I am under no illusions that I am the most technical sewer in the competition. I am certainly not. Every hour that I spend teaching myself how to do something that I've never attempted before, reminds me of that. I don't regret that extra time though. I am learning so much and pushing myself to try things I've only thought "someday" about. It is definitely an uncomfortable process, but also very rewarding, and I hope it will make this blog even better!
I have to give a shout out to Rachel from Nest Full of Eggs, who was let go. I felt the most akin to her design aesthetic and think that she really made a terrific dress. I think this is the part of competition I dislike the most. Someone who did a really great job, is out. I know, first hand how much she probably poured her heart into that dress, so it's hard to see it happen. I look forward to her designs for the at home competition!
I also want to say congrats to Kimbo from AGAAGG! Her dress (and her model) is adorable! She is so classy and humble. Way to go Kimbo!
And now...I have a few items of business:
1. I got a few questions about Look One:
- I will be doing a tutorial on the cardigan (but not the dress).
- I used my own pattern for the dress...and have improved the neckline. No one mentioned it, but it bugged me to death.
- The mustard linen look fabric I used for the dress is from Joann.
- For the leggings, I just used an existing pair of leggings to make a pattern and then slimmed it ever so slightly, so they wore a bit more like tights. The waist was 18 inches of elastic but after overlapping it and sewing it together, it ended up being more like 14-15 inches - Natalie has a tiny waist.
2. I finally have a winner for the $100 LEGO Lovers Giveaway:
Congrats to Tina who said, "this will help my kids have more fun learning"
The Blogher Sweepstakes team should be contacting you shortly for more information about how to redeem your prize!
3. Are you in need of a good site that sells KNIT FABRIC? My new sponsor Hart's has a HUGE selection...seriously impressive. I am not getting kick backs for saying that. I just know that I've struggled to find knits I really like that I didn't have to cut out of an old T-shirt...and I just had to share the good news.
Hart's has great stuff and they always have a deal going on. Right now, their knits are ALL 10% off.
Ribbon Retreat's hardware blanks section?
I was just perusing on their site and found some key fobs, suspenders clips, tie clips and stuff like that for a really great price (like $1 or so!). I've never made a clip on tie, but I hope to give it a go sometime hopefully soon!
If your local craft shops are limited in what they supply, check out Ribbon Retreat. They might just have what you need. Again, I'm only mentioning this because I was so excited myself to find it and thought you might like to know too!
5. I'm excited to be apart of HGTV's Halloween Countdown! Can you believe October is only a couple weeks away!?
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Lastly, some family news.
Reid turned FOUR this last Sunday. I seriously cannot get over how big he's gotten.
He requested chocolate cake, but since I'm making that for his party next weekend, I made an oversized brownie for him and cute little brownie bites for us.
I topped it all off with some homemade strawberry cream cheese frosting. Thank goodness for birthdays, otherwise I probably wouldn't make such deliciousness....especially lately! : /
Owen's party from a couple of years ago, but I'll be doing a few more new printables as well that I'm excited to share with you in the near future. Stay tuned for that.
Thanks for sticking around while I'm blogging MIA!
For now, I'll be in my sewing corner (when I'm not nursing what seems like all day, cleaning up endless messes, slapping hodge podge dinners together, helping with homework, playing tic-tac-toe, reading the same book over and over - again, etc, etc, etc). :)
See you on the runway this Friday!