I decided to write this post not only in honor of Self Stitched September, but also because I get several emails from people asking me for tips on how to take better photos of themselves. Let’s just state for the record, that I am by no means a photographer. I do the love the art, but I don’t really have the time to invest into it at the moment. Wish I did. I have taken a little bit of time to educate myself on photo taking and such. Just a little bit. With that knowledge, I thought it might be fun to share some secrets with you. Not that they are really secrets. Just tips for taking great photos of you in your creations.

I typically use a tripod. Mr. S does his fair share of shooting some of the photos for me, but for the most part it’s a tripod and a clicker. I have a Nikon D40 SLR. For someone like me, this is a really nice camera. And I would also like to add, one that isn’t necessary to take great photos, so please don’t let this deter you. There’s nothing wrong with a good point and click. If you take the point and click route, I recommend a high megapixel count like 10 or above. So, if you want to take photos like me, you’ll need:

  • a camera
  • a tripod
  • the remote control that goes with your camera, or knowledge of how to use the self timer

Now for the tricky parts. The equipment is great. A great start. Knowing how to use the equipment is something else altogether. You’ll need good light. The best kind of light is natural sunlight. Take the photos outside or take photos near a window. This is not to say that you should take the photos in the direct sunlight. Interestingly enough, photos work best on a sunny day with the sun hidden by a few clouds. In the shade on a sunny day is perfect. At least I think so.

Use the flash sparingly. Flash photography is a hard technique to master correctly. Many of us take flash photos, but maybe you’ve noticed that the flash creates harsh shadows. That can be a great effect, if that’s what you are going for, but many times, it just creates the wrong type of effect for what you want. Turn the flash off when you’ve got good light.

Now, there are probably other settings that your camera has and I highly, highly recommend reading the manual that came with your camera and fudging around with them. It’s fun and you learn a lot of things about your camera that you probably didn’t know. You’ll most likely learn about ISO sensitivity and certain settings that your camera has that can be great for taking certain types of shots. I also highly recommend that you read this article from Pioneer Woman on aperture. It’s awesome.

Next, find a spot that doesn’t have a lot of funky junk in the background. This is very good idea if you are trying to take photos of your latest sewing project. Personally I like backgrounds in one color or with very little going on. Having craziness, clutter and funkiness in the background takes away from the point of the photo.

Add interest to your photo by putting your subject off center. This probably goes against everything you believe in. Me too. Apparently the eye is immediately drawn to photos of subjects in these (the gray circles) areas of a photo. Cool huh? This was seriously a revelation when I first read about it. But it makes perfect sense.

Close in on your subject too. Get close. Get personal. Close-ups are more intimate and interesting than shots from faraway because your eyes are brought right to point of the photo from the very first time you look at it. Your eyes aren’t battling the bush in the front or the wall hanging or the dresser or the sewing machine all thrown into the same shot.

Add some finesse with some free photo editing programs. Don’t get crazy. Crazy is just weird. I’m talking about adding a boost of color or lightening a dark photo. A photo speaks for itself. Giving it an infusion of color only adds to its beauty. There are some great programs out there. Try Picnik or Gimp which can be downloaded for free for PC’s or MACs. These programs are great stepping stones if you are ever interested in investing in Photoshop.

Lastly, practice taking photos of yourself. I know this is a little silly, but I try to embody a certain emotion when I take a photo of myself. It’s really boring to see people who have the same expression in every photo all the time. It’s so much more fun and interesting to see someone step into character in a photo. Every time I think about this concept, I think of Peter’s great photography of his cousin Cathy. She’s a character, very well played. Follow her cue. Be that person you’ve always wanted to be in a photo. Sometimes my silliest expressions make the best photos. The one up top from my Red Vixen Dress is one of my favorite and one that I really didn’t think would work out. I must say, this is also the reason that I use a tripod and a clicker. It’s hard “posing” for Mr. S. It’s hard to do in front of anyone. So I do it by myself. And I practice my expressions in the mirror first. Sometimes I feel like a real goon, but I do it. The photos are so much more fun. Flip through magazines and practice some of those “model” looks.

Hope this gives you a few ideas on how to create great photos. What are some of your techniques for photo taking? Do you love dressing up and taking a photo of your latest handstitched creation?

Happy Clicking!

