Sunday, January 12, 2014

January Plaid

Yeah! One dress down. My home may be a complete wreck, but I sewed my dress! I'm proud of my work. I made my own interfacing instead of dress lining (because I am lazy and hello, I own a slip!). I also did a "lapped zipper" (I believe it is called that...sorry if I'm wrong). 

Friday, January 10, 2014

In the Blood

Mary Moore Crawforth

I love sewing, and I especially love sewing dresses.

On (open to anyone who would like to find out more about their ancestors) I noticed there was a picture and story attached to the name of my ancestor, Mary Moore. As it turns out, she was an excellent dress maker in her teenage years and made dresses for rich ladies in London around 1850 I believe. This information is so amazing to me, not only because I love love love old fashioned clothes but I am descended from someone who could really make them?! Before patterns were used?!

She was an amazing woman who left her beautiful home in Yorkshire for the plains of Utah when she and her husband joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. She traded her beautiful dresses to feed her children. I love her and I am inspired by her example.

Friday, January 3, 2014

New Years Plaid

I tried not to expect too much from myself last year, since I had a baby and I really wanted to pace myself. I learned a couple of piano songs (including the theme to "Downton Abbey") and I sewed a couple of dresses, some more successful than others.

I am trying to set goals to improve my health, spirituality, and home but I'll cut to the chase- mostly this year I want to sew!!! I have so many patterns, fabrics, and dreams waiting to come true. Hopefully I can make a few good dresses, or at least learn a lot in the process!

So far I am completely in love with this dress. I should have sewn it back in the fall, since plaids seemed to be so "in" then, but I didn't have time for it. A January plaid will have to do. Maybe I'm doing it wrong but so far I love sewing with plaids. Yes, one does have to think more about how they will allocate their fabric but I love being able to "follow the lines" as I cut and sew it. I'm so proud that I go the lines to go down the center and then how I cut them vertical on the collar. And the colors! I think they are a blast.

I'm using the Licorice dress pattern from the Colette sewing book. I love Colette patterns! They are so easy to read and use. I should have used them when I was first learning to sew. I'm going to have to sew the Macaron and Ceylon dresses someday too. They are just too cute to say no to.

I just have the sleeves, zipper, and hems to complete on this little beauty!