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!

12 comments:

  1. 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!

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

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

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  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!

    hundy&undy

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

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

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  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!

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  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.

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

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  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

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

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

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