She’s not my friend. Friends don’t get their friend’s care bears all sweaty.

Hello err-ybody! I haven’t blogged in AGES (again) but I’ve been busy! I’m working on a post about the large project I’ve been doing lately, but I can’t publish it yet, because it’s a gift for a friend. I’m so happy with it though, and it will be a VERY photo-heavy post- forewarned is forearmed, yes?

Something else I’m super stoked about though, is THIS:

Roisin, aka Dolly Clackett, is one of my FAVORITE bloggers. She’s got style for days and a killer shoe collection, in addition to being a funny, funny lady. Well, this lovely gal is getting married, so one of her friends, Sarah, at Rhinestones and Telephones, got up this great contest/tribute to Roisin- wherein the contestants make a dress in true Dolly Clackett (TM) style, for prizes. Also, for fun. I do not AT ALL expect to be the winner of this- there are too many amazing sewists (ugh that word) taking part. However, it was just the boost I needed to finally get up and make a dress along DC’s style lines. I already had fabric that I impulse-bought when I saw one of Roisin’s dresses, and I scanned my patterns to see what I’d like to use.

I decided on this:

Pattern and Minion

Pattern and Minion

Which I cannot get to rotate no matter what I do. UGH. Sorry for sucking at life, guys. Anyhoodle, it turns out Roisin has used this pattern like 8 gabillion times, so it’s definitely going to fit on that mark.

And THIS is the fabric I chose:

Pin-up Cowgirls! WUT WUT!

Pin-up Cowgirls! WUT WUT!

I’m pretty freaking stoked about this fabric. When I was interviewing for residency, I went out to Cheyenne, Wyoming, where every year, they have Frontier Days, which is a big rodeo and celebration of frontier life. I totally want to go to it someday, and I totally want to wear this completed dress to it. Because I’m cool like that.

I’ve started a muslin for the bodice:
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Try not to be too jealous of my blue bra. This photo was tough to take to demonstrate the fit at the moment. It fits pretty well in the boobal region, but the neck and arms feel too tight. I’m going to sew the sleeve and neck edges down 5/8″ like they’ll be when sewing the lining and bodice together to see if that loosens it. The back, however, is totally like, 2.5″ too narrow, so I’m going to add some width to muslin #2. I may also raise the back up (it’s a really nice scoop back) so that bra-straps won’t show. I may add 1-1.5″ to the length as well- I’ve got a pretty long torso. We’ll see how these changes for before I decide if I need other changes. I may also do a gathered skirt instead of the one that comes with the pattern- I do not have 4 yards of fabric! I’ll also be doing a center-back zipper instead of a side zipper, because no thanks.

Here’s another little something I’ve been working on intermittently:
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The pattern is from etsy shop WeeLittleStitches, which has loads of really great, unusual/non-traditional patterns.
I was going to make this for Nugget, but now that I’ve completed Jasmine, Pocohontas, and part of Mulan, it’s so damn cute that I’ll probably keep it for myself. Besides, she’s got plenty of princess stuff, and should read more books about dinosaurs (when she learns to read).

That’s about all I’ve got for now. Have you ever started a gift for someone, then sneakily kept it for yourself?

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19 thoughts on “She’s not my friend. Friends don’t get their friend’s care bears all sweaty.

  1. DISNEY PRINCESSES! My excitement is evident from the capslocks! I wouldn’t ever dream if making it for someone else. Well maybe but only after I’ve made one (maybe two) for myself.

    Plus pin up cowgirls! Could this post be any more awesome? No I don’t think it could.

    • I know, right? The princesses are going to be such a cute wall adornment…FOR ME.
      Pin-up cowgirls are pretty great- I can only hope not to let them down with my finished product. 🙂

  2. ha! I’ve made garments for myself while thinking the fabric or pattern would look better on someone else 😉 I did make a blanket for my dad, but I ended up using it most of the time, although he had plenty of opportunity to. Otherwise, I think the projects I’ve started for other people have gone to the intended party.
    Looking forward to the big reveal 🙂

    • Thanks. 🙂 I’ve yet to make enough garments to think someone else would look better in it- I’m too busy thinking about myself haha. Blankets are nice though, because anyone can use them (unless they’re too tall.) You’re clearly way less selfish than me. 🙂

  3. That fabric just oozes cool. And girls need to grow up knowing they can like dinosaurs AND princesses… and dinosaur princesses.

    I’ve just given a hat to my mum who is going to use it until she’s no longer rocking the bald and then give it back to me.
    I’m a terrible daughter.

    (Plus I found your next blog post title “i’m no hero – I put my bra on one boob at a time like everyone else”)

    • Dinosaur Princesses is the new name of my nonexistent alt-punk band.

      You are NOT a terrible daughter- a bad daughter would let her mum’s head get cold. 🙂

      And YES to the post-title!

  4. I’ve got my eye on the same pattern for Roisin-Fest. I was going to make it a year ago with some girly, Eiffel-Towery cotton from Mood, but now I’m glad I slacked off and never started that project because it simply screams Clackett. Your fabric choice is killer!! Love those cowgirls.

    The only reason I haven’t kept/stolen a me-made gift is because I only gift things that I don’t want or couldn’t fit into. Otherwise, all bets are off.

    Love your style!
    Shelley

    • Excellent! We’ll be pattern-buddies! I’m already fretting about what shoes to wear with it- I deffo don’t have any Dolly Clackett style footwear (but really, who else does?) Can’t wait to see your version!

  5. I once bought a book – The Art of Tidying Up – intended as a gift. It’s still on my bookshelf, but I’ve let the person I intended to give it to *hold* it.

    Them cowgirls are going to make a right awesome dress. I was going to say something cowgirl-y, but I don’t know how! I’ve not had a vary thorough upbringing, you see.

    • Well, are there many Australian cowboys/girls? Perhaps it’s not an enmeshed in your country’s folklore? (I know very little of Aussie stuff like that).
      You can’t go wrong with “giddy-up” haha.

      • That. Is. AWESOME.
        I DID just learn that “buckaroo” likely comes from the spanish “vaquero,” from “vaca” meaning cow. The more you know!!

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