Perfect plaid sundress

I have been eyeballing this vintage rainbow plaid cotton from someone’s grandma’s estate sale on Etsy for about a month. I finally talked the seller down on the price and I snatched it up, I am inlove with the bright colors and how light and airy the cotton is. I washed it to get the grandma stank out of it and it didn’t shrink in the tiniest bit. Its strange though because when I iron this I can still get a hint of old lady closet from the steam, but eff it. I have had the Lisette passport dress pattern in my stash for a hot one, and this was a match made in heaven. Its a simple dress, and the light cotton will be great for these hot ass Kentucky summers.

Here I am at the Cherokee Triangle Art Fair this weekend, my most favorite annual art fair.


The dress was pretty fun to make, the darts in the front really make the dress. I have read several of the reviews for the dress and some people left the pleats open, however I felt like this would bother me and look a little sloppy so I stuck with the directions and sewed them closed. Also, there was an abundance of complaints about the side zipper. Having just struggled with a side zipper on my Peggy Olson dress, I got a longer zipper and sewed it in the back of the dress, I am really happy I did this, I think it turned out much better than if I had gambled with a side zipper.

I was a little tipsy when I took these pictures so don’t mind my disheveled hot mess hair. I also didn’t bother putting in the facings as many others suggested and I just used turquoise bias tape instead, worked out great no muss no fuss. I love this dress! I got mad compliments too, I think this dress will be making the rounds quite a bit this summer 😀

Mad Men, and mad chickens!

In honor of this evening’s new Mad Men episode I decided it was time to post my “Peggy Dress”.  I think I’ve seen about 5 other versions of Peggy’s infamous black and white plaid dress, but my favorite is hands down the dress made by the lovely Julia Bobbin. I love her modern take on the sleeves and the buttons but maintaining the shape and the curved collar. This is a dress I had to have in my closet!

To make my dress I used McCalls 5792, the view in the lower right hand corner with the collar (funny enough it is in a black and white houndstooth in the drawing… destiny?)

I had to make a few alterations in order to capture the essence of Peggy that I was going for. In this pattern the collar meets in the front on the left side of the neckline, but I wanted the collar to curve around the front and meet in the back. This was a pretty simple fix however, I just swiveled it around to the back and lined up the closures in the back center. I also had to create my own little sleeves for this dress, this was also rather simple to do, I just used the sleeves from another pattern and made my own, and altered them down until they fit just right. Finally, I had to create my own bias belt for the dress, this was a little challenging because I ended up having my belt come out a couple inches too short due to a lack of a beefy piece of fabiric left over after cutting out the rest of the dress. I made the belt line up in contrast to the rest of the plaid so that it would stand out, so I ended up having to match up the extra inches and sewing them justright so they would belnd in. It certainly didn’t turn out perfectly but it isn’t noticable.

A few dislikes/ issues I had while making this dress was obviously the plaids not lining up perfectly. This is always a struggle I realize and the back seam not matching up I can live with, but the collar ended up being on an angle from the rest of the dress, I was hoping it would mimic the belt. Oh well…  Also this dress had a side zipper, this wouldn’t have been a big deal but I don’t particularly like side zippers. On this dress it was especially a more annoying installation since I added the sleeves. In the end I was pleased with how the zipper turned out though, so no harm no foul. Lastly the bodice ended up being bigger and more bunchy than I would have liked, I think this is what bothers me most about the dress. I may try to take it in a bit later on but for now I have other projects on my list.

