Blowing Bubbles

Wow, I’m never allowed to say I don’t have enough sewing time again! After reading all of your comments yesterday, it made me so appreciative of my sewing time. While there’s plenty of work to do, I love that I have a fairly flexible schedule and that sewing is part of what I do. So even though it’s not always all about sewing, everything I work on helps to keep my creative spirit alive. We’re all coming from completely different lifestyles, backgrounds, and parts of the world, different day jobs and home lives – but we all love sewing so much, we find ways to fit it in! (I agree with everyone that mentioned TV – probably one of the reasons I learned to sew when I was young is because I didn’t watch TV as a child. And multitasking – yes! Absolutely. And breaking down big projects into smaller, manageable bits.)

If you haven’t read the comments from yesterday’s post – How Do You Make Time to Sew? – they’re definitely worth reading over! One of my favourite ‘reader-opinion’ posts so far.

I’m also pointing you to yesterday’s comments because I’m short a blog post today. I have several reasons for why:

  • I’ve been hard at work on the next pattern – yay!
  • I got stuck in an elevator yesterday! True story. I was rushing out of the office to get to my school event and the elevator got stuck! We had to pry the doors open to get out. Tomorrow, I’m searching for the stairs. (Just kidding. Kind of..)
  • I went to last night’s school event, which featured a presentation on Facebook. My favourite part is the interesting trivia-type facts (“Did you know??”) although I came home and tried to impress Mr Sewaholic with my facts and he’d already heard all of them.
  • I’m writing this on Mr Sewaholic’s computer now, late at night, and all my photos are on my work computer.
  • I feel like I’ve asked a lot of questions of you guys recently and I really like hearing your answers, so I don’t want to overuse the question-post!

So I poked through my phone photos and picked the most sewing-related photo I could find. Here’s a sewing project that finally got a chance to be worn!

The Picnic Dress, not at a picnic but at a beautiful wedding in Queen Elizabeth Park. Beautiful weather, beautiful ceremony – the kind where you’re truly happy for the couple and hope they live happily ever after!

Have you ever made something and saved it for the perfect occasion? Isn’t it nerve-wracking, the first time you try it on again (after several months) and pray that the zipper will do up? I didn’t try it on until two days before and breathed a sigh of relief when the zipper reached the top. Remember we talked about sewing out of season on Monday? This is a dress that I made in winter and saved for a special occasion, knowing I’d be so happy when the time came to wear it and I wasn’t stressing about making something new last-minute.

Back with a hopefully more substantial blog post tomorrow!

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19 Responses to Blowing Bubbles

  1. Liz September 15, 2011 at 6:08 am #

    I save almost all of my garments for the perfect occasion. Guess I should wear them more often. Your dress is beautiful. Nice work !

  2. karen September 15, 2011 at 6:25 am #

    This is a lovely blog post, Tania. I’m not sure I could ever be organised or patient enough to sew a dress for another season. I’d want to wear it straight away! Though sometimes you start a make in one season and by the time you’ve finished the weather’s moved on and it’s too hot or cold to wear it!

  3. Rachel September 15, 2011 at 6:44 am #

    I love your outfit. Please tell me about the shoes–they are AWESOME!!!

  4. Tasha September 15, 2011 at 6:54 am #

    I love that dress! So fun and just the right amount of girlie. And oh my, it’s totally reminded me that I have no dress for my cousin’s wedding in October. Seeing as I live in Chicago and she lives in San Diego, I may end up sewing something out of season after all! :D

  5. Katy September 15, 2011 at 6:59 am #

    I made a whole pile of summer dresses to take on holiday to France with me, although I had to hold myself back on wearing a couple of them before I went to unexpected events that came up!

  6. Vicki Kate September 15, 2011 at 7:08 am #

    The dress is so pretty. Sometimes a short hello is all you need! I have the same problem with my Mr, I learn a bit of trivia and try to impress him and he already knows! Funny and frustrating all at the same time.

