Saturday, December 1, 2012

Do you want the good news or...

Bad news first... my little black dress turned into a wadder. It hurts my heart :( I used Butterick 5710, or Pippa's Knock-off Dress. I was making the shorter version for my LBD. I used a beautiful black crepe de chine from Mood. The whole dress was lined with black ambiance from The dress is relatively simple to construct but does require some finesse. The problem is  that every piece except for the sleeves is cut on the bias. Extra care must be taken to not stretch out the fabric all to Hell.  I thought I was doing a very good job of this until I got to the step of inserting the zipper into the center back seam. You of course will interface all seams immediately after cutting to avoid my problem- advice I found only after it was too late. The first time I inserted the zipper, it buckled into an awful wavey line- it screamed homemade. I must have sewn and unpicked the back seam at least five times. I tried pressing the bias back into original shape. I tried interfacing the back seam allowances. I tried small gathering stitches to try to eliminate the wave. All to no avail. I showed it to my husband who said "it's not that bad"- code for "I don't want to hurt your feelings". Being the man that he is, he also had no knowledge of the original Pippa dress and said he didn't understand "the diaper in the front"- referring to the infamous draping neckline. Ugh- men! I decided I spent way too much time trying to make it work and it just wasn't going to- so I am moving on!
Now for a bit of good news. I received a nice cheer me up from Diya at The Hobby Harbor. I met her during the draft-a-long we are both participating in. She's very creative. I am jealous totally love her chevron print A-line skirt she made as her first drafted project. Anyway, she nominated me for the Liebster award. Thanks Diya!
"The Liebster Award is given by bloggers to up and coming bloggers who have less than 200 followers. It is to show new bloggers that they are appreciated, and to help spread the word about new blogs"
Diya requested that I answer these questions about myself:
[1] What are a few blogs that you read on a daily/weekly basis? I read all updates from blogs that I follow on an almost daily basis. I need to get better at commenting but if I'm following you- I'm reading what your posting.
[2] Which is your favourite sewing pattern? I can't say that I have one favorite sewing pattern because my tastes and mood change so quickly. However, I'm really into sewing independent pattern designs lately.
[3] How long have you been blogging? According to Blogger, since February 2009- I can't believe it's almost four years!
[4] What project(s) are you currently working on? I am currently working on a muslin of my self drafted basic tee pattern. I'm also cutting out a long sleeved shirt dress.
[5] What is one of your New Years Resolutions? In regards to sewing/blogging, I hope to be able to post more regularly and frequently in the upcoming year. I've struggled to find sewing time with a toddler running around but I think I've gotten into the groove lately. I also have a large stash of uncompleted quilting projects that I would like to work through.
[6] Did you write a tutorial on your favourite project you made? No, I don't generally do tutorials. I've received some great emails asking me how I did something and I am happy to personally respond to these and offer assistance. However, there's so many tutorials and great advise out there that I don't usually feel compelled to make my own.
[7] Do you have pets? I have had a calico cat since I was 18! She frequents the sewing room often.
[8] Where do you buy most of your clothes? I don't buy a lot of RTW items. When I do, they are usually basics from Target or Kohls. I love looking at the LOFT. I think this store best resembles my style, or what I wish it would be!
[9] What is the #1 item on your holiday wish list? It was actually really difficult for me to think of a wish list this year. The problem is, if I really want something, I usually just go get it! But I've asked for some cooking tools. Cooking and baking is another one of my favorite things to do aside from sewing.
[10] Your favourite project you made till date? Perhaps one of the items that gets the most wear is this wrap dress. It is very flattering and I can dress it up or down. I love the floral print. (Love the flashback- I hope my photo skills have improved, LOL)
[11] What inspired you to start a blog? Before blogging, I had sewn off and on since my early teens. But I was never too excited about it because I really couldn't talk to anyone about sewing as none of my friends sew. A few years ago I discovered the wonderful world of the online sewing community! I love the ability to see what others are sewing and gain tips and advice. This is what inspired my to blog- just to be able to share what I am doing with everyone else. It has really improved my sewing skills as well!
Here are some bloggers that I have been following that I would love to nominate:
Frogs in a Bucket
I Heart Fabric
made by meli88a
Sew My Time


  1. Thanks Jenny!! Your such a sweety!! Thats a shame your dress didnt turn out. I have a bin full of projects that didnt work. Some out of the most expensive, nicest fabric and its so annoying they didnt work. One dress I have to repick so I can sew a different skirt on otherwise I wont ever wear it.

    I love your wrap dress is so nice and looks beautiful on. My favourites are Vogue 1236 I think I have almost wore it so many times to work its starting to fall apart. (It was one of my first dresses so not sure I made it as nice as I could hehe) and also Colettes Macaron Dress.

    Thanks again and always love reading your blog as well!! xoxox

  2. You are welcome Jenny :) Nice to read so much more about you..
    For your LBD -Sobs..
    It hurts when we put in so much effort and a project fails.. You know even the slightest mistakes puts me off:D
    I am not making the tee in the draft along :/.. Hope to join back on the button down shirt..

  3. I'm sorry to hear about the LBD project. That is so disappointing! But it's better to wad it up than wear a dress with a "diaper in the front..." The men in our lives really have a way with words, dont they?

    And... Thanks for the shout out!

  4. Oh, I am sorry. I know how disappointing that is first hand. Please stop by for an update. I've had a lot going on the last few months.

  5. Im sorry about the dress ;-( I hate when that happens and it does happen to the best of us. On to the next, maybe Ill blog about the pile of wadders in my corner, lol

  6. Hi Jenny, I wanted to let you know that I passed on to you the One Lovely Blog Award. I see you just received another award so don't feel obligated to write up everything all over again. :) Just wanted to let you know I enjoy your blog.

  7. Sorry to read about your LBD - it really is hard when your mental-visual-image just doesn't do as it should during the sewing process. If there ever was a 'Wadder Club' we would all be eligible for free membership...J