Susan with pencil skirt fever, from Masshole Seamstress…….Come On Down!

For all you “Price is Right” fans out there, please imagine Mr. Bob Barker barking out these lovely words, gold mic in hand, in a backdrop of crazy 70s gameshow decor and of course the girls, but I’ll spare you my comments about them. In case you didn’t know, this is the winner’s own special ode from me. Ms. Susan, from The Masshole Seamstress, you have won……(drumroll, trumpets, fanfare, opera singer, heavenly angels choir, silence…) THE BEST GIVEAWAY IN THE WORLD! (If you do not believe I’m a goon, well I’m quite sure that now you do).
Let’s all have a chat about how it was arrived at that, indeed, Susan is the winner. After the most horrible day in the world for me I came home and had a good sit down at my computer. The giveaway had ended. The long hot bath had been taken. The tea had been sipped. The reading of the comments had commenced and it was time to decide how I was going to give the giveaway away. Ha. I decided to just pick someone randomly. A little number generation, some mouse clicks, finger pointing, eyes closed and I landed on Susan. Susan’s comment was thus:
I would love to win this – you’ve seriously inspired some pencil skirt fever in me. Can’t wait for fall so that I can break out the wool and flannel! 

I can’t wait for you to break out the wool and flannel either. In fact, I, myself, can’t wait to break out the wool and flannel. And I need to make at least one more pencil skirt. Maybe three.

And that is my tale of how The Best Giveaway in the World was won! I really do expect to see Ms. Susan flaunting her prize for all to see sometime soon. Have a glorious Monday and please put in your congrats to Susan.

Dearest Readers, Facebook Fans and Blog Subscribers, you’ve all been so terribly wonderful. Your comments were sweet (I read each and every one of them) and I’m so happy to have so many friends out there. It made the most horrible day in the world all better. Thanks a real bunch. I’m crowning you all with Cupcake Goddess Status and hoping that all your stitching dreams come true!

  • Angela - Congrats, Susan! I hope you feel better, Sunni!!
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  • Tasia - Congrats to Susan!
    And sorry to hear about your horrible day. I hope whatever it is that caused the horrible-ness, goes away soon!
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  • Susan - Oh woah! I seriously had to re-read that two or three times to get over the shock of it being me. I never seem to win anything, this totally made my day!
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  • Medical Advice - i want to say congrats!! susan!..i happy for you to win..
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  • Becky - Congratulations, Susan!
    And I hope you’re feeling better! I just stopped by to say that I had to laugh at your comment about feeling the need for more casual clothes in your self-stitched wardrobe over on the flickr discussion section, because I’m having the exact same issue with my SSS thing!
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More Self Stitched September Days

I have to admit that I really love featuring and wearing my handmade garments. For me, participating in this event has been a real eye opener. I’ve taken a lot more care with my appearance and have surprisingly, even to me, been really good about taking photos. There were two days this week that didn’t get photos. Bad days. Outside of that, I’ve been super good for 11 days. I hate to say it, but I’m quite proud of myself. I just gave myself a nice pat on the back for that too.  Now where did we leave off…. Oh yes:

Here is Day 6.

It’s cleaning day today and thankfully I have this great utilitarian skirt that I wear when I clean. I made this from the Sew What! Skirts Book and have found it to be a very durable and easy to wear while houseworking garment. It has an elastic tie waistband which is ever so easy on the waist and makes housework, grocery shopping and other odd chores a dream.

Skirt – Made from Sew What Skirts, the first skirt in the book
Polo – Old Navy
Shoes – Merrell golf shoes (at least they look like golf shoes to me)

Here is Day 7.

If I do say so myself, and I do, I look especially dashing in this particular shade of green. This dress was made last year from the Socialite Dress pattern from Anna Maria Horner. I made it up in this very bright leaf green linen and had a little fun experimenting with some fabric painted leaves which I then free style embroidered by hand. It is a rather shapeless dress, though so comfortable and easy to wear. In other words, it has never been easier being green.

Dress – made from the Socialite Dress pattern
Shoes – Nine West
Bracelets – Handmade jewels I’ve picked up here and there

Here is Day 8.

