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Why, Hello There~!

       Monday came so much faster than I anticipated. One minute, I was writing in my sewing journal trying to figure out what to blog about, and the next I’m more than half way done with a project I should have finished last spring!

       You may not know me personally, and if you do- and you know me to my very core- than you know that I am the queen of UFO’s. Although, I do prefer to call them WIPs like I do in art {I have a lot of those as well!} that or, PHD’s ‘Projects Half Done’. However, that won’t due either because, sometimes I get beyond or fail to make it to, the half-way point. Just like the project I’m sharing with you today.

How This Dress Started

      This dress started off as a very pretty yard of fabric that was found one random Friday at the local fabric store. I had originally gone looking for some chiffons and knit satins to wrap my hair with, but I couldn’t leave this gorgeous upholstery fabric!!! It was so lovely! It had all these elements that I loved; Navy, lime green, white, soft pastels, flowers. It was lovely, and I was smitten. On top of it being lovely, I got it at an extreme discount. It was $2.50 instead of $35.00 a yard. I have no idea who bought the whole bolt at $35 a yard- clearly they were just as taken as I, but I thank them for leaving me a sliver.

       I had no idea what I was going to make with so little. Originally, I had come up with a skirt. So I cut it and made a horrible mistake- I made it much too big. WoE iS mE! I asked my little sister if she then wanted it, because she could fit it, and she did. But, then there was the issue that made it  difficult to finish- she doesn’t sew. ? And, so that is how this lovely fabric wound up in the mighty large pile of UFOs.

I was inspired to finish by The Monthly Stitch and their newest challenge.

       I‘m not a part of the monthly stitch yet, however, I really wanted to join! I have a whole sewing room that I must clear out as soon as possible, and since I’m a penny-pincher I toss nothing. So, why not just finish. This challenge was made for me and this lovely skirt fail… And, all the projects after. ?

A Breath of Spring

       I‘m calling this Dress, a breath of spring because of the color contrasting. The blacks, whites, and little sports of amazing color make me think of all sorts of things! The death of Winter; the first breath of Spring. A single flower growing in a field of snow. The Black of the Night, and the bright of the day. So, this dress is ‘A Breath of Spring’. Prefect for this weather, don’t you think?

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       Originally I was thinking a shirtwaist dress, but I thought that the floral print was to grand for a basic shirt dress. So, I went with the Scalloped edges instead. I’ll post the other design sketches in the future, once the dress is complete.


       I didn’t have a pattern that looked anything like this, so I used my drafting skilled and mashed a pattern I had into something else. Not exactly pattern drafting, but the skills do help. The Jacket from this pattern here is what I used for my bodice. It’s a lovely pattern from this sixties that I inherited from my great grandmother ?.


       For the contrasting fabric I chose a black woven Poly-Cotton from my stash. To be completely honest, I have no idea what it truly is. It was given to me and I accepted it with a grand smile, without questions. As you can see, I have a lot of gifted fabrics {This isn’t even all of them! ? Yikes.} the majority of them already UFOs. Every item already has a project planned for it, too.


       As for Notions, I’m not sure what I’m going to do. I’m thinking I want self- fabric buttons, but I don’t have those on hand at the moment. and my mother suggests I use a zipper instead, but I don’t have one in the right color. Oh dear, I’ll have to figure it out as I go then. So, what do you think? Do you think my little skirt can be saved?

Until Next Time!

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  • Christie says:

    Oh I can’t wait to see how this comes along, I haven’t quite been brave enough to mash up a pattern yet. Sorry for the obvious Q but I just woke up – is a UFO an UnFinishedObject?

    • A. White says:

      Hello, Christie!
      Hey! You’re my first comment just as I was yours! Tee-hee! Pattern mash ups can be scary, especially if you’ve never done one before.
      And, yes, in the online sewing community a “U.F.O.” is an “UnFinished Project” ?

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