Because every fashion blogger should know how to sew.

I’ll tell you a secret: I hate sewing. However, this pattern isΒ irresistible, and I’ve had this fabric for over five years. It’s about time I made something of it, right?


I actually have plans to search for the fabric I wanted that they didn’t have at the other store… and use that for this dress. With those buttons. But in the meantime, I’ll be attempting to make the same dress with this very Hawaiian fabric. I’m just in need of some good buttons.

This project might take some time. Wish me luck!

P.S. Demy and Sarah (Roshi), you will love this: I bought red pants.


  • someonetookmyusername

    Where are the pictures of the stuff you bought for the garage sale? I WANNA KNOW. *pouts*

    I’m learning to sew too! I have the sewing machine on my desk…now to actually use it…right after I finish this book. πŸ™‚

    • Mara

      One of them is in the last post. πŸ˜€ I still have to take pictures of a few of the other things– good ones, because I never remember until it’s nighttime– and then I’ll put them at the end of a post.

      Haha! Good luck with that! I know how to sew– my mom made sure of that– but I’m not very patient about it. So this will be a good lesson in patience and creativity. I’m excited for the end result. Hopefully it turns out good.
      What book?

      • someonetookmyusername

        Yeah, Jane Eyre. I saw that. I just wanted to know about the rest. πŸ™‚

        I can sort of sew with a needle, and I know how to use a sewing machine. It’s just the actual…using of the machine that I’m not so good at. But I’ve kind of slid into a funk where I don’t really feel like doing much of anything. I will do it, however. I am determined. (Clothes shopping would be so much easier if I could, for example, take in clothes that were too big in certain areas.)

        I’m on the last book of The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins. It’s good but it’s just such a sad, war-torn story that I’m not sure I want to finish. At the same time, I have to know how it ends, you know? Ah well. I’ll make sure to pick up a lighthearted, fluffy, fun read after this. Anything come to mind? I’ll go browsing through the books that you’ve reviewed after this and see if anything catches my eye. πŸ™‚

        • Mara

          Haha, I figured. I just need to take good pictures of it all. I’m procrastinating. Sorry. πŸ˜€

          Taking in clothes is SO much easier than sewing from scratch. And more fun, in my opinion.

          I need to read that series! I keep hearing so much about it, and everyone tells me it’s good.
          Hmm… light, fluffy, and fun? Mr. Darcy’s Daughters is a good one.

  • Rene

    Hey how are you? Not sure if I actually posted last time. I love your blog. I have been sewing since I was quite young. I am one of those kids that had homemade clothes almost exclusively and hated it LOL. I do like that I have that skill set of sewing though I rarely use it. Not long ago I had planned to redesign a skirt that I found on the free table. It was a nice denim and it has lots of potential. I pulled out the sewing machine with excitement in my heart and could not get the needle to work. I kept hitting the needle guard and I could not figure out why. It was a sad moment. I am not sure if getting it repaired is a priority since I had not used it in over three years before that. Anyway I thought you like this website called You interest in fashion made me think you might enjoy it. They have contests and there is this clipper thing you can use to grab pictures to make outfits on the site. I was instantly hooked. It seems like a fascinating community though I have only been there one day. I only joined to enter a contest on FB but I think I will explore it a while. Either way, good luck with the sewing. πŸ™‚

    • Mara

      Hello! I don’t think you did. πŸ™‚ Thank you!
      I’m sorry about your sewing machine. That’s really frustrating, when you want to do something but it’s not working.
      Yes, I love polyvore! I haven’t used it in a while, but it’s one of the sites that I go to when I’m not inspired and want to create something. πŸ˜€ It’s such a great site!
      Thanks. πŸ™‚

  • Demy

    Awwww good luuuuck! I’m sure it will come out greatly! I wish I knew how to sew, it’s so cool! I guess I’ll have my grandma teach me πŸ™‚ I don’t think I will be really skilled though πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

    • Mara

      Thank you, dear! Yeah, sewing is not that hard if you’ve grown up with someone who sews, but it takes a lot of patience!

  • nancyfrancis

    I have a love/hate relationship with sewing. I just impatient. The whole process takes too long and I get frustrated when I ineveitably find dumb instructions. The outcomes are always lovely though πŸ˜‰

    • Mara

      Yeah, that’s about how I feel. I love the outcome, but the work takes so long. I’m hoping this doesn’t take too long– I want to just set aside a day to work on it, and hopefully I’ll finish it all in one go. Otherwise, I might never get it done.

  • manneredgold

    I so want to be one of the sassy girls on the front of that pattern packet. Upon finishing your dress, pleaseplease pose in a picture just like the girl in blue. It *makes* the dress. πŸ™‚

  • Jamie Rose

    That pattern is so perfect. I would like to learn how to sew at some point, but who knows if that’ll ever happen. My mom is great at it so perhaps she could sew me a dress like that someday! I can’t wait to see it when you’re done.

    • Mara

      Maybe she could! Unfortunately for me, my mom no longer sews for me… since she taught me how. πŸ˜€ Hehe. But it’s a good skill to develop, and once you get the hang of it you never really forget how.