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Weekend: A Green Dress + Comments on Best of Sewing Blogs 2014

green dress

Have I told you about this green dress? Maddie, make a dress? How freaking surprising. I know… I know…

After the second failed attempt at matchy matchy, I picked a project I knew would succeed. Nothing fits me better than my sloper, so I turned to it for this dress. With a sweep measuring 50 inches, this baby swings back and forth sinuously. It’s so fluid. You can’t help but feel feminine when that happens.

Even though it’s a simple silhouette and a part of me feels like I’m cheating, I really like it. As I look back at the things I’ve made, I’m slowly developing my formula – a simple cut plus standout fabric. Don’t let the simplicity of the dress fool you. I definitely learned a lot of new techniques from it, one involving grain perfection and The Bishop Method of Sewing. Stay tuned for much more on this make!

Onto another subject… I want to thank everyone for their feedback and support on the best of sewing blog posts from earlier this week. Because of your reposts, retweets, and likes, I accomplished exactly what I wanted – to open up the world of sewing and introduce novice and seasoned seamstresses to new blogs as well as reward the winners. I received a lot of comments about the results being biased and I want to clarify that none of the winners were chosen by me. It was based on the responses of the people who wrote back with their top choices. Sure, you could say that it was skewed because I emailed only the blogs/bloggers that I follow, but that was not my intention and I tried to make it as objective as possible. One reader suggested that I open the submissions to everyone next year (you bet there will be a post in 2015!) Great idea! So, this December, I’ll ask you to email me your favorite blogs/bloggers to all the categories in this year’s round up as well as many more. So many suggested new ones like the best pattern making blog, best plus size sewing blog, etc.



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    Carolyn Norman

    First I have both of the Bishop books. The one you mentioned and The Bishop Method of Clothing Construction. These books as well as the Adele Margolis books really affected my sewing. But I didn’t know that there was an internet spot regarding the Bishop Method. Thanks for linking too!

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      Maddie Flanigan

      I haven’t heard of Adele Margolis… adding that to my reading list.

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        Carolyn Norman

        Oh Maddie, you have to read her books especially if you like Edythe Bishop. I would try “How to make clothes that fit and flatter” first! There’s also Fashion Sewing for Everyone and The Complete Book of Tailoring! You will love these books!

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          “How to Make Clothes that Fit and Flatter” is my very favorite sewing book! I love the illustrations, and I love that she offers multiple fixes for fit problems so you can pick the one that works best with your style lines. Maddie, you can probably find it on eBay for a few bucks!

          • Amanda Russell

            One of mine as well!! I adore her writing style – it imparts a feeling of confidence that ANYONE can make perfect clothing – I’m always inspired reading her books!! πŸ˜€

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    Kendall Mines-Melchior

    Thanks for the link! I have never heard about the Bishop Method. It amazes me how hard we all are on ourselves about learning projects (some call this failed projects). You make beautiful clothes!

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    I have never heard of the Bishop Method, but my grandmother was a meticulous seamstress and I bet she used those methods… I would love to learn more!

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    Heather Lou

    Oh goodness sweetie, just set up an online survey and save yourself the email overload. It will even do all the math for you!

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      Maddie Flanigan

      hello… why didn’t I think of that?!

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    Can’t wait to see more pictures of that dress!

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    Natasha Estrada

    I found this website interesting but I’m dubious over the suggestion that Edna Bishop invented stay stitching. Of course I don’t actually ever stay stitch. If something needs to be stable then stabilize it with something more stable than stitches. πŸ˜€


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      Maddie Flanigan

      I’ve been reading her book, and although it’s very simple (most techniques are intrinsic in any seamstress), the concept at the heart of her teaching is great – stitch, cut, and sew to perfection.

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    What gorgeous fabric. Thanks so much for the two “best of” posts, they were great and must have been a lot of work!

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    Amanda Russell

    I certainly don’t think it’s cheating to make beautiful silhouettes with great fabric; in fact, it’s probably harder to make a simple shape look amazing because you have to get the fit and finishing PERFECT or else it is really really obvious…. case in point – that hem is amazing; I can’t wait to see the rest! πŸ™‚

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