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Under the Gunn – Episode 11

Only a couple more episodes to go and Season One of UtG will be history. Who will win? Since Natalia was sent home, we here at SODesigns are rooting for Oscar and he performed last week in a very big way.

The challenge was to create a look for a “real” client and the look of horror on a couple of the designers’ faces was very telling. I find it amazing that at this point in the competition they are so surprised to find themselves asked to make clothes for actual people instead of hanger-skinny models.

Oscar, however, was not at all intimidated. His client, a very petite blond pixie, is a pageant contestant and lamented that she can never find a gown that fits and doesn’t make her look like a child – right up Oscar’s alley! He delivered his most amazing gown yet:

Dani did a pageant walk down the runway and it was obvious she loved her gown. The color was wonderful, the sewing and styling were perfect and Oscar should have walked away with the win.

The emerald green gown fit like a glove, Dani looked like an Amazon and the details were astounding. Oscar turned his tiny client into a statuesque queen and she was over the moon. Oscar delivered exactly what she wanted, which was the goal of this challenge, yes?

Not according to the judges. They were all like, “Yawn. Yes, Oscar, you can make a gown. Big deal. You should have taken some risks and done something different. You’re safe because we’re bored.”

I was stunned. Yes, he made a gown, but they totally ignored the fact that he made his client very happy by creating the look she asked for.

Blake ended up going home even though his client was happy with his creation. Asha submitted another badly sewn outfit, but her client was happy with the results and she ended up in second place. Whatever.

Nick’s Take can be found here.


DSCN0478BIL’s quilt was well received on Christmas Day. He loved that it’s Charger colors. Boys are strange. Sis loved that it wasn’t covered in Chargers logos 🙂 Now he has his very own Blankie and can quit stealing hers!

DSCN0500The next quilt is well under way. I spent a couple of hours a day in the Studio piecing together the string blocks sewed up years ago. There was a time I was in love with this method and as I worked with these well-aged blocks, some of that love came back. The box of strips has been sorted and all strips ironed in anticipation of starting another round of blocks some time soon. If the old Elna goes back together as planned, it will be left set up for quilting whenever I have a minute in the Studio.

DSCN0501In the interest of Using Everything Up, this quilt has the same backing as BIL’s quilt above. It’s a soft chambray-like cotton with a narrow white stripe that has a lovely hand. What it’s doing in The Stash I have no idea as I don’t generally sew with striped fabric and there must have been 6 yards of it. Some mysteries will never be solved. Two pillowcases were just eked out of the final piece – more about them later – and there’s just enough left over for some project bags.

The “batting” is the remains of a cotton mattress cover from The House of Mom. It must have fit on a twin sized bed and the final quilt size will be perfect for tossing on the back of the couch. The blue border is from another 6+ yard cut of quilt fabric that has mysterious origins. Maybe I just shopped a bunch of online sales? It must have been a bargain since I bought so much. Still a couple of yards left, but it’s made it to the top of the pile and will be short-listed for future projects.

I can’t tell you how wonderful it is having Studio space to work in! I feel so productive when I can walk in, turn on the light, iron and music and get sewing. Or cutting – having a big table dedicated to whatever project for the day is wonderful! The Stash resides in the closet, tools and notions in the main room and everything flows pretty well. I need to get some things hung on the walls, but so far, so good.

Let’s Get Started!

And that ends the “best-of” retrospective posts.

Whew! It takes a lot of time and effort to re-make oneself in a new image!

Purchased a domain name and web hosting package today, so this little project is getting underway!

Lots of exclamation points to convey my joy that at last I will own a little piece of the web that is ALL MINE! Mine to chronicle, inspire, learn and grow as the seasons and whims take me.

A favorite quote:

Life is rough. I recommend getting a manicure and a really cute helmet – Leigh Standley

Buckle up – we’re off!

Bra Making Part Five – The first Success!

From January 2010


As I wrote earlier, Elan #511 didn’t fit right out of the envelope and I decided to copy a RTW that fit well.

I assembled the new bra following the general directions of the Elan pattern with occasional deviations that seemed logical based on my observations of the RTW bra.

And here it is –

The fabrics are all scraps and leftovers (hence the clear straps – the nude strapping I ordered hadn’t arrived yet) and the colors don’t quite match, but this is a muslin and I don’t expect it to be wearable.One thing that really bugs me is the channeling. I ordered some channeling from Sew Sassy that was rather like satin bias binding, nice and soft, it wanted to take on the curved shape of the lower cup with no fighting or bunching up.
Then I placed another order (wanting to be all matchy-matchy with the nude fabric) and I received something else entirely. It’s not at all the same stuff – stiff, wrinkly and not at all fun to work with. I suspect it will be a bit uncomfortable to wear, too. I hope they get the good stuff back in stock!

The fit is pretty good. I really need a piece of clear elastic or twill tape at the top of the lace on the upper cup to prevent over-spillage – the next muslin will not have any lace on the upper cup to test the fit with no give up there. The fit of the cups is almost perfect – just need to take 1/4″ off the very bottom seam and it will be Just Right.

All in all I’m quite happy with the progress this project is making. A couple more muslins and I’ll be ready to cut one of the kits I bought from Summerset!