It’s been one of those days for me. I really wanted better shots than the ones I ended up with, but the wind today was very strong. Too much for a tripod and camera. But, enough of that. This is a skirt that I’ve altered to fit me better. I have this terrible problem with skirts. As I have a rather thick waist, I never end up with a skirt that fits me well in the hips AND in the waist. The waist is always just a bit too snug. That was the problem with this skirt. It had gotten beyond uncomfortable and so I took out the zipper, trimmed down the waistband and put in an elastic waistband. Much better.

Skirt – Max Studio altered by me for a much better fit
Blouse – Express
Jacket – Target
Shoes – Franco Sarto

Here was Day 9.

This is a sweater I repurposed from a men’s cashmere cardigan. I’ve always wanted a cashmere sweater and this seemed to perfect  opportunity to have one. Today is the first wearing. It was a little on the cold and windy side today and the the cashmere held up quite well without getting me too hot. In fact, it was simply a dream to wear. I love this piece and though at first I wasn’t quite so fond of the color, it seems to suit me quite well.

Cashmere sweater – repurposed by me from a men’s cardigan
Trousers – thrifted
Shoes – White Mountain
Jewels – my great grandmother’s

Day 10 & 11 are sadly absent. Day 10 was a very bad day for me and it took Day 11 to recover. So here is Day 12.

Here on Day 12 I’m wearing a jacket from Simplicity 3538. I have to be honest and admit that though I love this jacket it never gets worn. It is truly a white elephant and its amazing that it’s white in color too! I will put this jacket on with everything and it never goes. But this look it can pull off which is good, cause that’s what I’m wearing today.

Jacket – handmade from Simplicity 3538
Camisole – Banana Republic
Jeans – Rock and Republic
Shoes – Miz Mooz

Don’t forget to check in tomorrow for the winner of the giveaway! Yay! Hip Hip Hooray! I’ll meet you here next Sunday for more Self Stitched September outfits.

  • Uta - You look great, and the green dress with the appliqué suits you very well! I have that exact shade of green linen in my stash and meant to make a shirtdress from it this summer… Maybe next year!
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  • Jennifer - I love all your looks for the past week! I finally finished up my pencil skirt last weekend and it has taken me all week to get the photos uploaded! I am very bad about that! :)
    I love that white jacket, and it looks great with the jeans and red shoes! I have some items that I love but have a hard time finding a good outfit for them too! I think that look is my favorite!
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  • karen - I do love that cashmere cardigan. It looks lovely on you.
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  • Becky - I just have to say that, despite generally not being a lace/eyelet type girl, that last jacket is pretty amazing.
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  • Just-chic.blogspot.com - I particularly like your outfits on days 7 & 12. You look stunning.Green color flatters you, you should consider it for more outfits.
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  • denise calhoun - Green is amazing on you. Love the golf shoes. Current? If so, where?
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  • Rachel - Loving that cashmere cardi and the white jacket. They both look great!
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  • Tasia - You DO look fab in green! It’s lovely with your hair and colouring. Love the cashmere cardigan, too! So inspiring, makes me want to hunt down mens’ cardigans and hope for something as lovely as yours to revamp.
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The Best Giveaway in the World

This giveaway is now closed. Check back bright and early Monday morning for the lucky winner!

OK, I might be exaggerating just a bit. But I have to admit, even me who doesn’t admit much, that this is pretty good. I thought long and hard about this. I thought maybe I would even giveaway a Tailor’s Ham and Seam Roll set from the shop. But then this idea just hit me, as I was wearing the silly dress that I made from this pattern. Hit me like a rock. Seriously, it was that hard.

Let’s start this off by me talking about how I like kits. I’m a very “kit” oriented person. You know those food kits that you can buy at the store? Yeah, I go crazy when I see those. One of my favorites being the “taco kit.” Yes, its true. I really love kits.

Though this is not an entire kit, it does at least includes the most vital elements, the fabric and the pattern. And besides, kits usually come with instructions for you to buy a few things anyway. How much better can this get? A “Sewing Project Kit” for you to make your own Naughty Secretary Dress.