  • TanitIsis - Great post! I agree with the “getting in character” and practicing facial expressions ;)… I used to often look like I was about to axe-murder someone in photos, it look a lot of practice to train myself out of that. I also find I have certain standby poses to, erm, minimize my figure flaws ;). Most of these can be observed on the covers of magazines at the newstand, by the way ;).
    I second and third GIMP, but if you’re a beginner Picasa (from google) is pretty fun and has the basic corrections.

  • Uta - I also think (completely unfounded opinion) that great color makes a great photo. Takes yours above. The yellow gloves make it “pop”! Thanks for the advice, btw (Lindsay T also has a great tutorial from way back, if you’re interested). What I really need is patience and dedication. Sadly I have neither when photographing myself…

  • A Sewn Wardrobe - I’ve been wanting to take better photos for the ‘old blog, and this is a great push to get me going. I’m going to do a bit of research and reading up as you suggest. Thanks for the tips!

  • Tilly - Great post – thanks for this. You’ve definitely inspired me to be a bit more daring with my photos. I currently get the boyf to take them but he gets annoyed with my micromanaging style!

  • Peter - Great tips — and Cathy is very flattered!

  • Tasia - Great tips! I find, once I decide I’m ‘done’ and have enough photos to work with.. then I relax. So I take a few more shots after I think I’m finished, and try a couple of creative poses or faces. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t, but it does help me get more than just facing front and facing back.
    Another tip, is to pick a location with props. I like this one spot with a railing and wall and ledge:
    if you have trouble being creative with your poses, ledges and railings and steps give you instant ideas!

I’m completely overwhemed to the responses from yesterday’s post. The things you’ve said and some of the same situations that you are in make me feel so much better. You guys are simply wonderful! I’ll touch more on this later. On a lighter note…

I’ve decided to keep you abreast of my shop updates as I add new things every now and then. In my interview over on The Blue Gardenia blog, I stated that one needs to have an expensive pair of dressmaking shears, a delightful pincushion, a good iron and ironing board, and a good reference book to give you a good start in sewing. I suppose that you could argue that you don’t need the “delightful pincushion” to get you started, but come now, it’s so much more fun to have something sweet and fun to jab your pins into than something dull and rather sad looking. I was at the fabric store the other day, wandering the the notions, a favorite pastime and came upon the rather small offering of pincushions. Sad sad lot. Not only did many of them look rather cheap, but so uncolorful, so bland, so un-delightful. I felt it was my duty to at least give a smattering of updated, fun and sweet tomato pincushions to the shop. So here you have it. Tomato pincushion with a little twist. These beauties come in three sizes. Cherry (small), Roma (Medium), and Heirloom (Large). All have been handpicked (stitched) by me.

And for those still in need of Tailor’s Hams and Seam Rolls, there’s a fresh batch in the shop.

PS ~ UPDATE! I need to give proper credit to the pin maker. The pins in the photos of my pincushions are not for sale, however, if you are interested in purchasing pins like these I bought them from Pinks and Needles. Please do take a look, her pins are simply out of this world adorable!

  • Erika Spatz - I love my cupcake goddess ham!

  • SabrinaClementine - I’m guessing the adorable cupcake and cake pins aren’t included? =[ (Where on earth DID you get those! They’re so cute!)
    One of the first things I wanted to get when I started sewing was a cute pincushion. Unfortunately, after checking out the sad selection at my local shop I left disappointed and empty handed. To this day I don’t use a pincushion….I keep them all in the plastic box they came in. (Which, while not very inspiring is still very useful. At least there’s that, lol.)

  • Sarah - Wah!! So cute!! I do need a tailor’s ham and seam roller….

  • Tasia - Such cute stuff! (Make great gifts, too!)

  • Devon - Your pincushions are so much cuter than the one I made! haha. I’m new to the world of sewing and blogging. Stop by http://purl2tog.wordpress.com/ to see my creations as well.

I know I’ve been a little absent these days. To be real with you for a minute, its been really hard for me to keep up with Self Stitched September, blog and sew. I lead a very busy life, like many of you I’m sure. I love sewing. And this blog and the events I participate in really are a very passionate outlet for me.

But then I have this J-O-B. I don’t like talking about it. I don’t like thinking about it. I don’t like doing it. It’s not where I want to be and it doesn’t have anything to do with who I am, what I want and where I want to go in life. It really has absolutely nothing to do with sewing either. And this job gets the better of me most of the time.

