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Monthly Archives: December 2010

I got this awesome woven silk a while back.  I only got a yard so I had to make something kinda small.

I used a really simple design… that I can just pull it over without a zipper or buttons.   It needed some extra pizazz so I sewed a bunch of buttons around the neckline.

It was a quick and easy project.  I really like how it turned out… I can wear it with leggings or jeans!

Thanks for looking!


My 14 year old sister is going to her FIRST formal dance and I was obviously overjoyed when she asked me to help her make a dress. 

Its her first sewing project and she did stupendously!  Georgia is a rare breed of 14 year old, she is so self confident and sure of who she is.  She spends most of her time kicking ass at kung-fu or editing her latest novel.  She is a total tomboy and not only is this her first handmade dress, but her first dress period.

She chose Burda pattern 8174.  She used a gorgeous dark grey linen and purple lace for the skirt overlay.  She plans to wear it with black Converse to the dance.

She has all the makings of a fabulous seamstress; she’s patient, detail oriented and loves pressing.  Here she is at the machine:

I’m so proud and so excited for her… not to mention the dress turned out perfect!

I love that girl!

I am so in LOVE with this dress.  I have been dreaming about the Liberty of London fabric at my fabric store for sometime now, so I finally broke down and splurged on it.  It is the softest, most fantastic, most expensive fabric I have ever sewn with!

I used black silk chiffon for the yoke and insert in the skirt.  One of my favorite things about this dress is the back…

another necessary dress amenity… POCKETS!!!!

Sometimes I get caught up in wanting to make a new dress every week and I forget how incredible it feels to spend a long time sewing something perfectly.  I beam with happiness every time I see this dress.

Now I just have to save up so I can get this fabric and make my Liberty a sister dress.  Thanks for looking!