I want to start off by thanking everyone who voted for me that helped me remain in the competition.
You see, the whole reason I accepted the challenge of Project Sewn was because I knew it would push me. As a children’s clothing designer and seamstress, I rarely sew for myself. Women in general have so many different curves, and it can take a lot of time learning how to sew and find the perfect fit for your body. I was scared.
Project Sewn gave me an opportunity to confront that fear, to face it head on and overcome. And I couldn’t be more thankful for it. I never thought I would make it to the final three, and I am honored to be among such incredible company.
But this week, it’s personal.
About 6 months or so ago a good friend of mine, Cherie of You and Mie sewed a gorgeous chambray dress and posted it here. At the time I remember thinking, ‘Wow – that is beautiful. I could never do that.’
A few months later another friend, Emily of Replicate then Deviate, gave me the Lisette Traveler Dress Pattern as a gift, and I immediately thought of that chambray dress post. I was thankful for the gift, but put it aside thinking…maybe someday.
And then a few months ago my husband gave me one of the most thoughtful Valentine’s Day presents ever, Liberty of London fabric, brought back from his business trip abroad. It has sat on my sewing shelf ever since.
I was too scared to sew with it.
So for my Signature Style this week at Project Sewn I wanted to prove to myself that I could not only make that dress that seemed so daunting 6 months ago, but that I could make it well. That I could make a dress I would be proud to wear from fabric that my husband bought for me.
1 Meter of fabric, that was all I had to work with.
There was no room for error. I altered the pattern by extending the front of the dress to accommodate all of the gorgeous pintuck pleats. The pleats are left open on top (not a binded neckline), and end just below the waistline to give the skirt more fullness and swing. Furthermore, I shortened the sleeve and added a fun upwards fold with button closure. Lastly, I cinched the dress with a simple satin ribbon, which I love. It adds a classic feminine touch to the look.
All of the fabulous finishing details of the dress really works well at showcasing the artistry of the fabric, and in Nina Garcia’s words – makes it look expensive.
I love knowing that I am wearing something not only custom made, but something that my husband chose the fabric for. It was fun seeing the look on his face when I finally had my big reveal.
And not that I made these, but I do love my polka dot tights. Happened to have those in my stash from last Autumn purchased at H&M. They were perfect!
Seeing this dress come to fruition was such a piece of beauty for me. Not because I think it is the dress to end all dresses, but because it was an accomplishment. Being on Project Sewn has helped me to face some of my sewing fears, and push me in ways I didn’t know I could go.
Making this dress was the culmination of it all, coming full circle.
And I couldn’t be more proud of my accomplishment. Well…maybe I could if I happen to win. HA!
Now onto the Photoshoot….
It was 7am, I am not showered, and my eyes needed some serious Photoshop to reduce all of that wrinkled puffy baggage. I had only a few sips of coffee before I had to throw on my makeup and run out the door – all in an effort to be back in time to take my daughter to school. I knew exactly where I wanted to go to photograph this dress, the boardwalk where my Mom used to live. Being that this was a personal challenge, what could be closer to home than taking pictures in a place that was dear to me. Virginia Beach is all about the ocean after all.
I only encountered one other person awake at that hour, a man walking his dog. I was only slightly embarrassed that I had to move my camera equipment so he could get by on the strip. But he didn’t seem to mind, which I was thankful for. It was a nice treat compared to my last few experiences. There is definitely something to be said for early morning photo shoots, rather than waiting until Sunset when everyone and their mother is out.
Afterwards I came home and showered, only to drop my daughter off at school and have her 4 year old classmate look at me and exclaim loudly, ‘Ewwwwwwwwww, your hair looks icky! Hahahha’. It was still wet. HA! Kids are the best, so very truthful – I love it.
Well, here’s to my final look! Thank you to everyone again for helping me get this far. And be sure to hop on over to Project Sewn to vote for your favorite.
Crossing my fingers that its mine.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…Happy Sewing!