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I'm Nadine. Thanks for stopping by. The floors are creaky, the kids are loud, but the door's always open and the coffee's always on.

Make yourself at home.

Meet Anna

Heeeeerrrrre's Anna!


Pattern: Anna Dress by By Hand London Fabric: Cheap cotton ($6.50 a yard!) from King Textiles Size: Cut a straight 8/12. 'Cause I don't do alterations — yet. Invisible Zipper Failure: Three times. I have no skills.

Isn't she lovely?

I challenged* myself to make my bridesmaid dress for my brother's upcoming wedding. Why? Because I'm a glutton for punishment and am motivated by fear, apparently.

So before I started playing around with fancier/trickier fabrics — or attempted anything ridiculous like lining a dress — I figured I should make a muslin.

(A muslin is essentially a mock-up or trial run of the garment, traditionally done in a natural cotton fabric, to ensure the pattern suits your body — and to let you make any huge adjustments pre-cutting the real thing. I just used cute cheap cotton.)

Fortunately, my muslin is very wearable in real life. Very.

Here's how I'll probably wear it in the real world:

Spring (please come):

In the cold:

Now I just have to decide if I'm going to bite the thimble-shaped bullet and actually make a more formal version for the wedding….

Not gonna lie, I am loving my new hobby. It's just too bad it's taken over the kitchen/living room/everywhere. Anyone wanna buy me a sewing room? This one will do.

*I wrote "stupidly challenged myself" and then Stephen King popped into my head: "The road to hell is paved with adverbs." He won't leave me alone long enough to craft a silly little blog post.

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