education, so I took the opportunity to wear my latest creation and took advantage of the surroundings for a quick photo-shoot between rain showers. We met up with my youngest daughter who attends SRJC for a quick dinner before we headed back up north. She graciously snapped a few pictures as we wandered up and down 4th Street. Santa Rosa is our nearest big little city with two malls, all of the big box stores, an airport, university, and the junior college. Some of my favorite haunts are Jo-Anns and the frozen yogurt places, as well as a variety of ethnic restaurants and authentic Mexican ice cream stores. You can get flavors such as avocado, corn, rose petal, chile with lime– It sounds a bit unusual, but wait until you sample some! I bet you’ll love it. I’ve had this week off so it’s been fun to spend endless hours sewing. I did several alterations for my girls and even tried to make a pair of pants. That was a very challenging and not a very successful endeavor. I’m determined to master it though. I love how Gina’s pants fit so perfectly and so I’m going to try the pattern she used at some point. I also might try making my own pattern from an existing pair that fit well. I watched this youtube tutorial and it looks easy.

Hubby and Me



Barbara is a resident of Northern California. She loves to sew and has pledged not to buy retail clothes for the year of 2012. That means she has to make her own, or buy it at a thrift store. I hope she doesn't spend too much on fabric. When she shops for fabric her eyes light up as she imagines the possibilities! She's like a kid in a candy store.


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  1. Your dress is adorable! I,too, love 4th St. in Santa Rosa. I used to hang out there quite a bit. My favorite feed store is up there as well : ) Funny how small the world is getting isn’t it? Keep trying with the pants, at some point the clouds will clear and you’ll have them licked!

  2. It’s so neat looking and I love the little skyscraper print!

  3. Hi Barbara, Great use of fabric for a NYC theme.

  4. Hi, I am a SR native. I just discovered Legacy in Sebastopol. Next time you drive through there, it is really worth a stop-look see . I bought some beautiful vintage striped cotton along with two vintage dress patterns. Good luck with your sewing this year. Can’t wait to see what’s next.

  5. Well hubby looks proud Barbara, love the print and cut and that photo-bomber behind you on the fountain pic hehe

  6. That print is so cute! You’ve made the perfect dress with it. Very nice.

  7. What a cute couple you two are! Nice story – felt like I was there with you! Another great dress and I really like that print. Could be cute for little boys shirts

  8. I LOVE this! I’ve been looking at that pattern for a bit now, but haven’t been brave enough to buy it…. After seeing this, I may just have to go pick it up!

  9. Your fabric and dress style are fantastic, and I love that picture of you and your hubby :) Adorable!