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Throwback – Memory Lane!

Whatever happened to the first pattern I attempted and how it turned out? A few years back.. I just realized I never posted it…anywhere..I thought it came out beautiful despite the challenges.

About one year into sewing and not at all familiar with patterns as I learned how to start using measurements only this project came into being. You can imagine how nervous and excited I was to try this. It was a good challenge.

I called it the ” Green Box Cart” because it was a shift style.

I was determined to showcase that I can sew by wearing my own piece in public. I didn’t just picked a mellow event to wear it, I picked a big one.

Can you guess?

A wedding!!!!!!! You got it…Go big or go home right!

Here is the Pattern:


I used a Sateen cotton as fabric, my first time using it. Cutting out the pattern pieces were all dandy and good. But sewing the facing was horrific. I couldn’t get the shape right or I cut it too small. In essence, lets just say you didn’t want to see the inside of this dress initially. I tried my best to clean it up as the wedding was still the place I would wear it.

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Project completed..hmmm not bad…Trying on for size

I rocked this dress. I accessorized with some heels, jewellery and a flower. It was a fun night. I even caught the bouquet!

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Carefully ironed with my flower set. All ready for my Friend’s wedding

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Yayyy, at the wedding

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Yep, I caught it… my dress was a hit I guess..:)


Cheers to the lovely couple, to a fabulous night and of course the icing on top my ” Green Box Cart Dress” πŸ™‚

Hope you all enjoyed Β my trip down memory lane. I sure did.. Thanks to my fellow blogger at IdaaidasewingΒ  who was so gracious enough to share her first piece and inspired me to dig deep to find this project. Β What’s your first pattern/project story? Do share?

The sewing journey continues… It can only get better right… ( Perhaps a few variations this summer of the box cart..hmmmm)

Just keep sewing, just keep sewing, what do we do we seeeeeeeeewwwwwwww….




Editing! Pros and Cons as a Newbie!

Editing a word document,spreadsheet, presentation, speech or recipe may be easy, it is not quite the same when sewing. That’s just my opinion. Some fabrics are not as forgiving if you know what Β I mean. While Cottons may be an easy take down, Stretch Knit fabrics, Sateen Cotton and the likes are not as forgiving, there is great potential for damage and monies to be wasted.


Inset( A dress I recently completed, here I was taking the neck down to redo using facing) I will post the details soon enough as I can get it styled. πŸ™‚


How do I feel about editing a sewn garment?

Absolutely hate it. I know I know, hate is a strong word. But that’s how I feel when I think about it. Bare with me I do get positive a bit lower in this post. πŸ™‚

What happens when I do have to edit?

I delay the process. I avoid the sewing machine and I start new projects.Yes, I literally start cutting and esperimenting with other fabrics. That is not the answer to solve the problem now is it? Nope

When I decide I will edit?

Things just flow. Believe it or not, it’s as simple as making a decision to do something that gets the ball going and suddenly you are making it work.

Why edit?

If you want to create and produce something that reflects good work, editing is required. It is actually not that bad. And as a beginner I can get away with doing it because I am learning to perfect the art of garment sewing. So it is okay to edit sewn garments. ( Its all about your attitude towards finishing the garment and doing so professionally.How you approach doing that can make or break your project)

My edit Wand

My Seam ripper is the best( Shown in photo above). This tool truly helps me endure the act of undoing a garment. It makes the task less painful. Even though my hand hurts after taking down long hems.arrrgh..

Advice when starting a new project

Take your time. Seriously. The less rush rush the more you will avoid major edits or damage to your fabrics.

So in other words there are pros and cons to editing, yes it requires time but the finished product is even better because you took your time to make it beautiful.


That’s all for now. Just keep sewing just keep sewing, what do we do we sew sew sewwwwww!