Monday, July 29, 2013

Hello old friend.

Last time I mentioned this dress was in January of last year. I was optimistic back then...full of ideas yet equally full with procrastination. I had hoped to find a similar green eyelet to make the dress and once I did, I still didn't make it.

Simplicity 2209 + New Look 6910 = Perfection

The dress is simple enough to construct. I've already made a muslin and attempted the pattern (Simplicity 2209 aka the Lisette Passport Dress) last year to lackluster results (stretchy voile is never a good idea). So why is this dress still merely an idea?

Sometimes you have to wait for just the right fabric to come along.

As you can recall, the Grass Court Dress from Anthropologie is made of cute tennis racket eyelet. This and the unusual darts in the front bodice are what make this dress so appealing to me. In order for me to make this dress, I wanted some fabric with a bit of whimsy. Something cute, but not too cutesy. Not bright or obnoxious. And above all, no quilting cotton. The last one was hard as quilting cotton is ripe with fanciful prints of all kinds.

A quick note: I'm not against quilting cotton in garment sewing. I just believe there's a time and place for it. The time nor the place is mid-summer in Central Texas.

Finally, the right fabric came along thanks to my most favorite online seller: Fabric Mart. Oh, the shipping leaves much to be desired (A full 8 days to get to Austin? Surely, you jest.) but the prices can't be beat.  So, when this fabric popped up, I wasted no time in buying some.

Navy/White "Tennis" Print Cotton Shirting 60W

A shirt dress was the first thing that came to mind, something reminscenent of the Anthropologie Two-Wheeler Shirt dress (New Look 6587 would be my first choice). Alas, I'm on a shirt dress diet. 

While browsing through old blog posts, I came across the one about the Grass Court Dress. Ding! This fabric is even has tennis rackets on it.

I'm quite excited about this one. The pattern pieces are cut and ready to be placed on fabric. I hope to start on it tomorrow evening. But for now, I'm going to have a gin and tonic. All this planning has made me quite thirsty.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

A whole lotta Hawthorn

So, here we are...Hawthorn #2 is complete. I am officially sick of collars, buttons and shirt dresses.

Oh, and stripes.

I honestly don't know what possessed me to make another Hawthorn. The idea popped in my head on the way to work: You know, I think I still have some of that striped shirting left. I bet it would look great as a Hawthorn.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Hawthorn: Review Time (finally!)

Although I finished this lovely dress a couple weeks ago, it's taken me forever to take photos. I hate taking photos. I usually feel awkward and self-conscious daily, taking photos does not help. But I finally got over myself enough this evening to take some photos. Things were going well, I felt okay despite the horde of mosquitoes that decided to attack in the middle of photo-time. Got back upstairs ready to load up all the photos and write my review...could not find the USB cable for my camera.

(Minor panic ensued)

After tearing apart my sewing room, and still not finding the cable, I decided to use the camera on my phone for photos. Bad idea. There wasn't enough daylight left and they all came out dark even with the flash. Sigh. I called Best Buy to find out about a replacement only to learn that I could only get one online. Sigh. I perused the Best Buy website and realized that the solution to my problem would be a SD card reader (something that I should have owned already). Quick trip to Best Buy and $20 later, here's my review. Finally.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


So, I'm making progress on both my second Hawthorn and my Pinterest inspiration dress (a lovely combination of Butterick 4386 and New Look 6184). The inspiration dress is lacking a hem.

I take photos with my phone because I can't find my real camera


Fabric close up

Hawthorn, on the other hand, has a longer way to go. At the moment, I'm working on the sleeves. Then it's buttonholes and hemming. I need to finish this up by the weekend so I can take pictures in time for the Hawthorn Contest. I probably won't win but at least I'm putting myself out there.

Also, before I head off to bed, I received a brief mention on the Stash and Burn Podcast (Episode 132: Summer Craft). THIS MADE MY NIGHT. I could feel my "sewjo" slipping away until my friend Q texted me about it. Seriously, I jumped for joy. OMG SQUEE.

*calms down*

Anywho, thanks to the lovely ladies of the Stash and Burn Podcast for putting some much needed pep in my step.

Now, it's bed time.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Work in Progress: Hawthorn #2

I honestly don't know what possessed me to make another one of these. I'm not even sure if I like the first one.

I'm using some shirting I had left over from this dress, part of my NYC fabric shopping trip last year. It's 62 inches wide and I had just under 2 1/2 yards. This turned out to be plenty for this dress including the 3 inches I added to the hem.

Once I finish this one, I will take photos and do a review of both dresses. Then we will never speak of Hawthorn again.

Happy Friday.

Friday, July 12, 2013


So, I finished my Hawthorn dress. Not sure if I'm in love with it. Anyway, here's a blurry photo. I will try to take better photos and write up a review this weekend.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Stuff and stuff

Well, first things first, I won my very first giveaway!

Valori Wells had a giveaway on her blog. Lucky me, I won :) I received 3 yards of her new Wish Voile (available here) and the Jillie wrap skirt pattern (available here). I've been a fan of her fabric designs for a while now.

I'm a winner!
I plan to use the voile for my inspiration dress, mentioned in this post.  The linen I ordered from Mood turned out to be a tad too orange-coral than pinky-orange coral. Not a big fan of orange, but the fabric itself is gorgeous. Beautiful feel and drape. I plan to use it for a wrap dress instead.

In other news, my Hawthorn dress is just about complete. It just lacks buttons and a hem. I'm letting it hang on my dress form overnight. The directions don't mention to do this but with this type of skirt, it's an important step. You don't want to end up with a wonky hem.

Not sure about the buttons though. I have black and white. I'm leaning towards black buttons mainly because I've never used black buttons before. Would black buttons overwhelm the dress or just blend into all the black dots on the fabric? Decisions.

Overall, I am happy with my Hawthorn. I modified my trusty Butterick 4386 bodice instead of using the original Hawthorn bodice. I just didn't have the patience to try and make it fit with a billion dart alterations.

Anyway, there will be a detailed review once I finish it and take some photos. I've been camera-shy for a bit now. I'm slowly coming back around.
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