Here’s what you’ll get if you win:

  • Simplicity 2724, in your size, I might just add. I’ll be buying this after the winner is selected.
  • the skirt and top fabric (keep in mind, this is a dress). The top fabric is a cotton print, a warmer tone for Fall and the bottom is the exact same I used on my Naughty Secretary Dress. You’ll receive enough of the top fabric to make the bodice and the short sleeve version and enough of the bottom fabric to make either the slim or full skirted option.

Now, if you didn’t like my Naughty Secretary Dress, well I guess this giveaway isn’t for you. I also need to mention that I’m not including the fabric for the lining (if you indeed want a lining) the thread or the zipper, but I figure you might want just a little bit of your own creativity infused into the project.

How to enter:

  • Leave your calling card in the comments section (you know, just leave me a comment. please enter your email address in the first part. its not published, except to me and wild horses couldn’t drag it from me, in other words, your email is safe with me)
  • For a Double Double (yes, like In N Out) leave a calling card and become a fan of my Facebook Page (don’t worry, if you’re already a fan, I’ll take that into consideration)
  • For a Triple Play (like Comcast) leave a calling card, become a Facebook fan and subscribe to me in your blog reader

Lucky Strike for the winner. And International Participants are welcome to enter! I’ll be picking the winner at random bearing in mind how many times you’ve thrown yourself into the ring. This giveaway ends Friday, September 10 at midnight. I’ll be announcing the winner on Monday, September 13.

Play nice now!

