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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.


In a couple of weeks Tim and I are heading to Chicago for a long weekend. We’ll be visiting one of Tim’s old friends and doing some exploring of Chicago on our own. This is the first time visiting for both of us so tell me where we should be going!

So for the trip I’d like to sew up a few things to wear on the road. I’m not sure what it is but new cities always make me want to look extra special and nothing says extra special like handmade goodness!

#1. The Peony dress – Since I’m already making this for the sewalong I’m going to try to finish at least a wearable muslin for the trip.

#2. Clover pants – For the fall I’d love a new sassy pair of slim ankle pants in either black, navy, or maybe red.

I’m going to be trotting around in lots of Colette Patterns!

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So I’m hoping to post this and have someone tell me they have had the same problem so I can stop feeling cruddy.

I spent this weekend finishing up Sewaholic’s lovely Cambie dress and as it was coming together my excitement level was rising and rising. The shape is so lovely and using her technique to put the lining in made my dress look good enough to wear inside out!

Then the time comes to try the dress on so I can determine the hem length and dun, dun, dun…. the zipper will not go up, like for the life of me it will not budge. I try taking it off and running the zipper up and down to ya know loosen things up and it just gets worse and worse. I can barely get it up and down with no one in the dress and its never gonna happen with me squeezed in the middle.

The real question is what the heck do I do now? I will certainly wreck the delicate lining if I try to unpick everything but she far to pretty to give up on completely. Hhmph! For now she sits dejectedly in my sewing room as I cannot look her in the zipper. Hopefully we can resolve this someday once my grudge against dumb zippers passes.

On a happier note I did get one thing done successfully this weekend! I organized my fabric into the most beautiful mini bolts. Each shelf holds twp rows of bolts which isn’t convenient but it is pretty! I was surprised by the fact the bolts take up less space than having everything folded and stacked on the same shelves. I for one find myself inspired when everything is neat and tidy!

So can someone please tell me they have faced the same sad situation with a sewing project?? Or can you at least lie to me to make me feel better.


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!


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!


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!


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!


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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