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September 8, 2014

HAPPINESS RETURNED...

...yes my sewing motivation returned this weekend.  Yep, out of the blue it just showed up.  And if she could talk I think the conversation would have gone something like this...

ME:  Oh sweetie there you are!  Where in the world have you been?
HER:  Oh, just out and about.
ME:  Well I really did miss you, and this time I couldn't even force you to come back.  And you stayed away soooo long.   I'm really glad you're here though, things are just not the same without you.  Come here, give me a little hug!
HER:  Enough of the mushy stuff, let's get to work.
ME:  Alrighty then, but next time don't you dare stay away so long. Mama really missed you!
I bought a slightly ribbed knit off Hancock's bargain flat-fold table earlier this summer at a scrumptious price.  And although the weather was hot as all get out at the time, I knew just what I'd use it for.  I love a great garnet colored fabric for fall, and when I saw it I instantly thought of the black knit dress I made from Vogue 8939 last fall (Reference this post).
So since (you know who came back) we were able to whip up another one this past weekend.
I underlined the back and front pieces of the dress with black tricot.  Had I taken the time to look at the black dress I would have just added a free hanging lining and saved myself a whole lot of time.  I also altered the pattern just a little at the neckline and decreased the width of the collar by 2 1/4" and it feels much more comfortable. 
Found just enough 1/4" twill tape to stabilize the shoulder seams - its just the right width for shoulder seams.  It's so hard to find 1/4" twill tape in our stores here.  I really need to track some down via the internet.  Maybe I could buy it in a big roll.
So I had a really nice sewing weekend.  I'm so glad happiness has returned, and hope she stays for a very long time...


30 comments:

  1. Faye - I'm so thrilled that your sewing mojo has come home from it's extended vacation! I know you are so happy now. Second, you can get twill tape by the roll in several sizes from Wawak. I have it in black and white in the 1/2" size in a 25 yard roll and it wasn't very expensive at all! Third, great new dress! Love it!

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    1. Oh yes, I am really thrilled that my friend is back. And thanks, Wawak is just the information that I need. I'll look into it tonight!

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  2. I'm thrilled to hear the mojo returned to you - may you both enjoy each others company for a long time :)

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    1. Thanks Sarah. I was miserable.

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  3. Great dress, glad that your mojo is back.

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  4. Yay!!! I hate when the mojo runs away. Love the dress!

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  5. It's like when a cat disappears for a week. You're worried sick and then she returns home and acts like nothing happened. :)
    Look at you with your two new dresses!
    I'm loving your butterflies btw.

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  6. GREAT to have you back....and your dresses are outstanding....I can see them fashioned with beautiful scarves and boots!

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    1. Thanks Diane. I think I'm really going to enjoy wearing it.

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  7. Woo hoo, Faye is back and she has a fabulous trendy garnet dress to show for it! I am so happy the sewing mojo has returned.

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  8. Congratulations on the return of your mojo girl! Does she have a sister out there I can meet cause I'm really missing mine! These dresses are really nice and will be good staple pieces for your Fall wardrobe. Hope you keep her around for a while.
    Cecil at SewItFits.

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    1. Yes she does have many sisters but they all seem to take unexpected hikes from time to time.

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  9. What a nice surprise--the lady returning!! You two made a lovely dress.

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    1. It was a long awaited return.

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  10. How nice-to be together again ;-)

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  11. Yaaaaaaay Mojo!!!

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  12. Welcome back Faye, I really missed you. I love the dress.

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  13. Oh, such pretties! And I'm a fan of 1/4" twill tape as well. When I can find it, I buy all I can get :-) Cannot wear elastane tape, allergic, so I love the twill. Hope your mojo stays for a while :-)

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  14. Great news! Its always good news when the mojo returns.

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    1. I know that's right Bunny!

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  15. Oh em gee Miss Faye! I love me some knit dresses! These are FABULOUS. I bet they'll be warm and fabulous!!!

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  16. I love knit everything too Terri.

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