I was having a rather brilliant conversation with my sis the other night. I usually do, because she is a rather brilliant person to talk to. She’s quite witty. She said the most amazing thing. She’s a little uncannily real like that. She said, “There’s more to life than just giving all your time to ‘The Man’.” I would like to second this declaration. There is more to life than giving all your energy to a job. I mean unless you love your career. But then we’re getting into careers, not jobs, right?

Getting back to the point at hand, I wanted to say that though I have this busy life I’m trying to do something about it. Especially this Stitched September madness. It’s important that I prove to myself that “The Man” isn’t going to win. Because, Damn It! He’s not! I will take a photo everyday and I will wear something that I made everyday and I will come out on top!

And though this post might seem a little pointless to you, I wanted to also say that for all you who are in the same situation as me, Don’t give all your time to The Man. Don’t feel guilty that you have a passion that you really want to pursue. And for Hell’s sake, don’t you dare let The Man win! You’re not in competition with Him anyway. Give some goodness to yourself. Let yourself take the lead. Don’t forget what’s really important.

Do. Be. Am.

Just checking in with a little thought for your day. Don’t mind me. I tend to ramble. A lot. You guys are the best! Oh, and don’t forget to let me know that I’m not in it alone. And please excuse my expletives. Got caught up in the moment and all that.

  • sula - Amen, and amen! I wish you all the best in the short time on keeping your positive outlook, and long term (perhaps a short long term) in finding an occupation that makes it much easier to keep a positive outlook. If that makes any sense! I can tell just from browsing your me-made pages that you have a fabulous sense of the real you, and I love how you express it!

  • Stephanie - Thank you so much for the insightful look into you. My heart fell a little bit as I read my own feelings on the screen. My husband’s job takes him away from us all week and we only see him for the weekends. I dislike my job as it keeps me away from our two little sons for 8 hours and all that I enjoy. How true we let a job rule our lives. Thank you for your honesty. And good luck in all you do in the Self-Stitched September.

  • lap - Your zeal for sewing, and your particular blogging voice means a lot to me. Thanks for being so passionate and inspiring me with every post!

  • Amy - Sunni!
    This was so great to start my day with. I am in exactly the same situation. My job situation may be changing a bit (possibly more hours, yay?) and i have been really protective of my sewing time. Because there are things that I want to do with my life that need just as much time and devotion as my job but have nothing to do with my job and no one pays me to them but they must be done so I feel like a person.
    I am rooting for you lady!

  • Freya - I completely agree. Reading your post has provoked a mixture of emotions in me and I can’t quite find the words to write them. I too am in a similar situation, sometimes reading what other people are going through helps you to see things a little clearer yourself. Thank you.

  • Jana @ The Summer House - I know that it’s the tough times that end up making us into quality people-yes, but it stinks at the time. I hope you find something in your future that ignites your passion that you can do everyday.
    I’m almost an empty nester and I’m trying to find my passion again…

  • Cherie - I was in your situation for a long time. I learned late in my life (I’m 64) that unless I change something, things will roll along to their natural conclusion. What I could have done was to find a job nearer in spirit to where my passions lay, even if lower pay. Hunker down, but have better moments- life is only in the moments. A happier you can see further than a bitter you. it is a very scary thing, to turn your back on a paycheck. Do ask all your friends to help you find a place to start. My own sister did not offer to help because she did not know how I’d take it. I had not opened myself up enough to her so she could help me. I tried to “tough it out”, and I guess a little of my pride prevented people from reaching out to help.
    Take little steps. You can change your life.

  • Laurel - I dream of the day when getting ready for the work-day might mean making sure I have enough supplies for my creative projects, instead of making sure I’ve packed all the documents I might need for my clients.
    Recently, my office asked me to step up to a managerial position. I hestiate, because that would mean I can’t pretend I don’t really work, or that this is just temporary.
    In the meantime, I try to stuff as much creative time into my evenings as I can.

  • Lisa - Sunni – I couldn’t agree with you more!! I realized about 9 months ago that my job was just a job, and nobody was going to die if I didn’t get something done or left work early to persue the activities that I love. I decided to make a change. I’ve been saving for those last nine months and decide that I’m quitting said job next year to take some time off. I’m so excited to spend my time how I want to: which will be sewing, sewing and more sewing, and hanging out with the people that really do matter – family and friends. Please know that you are all alone and you will find your way. If it’s in your heart, it will happen!

