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Stepping into fall with Silk!

“My soul is fed with needle and thread” – Author Unknown

The thunderstorm from the night before had taken even the weatherman by surprise. It left the city in chaos and most of the roadways were blocked (mainly due to flooding or fallen trees). It took me 2 hours to drive 5 blocks! I thought this might be a temporary problem so instead of heading back home I parked the car thinking I’d wait it out. You can imagine my delight when I realized that I had parked down the street from a fabric store! I wasn’t planning on buying anything, I wasn’t working on any sewing projects, and I didn’t even have the time to sew but still what better place to be stuck then at a fabric store? I wouldn’t buy any more unnecessary fabrics I would simply take a look around. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of eye candy…

Well… I bought lots of fabric! Gorgeous silk blends on sale… do you really think I would leave empty-handed? The first silk blend that led to my shopping spree was this one:

Look at her. Isn’t she a beaut?

FAST FORWARD…(5 months later)

I went back to being super busy and didn’t give the fabric or sewing a second thought. The fabric that I bought that day stayed in the bag.

My busy life started to slow down as my assignment was coming to an end and the thought of sewing started to creep back into my thoughts. I was all too familiar with this sensation. I had the sewing fever. I had to make something!

Lucky for me, a friend of mine was getting married and I would be flying out in 2 days. So I decided to make something quick and easy to wear to the wedding. I found this pattern and decided it would be the exact type of quick and easy dress that I could whip up for a wedding.

I like to focus on elaborate fabric and simple patterns. 🙂 I finished the dress just in time for our flight and actually hemmed it when I landed. lol

I think that Thunderstorm was worth it back in the summer. What do you think?

Till Next Time
~Na

Feast your eyes on this!

“When I learned to sew, I forgot how to cook.” ~Author Unknown

Firstly, look at the fabric.

Fabric

Isn’t that a pretty color? Can you blame me for buying it?

After my last dress I thought I’d take it up a notch with McCall’s 5752.

I’ve had my eye on this pattern for quite some time now. Although I wanted to rush and make as many things as I could (in anticipation of my trip), I forced myself to slow down and pay close attention to my technique. I tried not to cut corners. I couldn’t get side tracked with wanting to finish a set amount of items. I had to focus on my long-term goal (learning to sew like a professional).
So keeping my goals in mind I took my time. I took no short cuts. And what do you know? I surprised myself!!!

Notice my bag (wink, wink)

Back view

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Aren’t you proud of me? I’m stepping up my game folks!!!
Admittedly, it’s far from perfect BUT its way better than I have EVER done. I am on a roll!!!

I now have 2 pretty dresses for my trip! Do you see why cooking is no longer a priority?

Till we meet again,
Na

What’s a Vacation Without New Clothes?

“I love sewing and have plenty of material witnesses”. ~Author Unknown

We are going on vacation!!!!

In just a few weeks I will have the pleasure of shopping for fabrics in another country! This will be my first time traveling since becoming a seamstress and my Hubby won’t know what hit him!!! I have already done my homework and found the exact fabric stores that I plan to visit. In consideration to Sam however, I am limiting my fabric exploration to only 3 stores hehehe. (Please, try not to envy me.)

I am not completely obsessed with everything fabric! I have also chosen every restaurant in which I plan to eat. I practically know exactly what meal I’ll be eating at every restaurant!!! You do agree that eating is important, no?

Lucky for me, Sam isn’t picky and likes to go with the flow. I, on the other hand, want to make sure this experience is thoroughly planned. I am a little compulsive when it comes to planning our vacations (you should see our color coded itinerary). Don’t worry — not every minute of every day is planned.

Anyway after working tirelessly on our itinerary I realized this vacation will not be perfect unless I add a few key pieces to my wardrobe. Now, had I been sewing for as long as some of you I would certainly make an elaborate wardrobe. But alas… I am new at this and short on time so I will simply do my best!

I thought a nice dress would be in order. I wanted something easy that I could dress up. After an hour of looking and re-looking (my word) at my patterns I decided on Simplicity 2642.

My favorite in this bunch would have to be view E. But I really wanted a dress with sleeves. So I reluctantly decided to go with view B. I say “reluctantly” because the sleeves look stiff and unappealing on the model.

So I made this dress in a few hours. It wasn’t difficult at all. I left out the elastic at the waist and put a ribbon instead. I also used a different fabric in hopes of losing the “stiff” look and to dress it up a bit. Overall I think it’s a fun dress! I’ll probably make this dress again next summer. I may also make View E for the vacation if time allows.

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I wonder what I'll whip up next….

Till we meet again,
Na

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