Day 5 – Patterns Purchased!

I’ve been trying to come up with my own personal style in an office environment. Much of what I see in the stores is too short, too see-through, or simply not my taste. In the spirit of this project, I’m going to make my own clothes for the next year too. If they are a reasonable amount of work and turn out well (i.e. not impossible to sew) then I will list those as well.

I ordered 4 patterns: two dresses, one skirt and one blouse. I’m starting with the basics so that I can start my wardrobe at the basics. My biggest desire is to have some 1910 inspired skirts for the winter.

Why? I friggen hate wearing pants. Especially in the winter. My pants are never thick enough to make me comfortable outside without wearing long-johns and if I’m already wearing something similar to tights, why in the world am I putting my slim fit pants over top of them? Pants are for spring and fall. Skirts are winter and summer. I’m so looking forward to basically wearing a stylish blanket to work. Finally I will be warm! So, once the patterns arrive, I start sewing!

I’m hoping that I’m not alone in this desire. There are some skirts that I LOVE on etsy but can’t bring myself to spend $100+ when I think I can make it myself. Hopefully I can retail for less than the ones on there with similar craftsmanship. Challenge accepted.

Feedback is always welcome, btw. Mostly I’m doing for my own pleasure, but I aim to actually sell things to real people, so constructive criticism is always helpful.


Day 2 – Sleepmask

I had been thinking about buying a sleep mask since we moved. Our apartment is pretty warm at night, so we keep a fan on. Feels awesome for the most part, except that I have extremely dry eyes. All the time. My eyes are constantly itchy. So, with the fan blowing on me all night my eyes were crazy dry when I woke up in the morning. The last few mornings I’ve had trouble opening my eyes because they were so dry.

Well, that was a lot of unnecessary explanation over my lack of ocular moisture. Moving on.

I decided since I was starting this project anyway that I would make my sleep mask. I found a pdf pattern online (I could have drawn one myself, but as a mathematician I feel very strongly about using other people’s work as my basis). Here is how it went:

Prep time: 17 minutes
Sewing time: approx. 20 minutes.
Cost: Not sure. I used scrap material for this one.
Materials: 6 inches of stretchy lace, 12″ x 4″ of some kind of silky material
Final result: Not bad for my first attempt.

What did I learn from this project?

1. I am crazy picky about my details. My sewing skills are not fantastic yet (that will come with practice) and there are some small mistakes that I would not want to see on a product I purchased. I guess I will need to make way more of these to get it perfect.

2. Scrap materials are rarely my favourite to work with. The inside should have been some kind of felt or thicker, soft material. I used two layers of an old t-shirt. Specifically a purple t-shirt I had purchased in Toronto for $10 that had a picture of Wolverine on the front. It was a kick-ass t-shirt. Too bad I’m a good 2 inches taller and not a teenager any more. Anyways, Future Naomi should purchase the appropriate material instead of rooting through the scraps.

3. Measure twice, sew once. The lace straps were unevenly placed. This didn’t make it uncomfortable to wear but was a bit unappealing aesthetically.

4. If you think you have enough stretchy lace to fit around your head, you have too much. I had to take in the lace strap about 2 inches because the mask just fell right off my face when I first tried it on. Hence the 20 minutes sewing instead of 15.

5. I am in love with having a sleep mask. This morning was the first time I was able to open my eyes easily. The only down side was that at some point last night Adam got up to go to the bathroom and I rolled over and panicked because I thought it was pitch black and he wasn’t in bed with me. Turns out it was only like 11 pm and his lamp was still on. This might take some getting used to.

6. I need to remember what type of fabric I’ve purchased. I don’t think I can write a product description as “some kind of silky material” and “scrap t-shirt material”.

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So, the mask is done. But, the idea of this blog is to challenge myself to prepare to open an etsy store. So, I need feedback. Based on the photos, and assuming I get more technically skilled with my sewing machine, would you buy this? Vote below or leave me a comment! 



Day 1 – Here we go!

Well, I’ve officially started my year long challenge to create and develop an etsy store. Day 1 did not go quite as planned. To be fair, I probably should have given myself a bit of lee-way, but here is what I imagined I would do last night:

1. Clear myself a space in the dining room for the sewing machine and other crafting supplies: Check! I did finally clear out the last of the moving boxes from the corner of the dining room…. to the kitchen, but at least it got out of the dining room! As soon as I put the before and after pictures together I realized it didn’t look that different. But, it feels different and that’s what matters, right?Image


2. Cut the pattern for a dress to make from the blue fabric I bought two weeks ago: Not check. I laid the fabric on the table and unfolded the pattern to realize I had a pattern that was 6 sizes too small for me. I blame Past Naomi for not even looking at the size on the envelope when she purchased it at a garage sale.

3. Make a list of things to create: Check…. sort of. The list is ever growing and in my head. That counts, doesn’t it?

Well, Day 1 wasn’t a failure just a disappointment. What did I learn from Day 1?

1. This project is going to take more work than I’ve ever put into a hobby before. I’m going to have to actually buckle down and do things and stop dicking around.

2. I’m going to have to take pictures of my life and share them with all of you. This will take some getting used to. If you know me at all, you know that I’m not one to think to whip out the camera regularly. Adam and I took only 3 photos on our honeymoon and only 1 was of us. #selfie for the win?

3. I love making lists. I’ve made two lists in this post so far. Get ready for that from now on.

4. I just didn’t want my two lists to have the same number of points. I might have a problem….

Tonight I will attempt to create a sleep mask. And maybe find the patterns that I swear I had before we moved but cannot seem to locate now…. I blame the dog. She’s a terrible packer.