  7. Lauren September 15, 2011 at 7:10 am #

    oh god, both a coworker AND the mailman got stuck in our office elevator (not at the same time!). when the coworker ended up stuck, she couldn’t call out bc the little emergency phone didn’t work! she was yelling for about 20 minutes before someone actually heard her (we have a small staff in a big office building – not a lot of people around!). the poor mailman was stuck for almost an hour – i think he ended up napping in the elevator lol.

    that being said, i don’t ride in our elevator. ever. i take the stairs & pretend i’m doing it for exercise :B

  8. Ashlee September 15, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    I’ve decided to follow your lead and will definitely be starting my spring/summer 2012 sewing in the next few weeks! It will make for a much less stressful time, and hopefully I’ll be at the ready for Me Made May! :)

  9. Ashlee September 15, 2011 at 7:39 am #

    Also – I work for the police department here in my city, and I got stuck in our building’s main station elevator once. For 45 minutes. You’d think with having the fire department dispatch just one floor above they would have gotten here sooner, but nooooo. I was stuck until they could show up, after having had a LARGE drink of diet coke while on the elevator. Poor choice. The elevator was actually stuck between two floors, so they had to pry open the doors and then two strapping young firemen had to help me jump down. AND I was wearing a dress. Great start to the work day :)

  10. Kat September 15, 2011 at 7:44 am #

    I made my Lonsdale dress specifically to wear at a friend’s wedding. I didn’t wear it beforehand but I was so pleased I had saved it for the occasion – it was a joy to wear, I felt great in it and I am so happy with how it turned out…I will certainly get a lot more wear out of it in the future :)

  11. Sofia September 15, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    You look absolutely PERFECT. @Rachel – Those are my shoes! We share a lot of things, which is awesome. They’re fabulous suede Steve Maddens I got off (when Canada had zappos). They don’t have them anymore, but Steve Madden has tons of gorgeous red shoes like so:

  12. Karin September 15, 2011 at 8:28 am #

    I like a chatty, personal blog post sometimes! Can’t wait to see the new pattern you are creating:-)

  13. Mary September 15, 2011 at 8:46 am #

    Yeah…the shoes…perfect shoes for a gorgeous dress!

  14. Frances September 15, 2011 at 9:11 am #

    What an awesome dress! Summery with a hint of Audrey Hepburn. Thanks for the inspiration!

  15. Corinne September 15, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    lovely dress, would love to see the bodice sometime. don’t apologize for the “question” posts. I feel the conversational component of these helps all of us understand each other and creates a sense of community. It also helps the blog host narrow focus, particularly if your blog supports a business. Opinions are always diverse, however, it is amazing how similar they are as well.

  16. Susan Tiner September 15, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    Beautiful dress. I can’t wait to see your new pattern.

  17. Lisette September 15, 2011 at 5:50 pm #

    I love that dress, I wish I could steal it! I’m always afraid that I will hate a garment after not wearing it for a long time. It does happen, especially when I am not very conscious with my sewing projects.

  18. Beverly McCall September 15, 2011 at 8:11 pm #

    Glad everything worked out well regarding the elevator. Isn’t it nice to know you can come home and escape it all by blogging–especially if its about sewing. Love it. Dress is great. When I see these shirt-dress styles, I am so tempted to make one for me. Concerned that I’m a bit larger on the bottom half and I do not want to call more attention to this blessing. Keep blogging and sharing. This medium is inspirational to all of us.

  19. Cathy September 5, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

    I came across your site looking for tips on using a Diana dress form. I really wish technology was advanced enough that I could go back in time and have read it when I was closer to your age, or that I could read your blog from the future when you perhaps will be closer to my current body type! My daughter would love your designs, but doesn’t seem to have inherited the sewing gene. (And I thought it was dominant!)
    I used to sew all my own clothes, but gave up on it when fitting on my changing body became too challenging. I have just “inherited” a dress form, and your site will help inspire me to get going again. And in my own back yard, no less! I was born and spent my first 22 years within walking distance of QE park, attending church on Cordova Street! Alas – now I’m in the ‘burbs.
    Your skills are amazing. Keep up the great work, and I’ll try not to get so distracted reading all your posts that I have no time to sew!