Thursday, November 27, 2014


Here is the finished skirt!

It did not make it past the first round of The Great Pattern Review Sewing Bee, but I did manage to start and finish a project that has been stuck in my head for years, so I am going to call it a success!

Which is actually a relief.  A week is not enough time to produce a detailed garment (for me, at least!) and the hectic schedule would have stressed me out.

The contest did finally get me to watch the Great British Sewing Bee.  Clearly, the show was not produced in America.  My goodness, everyone was so kind to one another (why can’t reality television in the States be more like that?!).  The snarkiest thing I heard was Ann commenting that she could have made rouleau straps as delicate as those on the winning dress that week – and I believe her.  I actually think that the smocked design looked a bit silly with such tiny straps that would probably end up destroyed after being worn by an active child.

To continue the sewing television trend, I have also starting watching some of the old Project Runway shows.  Wow . . . not quite sure what to think!  The time constraints are ridiculous, and some of the hem finishes are painful to look at; I wonder what they really look like in person.  

All I can say is that I am very thankful the only time constraints and deadlines I have are self-imposed! 

Skirt:  Made by me, Sewaholic Hollyburn Skirt
Sweater:  Banana Republic
Shoes: INC


  1. That is so lovely. I really like the shape of the skirt. I enjoyed the GBSB also. My family even enjoyed watching it (and we thought the same thing about how perfectly "un-American" it was).

  2. I long for the day of a tv-show about sewing that doesn't involve crazy deadlines and contestants running around like giddy geese. The Swedish version of the show features even shorter deadlines, but incredible sweet people who really help each other. (And your skirt is of course very nice!)

  3. Beautiful skirt! I also like sewing the best when the deadlines are self-imposed.

  4. This is spectacular! I greatly admire your ambition and dedication!


  5. Delightfully clever idea, and your skirt is wonderful!

  6. That skirt is such a creative stunner and total beauty. Marvelous work, dear gal!

    Happy Thanksgiving wishes!
    ♥ Jessica

  7. It's beautiful you should have gone through!

  8. That skirt is wonderful and colors just flow so beautifully.

  9. Your skirt is so beautiful! I would love to make a version of it. I hope you are enjoying your Thanksgiving holiday!

  10. This is such an awesome tribute to hug snug. It looks great!

  11. Your skirt is so beautiful!
    This project, among so many of your others really continue to inspire me to sew and create something beautiful everyday.

  12. I haven't spent much time on Pattern Review in a couple of years. I think you were robbed!! Your skirt is gorgeous!!!