  • Bridgid - Yes Please! I love that pattern and the fabric for the bodice is just gorgeous. Everyone needs to get in touch with their inner naughty secretary!
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  • Jess - Oooh! I love your naught secretary dress and would love to make one of my own! The fabric combo you’ve picked out is lovely.
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  • Courtney - Great idea! I would love to win. Thank you for the chance.
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  • lap - This is truly, the best giveaway ever. Sign me in as a triple threat since I already follow you on facebook and in my google reader too! The cheery yellow fabric choice is the perfect bridge to Fall!
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  • Seemane (aka Claire) - Oooh, I’ve got my finger’s crossed that I get lucky :)
    (I deleted my first comment ‘cos I was silly & forgot to include my email doh!)
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  • kt - Clever idea and perfect giveaway! thank you:)
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  • Patty - OOo! OO! I was all sad because I really, REALLY wanted to get to Hancock yesterday (but didn’t, stupid labor day chores!) to get this pattern and sale after seeing on your blog this weekend. I love the fabrics you chose! So here’s my comment, I already had your blog on my feed-thingie on MY blog and I’m off to become a fan on Facebook (yay! I’m guessing I wont’ have to hide you like I’ve had to hide half my oversharing-friends!!)
    I was half-considering going to buy the pattern anyway, even without the sale, but I will attempt to be patient!
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  • Kate - Woohoo…. loved the dress, what a generous giveaway – I’m a Google subscriber so hope I can be a double hitter….!
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  • Suzie - Oh my goodness – this really IS the best giveaway in the World!!! So excited…keeping fingers crossed! I already ‘like’ you on facebook (suzanna wilson) and I have just subscribed to your feed…so I hope thats three entries for me!
    P.S. Really love the new top fabric you have picked out for this!
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  • Stephanie H. - I found your blog because of that dress! I LOVE it! I actually scoured the internet to find the EXACT fabric you used in your original, but I can’t find a “skirt” fabric to satisfy me…so, I am keeping EVERYTHING crossed! Great giveaway!
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  • Sarah Haag - Ahhh!! Genius! :D
    Was already a subscriber, now I’m also a FB fan!
    SarahBethHaag at gmail dot com
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  • Karin van D. - That is a wonderful giveaway indeed. I love the naughty secretary dress! Thanks for the chance and good luck with this giveaway!
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  • jackie - i am thinking of making myself a skirt if only i had the pattern, now i see this and am hoping i win.
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  • jackie - i like your page on facebook.
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  • jackie - i subscribe to you in my blog reader using my Google account as cutekipepeo@gmail.com
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  • SabrinaClementine - Yay! What a fun giveaway! Lucky for me I’m already a Facebook fan and I’ve subscribed to your reader. Here’s to hoping I win!
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  • MissAndree - Oooh, I love it! Thanks for organizing this giveaway: I already have the naughty secretary temperament, now all I need is the dress to match!
    (Note: I do not subscribe to your rss feed, but you are in my blogroll.)
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  • Jenn G - I would love this dress! It is super cute!
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  • birdmommy - A giveway that lets us poor neglected Canucks sign up too? Count me in! And it doesn’t hurt that I love the dress… :)
    And here’s a cultural tidbit for the day – in Canada, a Double Double is a coffee with 2 creams and 2 sugars. Consider your horizons offically expanded. :)
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  • JamieRas - Yes, yes, yes! A giveaway…I love that pattern. Not too sure that I’ll be able to sew much of it without my mom’s talent involved, but she’s close by so I can manage. Triple fun-I’m already a fan on facebook and you’re in my blog reader.
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  • Petite Josette - OMG THIS IS AN AWSOME GIVEWAY !!!! Such a great idea ! And the top fabric looks gorgeous !
    I was trying to decide on my next project for fall…this coulb be it !
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  • Cheryl - Yes I would love to be entered in the contest too. Loved your naughty sec dress. Would love to have one of my own
    Thank you sooo much for the chance to win
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  • Plevin - Oooo–I love it!! That would be fun to sew!
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  • Jennifer Lachman - For a fabric horder like me this is a dream giveaway.
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  • Tenshi - How could I resist this giveaway? I’ve been kind of wanting to try high-waisted looks but also shying away from them. This kit will be the perfect opportunity and kick in the behind to overcome my hesistation!
    I share your love of kits, too. Not necessarily food kits, but sewing kits and, most importantly, microbiology kits (make lab life soooo much easier).
    I have to add that this is totally, extremely, unbelievably generous of you, especially with the offer to international readers to participate. (Which applies to me, I live in Germany)
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  • Jennifer - No exaggeration- that is the best giveaway in the World! I’m loving that color combination. <3
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  • Clare - Ooh, I love it! Count me in :)
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  • nikole - Fabric and Pattern….Awesomeness! and I’m already doing all three requirements
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  • Lucie - I’m in too :)
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  • Marissa - Oooh I love the naughty secretary dress! The cotton you picked for the top is adorable! I would love to make this :)
    oh and I’m a subscriber in Google Reader too :)
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  • Susan - I would love to win this – you’ve seriously inspired some pencil skirt fever in me. Can’t wait for fall so that I can break out the wool and flannel!
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  • Tasia - This IS the best giveaway in the world! How generous of you, and how fun!! And thanks for including international readers, us Canadians thank you :)
    I’m throwing myself in the ring!!
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  • Tasia - And I’m your Facebook fan, too!
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  • Tasia - And you’re in my Google reader too! :)
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  • Jamie - Love this idea! Thanks for the giveaway!
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  • Jamie - I subscribe via google feed reader. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  • Jamie - I’m a fan on FB. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  • K - This is a fun giveaway! I like kits in theory but in practice I am often not a big fan of the combinations in them, but in this case, not so!
