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Pattern Testing: Itch to Stitch Women’s Davina Dress

Have you ever tested a pattern before? I always loved seeing all the pretty tester versions and wondered how I could be one of those lucky sewists who got to try out all the kinks and fit of new patterns. So imagine my excitement when Kennis Wong told me I was chosen to test her Davina Dress!

And for my first time ever testing a pattern, things turned out great! I just love this dress!! No, seriously, I love it!!! And I’ll give you 6 reasons why you need to sew this for yourself today:

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#justmarried

Wow! It’s been exactly one month since we got married! And what better way to restart my blogging mojo than by sharing what I’ve been working so hard on for the past 6 months!

ADAJ Wedding

Look at my handsome husband! The time and effort required to do a first look is a MUST! Without a doubt, that’s one of the planned details that was absolutely worth it.

Yes, that is my actual wedding dress in all its orange gorgeousness. And I made it. Because I could. Isn’t it just beautiful? Mr. AD was determined to colour coordinate with me after he saw the first toile of the dress and that result came out better than my skeptical mind had ever imagined. I thought we’d look too prom-like… *shame face*

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Me Made: The Teresa Maxi Dress

In my mind, I had planned to do some fun and creative things this Christmas. Unfortunately, those dreams had to be shelved as the reality of the stress of teaching made it impossible for me to do anything else other than grade assignments and sleep and maybe eat some days. I don’t know if Mr. AD realized that I was completely strand out and so decided to surprise me with Christmas lunch at Hilton this year. In any event, whatever his reason, I am so grateful that I didn’t have to cook this Christmas. Thanks, hun!

The only Christmas idea to come to fruition was my dress, and even that end result hadn’t even been my original idea. I had envisioned some kind of fitted bodice with a circle skirt. But when the grading for my event planning class was strangely taking up more time than normal to complete, I needed a quick and easy project. That’s when I dug out my beloved Pixel Ink One Piece Kimono Tee Pattern.

When I first joined Burda last year, this was one of the first free patterns that I added to my library and I’m so glad I did. I first made something from this pattern this April for Mr. AD’s birthday – a burnt orange tunic that I love! I’ve already worn it as a dress, a tunic, and a top.

Pixel Ink Burnt Orange Tunic

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So I’m missing my graduation tho…

Yeah, so after that not-so-productive birthday sewing challenge, it may not be the best time to talk about my formal sewing training right? Oh well, I needed the reminder that I can actually sew…

Today is graduation day for the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP) here in Barbados, and I had no idea that Evening Programmes were included in these activities until I received my graduation notice about 3 weeks ago. Not only did I complete my Basic Ladies’ Tailoring Class successfully, it seems my tutor awarded me the honour of “Most Outstanding Student”. *insert Grammy/ Oscar shocked winner face here*

Since I’m here struggling with acute sinusitis and can’t attend, in honour of my little achievement, I decided to let you guys see the work I did for the class, which started in August 2011 and ended in May 2012. For the basic class, the tutor focuses on sewing basics, with a focus on skirts in the first semester and on shirts and dresses in the second.  And please forgive the quality of the photos as I had just gotten my new camera and had no idea about its fancy settings.

Abbey Dabbles: Three Skirts: Tailored, Panel, and Gore

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Abbey 3.0 Sewing Challenge Wrap Up!

Thank you for waiting. Abbey version 3.0 is installed.

It’s the last day of October… and my sewing challenge is… unfinished… 😦

Abbey 3.0 Wishlist Items Final Status

I’m going to hazard a guess that 8 items were probably a bit much for me to try to complete this month, what with starting to teach a new class at the BVTB and then feeling positively crappy for about 2 weeks.

I did have some fun though and especially love how my both my Wrap Dress and Ruffle Skirt came out. I like the Maxi Dress and the Leggings too, but there are some adjustments and improvements to incorporate when I make more of each.

The Peplum Top and the Colourblock Top were my biggest disappointments. EPIC FAILS! I am so doing those over until I get the look I was going for.

And time just ran away and left me so I couldn’t get to the Lace Top or the Cardigan. Of course, I still want these items so they will definitely make a future appearance on this blog.

Thanks everyone for your kind words of encouragement throughout the month!