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Fool me once, shame on you; Fool me twice, shame on me!

January 25, 2016

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I made Simplicity 1878 for the first time about two and a half years ago and the result was bad–really, really bad. Here’s proof of just how bad it was.

So I guess time makes one forget or maybe I’ve just lost my mind. Honestly, I really have no idea how to explain why I did this, but I made Simplicity 1878 again. And guess what? The results were still really bad.

I’m not going to post pictures of me in this bad dress, but I will tell you that the neckline is gaping, the waist is nonexistent, and it makes me feel very, very lumpy. This pattern does not work for my body. Here it is on the dressform:

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I love the fabric, but the dress is a big ol’ paper bag.

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The darts in the back help a little, but not enough.

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It looks better on the dressform than it does on me and for that reason I am never, ever making this pattern again!! Such a bummer–I really like the fabric and I had such high, albeit unrealistic, hopes!!

In addition to my bag dress, I’ve been working on a hodge-podge of other projects.  I tried making some mittens out of a felted sweater and lined with Polartec fleece.

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I added an Urban Threads thistle design to take things up a notch. I love the way they look and they really are super warm. The only problem is that they are so bulky–due to the very thick felted wool–that I really can’t use my hands when I am wearing them.

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These are the sort of mittens a person would want if he/she were trudging through a winter wilderness. These are not mittens for driving. Maybe I need a new pattern???

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I’ve also been working on a little throw quilt for my aunt’s 80th birthday. She loves dogs, so I used the scraps of my Spoonflower fabric and made a fleece throw.

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I’ve also been working on a baby quilt for a woman that I work with. She’s chosen to decorate her son’s nursery in gray, orange, and mint green. Here’s what I have so far:

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The fox applique is an Urban Threads design.

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The shower is Friday afternoon, so I need to quilt and bind this thing pronto!!

Last, but not least, I made Louise a coat. We had a blizzard this past weekend and Louise got a little chilly. I put her in a coat that I had made for out dog Suzy, but that one has a giant “S” embroidered on it and I thought Louise needed her own coat.

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Maybe it will grow on her!! 🙂

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