Thursday, August 12, 2010

Project One: Sew 10 Items in 100 days

Project one is knocked out.  And this was a double whammy too because this dress was successfully my first knit item to sew, EVER!  I also designed this dress too.  (Look out Project Runway!)  I used a dress that I had as a guide and drew out a pattern directly on to some muslin.  I fitted it to my dress form and kept in mind that this would stretch.  Then last night I was figuring out the correct tensions for my serger and I forgot to put the cutting knife back up (first a serger makes those awesome overlocked seams on your t-shirt... go ahead and turn your shirt inside out... yeah that.  Secondly, it also has a knife that trims away the extra fabric for you.)  So the serger got jammed and I broke BOTH of my needles.  This was after I had to rethread the serger which is a pain in the butt.  However, I was proud of myself.  I didn't get mad or angry at myself.  I didn't feel like a failure.  It was an easy mistake to make and I wasn't about to let myself feel bad.  So, I decided to stop for the night.

This morning I woke up at 6:30, just took the rounded needle out of my regular sewing machine and put it on the serger, and finished it up before my interview at 10:00 am.  I LOVE IT!  I love how it can look casual or dressy.

Speaking of interviews.  I have had a lot in the past few days.  I had one on Monday, two yesterday and then two today.  The one on Monday was a job at a salon and it would be incredible.  You know when you just connect with people.  That's kind of what happened.  I feel like I just connected so well with them!  Then yesterday, my first interview was pretty awful.  I am incredibly friendly and bubbly and perky during job interviews, but this dude who interviewed me was a downer.  I walked out of there and kind of just wanted to cry!  Needless to say, I doubt I will be a dance instructor.  Then I had another interview that went REALLY well, and they called me back for a second interview, which I am going to today.  Then I had an interview with a job placement agency this morning for a job they contacted me about to do some contract stuff.

Overall, I have been really busy!  I am hoping a job will happen soon.  And I'm sure it will.  I have definitely applied for a lot of positions all over town.

Okay so my next sewing projects... black half circle wrap skirt (yes!), then a pair of black trousers (with an elastic waist... so easy), and then order some swatches for the Cynthia Rowley dress.  I am excited!


  1. Anonymous1:03 PM

    I just have to post so that everyone will know that I am bustin' with pride over your dress, you are so talented and you did such a great job. So we must prepare for PR tryout!

  2. Great dress, dude! Impressive. I love it.

  3. And also I hope you get the best job ever!

  4. The dress turned out great! Good for you for not getting frustrated and angry. I am also one to get majorly frustrated over simple things that go wrong, so props! I know how hard it is to keep calm sometimes.

    Also, hooray for all the interviews! I know what you mean about "clicking" with the people at a potential workplace. I've been on a few interviews over the summer and just haven't found one that felt right, which I suppose is fine since they didn't call me back. haha I did finally get a job, though and am doing training for it now. So hooray for working again! Good luck to you!

    That was long. ha!


  5. So cute! I love the dress and the pattern on the material is fun.

  6. Your hair looks nice in these pics, and great job on the dress!

  7. ACK!!! That dress looks amazing on you!

    I am in such awe that you're able to make clothes like this for yourself. You have to be so proud of yourself! That's incredible!

    I can't wait to see what else you make!

  8. I am highly, highly impressed. I wish I had such skills! This dress looks phenomenal. I never would have guessed it was homemade. Kudos, Alyson! Absolutely adore it.

  9. That dress is awesome!! So happy to see it finished!!! You go girl! I hope your interviews went well today!

  10. Anonymous11:24 AM

    This dress is awesome. From a distance I thought it was sequined stripes like at JCrew! Do enough of this and you can apply for some fashion jobs here in NYC! Miss you! xoxo -Tori

  11. dress looks great : ) remind me where you got your dress form...i have been wanting one for years!

  12. the dress looks great. i really love it.



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