Not just a Gardening Blog - I Can Sew too!

Now that it's just way too cold to venture outside for any length of time, I'm looking forward to focusing on some of the other interests I have such as blogging and sewing. It has always been my intention for this blog to be about more than just gardening and food, and I finally feel like I'm able to start documenting my sewing adventures. I have quite a backlog what with costumes from two Dragon*Cons and several pirate parties, not to mention my love for vintage clothing and a growing collection of fab vintage patterns.

My new blue office is the result of the need to separate my sewing room from my office/computer room. For the past couple of years I had been using one room for both purposes and there were just too many things going on in that one space! It was becoming a chaotic disaster area, particularly in the aftermath of spending 2 solid months sewing 10 - 14 hours a day for Dragon*Con.

I guess I will start by going backwards...Here is the most recent dress, which I made this past Saturday.

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It's from this 1936 evening dress pattern that I bought several years ago at Eva Dress, my favorite online vintage pattern shop. I go there and drool over the patterns, and am on her mailing list so I can know when she posts anything new. 

Now, I have to admit that this is my first shot at sewing one of these patterns, because I was initially very intimidated by them. The instructions for this dress were literally only half a page long and un-illustrated, and I often have a hard time even when the instructions are several pages long with pictures for every step. 

It's possible I learned more about sewing than I realized this summer, but this really was a simple pattern. The instructions were very clear and concise and there were only 4 pieces. I made a mock-up in cotton first, and it went together so quickly that I was able to make the official version in less than three hours. I wore it to a Christmas party that very night!

I did leave out the trim and sash made in a contrasting fabric because I didn't have anything on hand that I thought would be suitable to go with the sweater-like knit that I used for the dress. And that knit was so fuzzy and forgiving that it was very easy to finish the edges without seam binding or other tricky finishing techniques. I expect that it would take an additional 2 to 4 hours to create this dress with the trim in a different fabric - which I fully intend to do!

I've got lots more to post, but I'd like to get better photos of some of the things I've made before I put them up. I really don't have to worry about running out of things to do this winter! So many patterns, too many ideas...and let us not forget next year's Dragon*Con!