  • Tasia - Sunni, I love this post! I feel you, totally. Spending lunch breaks eating at a desk, working thankless unpaid overtime, and constantly feeling the pressure to work harder and better and longer can really drain you. A J-O-B is not your (or mine or anyone’s) entire life. Missing family dinners due to urgent work disasters and fielding weekend phone calls from the office is no way to live.
    Not a pointless post at all! Thanks for sharing and know you’re not alone, not one bit! Don’t let the strain of everyday life get you down, and always be the fun, passionate, creative person we love to read about!

  • Clare - I really feel for you as I’m in a similar position but grateful to read some sensible words via your sister and other commentors, especially Cherie.
    I have a job not a career and even though I can force myself to put on a happy face while teaching the same boring thing year after year, it’s energy / creativity sapping and I don’t even get paid when I’m sick! Then yesterday I had the worst fight with my boss’s maternity cover idiot replacement who was on some kind of power trip and wanted to make me feel inadequate and insecure because I’m underqualified for the job that everyone else (including absent boss!) agrees that for the last 6 years I’ve done as well if not better than the ‘academics’ with the relevant letters after their name. I stood up for myself but cried a lot yesterday. Today I’m angry, and partly angry with myself for getting into this situation. It’s complicated and I’m not brave enough to share the way you have done (except here!). I think the reason I got so upset was realising how my job affects my mood, my free time, and my hobbies on a daily basis, then computing that I wasn’t even appreciated (by this person) for my qualities, but de-valued on the basis of a certificate I don’t have, and in all honesty, don’t need. Sorry to rant here. I just wanted to say that I really understand your situation and somehow writing that down has made me feel a bit better. I don’t know what I’m going to do about my own situation but I don’t want to give that person the satisfaction of seeing me leave because of what he’s said and done. But I want to leave so badly, not because of him but because the job itself is crushing my spirit!
    I don’t know you but you seem really genuine and honest and make the most beautiful clothes in such happy colours. I hope you are able to make the best choices for you and that you can find a way of making money that allows you to do what you want and be happy. I watched Thelma and Louise a couple of weeks ago in a post-work sofa slump and I’ve had ‘you get what you settle for’ line ringing in my ears ever since. I prefer the ‘there’s more to life than work’ angle!
    Take care and be yourself, even if you stay where you are for a bit. xx

  • Roslynmitchelldesigns.blogspot.com - Thanks for your post Sunni, it really struck a chord with me. For years I have been dreaming about doing something creative but instead I’ve been working in a field that couldn’t be further away from my passion! But hey, it pays the bills. I’ve noticed over the last few years that I have been really down & I think (if this doesn’t sound too hippy!)that this has been because I’ve not been following my true path. I’m in the process of setting up a crafts business, blog & Etsy shop & I couldn’t be happier. Ok, so I’ll have to hold on to my ‘proper’ job for a wee while longer but I NEED to do my creative stuff. I feel like me again!
    Thanks again for sharing, R x

  • Clare - ps. sorry, that was REALLY long!

  • makingtime - Sing it! I totally understand. I’m a stay-at-home mom now, with probably less time for creative pursuits than I had with the J-O-B, but I’m much happier and that’s allowing me to keep up the energy for creativity in the scraps of time I do have. Keep making that space for yourself and you’ll be ready to look/leap for opportunity when the time is right.

  • kath - I tell myself everyday that my job is just the gateway to being able to afford to do the things I really love. Unfortunately the things I really love fall by the wayside because by the time I get home from the job (remember that thing that was meant to help me) I’m too tired to do ANYTHING, much less sew and create. It’s such a sad situation!
    We all need wise words like yours (and your sisters) to remind us that we don’t NEED to be working so hard to achieve so little for ourselves. Your post has already made my day, and has made me really reassess what I’m doing with life!
    Thanks :)

  • Tamsin - I’m sorry you are in this situation. I had felt from your posts that you were feeling a bit flat. Isn’t it strange how the internet can make us feel as if we know someone?
    My family and I have moved from the UK to New Zealand for an adventure and we are due to go home in January, with a month on the road before we leave. My sewing problem is that I am itching to sew, have material waiting for a dress and am really keen to do more, but I am queen of the procrastinators and knowing we are having to pack up soon make me reluctant to buy more material and add more to our collection of Stuff. Not the biggest of problems I know, but still frustrating. I love reading about things you make and think your outfits for SSS have all looked fantastic!

