Monday, May 28, 2012

Ugliest Dress Ever?!?

It is finally here. Time to reveal what Isabel calls "the ugliest dress I have ever seen."  I want to start my defense with some background.  I am not stalling because you can't stall a picture now can you? I know you have likely seen it already but let me go on with my defense.
 I first learned to sew by machine in middle school and made shorts, a shirt and an apron.  I remember getting the pockets right on the shorts on the first try, what a rush. I think that was the moment I got hooked. I eventually got my own little (heavier than a truck) basic Singer.  I used it a few times and loved it, but eventually had to leave it behind in one of our moves.  My dad was in the Air Force and we moved  every few years.  During my senior year in high school we moved to Germany.  That is another post; yes, back to sewing (not stalling:) ok maybe). So fast forward to 2010 and I find myself with time on my hands and in need of an outlet/hobby and think of sewing.  I was afraid to buy an expensive machine and end up not using it.  I found a new older model Brother online from Wal-Mart.  She is basic, and aside from being a great bargain, she helps me feel more confident each time I sew. I have really grown to enjoy using her. I bought a few patterns to start with including See & Sew B4326.
I know, definitely lounge wear.  But I was going to be lounging so I thought of trying the long dress in an ITY poly cotton which I describe as a slippery t-shirt like material. I found the fabric on sale at, at $1.99 a yard.  Fabricmart is fantastic for their deals and wide range of choices.  I have ordered from them a few times over the last year and everything I received was great, better than expected.  When this fabric came I remember being surprised by the variety of pink but still loving the bold graphic print.
Without further ado, presenting what Isabel calls "The ugliest dress I have ever seen.":

It looks funny with my arms out but I wanted to show off the sleeves.  I like the hoodie too and I still wear it occasionally.  I don't think it's ugly, but I do know that some may not get it.  Like Isabel.  I take her criticism in stride, she is 13 after all.  It was fun to make, but also challenging at times (I dusted off some rarely used expletives when I accidentally sewed the two arms together) and taught me a lot about sewing knit fabrics.   More to come on some sewing successes and fails.

I don't think strangers should talk about politics, but I think military service has nothing to do with politics.  So whatever you believe, please consider them; take a moment to remember those that fell in service to our great country.

Have a nice Memorial Day.


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