{Sew 20} Real Life Real Sewing



I am super excited to be participating in my very first blog tour.  It also happens to be Sew20’s first monthly blog tour.  Roxanne has challenged us to show our sewing being used in our daily life.  It can be a new item, or an old favorite that gets lots of wear.   No staged photos.  Only Real Life, Real Sewing.  With this challenge we were given a group of questions to answer.

1. What do you look for when choosing a sewing project?

I mainly sew for my kids and more often then not my daughter is the one who reaps the benefits.  Her school’s dress code requires the little girls wear dresses or skirts so that is usually where I start.  From there I look for patterns with multiple options.  I don’t normally sew the same thing twice so the more options a pattern has the better.  I also have to think about wardrobe malfunctions for my little kindergartner.  I don’t want her having to ask her teachers to tie a sash every time she goes to the bathroom.

2.  Is there anything you would like to (or wish you could) do differently when selecting projects?

Currently my only wish is to live closer to a fabric store.  Last year the Air Force brought us to Sunny Florida and although I love living minutes from the beach there are only two fabric stores and they are both at least 30 minutes away…on a good day.  I loved being able to wonder into one of the many local fabric shops in Albuquerque and not have an agenda in mind.  Now I have to plan out all of my projects for the next couple weeks, make lists, check it twice and if the store doesn’t have what I’m looking for then I have to settle for something else or not get anything at all.

3. What is your most used/worn sewing project? This either could be of all time or currently.

My daughter is one to love something for a period of time and want to wear it ALL the time, over and over, everyday.  She will ask me when I’m doing laundry and even offer to help just so she can wear the dress she wore the day before.  After a few months she moves on to the latest and greatest thing I’ve made and becomes completely obsessed with that article of clothing.  Currently she loves the Marlowe dress by Little Lizard King.  The dress has no buttons or zippers so it is very easy for my very four year old to dress herself.

4. Do you have a project that you thought would be used/worn frequently but just did not end up working out?

For Christmas last year I made my daughter the Adelaide dress by Violette Field Threads.  I don’t have any pictures of it but I made it from Winter Wonderland Ice Princess and a solid pink (her favorite color), thinking she would absolutely love it since it resembled Elsa but she wouldn’t even try it on.  She didn’t like that it wasn’t really Elsa fabric but most of all she didn’t like that she couldn’t twirl in it.  I saved it for this year and hopefully she’ll have a change of heart.

5. What is your favorite tip or quote that applies to sewing for real life?

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