Self-Stitched Satin Dress: Day Twenty-Two

Sunshine – yay! Not only did I skip the jacket (and tights) today but I have lovely sunny photos today. Shiny!

What I’m Wearing, Day 22:

  • Self-Stitched Dress: McCalls 5314, out of print sadly! It’s a great pattern if you do manage to find it. I made this dress over three years ago out of a stretch satin print.
  • Shoes: H&M, bought this fall
  • Camisole: RW & Co, bought last fall.

See the dress in more photos here!

Today’s outfit is an example of wearing something purely because it’s Self-Stitched, not because it’s what I would choose to wear today. Did I want to wear a shiny satin today? Not totally, but I needed something clean and self-stitched. And I swear, the shoes look better with the dress in real life.. in the photos they look a little matchy-matchy!

In this next photo I am trying to demonstrate the swingy-ness of the skirt by spinning around, but the self-timer kept catching me in the same position here. Swingy skirt photos require a real photographer!

It was a great success because after work I dropped by Fabricana, my local fabric store. I love showing up there in something I made! It’s almost like I’m saying ‘See, I do finish projects, and wear them, so I’m totally justified in buying more!’

Do you wear things you made to the fabric store to show them off? Do the salespeople notice? Or are they oblivious? I’m lucky to have a great local store where people ask me about what I’ve made and how it turned out. So I purposefully wear my self-stitched clothes when I know I’ll be dropping by. Maybe that’s just me?

Oh and THANK YOU for all the great suggestions on where to buy tights on yesterday’s post.

I will report back after testing some of your ideas! I forgot to say I’m in Canada… no Tar-jay for me unless I made a trip across the border. That Sock Dreams site looks awesome! Wool tights! Or for those who get itched by wool: cotton-lined wool tights! (Now that I’ve got to try.) Can we talk about tights again or would you rather just hear about sewing-related topics?

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14 Responses to Self-Stitched Satin Dress: Day Twenty-Two

  1. ANA PAULA September 23, 2010 at 6:46 am #

    Amei que lindo ,otimo para os dias de ver√£o!!!!!!

  2. TanitIsis September 23, 2010 at 6:49 am #

    The other problem with twirly pictures is getting one where your feet aren’t turned the opposite direction from your head! ;) The dress looks lovely, especially for sunny day! We’re supposed to finally have some seasonal temperatures here! Yay!

    I have been asked once at my local Fabricland if I made a shirt I was wearing (I had) but that’s about it. I don’t feel like I really “know” anyone there, y’know. I don’t know if I’d be excited or embarrassed if it happened all the time…

  3. Tia Dia September 23, 2010 at 7:40 am #

    Hey, Tasia, I’m new to the sewing blog world, and I love your blog! I just wanted to say that yes, I do wear the clothes I make to the fabric stores, and yes, the sales people notice (they’ve all become really good ‘friends’ after years of going to the same place). I must say, though, that the people in the Fashion District here in TO are a bit more critical in their silent assessment of my work when I walk into their stores than my local Fabricland. All the ladies in Woodbridge are thrilled to see their fabric made up and actually being worn!

  4. A Sewn Wardrobe September 23, 2010 at 7:42 am #

    I loved your quote: ” I do finish projects, and wear them, so I‚Äôm totally justified in buying more!‚Äô” – the only store near me is a generic JoAnns, and they probably don’t notice what I wear, but I do like to wear self-made items so that I feel better about buying more patterns there!

    I adore your satin dress. I think it’s great that SSS spurred you to wear it to work. It’s so pretty!

  5. Miss Shigatsu September 23, 2010 at 8:06 am #

    yet another great example of that dress! i recently tracked it down and bought it from a company that specializes in out of print patterns and i’m so glad i did. some days you just have to wear the fancy clothes for the heck of it.

    i wear my self made stuff to my local joann’s every time i finish a project. they have a wall where they’ll take your picture and post it for other people to see. yay wall of fame! i’m working on a dress and a pair of jeans that i can’t wait to go model for them. also, since my mom lives on the other side of the country, they’ve been like my mentors so i’m always very excited to show them my work and get their feedback. haven’t made friends with the hancock folks, though i should since they just moved into a store about a mile from our house.

  6. Helena September 23, 2010 at 8:13 am #

    Lovely dress, cut and fabric! So flattering.

    Once I get going and hopefully get more wearable garments I would totally wear them to the fabric store, I don’t think they’d notice though since it’s a big store. A wall of fame sonds great, but I never use my fabric store’s own patterns, so I’m not so sure I would end up there.

  7. Kristie September 23, 2010 at 8:17 am #

    This is so cute on you! I need a stretchy satin dress now. I know you didn’t FEEL like wearing a shiny satin dress, but you probably (or should) have felt good once you looked in the mirror. You’re so cute that you wear your projects to the fabric store. I would totally do that to, but I still need to build up my FO’s :)

  8. Miss Shigatsu September 23, 2010 at 8:22 am #

    @Helena, i don’t think you have to just wear their patterns. what if it’s just the fabric you bought there? still their stuff, right? i’ve learned a lot of fit and finish tricks just by showing my work to the people at the fabric store and getting their input. some of them really know their stuff. plus they know how much work you put into it, so they can be really supportive where other people in your life (my life, anyway) might be more like “oh, that’s nice…”

  9. Funnygrrl September 23, 2010 at 10:44 am #

    This is beautiful. I love the shine. Looks like your weather is one day ahead of ours here.
    It sounds like you have a great fabric store. In the one I frequent some of the employees don’t sew?! At all?! It would be like me working in a math store (I know there aren’t math stores but I’m just saying I’m really bad at math).

  10. Handmade September 23, 2010 at 2:59 pm #

    You have the best smile – this is a great dress. Only the smaller fabric shops actually recognise their fabrics – yeah – it’s nice to show them your creations – they enjoy the feedback!

  11. Ali September 23, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    Ah! Great wrap dress — I’m thinking about finally taking the plunge with one as well — I’d likely have to use a cami underneath too (I get so many ideas on how to wear clothes from your outfits!)

    Also love seeing the 60s dress in action. And do I even have to tell you (again) how much I love all your black skirts? ;)

  12. Samantha September 23, 2010 at 4:09 pm #

    @Miss Shigatsu – can you share the name of the company/website where you bought the out of stock pattern? Pretty please … there are a few patterns Tasia’s inspired me to try (McCalls 5803 Vogue 9668) that are no longer available.

  13. Fourth Daughter September 23, 2010 at 8:00 pm #

    You always look so lovely in those sunny photos (or in any photos actually)…
    wow, no Target in Canada?? We even have the Red Circle Boutique here in far-away Australia, how is it that you don’t have it over there?
    I love showing off my creations too but as I never buy material from fabric stores (it’s usually from op shops or flea markets) it’s harder to go and command attention from the sales assistants… here’s one of my latest op shop efforts…

  14. Miss Shigatsu September 24, 2010 at 5:41 am #

    @Samantha i bought it here: they were prompt and easy to do business with and i definitely recommend.

    fwiw, i don’t see those two patterns on northbreeze but i found the vogue pattern here: and there’s a copy of the mccall’s pattern on ebay: