The horror ... the horror

Do you remember I told you I liked a pattern from La Mia Boutique that was very unusual for my taste?
Well, I made a dress from it and it sucks.
TJ had warned me, but I went on anyway. Unfortunately, I also chose a TERRIBLE print for this dress (really, what was I thinking???) and the result is quite tragic.
I think I'll cut this dress shorter and then it'll go looking for a new home, because I can't stand to look at it.

But it's ok, mistakes are bound to happen once in a while, and as you can read in my post at the Sew Weekly, I'm still happy I went out of my comfort zone and tried something different. I also used shirring for the first time.

I'm working on something more promising for next week's challenge, so fingers crossed and happy weekend to you all!

The Princess Street Skirt

My love for the city of Edinburgh is so deep that it earned me a spotloght at the Sew Weekly! If you didn't know already, the inspiration for this week is cities and if you want to know more about my choice you can read it here.

I went with a super simple tulip skirt, made in a vintage wool tartan I had in my stash. This fabric was just waiting for the right project to be used. I guess I was a bit intimidated by the bright colours, but I really like how it looks, and I think I'll wear it a lot next fall (or even now, since it snowed yesterday!).

In other news:

"I, Anna of paunnet, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May '12. I endeavour to wear a self-made accessory or item of clothing for at least three days a week for the duration of May 2012."

I learnt through OWOP that I don't like to take photos of myself every day. There are also days when I just don't feel like wearing something handmade, or it's not the best solution (for example, when I spend the whole day at home or when I work as a waitress) and I don't want to cheat.
I figured three days a week is a good compromise for my first time taking part in this type of challenge. I'll make one weekly post with the three (or more) outfits, because I want to avoid the post overload that always occurs during these challenges.
I'm so excited! I've always wanted to participate to a Me-Made or Self-Stitched month, but never had enough garments for it. It's so nice to be an active part of the sewing blogosphere! :)

The Peggy and Father Gill dress

Have you seen the awesome Mad Men inspired creations at The Sew Weekly?
I had a hard time with this one in terms of deciding what look to recreate. There is too much awesomeness in that show!
In the end I got inspired by this dress worn by Peggy in Season 2 when she meets Father Gill:

I used pattern 108 from Burdastyle Magazine 04/2011 with some alterations: I omitted the sleeves, drafted a rounded collar, added a bias cut placket, a horizontal pleat at the hem and some elastic to the waist.

The result is a cute dress that I think Peggy would wear today. It's not the easiest thing to wear for me, because you risk to look pregnant and a toddler at the same time. It definitely needs to be styled properly.
But I really like this dress, and I might make it again using a more easily wearable fabric (maybe a solid) with few tweaks.
You can read more about it in my post.

On other news, I decided at the last minute to participate to Tilly's One Week One Pattern. I made three Banksia (one dress and two tops) in the last two days, and I'm about to cut the fourth. So far so good!
Here's a sneak peek:

I'm curious: if you're participating as well, how do you plan to blog about it? A post every day or one collective post at the end of the week? I was thinking to post a daily photo on Flickr and then to write a summary post at the end, but please share your plans with me.

Miz Mozelle dress

If I wasn't sure of it yet, this week I had the confirmation of how awesome and sweet the ladies at the Sew Weekly are.
This week's theme was UFOs, which was the perfect occasion for me to finish a dress I had started in November. I had actually finished my version of the Miz Mozelle dress pattern, but the hem needed to be shortened and I was so underwhelmed by it that I never came around to do it.

If the fact that I didn't like my creation all that much wasn't enough, I had a VERY hard time taking pictures. The weather here has taken a cold turn and I had to step out for pictures with -10° C, which resulted in some terrible faces (and horrible hair, since I didn't style it properly).
All of this resulted in a very disappointing post and yet, all the comments I received were so heartwarming! I am really speechless at all the kind words I read!
Thank you so much, everyone! For those of you who want to know more about the dress, you can read it here (although I must admit I didn't do a great job at documenting the construction, I forgot most of it since November...).