    -K
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  • Emma Reilly - Yay! I love, love, LOVE this pattern. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  • Scruffy Badgertime - Yes please for my chance to enter this fantastic & generous giveaway. I’ve never made anything like this & love your choice of fabrics (it’s about time I became braver about what I matched together!). I already subscribe to your blogs in my reader too :-) Fingers crossed everyone xx
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  • Rachel - Oh my gosh. This really is the best giveaway in the world, without a doubt. Only the other day was I browsing your blog and admiring the naughty secretary dress. I’d love to make my own.
    Count me in for a triple play please because I already subscribe using Google Reader and I just liked your facebook page (I’m Rachel S.T.)
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  • MichelleS - I love the kit idea! Awesome combination of fabric. And I’ve had my eye on this pattern for a bit. Thanks for the opportunity to win!
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  • TakiJ - Hello,
    what a fun giveaway. Tripleplay me!! I commented, follow with Bloglovin’ and Google Reader and follow on Facebook
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  • Jessie - Thanks for the great giveaway! I’m sort of a naughty secretary myself, in that I am a secretary, and I’m being naughty by reading blogs when I should be doing my secretary duties. Perhaps a naughty secretary dress would inspire me to be naughty in the good way!!!
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  • Amy Treasure - Please let me be a sexy secretary! I love kits too! The fabric is so beautiful and it will be the challenge I need to hone my sewing skills as I’m still learning lots and lots!
    Thanks for the opportunity x
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  • Tania - I lurve your Naughty Secretary dress! It’s just what I need to liven up my work wardrobe, so I was going to copy yours anyway. What a fabulous giveaway! Thank you for including us foreigners (hello from the UK).
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  • Freya - Yum! What a lovely fabric combination! And you wouldn’t even have to buy the pattern for me as I already have it!
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  • Kristen T - I make so many things for others, it’s a fantastic incentive to finally make something for myself! LOVE it.
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  • Lia - This has been one of my favorite of your sewing projects since you made it, and I’ve been wanting to make my own. I love the way it takes advantage of a unique way to mix patterns.
    (Also, does the extra chance count for those of us who have already added you to our blog reader? I’ll just hope so. =] )
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  • Gaylene - ooohhh I would love to win this – the first time I saw your version I thought the fabric combinations were inspired – and I’m in the throes of putting together your lined back vent pencil skirt – thanks for the instructions!
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  • ann - Oh my gosh!!! I would love to win this! I was just thinking of buying this pattern two days ago!!!
    My email is argarg27 at hotmail dot com.
    Thanks!!!
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  • alejandrina - lol.. I love the sexy secretary statement. :)
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  • Crystal - The best giveaway in the world! Your naughty secretary dress is one of my favorites – I would love one of my own. Thanks!
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  • Mary - I love the fabric combination! It’s not something I would have had the foresight to pick out, but it is perfect!
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  • Kat - What an amazing giveaway! I love kits too. Just knowing that everything you need is in that one little pile makes it so much easier.
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  • Kat - I just went and become a fan on your facebook page too!
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  • Kat - Oh and I also subscribe to you in my blog follower thingy. Crossing my fingers for this one x
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  • Imaan - I’m in please!
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  • katey - great giveaway!
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  • nicole eaton - Aahh a girl after my own heart! I too can resist a kit! makes everything so simple :-)
    I also love your naughty secretary dress, as I’m already following your blog i’ll go for the double double entry and become a fan on facebook too.
    Fingers crossed :-)
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  • Anastasia - I really do need my own Naughty Secretary dress being a secretary and all. Thanks so much for giving it away!
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  • Rachel - oooh wow, what a great giveaway! I’d love to enter (and win he he)!
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  • Bethany - Love it! Gimme gimme gimme. (gimme!)
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  • Michelle - What a great giveaway. Hope I win!
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  • Jacey - This IS the best giveaway! Great fabrics!
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  • Elizabeth - Please enter me for the drawing, yellow is my most favorite color and that print is stunning! I already have this pattern but have just not found the perfect fabrics until now ;)
    I just became a Facebook fan, and I was already a subscriber through Bloglines.
    Thanks for the chance to enter!
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  • Liz R. - love the textiles! Triple play, just added you on facebook and was a follower in my google reader already
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  • marLou - Thank you for the giveaway! That’s so nice of you! FYI-I’ve been a fan in FB for a bit. I think I was fan # twenty something when you first started. Your fabric choices are beautiful and wouldn’t mind looking like a naughty librarian…well maybe just librarian (I’m not sure if I can pull off naughty).
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  • Daisy Steiner - I would love a chance to make this dress. I like that it looks like separates while having the ease of a dress.
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  • Liz - Aww I already have this pattern (with fabric in my stash). :( I’ll have to wait for the next-best giveaway.
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  • Sarah - Count me in! I’ve checked out your facebook page and I already subscribe to your blog.
    This would be a fun addition to my closet.
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  • Stephanie - Ohhh.. Fun! I would love to win. And I’m a fellow lady of Zion (heh) so pick me. I follow you on my Google Reader!
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  • Morgan - I want it! I loved your dress and want to make my own!
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  • Kristin - I adore the bodice print! And the skirt fabric is so classic!
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  • Kris - Oh my goodness! I love your fabric choices. :)
