SONP2013 Project 1 Part 2

Lesson learned today… never buy cheap thread, its not worth the headache. I now have the dress panels mostly together. As long as I can get some more thread I will hopefully finish it soon. I might leave out the pockets… I am really not sure how to do them, I think skirt #2 will have pockets instead so I have more time to do some research.

Pictures up soon hopefully.


#SONP teaser – Pattern Review

On June 10th I will do a  pattern review for Hideous Dreadful Stinky’s Summer of No Pants.

I purchased B5317


For B5317

For B5317

and this fabric to make the dress with.

The problem:

the pattern calls for 60″ fabric, I purchased 45″

so now what to do…

luckily I have a skirt pattern, we will see what happens with it, stay tuned for my post on June 10th.

Also on May 27th SONP2013 starts up, four skirts in four weeks, I am excited for the challenge! Each Friday I will post my finished product.

Patterns and Fabric and Zippers Oh My!

I went on vacation this weekend and ended up in a fabric store, I spent an hour and a half there and bought my very first patterns! I will post pictures of them later on. I also picked up my very first invisible zipper – forgot to get a zipper foot for it though so it will be a while yet before I can try that out. I got three dress patterns, a skirt pattern, and a button up shirt pattern – I can never get the store bought button up shirts to fit so I though I would try to make my own.

I also picked up some pretty plum coloured mystery fabric. It feels like a georgette – which I didn’t even know existed until this weekend. They sell it at a givewaya price since when they get it in the type of fabric isn’t identified. I got it for my fancy dress pattern which is definitly not for beginners but I am excited to try out once I practice some more.

They also had a bin of second hand patterns there, I found one that I loved but they didn’t have my size, it was a Butterick pattern, a short dress with a criss cross back.


I’m really excited to start working with patterns but first I have to start my Mad Men Dress – I wish I had March Break so I could sew!

How was your first experience with a pattern? Have you ever got an “aw honey” from a sales associate when you show them the pattern you are getting and tell them you are a beginner? (’cause I sure did lol)

Circle Skirts… they’re easy aren’t they…

Last night I decided to get out my sewing machine, it had been about two weeks since the pj pant disaster and I figured it was about time to start again.

This time I got a pattern from and I mixed it with

I figured that I was all set, I had even bought tools for marking and tracing onto my fabric.

The measuring and cutting worked out well, I even set up my iron this time. I ran into issues while hemming. I still have no idea what happened but the end result was that I had to rip out about a quarter of the hem and start over. The thread was a huge mess on one side of the fabric. Once the hem was done I started working on the waistband, I measured, ironed, and sewed the ends then I started pinning it, after all that I realized that i had made it too short, about a quarter of my skirt would have no waistband! After that I decided it was time to call it a night. Tonight I will try the waistband again and hopefully take some pictures to put up on here.

While trying to find skirt patterns online I ran across something called the “summer of no pants” I don’t know if it will be done again but I have decided to try my own summer of no pants and see how far into summer I can get only wearing skirts/dresses. I will have to make some exceptions though… I don’t think teaching kayaking while wearing a skirt would be a good idea, nor would doing yoga or horseback riding, all of which I plan to do this summer. I also plan to take up golf, so the rules will have to bend there to include athletic skorts in my wardrobe.

Summer of No Pants link: