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Hey y’all!

I wanted to check in to let you know that so far…I’m winning… mostly.

If you read this post, you’re aware that I’ve given myself a little challenge to use the patterns currently in my stash. (or should I say STASHES!) Also, I’m trying my darndest to use fabric I already own as well. Hence the title “Sew What You Got Challenge.”

For tonight, I thought I’d let you know that I’m having a blast. In the last 4 days, I’ve sewn TWO dresses. YIKES!!! I’m so happy!

Here’s some details for the first.

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I started with the stash above. And I grabbed this pattern below because it was on top.

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Here’s what I ended up with! I love it! 

To keep it from being a little too crazy – I added the fun HUGE rick rack to the side seam. I’m thinking it was a good call. 

If you’re interested in a pattern review, just keep on a-readin’.

McCalls 6695:

I love having this dress but I will most likely never make this dress again. It is marked “easy” on the pattern front, but in my opinion that’s misleading. For someone like me whose been sewing a loooong time, it wasn’t what I’d call hard… but it was very time consuming. I do think a novice sewer would be frustrated with a few of the steps. I think they could’ve tweaked the design in a couple of places to make it much simpler and actually have better results.

But – do keep in mind – I LOVE HAVING THIS DRESS!  SORRY, NOT FOR SALE!

Tomorrow… Challenge Dress #2…FOR SALE! Here’s a sneak peak:

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Hi!!!!!! 

We just returned from our spring break trip to the Ozark Mountains. It was awesome. Mostly….

What wasn’t awesome was returning to a home filled with the sights and smells of a dwelling used for band after-parties! Yep. That was us. Each year we rent our house out for spring break because it’s also known as SXSW around here in Austin, Tx. People come from all over the world to hear music on literally every street corner. We make a lot of money renting our home, and the crews get a nice place to relax while enjoying our fair city.

Every time has been awesome… this time… not so much! The smell of cigarette smoke is every where, and I found a cigarette butt underneath my daughter’s bed. UGH!!! AND, as it turns out, Airbnb.com no longer collects the security deposits they claim to collect. Yep. So, here we are forced to figure out how to rid our carpets, curtains, sofas and so forth of the cigarette residue on our own…

If you’re feeling stressed, so AM I! So stressed in fact… that the only logical thing to do in this situation is… think, Think, THINK…

SEW!!!

In all of my frustration yesterday, I had the BEST Realization… I’M A PATTERN HOARDER! And I should do something about all those patterns I own!

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Somewhere along the way, I let my FABRIC hoarding overflow into PATTERN hoarding, too! Probably around the time my second child was born. I think I decided that if I own the pattern then that’s practically owning the dress…makes sense, right!

Anyway..I’m challenging myself to do something about/with all these patterns. It may sound crazy, but I think I’ll try SEWING with them!

Looking around my sewing room, in the drawers and little nooks and crannies, I chose a stack of patterns.

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They were camouflaged as a lamp, I’m sure you would have never noticed them! 

I chose this stack of patterns and came up with this challenge for myself:

SEW WHAT YOU GOT, ROBIE!

Here are the rules:

1. Choose a stack of patterns but DO NOT sort through or look at them prior to choosing them.

2. Start with the pattern on top and sew through the stack on pattern at a time.

3. If at all possible, use the fabric you already have. (Goodness knows I’ve got plenty…or do I?)

4. It’s acceptable to buy notions.

5. It’s acceptable to purchase fabric or other supplies when necessary to make the garment what you like..but do NOT go crazy…her hee.

6. If you come across the same pattern more than once, I do not have to resew it…unless I choose to!

Wanna join me???

Here’s my first project:

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Stack #1. EEEEK!! I see some little baby feet in there…. I wonder what’s ahead for me!!!

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This pattern was on top of the stack and I am SOOOOOOO happy!

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Here’s the fabric I chose- by Amy Butler…I love it! I’m taking a bit of a risk because the pattern is created for lace which has a significantly different drape… but this girlie girl is okay with fluffy dresses, so fingers crossed!

Okay y’all… I’d love for some of you to join me!

I’ll be posting other things as well, but be on the lookout for the finished products/pattern reviews/etc that coincide with this personal challenge…

Here’s to making room in my storage drawers for MORE PATTERNS!!!…….AND FABRIC!!!!

 

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Well, well, well, what have we here?????  A whole month devoted to SEWING?!?!?!  How totally stinkin’ fabulous!

I entered this contest - but, of course, didn't do it right, so my entry doesn't count. rats! Maybe YOU'LL be the winner!

It’s been a while since I posted any sort of a tutorial (mostly because unless you’re Betsy Ross it’s pretty hard to sew without a sewing machine) … but starting tomorrow, all that will change!

I’ve decided to host the first ever, and possibly annual:

So Celebrate Sewing!

Featuring Tutorials and Testimonies from me and my sewing pals.

Basically, what this means, is I’ve decided to do my best to post something EVERY DAY in the month of September about how and why sewing is celebrated.  I’m sure, if you’re reading this, you do celebrate the art of sewing…so let’s shout about it for the whole month!

I’ve got tutorials planned out for the home, babies & kids, accessories, & grownups.  You’ll meet some friends of mine as they chime in about why they personally celebrate sewing.  So hopefully you’ll learn a few new things, meet a few new people, get totally crazy inspired, and decide to Sew Something yourself!

Do you want to take this challenge with me?  The challenge to Sew Something Every Day???  I dare you!!!

See you tomorrow.  September 1st ——–

 

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