    I also follow you in my google reader.
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  • denise calhoun - You mix fabrics so well!
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  • tracey - oh that is indeedy the best giveaway in the world! Got to love kits and I have long admired your naughty secretary number. Thank you for the chance to enter. I already subscribe to your feeds and am off to become a (not) scary facebook fan right now.
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  • Juanita - OMG. You aren’t kidding — it is quite the best giveaway in the world!
    If I do win this (I will win. I will win. I will win.), could you send your Awesome Sewing Skills along with the kit as well? No harm asking, hey.
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  • Juanita - Because I really, really want to win this, I am Facebook Fan #102.
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  • Juanita - Because I really, really, REALLY like your blog, now I’m a subscriber.
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  • Alessa - Hehe, kits are awesome, aren’t they? That’s some really cute fabrics for a really cute dress! Count me in! I just became a fan on facebook and I follow you on bloglovin’.
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  • Heidi Hartman - I loved the Naughty Secretary outfit! I check in almost daily to see what you’ve whipped up next. Thanks for such a great blog!!
    BTW, I’ve also subscribed and become a fan on Facebook! I didn’t realize I could become a fan on FB! Thanks!
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  • Becky - Wow–that really IS one of the best sewing giveaways I’ve ever seen. (Just wanted to say that– as much as part of me is jumping up and down and saying “pick me, pick me”, part of me wonders if the yellow would just look awful on me! So you can disregard this as an entry to give other people a chance. I can always get the pattern on my own sometime. :)
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  • Abby - Sunni! I am loving your self stitched September! Everything is so fashionable and very inspiring for me to keep sewing. Maybe I can join in the fun when I have made a few more things.
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  • Angela - Oh how fun is this! This totally will be the best giveaway!!
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  • Laurel - love the fabric choices! I already have the pattern…I was just undecided as to fabrics…until I saw your version.
    Am following blog and just liked you on FB (I don’t spend tons of time on there, so I don’t always think of that first)
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  • Jill - LOVE IT! I just started sewing this summer and have this dress on my list of future projects to try as soon as I master button holes. (I’m so proud that I’ve just figured out sleeves and zippers.) I’ll just add that I love your blog and say thanks for all of the inspiration and handy tips for my new favorite hobby.
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  • Melissanne - It is the best giveaway in the world! Seriously, I’ve been wanting to make this dress since I saw yours.
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  • Tamsin - Hi, your blog was one of the first I found, that got me back into sewing earlier this year. I loved your secretary dress, along with everything else you have made! I am a FB fan and have you in my blog list
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  • Devon - Love the dress, love the fabric! Hope luck is with me!
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  • Maura - Oh! I love your version of this!
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  • Maura - I am also your friend on facebook! What an awesome kit to give away!
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  • Moi - I love your naughty secretary dress and love the thought of being able to sew one of my own!
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  • Maria - What a great idea! Thanks
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  • Alana - Heck yes! Count me in. Crossing fingers and toes :)
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  • Trixie - Wow, what an amazing giveaway! I’e been so very enamored with your naughty secretary dress for so long! Being in my final year at university I’m starting to realise that I need some work/interview-appropriate clothes and my first thought was this pattern. I went to buy it last weekend but tragedy struck and the fabric shop had completely sold out!
    This is a good opportunity for me to ask actually – how do I subscribe to your blog? I tried it before by clicking on the ‘subscribe’ button at the top but it just took me to a different page that still had all the same posts on it? Apologies for my lack of technical expertise!
    Trixie
    P.S. That yellow fabric is amazing!!
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  • Stephanie - cool beans! thanks os much!
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  • Trixie - Wow, thanks for offering such a brilliant giveaway (and I’m with you on the taco kits!). Being in my final year of university, I’ll be needing some work/interview appropriate clothes and I’ve been so enamored with your naughty secretary dress that I purposefully went out to buy the pattern last weekend, but alas! Tragedy! The fabric shop had sold out!
    I really enjoy your blog and have tried to subscribe before, but clicking the ‘subscribe’ button at the top just takes me to a different page with the blog posts on it (it has the blog url with the word atom in it?) It would be great to find out how to actually subscribe! Apologies for my lack of technical prowess.
    Trixie
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  • Trixie - Damn, sorry for the multiple comments – my computer seemed to delete my first one. Lack of technical prowess strikes again!
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  • sela - I adore your blog and love this dress. Thank you for the lovely giveaway. Greetings from Germany.
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  • blackberry - This is a cool giveaway!
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  • angel - I love the dress!!! What a great giveaway! :)
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  • angel - Btw I’ve liked your facebook page as Angelia Fransisca Rusli. Awesome page :)
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  • Carolyn - Thankyou for this generous offer! I would love to win this giveaway!
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  • audge_b@hotmail.com - Me! Me! Pick me! Thank you SO very much for doing this. :)
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  • Emilie - I just loved your naughty secretary dress so yes, I confirm : this is the best giveaway of the world ;) Thank you to open it to international readers! I took the opportunity to tell you that I love all your posts: continue like that! Emilie from Liege,Belgium.
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  • Kati - I want to win! I also love kits :)
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  • Sewing Princess - Whoa this is a great giveaway. I would love to win… I loved so much your version. I am based abroad so I appreciate your generosity
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  • Nancy Pugh - Naughty Secretary dress looks great – I would love to gove it a try!
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A Look Into My Sewing Space

