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2012 September 8
by elizabeth_admin

The last two weeks have been totally crazy:

  • We bought a house
  • We moved into a hotel temporarily to establish residency
  • I had to rush register Jack in a new school district (for which I moved into a hotel), and
  • Jack started Kindergarten

Between living in a hotel and the crazy schedule, I haven’t had any time to sew.  And now it’s Fall.  I no longer feel the urge to sew another swimsuit.   This, despite being half way finished with my second suit.  I might have to put it aside until next Spring, because right now I’m just not feeling it.

So onto a new project.  Remember my Butterick 5454?  I do, because I’ve worn it a few times in San Diego.  Ok, I’ve worn it a lot.  It’s one of my favorite dresses despite the remaining fit issues.


I feel put together when I wear this dress, but not too business-y or too fancy for picking up Jack at school.  It just looks right.  Do you know what I mean?  I need more of these dresses in the rotation.  If I make it up with some of the really awesome border prints I have, I don’t think anyone will be able to tell that I am wearing the same dress all the time.  They’ll just think I really love DVF, right?  Actually I wore it today and received an unsolicitation from one of the other moms, so I think I’m on the right wardrobe track here.

Today I totally became so obsessed with making another B5454 that I overcame my deep-seated terror of doing FBA’s and started the tremendously fun (NOT!) process of retracing the original pattern onto tracing paper and making my alterations.  Thank heavens for the interwebs and Facebook, because I don’t think I would have survived this process without either of them.  Again, I used Steph’s tute for the FBA, but then couldn’t figure out the side seams/armscye dealio.  They looked all batty.  But my sewing friends on Facebook put me on the right path with the idea of rotating the side dart into the shoulder pleat.  Genius!  Thanks Sherril and Shams!  And thanks Anne K. for the tip on true-ing up the wrap edge.

Hopefully tomorrow I can cut out my dress and start sewing on Sunday.  We’ll see.  Jack has some playdates planned this weekend.  I’m so happy for him.  He’s been one  lonely little boy the last few weeks.  I’m so glad that school has started and that he is making friends.

Oh, and how can I forget to mention that Susan and I met up with our kids yesterday for dinner.  We met by a new to me fabric store, Gwen Couture in La Jolla.  It’s a fabric store/sewing classroom.  The fabric selection is small but well curated with beautiful fabrics perfect for the San Diego climate as well as a small grouping of woolens and suitings.  They have a great notions section as well.  The owner, I’m assuming her name is Gwen, was there sewing a client’s dress.  It was a gorgeous dress of lipstick red wool, fitted sheath with large bows on the shoulders.  The fabric was very drapey and luxe looking.  The workmanship was very fine.  She was a delight to talk to and I picked up a beautiful knit.  The prices were a little on the expensive side, but the quality was fantastic.


Well, gotta go now.  I am pretty jazzed about my FBA that I worked on.  It’s looking pretty good.  With the added room, the CF is at my CF and the neckline won’t require a cami.  Woo hoo!

Happy sewing everyone!

11 Responses leave one →
  1. September 8, 2012

    You’ve accomplished a LOT in two weeks! I really like your stripy fabric. So cute for warm weather. Your wrap dress great too, versatile and flattering.
    Can’t wait to see pics of your new digs!

  2. September 8, 2012

    Quite frankly, the fact that you’re managing to do ANY sewing during this period on your life is absolutely amazing. You are one strong woman, Elizabeth. Good luck with your FBAs!

  3. September 8, 2012

    When can I come stay and have a sewing day with you? (And use your serger and coverstitch machine, just for research, you understand). You can teach me how to FBA too! And I’ll cook for you!

  4. Sue K permalink
    September 8, 2012

    I love Gwen Couture! My parents live in Carlsbad, and I try to stop by every time I visit. I agree, a little pricey, but everything I make from her fabric gets unsolicited compliments, so I have decided it’s my special place.

  5. September 8, 2012

    I’m glad you guys are settling in nicely! I love your wavy print fabric, can’t wait to see the finished dress.

  6. September 8, 2012

    What a busy time! I agree about that dress – it’s chic, but not uptight. Perfect!

  7. September 8, 2012

    oooh congratulations on all the new accomplishments! I am so happy that Jack is starting school, making friends and having a good time.
    Happy for you, too – it sounds like you are finding your groove.

  8. September 8, 2012

    I love your new fabric! I have never been to Gwen Couture… I should check it out sometime. It sounds like you have been super busy, but like a lot of important things are getting done too. Good luck with your FBAs – can’t wait to see more Butterick dresses soon!

  9. September 9, 2012

    I don’t know how you manage it all! Congratulations on getting it all sorted out.

  10. September 9, 2012

    Congratulations on your new home and love the colors in that fabric.

  11. September 9, 2012

    ah, that’s a great stripey fabric! hope the settling in goes well 🙂

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