  • amélie - ok. I can really relate to this post. Last year my job/career made me miserable. Literaly. To the point that i fell sick. Now i’ve moved to another city and have a new job. I am determined not to give all my energy to this job… Because there is more to life than the way we earn money. We might not be like some lucky people whose passion is also their work, but we have a passion. And that’s already something very precious.
    Take care

  • Sarah - Yah! Go, Sunni!! :D

  • Becky - This post really resonated with me, since I’m finding myself facing somewhat of a similar situation. My main “career” is doing something that I love (teaching music lessons), but the two part-time jobs I’ve been doing to support it have taken a turn for the not-so-stellar. And so I’m finding myself facing the thought of having to look for a regular job, once this school year’s contracted commitments are over. I do worry that such a move will mean my job taking over my life, and how this will affect my flute teaching– I’d like to keep as much of it as I can, but am fully aware that working a 9-5 or 8-4 job means that I’m likely going to have to cut back on that. It’s kind of scary, to think of sacrificing the things I’m passionate about just to make ends meet.
    I hope things get better for you soon, and that you’re back to your sunny self!

  • oonaballoona - yes, beat that man! i applaud you (and your expletives)!

  • Emilie - Hi Sunni! Thanks for this post. I feel exactely like you. I’ve just started a new job and since then, I feel totally overwhelmed with it. After work, I also have to take evening classes four times a week… So for the moment, I’ve no choice but to forsake sewing and my blog even if it makes me so happy. Knowing I’m not alone in this case is cool especially when I see all the pretty little things that you sew in your leisure time!

  • Roobeedoo - Go for it!
    I don’t know if this helps, but the lively creative person you show in the blog is worth so much more than a ” j- o- b”. I am actually really surprised that you are not a hot-shot PR lady or a film producer or a lion-tamer. Oh – or maybe you ARE! ;)
    What I am trying to say is – if you have a dream, get out there and pursue it… cos you only live once! We’ll all be cheering you on!

  • Hillary - Right there with you! Parts of that I certainly could have written these days. Right now in the midst of a big shake-up in part of my life, which I think in a way is a way of telling myself that things CAN change, I can assert more… agency into my life, instead of feeling like you’re saying, I give all my best hours to this job this is just a job and not a passion, and everything else splits up the wrung-out leftovers of me. It’s great that you have a sister you are so close with, who can support and nurture the part of you that knows you deserve more, because you do!

  • Abby - I love our talks! I would like to point out to you that you’ve never, not once, let anything you didn’t want get the best of you. (And your job isn’t getting it now either.)Maybe you should scan the horizon and look for some of the exciting things that are coming in your future. Your creativity doesn’t answer to a “boss.”

  • frk.bustad - This post makes me realize that at the moment my present work situation is very, very inspiring and joyful, and that makes me grateful! So thanks for this post, for making me appreciating my situation! Nevertheless, I find disappointingly little energy for sewing, and that’s nagging me. I guess that reflects how life is full of ups and downs…
    I really hope you sort out your situation, so you can be happy both at work and in your spare time! If it makes any difference; I really enjoy reading your blog, so please keep sharing!

  • kerrie - I feel a change in the air…….
    be open, and you’ll ‘know’ what to do.
    p.s. Did the mag come?

  • kerrie - I feel a change in the air……
    If your able to be open to it, the choice will be obvious.
    p.s did you get the mag?

  • Melissa - I just found your blog, via Grosgrain, and I love this post. I am sure there are so many who can relate to your situation and feelings here. I know I can. I also have a day job that I am not passionate about, in the least. And although I try to do a good job at what I’m being paid to do (and yes, it’s for The Man, Corporate America Himself) because of the work ethic my parents taught me at a young age, it just doesn’t “do it” for me. I want to be home and to spend all day in my sewing room, creating fun things. You are an inspiration. I love your September project, I wish I could say I have enough self-stitched things to wear each day for an entire month, but I do not. And that must change!
    Keep sewing, and sharing the beauty.

  • Maria - I wish I could express how much I relate to this post. Keep up.

Nearing the middle of Self Stitched September days has been interesting for me. I’m actually taking more interest in my make-up and hairstyle now. It’s been interesting to note that my behavior is much more centered around trying out new looks with my handmade outfits. Almost as if I’m enjoying getting dressed in my self stitched-ness. Imagine that. I really love how it’s all going. I actually haven’t been through all of my outfits yet. This is strange as I didn’t realize that I had quite this much. Well actually, I have quite a bit of Summer items and not too many Fall items. But since it’s still reaching the upper 90’s here, summery items are necessary.

Here’s the run-down of this past week!

This was Day 13.