Issues aside, I still am fond of my Peggy dress and I will wear it proud as Peggy would at Sterling Draper Cooper Pryce. In fact I wore it today at my Honor Society induction, here a picture my Mom took (though it was quick and not the best view)

In other news, our little chickies finally arrived last week! Unfortunately of our 6 chicks we ordered, one was left off the shipment, and one didn’t make it through the first day so we have four girls for now. We will be getting replacement chicks in a couple weeks though, so our brood will be one happy egg laying bunch! Meet our chicks Farrah, Frankie, Pumpkin and Jamal:

And the cluck hut

Soul searching

Up until now I have been keeping this blog mostly focused on sewing and arts and crafts projects and not so much about my personal life. It can be difficult to know what a person behind a blog is really like and the things that they may have going on in their lives because really, all you know is what the person wants to tell you. I have been trying to use this blog as a happy outlet, an escape from daily humdrum of my worklife and some pretty serious obligations I have going on for the time being. The truth is, 2012 has been the most difficult year of my life. The first week of January I lost my Dad very unexpectedly after he broke his ankle taking down Christmas lights, we won’t ever really know exactly what happened but I strongly believe it was due to a blood clot from his surgery that caused a massive heart attack. It was the most horrific experience of my life and I think about him and miss him terribly every single day. The past few months have been more stress than I have ever known with helping out my mom with things, a very difficult semester of school, my car being totaled a month ago (not my fault for the record) and a full time job on top of it. Additionally, my Father in law has been battling colon cancer since this past Fall. He is doing well with his treatments and he has a great support system, but it is of course a constant worry for my husband and my in-law family.

My 30th birthday was in March, and not having my dad there made what should have been a monumental day with celebrations pretty sad and empty. I am at a point where I can see just how short life really can be. Who the hell knows when their last day will be? That being said I have decided it is time to throw caution to the wind and start taking risks. I am in my third decade of life, and it is never too early to start soul searching and checking some items off the bucket list. So with this new attitude, I thought to myself, what is the most outrageous thing that anyone would consider doing in their lifetime? Well skydiving of course. The one sport that puts you eye to eye with fear, reality and spiritual release.

And here I am! It was a done deal for me- check it off the list, and I got 12 of my friends to do it with me! My sister in-law Olivia joined the crew at the last minute and we jumped out of the plane together. The funny thing is I didn’t get scared the whole time, not while we were training,  flying up in the plane, hanging out the door or falling in the sky. It was absolutely amazing, and I had a blast. Here are some photos from our incredible day:

Suiting up!

From the left: my brother in Law Josh (he had already jumped at this point), my sister in law Olivia sporting the purple jumpsuit, my husband Chris (who will NEVER jump) and my sister in law Rachel.

Practising my jump with my tandem instructor Larry:


Even Harper got to come along and watch from the observation deck!

I highly recommend going skydiving, as crazy as it sounds, it was the most fun thing I have done in a very long time. I hope to continue to cross items off the old bucket list, but more importantly pick up the pieces and have good experiences to look forward to. I know that I will always have the people most important to me there with me no matter what.




I got a Liebster!

I logged in last week and had the sweetest post from Shannon at Shanni Loves… she awarded me and 3 other amazing bloggers the Liebster award! I have never received a blog award before, so I feel especially flattered to have been acknowledged having only been on the scene for under a year or so. I was also stoked to find new blogs to stalk by some awesome fellow sewists, especially Cynthia at Dapper Duds, I think her vintage style is adorable and she makes such great “Zooey Deschanel” dresses as she puts it 🙂 The rules to the Liebster award as follows:

~ Thank the person who gave you the award and link to their blog

~ Choose 3-5 blogs with less than 200 followers and pass it on

~ Display the Liebster Award somewhere on your blog 

 I am not sure if these up and coming sewists have less than 200 followers or not, but I really enjoy reading about what they make and seeing the amazing photos they post.

The first is Kristen at The Funky Seamstress, she takes on such challenges in her creations and she has made some incredible costumes which are true to my heart. Check out the amazing lion costume she made!
Second I love Andrea at FourSquareWalls, she is a fellow Louisvillian and all the pieces that she makes really embody the chic hipster attitude that this city is all about. I love how impeccable she makes her clothes as well!
Finally, Maria from Kazmoda, she’s new to the blog sewing scene but so far I love everything she has made. I am in love with the gorgeous coat she made for the New Year, a sewing venture I have yet to make!
On a side note, I noticed today I am the featured member on Pattern Review!
I thought that was pretty cool. Maybe I should go buy a lottery ticket or something 😉
Happy Sewing yall!