Wednesday, December 01, 2010

The First Day of the last month of the year!

Can you believe it's December already?  Only 30 more days until 2011...time is speeding by!

This post is odds and ends, bits and pieces...first a little housekeeping...

1.  I've turned anonymous comments back on.  All I ask is that you sign your name to your post. 

2.  I fully understand that the opinions I write aren't shared by everyone.  Please don't feel as if you need to agree with me. If you write something that takes different position from mine, as long as it's civil & doesn't contain vulgarity, it won't be deleted.  I love a good discussion.

Next...there were several comments about how my last dress evolved.  So I decided to walk you step by step through my creative process.

* First, I saw several pictures of the Beyonce dress. 
* They really reminded me of the Burda dress. 
* Thus the Powerpoint picture linking the two dresses together. 
* When I pulled out the pattern, I remembered that BeeBee suggested on the Stitcher's Guild board, Burda Style Magazine 2, that I should color block the dress. 
* Realized that a black & white dress would work great and that maybe some of the scraps from the failed Vogue 9666 dress would make a great work dress.
* Began the process of making the dress...

I have to tell you tho' that I've thought maybe I should have worked on some of the pieces from The Pinstripe Follies collection.  I am so a knock out the pieces girl...long involved garments bore me and I never feel like I've accomplished much if I don't have several garments to show for the time I'm off from work. 

Which leads in a very convoluted way to a month end review...

I finished three garments in November ~ the Birthday Gala dress, the Simplicity 2958 jacket and the color blocked Burda dress.  The Birthday Gala dress was very involved and even though I wore it proudly, after the party it was assigned to the back of the closet.  I don't really like it and it's not project fatigue...it's just a nice dress that was made for a specific purpose that I probably won't ever wear again.  However,  I love the Simplicity jacket and it wore well at work so I will make it again just with a better lining insertion!  And of course, the burda dress has become a TNT, so expect more versions of it.

This of course leads to my year end review...yes I will be doing one. *smile* Since the end of the year is fast approaching, I've been thinking alot about the sewing I've done this year and what I want to learn and sew next year.  All of these things will show up on the blog this month...

Finally, have you seen the giveaways on the Vogue, Butterick, McCalls pattern sites?  Club BMV is giving away fabric every Monday.  Last Monday - Nancy who authors the SewWest blog won!  So if you are a Club BMV member check it out!  And the McCalls/Butterick sites are doing a 25 Days Giveaway which seems to be open to anyone! 

...as always, more later!

9 comments:

  1. Thanks for the shout out and link! I'm still surprised that I won the prize of the week. Maybe I'll get lucky with 25 Days as well--a girl can dream, right?

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  2. I know, I can't believe it's December. It's my favorite month of the year, for sure - I just love the holidays. But I agree, where did this year go to...?

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  3. I am late commenting on your latest dress. It is absolutely fabulous. I really love how it all came together and you look so chic wearing it. I can't believe November is gone. I can only imagine how fast this month will fly by. I'll look forward to seeing your year in review!

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  4. Time is just flying by and this year I am not sure I accomplished all I wanted to in the way of sewing. Look forward to your year end review.

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  5. Belatedly telling you I really like your latest dress. Looks super-good on you.

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  6. You are always so gracious.

    Thanks for the info about the give-aways. I need more fabric like I need a hole in the head, but hey, it's free!

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  7. I've been thinking about the year end review, and what I'm going to be doing next year, too. Should be interesting to see!

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  8. Thanks for the heads up on the giveaways. I have never done one before as I didn't even imagine the Big Four pattern companies would have them. Can't wait to check it out.

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  9. I enjoyed your interview with Lori so much that I just had to visit. And when I read your most recent, I could hear your voice saying it. I love audio!

    What inspires me about what you said about your work in that 'cast, is that you talked about how much you like to sew dresses. I've kind of given up on dresses because they don't seem like my everyday wear anymore. I've focused on lots of pants and cute shirts/teeshirts.

    But what you said to Lori about dresses rang some bell way, way back. After all, I love nightgowns (haven't owned pajamas in my adult life that I recall) and those are just dresses for night!. So I"m going to think harder about sewing dresses again and look through your lovely creations.

    Thank you! I'm looking forward to reading you from now on.

    LaurelS

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