I can safely say this is my most favorite dress that I have ever made. It was a long list of happy accidents and luckily all of them seemed to have worked. The fabric is superb. It’s held up well and still maintains a pretty pungent color. And I love this color on me. And don’t my yellow shoes just top the thing off?

Dress – Made by me from Newlook 6674
Earrings – Vera Wang Collection from Kohl’s
Bracelet – A Gift from my mother
Shoes – Nordstrom Preview

This was Day 14.

It was rather late when I could take this photo and being as that I tried a setting on my camera that I’m not used to, this was the only photo that turned out. I’m wearing skirt I made from McCall’s 5591. This skirt has gotten a lot of wear. It’s one of the easiest things to wear and makes for a very cool summer skirt which can be a must for the 100+ degree summers here.

Skirt – made from McCall’s 5591
Shirt – Target
Shoes – Crown Vintage
Scarf – Thrifted

Day 15 I took a sick day from work and didn’t bother to get out of pjs. So here is Day 16.

Yesterday was a sick day for me, but today, I’m back in action. This outfit was sort of haphazardly thrown together and I actually love the result. It’s still quite hot here during the daytime though in the mornings its become rather brisk. This outfit is perfect for this type of weather. The dress was made from two different sewing patterns. The bodice from McCall’s 6027 and the bottom is from Simplicity 2724. Slap that on with a thin cardi and a belt and you have a perfect indian summer ensemble.

Dress – a combination of McCall’s 6027 and Simplicity 2724
Sweater – Old Navy
Belt – Kohl’s
Jewels – Vintage
Shoes – Cole Haan

And now Day 17.

I haven’t quite been through all my outfits yet, but I wanted to wear these denim slacks once again. They are super comfortable. They go great for either a casual day or dressed up day at work. And they even look quite good next to a little beat up blue truck. Don’t worry, the truck is ours.

Slacks – Made from the Bella Pattern from Burda Style
Sweater – Anthropologie
Tank – Target
Shoes – Miz Mooz
Jewels – Handmade

And lastly Day 18.

This is a blouse that I made a few years ago. It’s a great and colorful top that I made for casual wear. It’s a from a Built By Wendy Simplicity pattern that isn’t even in the out of prints anymore. The number one thing I love about this top is that I lengthened the torso so that it could be tucked into low rise bottoms. I have a fairly long torso so I added a whopping 4 inches to this pattern. Still stops just short of the hips. Crazy.

Blouse – Built by Wendy Simplicity Pattern
Tank – Old Navy
Jeans – Rock and Republic
Jewels – Vintage
Shoes – Miz Mooz

Today unfortunately I’m not wearing any handmade item. It’s time for some deep cleaning around here and so I’m in grungies. I’ll be back on tomorrow.

Happy Self Stitched September! Can’t believe it’s almost over.

  • Rachel - I love all your outfits!!! That fabric on your first dress is AWESOME!!! I can see you love shoes as much I as do.

  • Tasia - You look so summery and fresh! Love the yellow shoes with the purple dress, such a daring combo!
    I agree, I put more effort into my look when there’s daily photo shoots. I like your tailgate photo, it looks so natural :)

  • quietandsmalladventures - oh i love all those outfits! the purple and yellow look smashing, i really like the contrasting band on the summer skirt and the jeans are fantastic!! i might have to try making pants again.

  • Fourth Daughter - Well done for sewing jeans, that’s a project I don’t think I’d ever attempt! They all look great… I can’t believe we’re 2/3 of the way through SSS!!!

  • Pretty Collections - Outfits are Extraordinary …They all looks so beautiful …especially i love the lavender color dress …Very cute and pretty too…Pictures are natural and stylish too…http://www.facebook.com/pages/Viva-Magazine-Your-Premium-Womens-Natural-Health-Magazine/262734921452?ref=ts I like that Bella Pattern a lot ..Blue Sweater looks so sweet on her ..

  • Big in Japan - I can see why you love that purple dress, it’s perfect. Really dig your Burda jeans too!
    Two thumbs up!

  • Angela - I love your outfits! You’re very very lovely! I wish I could live in your colletion!

  • Kristina Clemens - Can’t tell you how much I enjoyed going through all your back posts! So rare to find a good sewing blog that shows the end product styled and worn! I have a design degree and recently started blogging about things I wear, build and alter…so it was great to find a “kindred spirit”! Keep up the awesomeness!

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!!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • Medical Advice - i want to say congrats!! susan!..i happy for you to win..

  • 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!