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03.10.13 Victory for Ava

I have to say I finished this dress in October or November of last year and wore it when Tim and I went to a charity night with my work. I was literally sewing the binding on the neckline minutes before we walked out the door.

We had boatloads of fun dancing the night away. At one point the singer of the night’s band had her phone out and was videoing Tim’s dancing! Thats not a first and certainly won’t be a last!

Anywho, I wore the dress to church last week and we snapped a couple pictures in the super bright afternoon.

The dress is the lovely Ava dress from Victory patterns. It has the nicest swishy full skirt and made for great dancing. I would love to make the top version!


01.24.13 New Old Year

As usual I’m behind on the new year but this year I’ve decided thats going to be okay. Of course there are so many goals and things I would like to accomplish but instead my goal is going to be to go with the flow and enjoy myself this year.

Don’t worry I’m still sewing and doing other fun things! I’ve been working on a beautiful new dress and got to spend the holidays with my love and my family in Portland.


This past weekend we got to attend a wedding of a friend and they were sweet enough to ask Tim to be the officiant and he did a wonderful job!



 peplum vogue 8815 SewIThought

Oh look I made something and took picture of it yay! Its Vogue 8815 and it was a breeze to make and super fun to wear as well.

peplum vogue 8815 sewithought

vogue 8815 sewithought

I’ve been eyeing this fabric for months but didn’t know what to make with it but I am so plased with the choice. I can’t wait to try making a short sleeve version with a little bit longer peplum!

peplum vogue 8815 SewIThought

So I’ve jumped on the peplum bandwagon and I saw this funny quip online about peplums.

peplum SewIThought


11.07.12 Made Market

Made Market Scottsdale SewIThought

Just a little note to any Arizona locals that I will be one of many lovely vendors participating in Made Market this December. You should all come out and support handmade and local products. I will be selling vintage clothing along with some handmade goodies! Hope to see you all there!


If you’ve been reading my blog for a long time you probably know that I used to do lots and lots of refashions – changing oversized thrift store finds into new garments.

I haven’t been doing many of these lately but I still have quite a stash of to be refashioned items and this weekend I took inventory of my pile.

Shirts – 8
Dresses -18
Pants – 2
Rompers – 1
Sweaters – 3
Skirts – 2

Total – 34

This year I have been trying to pare my wardrobe down to only unique and versatile items. So now I need to figure out which of these 34 items can be successfully transformed into wardrobe staples and which have got to hit the road.

Are you guilty of projects piling up like me? I sure hope I’m not the only one.


I intended to make this to wear in Chicago but once it was altogether we had some kinks to work out first.

The darts are just about 100% wrong. The pulling between the front darts seems to be because the darts are too close together and too long. The pulling makes the top seem really tight and small which weirdly is not the case. It in fact feels a little big on the sides.

The neck also feels likes i’m being choked so thats definitely going to have to be lowered.

And on top of all that there is tons of gaping at the back neck.

I am pleased with using a full skirt instead of the a-line one the pattern calls for and the fabric choice but thats about it.
Back to the sewing table it is.

On another note forgive the slightly crappy pictures – it is getting really hard to take pictures after work now that its getting dark sooner and sooner. I’m going to have to come up with another time to get these things done.


This past weekend I got to spend the weekend in the Windy City and thus can check off number twenty off of my 24 before 25 list.

We ate tons of food, walked a million miles, and thoroughly explored the city.

It actually looked like fall in Chicago which is such a pleasant change from the 90 degree weather in Arizona!

20. Visit Chicago

Off to the next list item!


10.08.12 Sneak Peeks

I have surprisingly been doing quite a bit of sewing but not too many photoshoots. So I thought I’d give a sneak peek of a few projects you may or may not have seen until I can get some legit photos taken!

Saturday was Tour De Fat where thousands of people come out for fun, costumes, and bicycles! Tim and I decided to go with a nautical theme so I made this dress and finished it up mere minutes before the bike parade! We volunteered in the afternoon and it was super fun.

I finally fixed the Cambie dress lining! I had to do some serious wrestling with that lining but in the end I won and I didn’t even have to remove the zipper.

I also finished my peony muslin and I have a few fit issues to work out, like this weird pulling in between the darts which I think actually stems from a saggy neckline.

I also made this pencil skirt a while ago but haven’t gotten around to pictures better than these that Tim snapped when we visited the Musical Instrument Museum in Scottsdale but check out how cool those walkman-esque audio tour devices are!

I’ve got tons to do this with our impending trip to Chicago including figuring out how to go from the high 90’s to the mid 50’s…eek! Us native Arizonans are not built for that kind of weather.

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