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was about growing. Last Friday night, I finished a jumper dress that was made using a pattern from Stylish Dress Book (same book used for my Japanese dress). After I sewed the last stitch, cut the thread tails, and gave it one last light pressing, I hung it up. Just like any artist would do, I took a step back to evaluate what I had just made. I tilted my head to left and then to the right and thought, “It’s kind of dowdy.”

The next morning, I looked at it again, but this time, my thinking was more the-glass-is-half-full: “It’s not so bad.”Β The dress was growing on me.

As I got dressed later on, I spotted a cream oversized tee. “I wonder what the jumper would look like if I paired it with this?” I put it to the test and what do you know? It looked great! Adding orange heels, I sealed the deal – the jumper was my new favorite piece.

Does this happen to you? Are you not sure about a me-made garment at first but after time and a little outfitting, it becomes a beloved piece in your wardrobe?



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    It’s funny that you mention it, since I had the same exact reaction to the dress I made out of that book.

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      Maddie Flanigan

      The silhouettes of the garments are a little dowdy and take time to figure out how and what to wear it with.

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    I almost always have that moment. Right now, I’m almost done crocheting a sweater and, gosh, I’m not sure I got the size exactly right. I’m just going to go with the flow and hopefully make some correcting adjustments as necessary. The thing with handmade is that you can usually tweak things enough to make them work. πŸ˜‰

    Glad you’re loving your jumper now. It’s funny how things can grow on you…

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      Maddie Flanigan

      I do this too! If I’m not feeling the garment or I think it won’t work out, I’ll push through to complete it. I’m not one to give up mid-prohject. When the garment is complete, I’ll add appliquΓ©s, trims, and such until I like it.

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    Becky Kozak

    I always feel like that! I made an apron last night and I nitpick and nitpick… sometimes you just need to step back and reflect! I’d love to see a picture of you in it, sounds cute!!

    xo Becky

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      Maddie Flanigan

      I’m photographing it this weekend! Stay tuned!

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        Becky Kozak

        Yay! looking forward to it!


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    Definitely can relate to this feeling!!

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    a fellow philly blogger!? instant follow. you’re on my bloglovin feed! this is greatttt! πŸ™‚
    can’t wait to check out your sketches + overall explore more of your blog! love it.

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    That definitely happens to me too, in fact I swear the things that I feel most UNexcited about at first end up being some of my favorite pieces! And then the ones that I think I’m just going to love are the ones that hang in my closet for months. ha, interesting how that is.

    I can’t wait to see your jumper!

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    I feel this way all the time!! I usually have to set it aside for a few days. My grandma used to be the same way about cooking. After she’d been in the kitchen all day cooking up a family feast, she’d sit and watch us eat. A few hours later, she’d dig in.

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    Natasha Estrada

    I definitely have that problem with the shoes I have been making. They are flawed and it bothers me but I have been wearing them to death.


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      Maddie Flanigan

      Natasha! I love the red shoes and to me, I don’t see any flaws, except the fact that I don’t own a pair πŸ™‚

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        Natasha Estrada

        Well you know how it is. You see them as you make them and the they bother you. My new thing is trying to compare them to ready made shoes at different price points. So A will ask so how much are these and I will give them a price based on quality.

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          Maddie Flanigan

          That’s a good strategy but the price for having someone’s hands rather than a machine has to be factored in. In my book, handmade ranks above ready made A LOT.

          • Natasha Estrada

            True but in the context of the conversation is more how much he is saving lol. Handmade shoes are $$$ but need to be flawless to be worth it. I’m aiming for the same quality as manolos

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    sadly, i realize i liked the thing i hated too late (once i’ve given it away/trashed it). but this may be hindsight through rose colored glasses…

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