Return to Sewing Mountain

Phew. It’s been almost a month since the last post. I’ve managed to finish a (VERY) rough draft of my thesis. It’s now awaiting comments from my advisor. While I wait for those to come through…I can get back to sewing and blogging! Huzzahs!

Since I had been spending most of my free time sequestered away in my room with piles of sources and notecards and a laptop I’ve had very little time to devote to sewing. It’s really been killing me, too. As I’ve mentioned before sewing is one of the things I do to relax. That’s not to say that I wasn’t fiddling about with a few things here and there when I managed to carve out a free moment.

On a recent trip to JoAnn’s I’d picked up a really cute dress pattern. Now, I’m really more of a t-shirt and jeans kind of girl on a daily basis and I don’t wear dresses all that often, but I do tend to keep a few around. I’ll wear one to church sometimes, or for a girls’ night out, or sometimes just because I want to “shake things up” and wear something other than my usual jeans. When I get the urge to wear a dress people inevitably ask me what the special occasion is. Despite not wearing them all that often, I LOVE making them. So far I’ve made and worn three different ones and I usually get compliments on them.

When I spotted the new dress pattern I knew exactly what fabric I was going to use. A few years back I had purchased a brown linen with pink blossoms embroidered all over it. Normally I wouldn’t look at the color combination of brown and pink and think “Awesome! I love it!” but this time it really worked. Anyway, I had purchased the fabric thinking “I’ll make a cute little skirt out of it.” Cut to a year or two later and it was still in the stash, awaiting a purpose.

I took it out of the box, ironed it and got a cutting. I made a little change to the original pattern. The pattern envelope actually included patterns for two slightly different styles. The one I made here is actually supposed to tie at the top with two long ties. I actually went ahead and cut them out and

Can you tell what movie I was watching while finishing the dress?

 even sewed them on to the dress but I wasn’t happy with the way it looked. For one, the top was a little too big when it was just tied together. I also wanted to feel a little more secure when wearing the dress and not have to worry about the straps in the back coming untied. Plus, I will probably usually wear this dress with a bolero or similar top and I didn’t want the ties to cause a bulge under the top.

I took out the ties and just closed off the ends of the two sides. The top of the dress now closes with a nice big dress hook. I wanted an extra bit of flash on the back of the dress and went ahead and found a really cute button that looks like a cherry blossom. It’s a detail that most people will probably never see and it’s my favorite part of the dress.

I’m really looking forward to wearing the dress out this weekend. The weather is supposed to be beautiful. I’m still trying to figure out what to make the bolero out of but, in the meantime, I’ve got a light, short-sleeved pink sweater with little blossoms embroidered on it that I think will go very well with the whole ensemble.

In other news…my favorite JoAnn’s is closing. Well, it’s kind of closing. Technically they say they’re moving. Unfortunately, the place they’re moving to is a bit more out of the way than I’d like. They’re taking over the spot vacated by Circuit City over at one of the town squares (I always forget whether it’s Fairfax Town Center or Fairfax Square…both are “nearby” but in two different places). It’s actually a nice building and a big location, but…that was my store, damn it! I knew where everything was, I could drive there in 15 minutes in rain so bad I could barely see the road, and I liked the people there. My favorite employee isn’t even going to the enw store. ::pout:: The JoAnn’s out at Centreville is also closing, which means the closest one to me now is the one out at Seven Corners. I never go there – it’s dirty, it’s kind of crowded and jumbled and I usually can’t find what I’m looking for. I suppose I’ll just have to learn a new route to the new location.

The NGB logo and tagline contest results are in. They’ve actually been in for a while but, as I mentioned, I was sequestered away. The winner of the tagline contest is Maggie (“Costumer’s Unite!) and the winner of the logo contest is Lauren Geerdes (aka Red). I love both submissions and can’t thank either contributor enough. You guys rock!

So, that brings the first NGB contest to a close. The boxes of goodies and t-shirts are on their way (or have been delivered) to the recipients. I’ll be putting together another contest a little later on this year but I don’t know exactly when or what it’ll be. Just remember to keep checking back.

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