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I had a super fun time sewing the Macaron for Sew Colette 2.0  and next up for October is the Peony dress!

peony sew colette sewalong sewithought

I hadn’t been able to get really excited about the shape of the dress until I considered adding a full skirt to the simple bodice in place of the a-line one as the pattern calls for.

Peony Inspiration
Peony Inspiration by sewithought featuring dear creatures

I think it would be great to add a contrasting color band on the skirt. Like this dress from Dear Creatures. Now I’ll just need to make the Anise in a sweet blue to match right?

The schedule for October is:

Week of October 1st: Sew-Along Kick-Off (Muslins, measurements, etc)

Week of October 8th: Fabulous Fit

Week of October 15th: It’s All About Fabric!

Weeks of October 22nd – 31st: Be Our Guest

Week of November 5th: Peony Parade

Who else is joining in?

P.S. The lovely Rochelle featured my Macaron in the parade on her blog and sent me this little badge to proudly display!

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I’m currently working my way through my 24 before 25 list and this weekend I got to cross number fifteen off the list by organizing and majorly purging my patterns!


I started out thinking I could put the patterns in page protectors in binders but that turned out not to be a good choice space-wise at all.
So I sorted out patterns I don’t think I will sew or won’t sew a second time and found some pattern boxes at Joanns which allowed me to categorize my patterns. I chose to sort my patterns by type of garment i.e. dresses, tops, jackets, etc.

All my patterns fit into three pattern boxes which currently have a sweet little home between my sewing desk and my cutting table.

I ended up with about half of the original collection! Yay! Now what to do with all the purged patterns??
15.Organize my sewing patterns – Done!

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09.09.12 Macaron Mania!

We went out for a little Sunday brunch this morning and I got to wear my finished Macaron.

macaron dress sewithought

I think she turned out beautifully and it’ll be easy to transition into Arizona’s so called “winter” with a pair of tights and a little cardigan.

colette macaron dress sewithought

colette macaron dress sewithought

It was a little sad to finally fold up my pattern and tuck it away but I can’t wait to find out what the next Sew Colette 2.0 project will be!

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09.04.12 24 Before 25

So after my birthday which was back in April I started making my list for the things I’d like to accomplish this year before I turn a quarter of a century old. I finally got around to perfecting the list and thought I should post it here for a bit of accountability. I’ll try marking off each item as I accomplish them.

  1. Draft a pattern from scratch
  2. Visit NY
  3. Visit my seester in her new home
  4. Go camping
  5. Get a new fancy bike and ride her all over
  6. Get a tattoo, obviously sewing themed
  7. Create a pretty sewing studio
  8. Host a holiday party
  9. Go on a picnic
  10. Make a quilt maybe for said picnic
  11. Sell all of my junk
  12. Dress up and go out for a fancy night with friends
  13. Take a train ride
  14. Read a book out loud with Tim
  15. Organize my sewing patterns
  16. Do some volunteering
  17. Visit San Francisco again and on this trip convince Tim we should move there
  18. Take more pictures of everyday life
  19. Go to more shows – music, art, and comedy
  20. Visit Chicago
  21. Sew more staple items especially for work
  22. Take time with my Grandma and review our family history
  23. Purge my closet and keep the one of a kind items
  24. Make an Arizona bucket list and start working on it
  25. Be more me! This one means dressing the way I want to not just throwing something on and doing the things I’ve always wanted to!
Check out the tab at the top to keep track of the progress. I’ve got a lot to do in the next 8 months eek!


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So my lovely other half has invited me to be his date to his upcoming high school reunion and it’s a few weeks away. That means I may have time to sew up a cute frock instead of having to go out and purchase anything off the rack.

The issue is I’m not exactely sure what the heck to wear/make.

Any of these look good?

Victory pattern’s Ava?

Vogue 1304?

Vogue 1174?

Or something completely different?

So help a girl out and lay some of your ideas on me!

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08.28.12 Where’s Toto?

Here is my version of the vintage gingham dress I spotted on Etsy. I used a super similar little pale blue gingham lined in pale blue as well. I think the fit turned out pretty well despite not being 100% happy with darts but whats new.

The pattern only calls for lining the bodice but I went ahead and flat lined the skirt to prevent any fashion faux pas. I’m not sure if any other sewers feel the same but I remember when I first started sewing and I despised when something called for a lining and now I try to manipulate patterns in order to add a lining… oh growing up into a real adult sewer is fun!

My photographer extraordinaire was trying to get some new poses so logically he told me to look natural and lean into the bush. I think it looks pretty great!

All I need to complete the ensemble are some sparkly red shoes and a good ‘ol tornado! Maybe we could skip the tornado.

In other news I am becoming an extreme fabric and sewing supply hoarder eek! Does anyone know any crafty ladies or gents in the Phoenix area who could take some supplies off my hands?

Now onto my final draft of the Macaron!

 

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I feel like I got super lucky with the fit on the Macaron! I cut the four and the four it shall be.

I think the only change I will make is to lengthen the hem a bit to make it work appropriate since my muslin has no hem at all!

Were you as lucky as me with your fit?

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