October 30, 2011


...I am having a hard time keeping my sewing motivation "on track".  I am not by any means chunking my FALL HIT LIST, but right now I am really loving me some knit Retro Dresses!  Long sleeved versions of course, because it's only going to get colder - right!  I've got a chill on me right now.  Can you imagine being chilly in Georgia.  I'm thinking about just going with this dress flow thing for the moment, after all, it is what's calling my name   so loudly and I am so enjoying wearing them.  Maybe I should have just named it my FALL DRESS LIST - had no idea it was going to go in this direction...

Here's a picture of Fall Dress #3 - love it!  I worked on altering the pattern back in September, but choked in pattern grading confidence so I laid it aside.  I picked it back up last week because I really do love this dress that makes my thoughts wonder back to high school.  Is that such a bad thing?, or am I too old to be thinking about fashion from that era?  I have such great high school memories, as I am sure many of you do.  Mine was the era of the "Mini Skirt", so you know I wanted to make theses dresses muchhhhh shorter, but didn't dare (lol).  After all I am a GrandMa four times over.

This WILL be going to school tomorrow! (front view)

Back view
I guess I was so excited about making this dress that it never occurred to me that I needed to match the circles.  Duh, don't know where my mind was at the time.  But, oh well, I'm still in love with it.

The sewing cave is a mess!, the result of a 9 hour (10:30a.m. to 7:30p.m.) beginning sewing class with two people.  Now, they didn't cause all this disarray, but we did have SOME fun!  We must have laughed all day long.  I should have taken pictures while they were here but didn't even think about it at the time.  In the process we reviewed reading the back of the pattern envelope, choosing sizes, determining fabric yardage, selecting fabrics, and lots of sewing terminology in the process.  One person finished a  cardigan, and the other a muslin for a pair of pants - they were very happy with the results.  We plan on getting together for another session before Thanksgiving.

After fixing a quick bite to eat, I was in bed by 8:30, I was a little tired (lol).  Teaching is so rewarding, especially when you're teaching something that YOU LOVE... 


  1. Wow, Faye, you have been on a roll. I agree with you, ponte de roma is GREAT stuff! You go girl!

  2. My sewing room has a similar look, although more like a typhoon dumped on the cutting table!

  3. Hi Faye! The new dress looks so mod! Can't wait to see how you are going to style it :) Seems like you all have a lot of fun. I wish that you live near here so that I can attend your sewing class! I miss female companionship & camaraderie...

    p/s: Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. You are my very 1st follower!

  4. I love this dress! I like the color and the dots/circles. I too grew up during the mini-skirt era but don't have the same looking legs I use to have. But find that for me, and I am short, that right above the kneecap looks pretty goood.

  5. Great looking dress, Faye, you have made some incredible dresses. I cleaned my sewing room yesterday, now time to mess it up again!

  6. You always do such a beautiful job and your latest creations are no exception! Your dresses express YOU completely, so there is no need to question your motivation. Keep going...you are doing your best work!

    If all goes according to plan, I may be moving back to Georgia soon...so....I'll be close enough to sneak in to one of those sewing sessions! Sounds like such fun!

  7. I think its so cool that you are teaching others to sew! What a wonderful way to spend a day. And I love the new dress, it's very pretty!

  8. The circle dress looks wonderful. You are so right about teaching. When you are teaching something you love, you can't help enjoying the process. Have fun with your next session. I'm sure you will!

  9. Love this dress! I am really bad at matching stuff, so I support your nonmatchiness.

  10. that red & black fabric is awesome :) it looks like a really wonderful winter dress!

  11. I don't think the mismatched circles will be really noticeable on you. After all, being a person, you move around, right? It's really a cute dress. I'll bet your students will shower you with compliments.

    It's so nice that you're teaching people to sew. And I'm glad you all had fun!

  12. That is a great dress! And, looking at the print, it seems to me like it's a little bit out of your comfort zone. It is fabulous!

  13. It seems like you've been soooo productive following your bliss with knit dresses. I say go for it and make some more!




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