Denise over at the Blue Gardenia did a little interview with me about my sewing space. I had alot of fun answering the questions she asked and taking photos of my somewhat small sewing space. Denise has posted it over on her wonderful blog. And don’t forget to check out her fabulous shop where she sells great vintage sewing patterns and vintage jewels. Have a look-see.

  • Peter - Great interview! You’re so neat — well, compared to me!
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  • Suzie - Wowie it IS so neat!! My sewing space is such a mess – I really need to sort it out!
    Loved having a peer into your space though – thanks for inviting us in!
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  • Carolyn - Your sewing stuff is so cute! I’d die of embarrassment if someone saw my ironing board cover; I always lay a white sheet over it if I take a photo of a work-in-progress on there…
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  • karen - My new sewing machine is the same of yours. I’m in good company!
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  • frk.bustad - That’s a very nice interview, and somehow it seems you have a very rational approach to you systems: Planning next project, choosing patterns e.g. I wonder if I could ever do anything similar… Probably not as I usually have 5-10 projects going on at the same time! Just one question: That iron, what brand is it? I’ve started looking for a steam iron, and I don’t really know where to start…
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The First 5 Days…..

I’ve decided to keep you abreast of my Self Stitched September adventures on Sundays. So here goes: the first 5 days. It’s fun to wear my handmade fancies and try and come up with new looks to wear daily. I’m finding that I’m taking more care in my appearance than I normally do, because I’m participating in this venture. That’s fun. I also love taking the photos. It’s fun for me to make faces at the camera. I really do love that. The part I do not love is finding a spot in which to take the photos. That’s become somewhat of a hardship. I work an 8 hour job that is 1/2 an hour away from home. The best time to take photos is on my lunch. The problem is the weirdos. I don’t want people looking at me, whistling, or prying into what I’m doing. I get rather annoyed and then I start looking weird in the shots. Aaarrrrgh! What do you do?

Moving on….

This was Day 1.

My first day of Self Stitched September! This is one of my favorite outfits. I have featured here this fabulous little silk skirt. It’s a skirt that I bought a few years ago, that was in need of altering to fit me correctly. It’s been included in my SSS gallery, because the alterations were not quick or easy. I had to unpick the waist, and the zipper, trim the waist down, fit the sides and put the invisible zipper back in. No easy feat, however, now the silly thing fits me perfectly. And that’s Day 1, September 1, 2010.

