Project update: NewLook 6123

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I’m not much for refashioning or alterations. If a piece of clothing doesn’t work for me, I generally just give it to a friend and wish it luck on its new journey. I almost gave this dress away at a clothing swap last month. It was too tight in the shoulders and upper back, forcing me to stand up uncomfortably straight. I was a little too sentimental about it, though, since I defended my dissertation proposal in it, so I couldn’t give it away that easily. At the last minute had a change of heart and a brilliant idea. What if I just removed the sleeves?

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Dissertation Proposal Defense Dress: NewLook 6123

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As of last Wednesday, I am officially a doctoral candidate. I made this dress for the occasion, and wore it to my dissertation proposal defense. With this being such a special occasion, it was a risk for me to make a new-to-me pattern, but that’s exactly what I did. This is NewLook6123. After having such great success with NewLook 0180/6184, I was hoping that this dress would fit the same.

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Fall 2017 Sewing Plans

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The back-to-school propoganda has started popping up everywhere. Brandon actually warned me not to go to Target unless I wanted to be surrounded by moody teenagers anxious about going back to school. Rather than thinking about school myself, I’ve made up a list of Fall 2017 sewing plans. They fall into two categories: special occasion dresses and mix-and-match basic separates.  Continue reading

Knowing when to give up and move on

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With clothes shopping, you know if a garment is going to fit before you lay down your cash. With sewing, it’s a little different. Every time you test out a new pattern, it’s all a gamble, and frequently it’s hard to test the fit until the last few steps. Things can go wrong in so many ways.  Fit. Style. Combination of pattern and fabric.

It probably seems like I didn’t sew very much for myself this summer. I posted two swimsuits in August, pajamas and a simple knit dress in July, and a scarf and skirt in June. Writing that out, it doesn’t seem so shabby, but my less busy months work-wise are in the summer, so I expected to be cranking out clothes left and right. Unfortunately, I had a few failures. The two garments in particular that I’ll talk about below were never even finished. Continue reading