My no more buts project turned out to be finally starting my own sewing blog (and knitting and whatever else comes along). 

My mom taught me the basics so I have been sewing since I was a kid. But I never really started honing my craft until recently. For the longest time I was content with p.j. bottoms, skirts, and other easy projects. As I’ve grown older, I’ve become less and less tolerant of ready to wear: the fit, the quality (or lack there of) and the fashions just seem to get worse and worse! Not to mention, I would like my own personal style to be something more unique and fun that what is available at the local mall. I spend a lot of time reading, and trying to perfect my sewing technique. And honestly, much of the time I still feel like a beginner!
I love all things vintage and retro. It all started with my “discovery” of classic films when I was in Jr. High and it all sort of snowballed from there. Mid-Century is my favorite era, but as far as beautiful clothing goes – I’m a sucker for any decade. 
My most recent project was a vintage inspired sundress. The fabric and pattern are new, but I think the silhouette has a nice 50’s flavor. More photos and details at my blog

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  • What a pretty dress! I love the sash and the way it fits you.

  • You did a great job! I went to your blog, and I feel for all your problems. These things do happen, unfortunately, with a commercial pattern. Sometimes the pieces aren’t well drafted, or the instructions aren’t adequate. With experience you’ll get a better idea of what you need to adjust for your body, and problems with the pattern won’t throw you. I’m getting back into it after a long hiatus, but when I was sewing on a regular basis, I got to the point that I often didn’t need the instructions that came with the pattern.

    As for learning to fit, I’d recommend a copy of the Vogue Sewing book–a good reference in general. Also, Threads magazine often runs great articles on fit. Check your local library.


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