Skirt – Silk Cityscape Skirt from Harold’s altered to fit me like a glove
Shirt – Target from a few years ago
Belt – Target
Jewels – Kohl’s Vera Wang Collection
Shoes – Urban Outfitters

This was Day 2.

September 2, 2010. These are the Bella Slacks from Burda Style. I made them up in a heavier weight denim and can I just say, these make an unbelievable statement. Especially to the fellas. I got looks, cocked eyebrows, whistles while taking this photo shoot. Even the women at work give me compliments every time I wear these slacks. I adore the vintage feel, high waist and the how thin I look from the side.

Bella Trousers – Stitched in denim
Blouse – Banana Republic
Shoes – Miz Mooz
Cherry Pin – complements of my grandmother

This was Day 3.

My “Naughty Secretary” Dress. This is made from Simplicity 2724 and has proved to be one of my very favorite patterns, dresses and sewing experiences. The dress itself was rather easy to fit and make. In fact, I can’t wait to make another. It’s in my Fall line-up. I’ve loved the versatility of this piece. And the ease in wearing could not be better. I love the fact that this is a dress and not a shirt and blouse combo. I don’t have to deal with the blouse coming untucked or showing through the skirt. Throw this number on and the work is done. Voila!

Dress – Simplicity 2724
Belt – an old American Eagle Belt, that was too big, but add a few holes and there you go.
Shoes – Cole Haan

This was Day 4.

I don’t usually wear anything but pj’s on the weekends. But since I promised to wear a handstitched garment everyday in September, well you’ll at least get jeans today. This is a top that I made from a vintage 70′s pattern. I love this top for the fact that I did handmade buttonholes along the front. They are simply stunning, if I do say so myself. It makes this blouse such a treat to wear. I’m quite sure you’ll be seeing quite a bit more of this top, as I’m real low on tops.

Blouse – made from vintage McCall’s 6367
Jeans – Rock & Republic
Belt – thrifted
Earrings – Vera Wang Collection from Kohl’s

This is Day 5.

This jacket is an oldie but a goodie. I made a few years ago from McCall’s 5531. The pattern is now out of print but still for sale on the McCall’s website. I like the fact that the gather on the jacket sleeve takes place at the cuff rather than at the shoulder. I added the faux flap pockets and removed the extension in the front the disconnected the jacket top to the jacket skirt. All in all I like this jacket, though my sewing ability was a more novice at the time so the collar is having issues because I clipped it wrong.

Jacket – made from McCalls 5531
Blouse – Banana Republic
Jeans – Rock & Republic
Earrings – Vera Wang Collection from Kohl’s

I hope you enjoy these updates.

  • Thetwowindmills.wordpress.com - Wow! These all look great. The Bella slacks are on my list for next autumn/ winter, and I really love the pink blouse… I actually have a vantage pattern very similar to that which you have inspired me to use. I could really use a nice spring blouse. By the way those urban outfitter Orange shoes are awesome!
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  • nicole - I really love the little jacket, and I think i may have to move the bella slacks up on my sewing to-do list :-)
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  • Marybeth - I LOVE that jacket! You look great in every picture :)
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  • stitchywitch - I love the jacket – so cute! All of your outfits looks wonderful, you have great style!
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  • Sarah - So much awesomeness in one post. Wow! Love the cityscape skirt, the orange shoes, the cherry pin, the naughty secretary dress, and the jacket! Fab-u-lous!
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  • Suzie - Loving all your looks so much!!! Especially love your jacket – the fabric is FAB, love those little bees!
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  • Uta - Very nice outfits! The jacket fabric is adorable – can you tell me more about it?
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  • Tasia - Super cute and colourful outfits! The jacket is especially lovely, I love the secretary dress too!! And the Bella pants are awesome. So flattering!
    I also work 8 hours, with a 30-45 minute drive to work! I leave 10 minutes earlier and take my photos before work. I’m in an industrial park with lots of unoccupied units so that works out fairly well. You’re so right, it’s such a pain finding an abandoned spot to take them. So embarassing when you get caught!
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  • Angela - Your outfits are so cute and I love the styling of the photos!
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  • Sophie - Hi! What is the fabric on the jacket?? Gorgeous!
    Sophie
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