Sewing Friends

I don’t know if I’ve moved around more or less times than most people. But I’ve moved around enough to know that when you’re the new kid in town you need to make an effort, put yourself out there a bit to get involved and make new friends.

Several years back when I was once again “new in town”, I put myself out there by attending an ASG (American Sewing Guild) meeting. I got very lucky and met not just one but two lovely ladies who have become dear friends, in addition to sharing my interest and love of sewing and making things. I then met another friend here who loves to sew as well, so my grand total of in person sewing friends is now three. That is the all time highest that it’s ever been for me anywhere in my life, and I feel very lucky to know these women. I appreciate their understanding of our mutual creative and crafty interests, I admire their unique talents and abilities and most importantly, I value their friendship.

One of these friends is Beth.

Beautiful Beth in her wrap dress.

Beautiful Beth in her wrap dress.

She is an amazing seamstress and innovative refashioning goddess in addition to being a champion knitter. She loves cabling without a cable needle, whereas I am too afraid. She can figure anything out and is undaunted by any project. She will find something (cute fabric, awful garment, costs one dollar) and remake it into a super cool top or dress. Her engineering background has served her very well as far as I’m concerned and not just at her day job. Oh, how I could have used her helpful insights way back when, as a 10 year old, I’d be crying in frustration over confusing sewing pattern diagrams and instructions.

Anyway, she recently made this lovely wrap dress in spoonflower.com Modern Jersey fabric that she ordered in my design. I love it, both the dress and the print!

Detail of pleated front wrap and tie.

Detail of pleated front wrap and tie.

It’s a bit sneaky, this dress pattern. (You can download it here for free, along with many other wonderful sewing patterns, both free and for sale.) I would describe it as a semi-wrap dress, with a pleated wrap front bodice, and a straight non-wrapped skirt on the bottom. It is super flattering and Beth said it went together easily, with the bonus being that you won’t flash anyone because your skirt can’t fly open. She also said that she made it without any changes or alterations, except straightening out the curve on the bottom of the sleeve. So, it’s easy and beautiful and highly recommended. And I recommend finding some sewing friends too, so you can share the joy. Bellissima!

Wrap dress back view.

Wrap dress back view.

Security in the attached pleated wrap front and no-wrap skirt.

Security in the attached pleated wrap front and no-wrap skirt.