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Hiatus

2014 July 6
by elizabeth_admin

Hiya!

Long time no write, right?  Yes I did make it up to LA.  Bought only one fabric, intended for my nieces’ bday dresses.  I did wear my new top but forgot to have Sherril or Jeanette take a picture.  That’s ok though, because I was having a really bad hair day.

However, the real reason I write today is to give you a heads up that I am taking a break.  I think every sewing blogger eventually hits a period where blogging becomes a chore or where you lose the blogging mojo or y0u just plain run out of things to say.  It usually hits around the 5-7 year mark.  So I’m right on time, n’est ce pas?  A lot of the sewing bloggers that I loved when I first discovered sewing blogs no longer post and haven’t for years now.  Others have trickled down to fewer and fewer posts.  I think there might be a life cycle for blogging and I might be near the end of mine.

I am definitely taking an internet break this summer.  I’ve stopped looking at Facebook.  I am no longer logging onto my blog reader — I haven’t read a single sewing blog in over two weeks.  And I think this will be my last post on SEWN for the summer at least.

When I first learned to sew after the little boy who lives with me was born, finding sewing blogs and becoming part of the sewing community was how I learned to sew.  Some of my best friends in real life are sewing friends I met online, whom I would never have met if not for the interwebs.  I am very grateful to have found the friends I know and love.

The sewing community online has changed so much since I first joined it.  There are so many young, enthusiastic new sewers out there now.  They have a lot more to say than I do right now, so I defer to them to pass the torch.

I will check in at the end of the summer and see how I feel about continuing SEWN again or not after my little hiatus.  In the meantime, I am so very thankful to all my readers for the encouragement, advice and comments over the years.

Thank you!  Have a great summer y’all!

Elizabeth

Revised Schedule for tomorrow’s LA Fabric Shopping, June 25th

2014 June 24
by elizabeth_admin

Hiya!

image from The Examiner.com

image from The Examiner.com

 

So Mood Fabrics is STILL closed.  Needless to say, I am pretty disappointed.  The new re-open date is not until July 7th.  :(

 

I’m driving up tomorrow morning and hope to reach LA by 10 or 10:30am.  So our new shopping schedule is as follows:

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25th

10:3oam          The Fabric Store

11:45pm           Lunch at the cafe next to The Fabric Store

1:00pm            Leave for the Garment District

1:15pm             Reconvene at Michael Levine’s and Loft

2:00pm             Ad Hoc Garment District stores

 

Looking forward to meeting some new friends and catching up with old friends.  I have a new top to show off which I will be wearing tomorrow.  I will ask Jeanette or Sherril to take some pictures for me.

Happy shopping!

 

Need to Reschedule LA Shopping Day to June 25th

2014 June 17
by elizabeth_admin

Sorry sewing peeps!  I need to reschedule this Wednesday’s LA shopping day to next week, June 25th.  I am sorry to disappoint if you cannot make it next week.  But don’t worry, there will be future LA trips I’m sure.

image from The Examiner.com

image from The Examiner.com

 

The schedule for June 25th will remain the same, as follows:

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25th

10:30am          Mood Fabrics

12:00pm          Lunch at the cafe next to The Fabric Store (down the street from Mood)

1:00pm            The Fabric Store

2:00pm            Leave for the Garment District

2:15pm             Reconvene at Michael Levine’s and Loft

3:15pm             Ad Hoc Garment District stores

Hope you can make it!  Let me know in the comments.  I promise not to bail again.  Pinky swear!

LA or Bust! June 18th

2014 June 9
by elizabeth_admin

Hiya!

So Sherril and Jeanette are down for some fabric fondling on Wednesday, June 18th.  The little boy and I will drive up that morning.  Who’s in???

image from The Examiner.com

image from The Examiner.com

The tentative schedule is as follows:

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18th

10:30am          Mood Fabrics

12:00pm          Lunch at the cafe next to The Fabric Store (down the street from Mood)

1:00pm            The Fabric Store

2:00pm            Leave for the Garment District

2:15pm             Reconvene at Michael Levine’s and Loft

3:15pm             Ad Hoc Garment District stores

Please let me know if you would like to join us in the comments of this post.  And yes, I am aware that there is already a shopping day that someone has organized on 6/14, unfortunately though, I can’t make that date.  I hope to meet some new sewing peeps on June 18th!

See ya!

M6559 Tank Dress: My New Favorite Dress

2014 June 8
by elizabeth_admin

After my wadder last week, I really needed this win.  Truly.

I knew after making my first maxi dress last year that I wanted to make another and that I had definitely found a winner in McCall’s 6559 dress pattern, as so many others have found as well.  What I didn’t realize was how awesome the shorter version is.  Like incredibly awesome.  I used FOE again to bind the neckline and armholes but will never do that again.  I can’t stand the stuff.  So un-user friendly.  From on I’m going to use Karla’s trick to finish the neckline.  Gonna try it out tomorrow on my mom’s dress.  I’ve already cut out her dress and another one for me today.

I made yesterday’s tank dress in a few hours.  It would have been quicker had I not had to wrestle with the FOE (dangnabbit!)  But the finished dress is super cute and flattering (if I do say so myself).  My trusty photographer (the little boy who lives with me) was extra nice and obviously used the “thinnerizer” when taking my pictures.  Love that boy!  I wore it out for a dinner and a movie last night and it was just perfect for a night out on the town.  I felt pretty, comfortable and stylish.  Can’t beat that combo!

Here’s my new dress…

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Can you see why I love it?  The fabric I bought with Sherril and Jeanette in LA on my last trip up there.  It’s a textured knit.  It has just the right drape for this dress.  Couldn’t have been more perfect for the pattern.  For realz.  I think Sherril bought some of this too, so I’m sure she’s gonna be whipping something up with it soon.

FYI: I have had to postpone my next shopping trip up to LA.  I just can’t make it up there before June 16th.  I will keep y’all updated on my plans.  Would love to see/meet some new sewers when I’m up there.

Happy sewing!

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