Another Contest

2014 Fitted Blouse - Skill Level INTERMEDIATE

My dress came in 21st place out of 70 plus entries. I’m thrilled! I got TWENTY votes. Happy day!
Even better, I wore my dress out last Saturday to see Psycho on the big screen with a friend. Win win!

Now I am on to the next contest: fitted blouse, a skills challenge. Thankfully, I muslined a shirt last month so even though I am joining to contest with only seven sewing days left, I’m feeling pretty confident.

Success: Go Anywhere Dress for a sewing contest

New to Me Pattern Company

I entered a sewing contest! I made a dress from a New To Me Pattern Company: the Go Anywhere Dress by Sewn Square One. Of course sewing for a contest is really about giving yourself a deadline, but I did find myself thinking of ways to make my dress stand out.


I changed the neckline and added some embelishments. You can read all about it on here

Success: Burda for Burda


This is an out of print Burda envelope pattern that I had to hunt down on an old “print it at home site” but I’m glad I went to the effort! I made something to wear! And, as fate would have it, Burda was having a party last Thursday night so I had a great Burda top for the Burda party.

If it weren’t so hard to track down, I would highly recommend the pattern. It was easy to put together and would have been a weekend project if I hadn’t decided to change the neck from a boat shape to a V shape, a decision that sent me into a dark spiral of bad math, seam-ripping and tears.

The material is a yummy chocolate Vera Wang jersey that I bought on sale from FOUR YEARS AGO for a dollar a yard. Note to self: Yeah for a big fabric stash!


I made the skirt, too. Two years ago for a Valentine’s Day date. The shirt I made to go with it was a fail. Worn once and never again. But the skirt lives on!

Sadly, my posing techniques are in need of some improvement. Here, Jonah shows me the way: