Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Black Bow Dress

To answer your question, yes, I have finished my Seven-Week Challenge. What a sewing marathon!

In the whirlwind that has been the last week, I flew to the UK, looked for and found a place, among many, many other things. I'm very happy to now have time to focus on All Style and All Substance!

To update you a little bit, in the few days prior to my departure, I worked very very hard on projects #7 and #8. I would fit in about 5 hours of sewing every day -- on top of continuing to go to work and everything else. One night, I even sewed until 2 am! Only when I stepped on the plane, did I feel like I could finally relax.

As you may or may not have noticed, I have granted myself a little extension on the 7-week challenge, which was technically supposed to end on Septembre 17th. I was planning on giving myself a few days to relax before I left, but some problems in Project #7 turned into huge time sucks.

I don't know how I managed to keep sewing, but I did. I resisted the temptation to botch my projects by repeating to myself: If I’m going to make something that looks cheap, that is poorly crafted, or that doesn’t fit perfectly, I better just go out and buy it at the store.

This was the first version of the dress. I think the gold was not a bad idea in itself, but for some reason, it did not look right. I don’t know if it was because of the quality of the lame, or the way I sewed it... I even tried to remove the bottom layer, but it still looked so homemade and crafty!

At this point, I was feeling really discouraged. "I'm never going to have time to finish and I'm going to let everyone down..." Thankfully, a good night’s sleep eliminated my negative thoughts and I came up with a wonderful solution: cute little bows!

The lining almost took more time than the dress, but it makes it so luxurious!

Voilà! I nice addition to my Fall wardrobe!

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