Is-Knit This Dress Great?

Love a good t-shirt dress. Even better, I love this simple gray one. 

Why you ask? Because I made it! That's right folks, I concurred this easy-sew McCall's pattern and I lived to tell the tale and wear it proudly. Knits, you don't scare me any more. 

But really, I made this dress pattern my mission to start and finish over Spring Break and happily, I did! 

It was my first knit pattern and even with a few hiccups, I'm actually pretty pleased with how it turned out. I'm starting to get the hang of this sewing stuff! 

The fabric is just a lightweight t-shirt material--I wanted to start off with something less expensive because I knew there would be problems. In fact, the material was cut incorrectly so I spent quite a bit of time laying out the pattern trying to fix the issue so the dress wouldn't be twisted. 

Like my material weights? That's called "being resourceful," people. 

If I'd been paying attention earlier, I would have had it re-cut, but I washed the material before checking. Lesson #1 learned! 

I still think a serger would have made a huge difference in putting this sucker together, but Lesson #2, I learned a zig-zag stitch would have been an alternative choice. Good to know since I plan on tackling this option again! 

I'm just a novice with this stuff, but each time I attempt another project, I get better at it and that's really the only way I'm going to get better. My ideas for projects keep growing and I eventually want to get good enough that I can tackle those complicated ideas or at least can sit down and knock out a project in an afternoon. 

Still, I'm pretty proud of this little t-shirt dress here. Is-knit it just the greatest? 

What projects are you tackling lately?

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Sew Many Lessons

Every time I see a dress or skirt or top that catches my eye, I think, "ooh! I could make that!" because in my brain, anything can be made. I trot myself down to the local fabric store, sit my pretty self down at the pattern books and start making lists of everything I'm going to make. 

Recently I hit a sale on Simplicity patterns and picked up a bunch I knew I really wanted to try. I've attempted a few projects in the last couple years in hopes I'll get better at this whole sewing things. This last weekend I set my mind to making a cute spring top with as minimal colorful adult phrases as possible. 

Well, I did it. Made the top. It's not perfect but I made it through without tears or yelling and the top ain't half bad either. I've even got my next pattern lined up, determined I'm going to make it through at least three more projects before May. 

There's a little life lesson in everything. For me, I'm reminded of some good solid ones through this sewing journey. 

  1. You can do anything you set your mind to, but it takes work.
  2. You have to keep practicing, keep trying and keep going.
  3. You can ask for help and you should whenever you need it. 
  4. You should be proud of the work you completed.
  5. You must continue to pursue the work if it keeps calling to you. 

So I will keep on keeping on, learning all that I can and practicing. I'll be proud of the work I complete and appreciate all the imperfections--they were all mini lessons to be learned along on the way. 

It looks a little like a scrubs top and I'm thinking it really needs some darts but this is me really refraining from telling you every thought I have on this top. In all sincerity, I couldn't be more proud that I actually made this thing in less than six months. Praise the sewing gods! 

Happy Wednesday, ya'll! 

What projects have you been working on lately? 

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Stitchin'

My mother is a wiz with the sewing machine. It's amazing what she's created and I've bragged on her skills here before. For my 23rd birthday she gifted me with my first sewing machine,

One of my most favorite birthdays ever! 

One of my most favorite birthdays ever! 

It took me a while - read: 2 years - before I actually figured out how to use the thing. My first project? A Halloween apron. It. Was. A. Struggle. But I made it through, finished the darn thing and proudly sported it, mistakes and all 

I made a series of Christmas aprons for close family and friends after that and ventured into making pajama pants for Pyro Man, flames of course, and a pair for me...that need some fixing. Still. 

It's try, try, try again process. Of course I don't always want to do something simple. I want to do things that have complicated patterns and patterns sometimes are about mirroring and flipping in the brain. That's what really gets me. I can perfect the skills on the machine (I think), but it's the brain games that get me all twisted up. 

This past spring I spent time looking at patterns--I have a small growing collection I need to seriously get started on...I found a kimono pattern I was dying to make. How hard can it be? Well, not that hard, but it took us a little bit...

 I even thought we'd turn it into a video so I tried documenting the process. 

The video didn't happen but I got this great moment of exploring camera work. Mom is CLEARLY fine with this whole video thing. PS--trying to film while creating a project makes it a project in a project. I'm learning just how much time it takes to do that and have even more respect for bloggers and their "simple" posting. Sheesh. This is hard stuff! 

In any case, we cut, pieced and got about half way through before we took about a 5 month hiatus. BUT we finally finished it and I'm so, so please with the result!

Could I have done it on my own? Maybe but it helps to have an expert there to cheer you on, answer questions, and help direct a new skill. This partner project certainly wouldn't have been complete without help from sewing extraordinaire, Mom! 

Of course it's a personal accomplishment to finish a project and feel good enough to wear it out in public. It doesn't hurt when people compliment the piece genuinely without realizing it's your own work! Kimono for the win! 

Thankful Thought #3

I'm grateful for a mother who is willing to teach me how to me new skills and pass on her knowledge of sewing! Can't forget that she's patient enough to stick it out after months on pause!  

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