Sunday, November 6, 2011

One Year Blogiversary and Giveway

Wow, I can't believe I've been sewing/blogging for a year already!  It's gone by so quickly.  I definitely think blogging about my projects has made me more likely to finish, mostly because I really enjoy the feedback I get from everyone, and I get really excited to share it with everyone. 

Some things I learned about sewing:
  • Never say "I can make that for you!"  It'll end up being a chore and you'll put it off and hate it and it's not fun.
  • If you sew a sleeve on backwards, it's okay.  There's no need to have a tantrum and throw it out.  Just take it off and fix it!  I've definitely gained a lot of patience.
  • As hard as it is for me to find clothes I love, it's just as hard for me to find fabric I love.  Etsy and eBay are my saviors.
  • You CAN do that super hard Vintage Vogue, if you have the will to do it.
I thought I would do a retrospect of my sewing projects and tell you which of three categories they've fallen into: Wardrobe Staples, Middle of the Road, and Never Saw the Light of Day.

First up, the worthy Wardrobe Staples.

This is my favorite dress, and the most worn. 

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I've worn this one to death, too.

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And this one surprised me by being one of my favorites.  I almost gave up on it three times!  I'm so glad I finished it because I've worn it at least 15 times.

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These are also staples that I love and have worn over and over. I think of these as solid additions to my closet that I will wear for years to come.  Not surprisingly, they are mostly all floral sundresses.

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These, not so much. Here are some of my greatest failures. None of these have ever left the house.

I look terrible in red, this fabric is so slippery it's impossible to wear a cardigan with, the neckline is sloppy and droopy, and no shoes on the planet look good with it.

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This shiny, ill-fitting mess needs to be burned. Ugh. What was I thinking with this polyester nightmare?

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This dress caused me to rip the pattern to shreds and throw it in the garbage. It never got finished or worn. What I'm the most sad about is wasting that beautiful piece of vintage rayon. I repurposed the skirt into a bodice of a different dress, so I'll tell you about that once it's finished.

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This is the same pattern as my blue chain dress, but fit issues have caused it to be in the reject pile, instead of being a closet staple like it's well-made sister. The neckline is too low, the lining peeks out, and it didn't fit, so I added a panel next to the zipper, which just looks ridiculous. I think this one is worth tearing apart and fixing, so it's on the to-do list.

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And, our Middle of the Road entries. Some of these don't get the love they deserve, and some I am just unenthused about.

This one is well-made, took FOREVER to complete, is made of high quality fabric, and fits nicely. Unfortunately, I have only worn it once. It's wintery in print and color, but the slippery fabric and sleeves make it hard to Winterize with a cardigan. I am never really sure what to wear it with, so it sits in my closet unloved.

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I thought this would be a good work dress, but unfortunately I can't muster up the enthusiasm to put it on. Is it the drab color?

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I think this dress is really beautiful, and it fits really well, but again I am running into the Winterization issue. The fabric almost screams "Christmas" but it's a super slippery rayon that you cannot wear a cardigan with. Also, it's too low-cut for the office but not fun enough for a night out.

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I love this dress, but I wore it for NYE. I can't really think of any other place to wear it. Maybe a holiday party?

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I wore this once and felt dowdy in it, so it got pushed to the back of the closet and forgotten.

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I adore this, and I wore it once poolside on vacation, but I never got the courage to take it public. I wanted to wear it to a music fest but I put it on and felt very naked. I hate to demote it to beachwear, but that's what it might end up as.

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This top is adorable and I really wanted to wear it more, but I have this thing against wearing jeans in the summer. I will have to try it with a skirt next year.

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So now for the giveaway!  I'm so happy to have so many kind readers who are always there for me with an encouraging comment, so I'd like to share two of my vintage patterns with you.  All you have to do is leave a comment. Tell me about your favorite project you've ever made, something you'd like to make, or just say hi.  I'll announce the winner next week!

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19 comments:

  1. My favourite project I have made is my 1950's cerise shirt dress. I made it for fancy dress but I love it and wear it regularly without the poofy petticoat. Love the patterns in the giveaway!

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  2. Happy Blogiversary! I've enjoyed seeing all your garments in this reflection piece! Definitely count me in the for the giveaway--I love those patterns! Let's see...my favourite recent project is my 1950's shirtwaist dress and an upcoming project (probably in the New Year)that I really want to do is a vintage skirt suit!!

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  3. Yay, happy blogiversary!! I'm working up to the Ceylon dress from Colette, I just need the right fabric and the confidence in my fitting skills :)
    What a lovely giveaway! I really love both patterns, but especially the one with the adorable collar :)
    Ashley x

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  4. Happy blogiversary ! You have made some lovely garments ! Pls count me in - what lovely patterns. I am working on the Colette Sencha (yours looks lovely BTW) but have had to stop with button fear !! xx

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  5. Congratulations on your bloggiversary! My favorite project is tricky, I would say one of my blouses. Possibly the Elphaba blouse. Please enter me in for the giveaway!
    x

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  6. Happy blogiversary, Amy! Yours is one of my favorites! You've given me so much so no need to enter me in the contest, just wanted to say hi and congrats!

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  7. Happy aniversary! My current favourite is a white lace tee I made a couple of weeks ago.

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  8. Congrats and happy blog birthday! That is very exciting. I have been blogging for over 3 years now and i really don't know where the time has gone. That striped dress you made for work is a bit of a drab colour but maybe if you dyed it you would wear it more. A nice yellow or would look nice and the stripes would still show up after dying.

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  9. Happy one year! My favourite project I've ever made is a white and linen 50's style dress with a circle skirt. I've worn it so many times and it fits perfectly. Plus, who doesn't love a circle skirt?

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  10. Happy blogiversary! Most of your dresses are looking really phantastic! MY favourite projects are a green skirt made of stretch corduroy with very fine glitter and a leo shirt fitting to the skirt. I love it and I wear it during summer and winter.

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  11. Congratulations! What a prolific year you've had! This was such a fun post to read--sharing your successes and commiserating on failures.
    My favorite project is a dress made with a T-shirt knit fabric. Now that I've started sewing with knits, I'm in love!

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  12. My favorite projects are always "no pattern" designs inspired by the details I see in vintage garments. If you have a few basic dress/skirt/top patterns, you can add on vintage sleeves, trim, and collars. I find I wear my skirts the most often, my dresses sit in the closet more than they should as I'm attracted to "dressy-er" fabrics when shopping.

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  13. I liked your overview of fashions. The dress you call drab...I love the stripes. Maybe you might like it with some colorful jewelry and shoes? Great giveaway, please enter me.

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  14. Happy blogaversary! You've made an incredible amount of stuff in a year, you should be very proud.

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  15. I love your garments, very nice. The thing I like the most, that I have made in the past 8 months or so, is a jacket from a 1940s pattern that I made out of a nice Heringbone wool. Happy anniversary!

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  16. You've made too many pretty pieces just to pick one, so I'll just wish you a Happy Blogiversary and leave it at that. I can't wait to see what you have to come in the future.

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  17. Happy blogaversary!

    I'm just starting out now, properly sewing my own clothes, that is, and have much to learn!

    People like you inspire me to give it a go, thank you for sharing your successes and your frustrations :)

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  18. Happy bloggerversary. My favourite ever and most challenging project was my daughter's formal dress in purple silk chiffon with a hand pleated strapless bodice. And what do I want to sew... Simplicity 4908...and I'm a size 16!!

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