I have proper photos … and a Give Away!

Perhaps you remember my “Sister’s Sewing Projects, so far I have made three skirts.  I have a Mother of the Groom dress half-finished and three other dresses to cut out yet – the Mother of the Groom dress is the most important, obviously!

I want to share with you the proper “model” photos of my sister wearing her skirts, as all I had previously was the photos with “Dolly” wearing them.  (oops!  She’s called “Petunia” when she’s got my sister’s measurements!) 

First we have the skirt called “Picasso’s flowers“.


Next we have the “Snake skin“.


Last we have, the “Clark Gable“.


I notice in this shot my sister was looking up at the ceiling – it must be genetic, I do the same when my photo is being taken.  Or perhaps there was a spider up there? Or perhaps she assumed I would cut off her head anyway when I published it?  Whatever the reason, she just looked so lovely … and I couldn’t bring myself to chop off her head!  Instead I put my watermark blog title up there for her to look at.

It has been fun sewing for someone else.  Usually I chose fabric, pattern and notions, all by myself.  This time we went together and the choices were all her’s.  Usually I am faced with a huge stash of fabric and a couple of boxes of patterns, trying to decide how to put it all together.  This time she handed me the fabric and the pattern and said please make me this.  Simple!  So liberating!

I have her Mother of the Groom dress half-finished now and am looking forward to cutting out her three dresses during my December holidays.  I also have my #DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER outfit cut out now and am itching to finish it in time for our office Christmas party and my #DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER post.  For the office Christmas party casual, but dressy, is required. I think?  I dunno?  What does that mean?

WordPress just reminded me that “Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!” is TWO years old!  It has been another entertaining year and I thank you for all the stories you have shared and for liking and commenting on all the stories I have shared, so much so that I want to …


Let’s celebrate with a GIVE AWAY!


Over on Instagram it is #bpSewvember at @bimbleandpimble, Day 11 was “Tools” and I admit that my Chaco Liner Pen and my Wonder Tape are my favourite tools!  When I see them on sale I always grab a few.

I will pick one random winner for the Give Away. Please let me know if you would like to be entered by leaving a comment below and answering this “skill testing question”…

How do you follow “Nice dress!  Thanks, I made it!!”?  (WordPress? Bloglovin? Twitter? etc.)

My Give Away will close this Thursday, November 19, 2015, at midnight PST and the random winner will be announced in my next post, next weekend. (I am open to mailing worldwide.)

Thanks for sending me the photos, Sis!  You’re looking great! and I’m glad to help!  Now I think I better get back to my sewing machine.  DESIGNIN’ DECEMBER is almost upon us and I have a big project in mind!  Have you found a designer original to copy?

Don’t forget to comment below for a chance to win the Give Away!

Happy Sewing!

59 thoughts on “I have proper photos … and a Give Away!

  1. I follow you on Bloglovin. I must have missed why you’re making your sister so many dresses. MOG I get (I need to think about my MOB outfit) but the rest? Or have I misunderstood? Congratulations on two years and thanks for the giveaway.

    1. Thank you! My sister used to sew, but can’t anymore – not large, time consuming projects anyway. Sewing is so much more personal (freedom of choice and better fit) and economical. So I offered to make her MOG dress first – then we were having so much fun, we just got carried away!

  2. Hi Linda. I started following you on wordpress and recently instagram and twitter. I am far more at ease with my sewing than the technology of button pressing, but it’s been a pleasure to chat with you and I enjoy your blog. Happy 2 years and happy sewing!

    1. Thank you! I am the same. The sewing comes easy. The computer… not. But I must say I have learned a lot in the past two years (about sewing and about computers!)

  3. Congrats on reaching 2 years! Those skirts are beautiful and a great style for your sister! I follow you on WordPress.

    1. Thank you, I will be sure to tell her how stylish she looks! I should probably also tell her we are talking about her behind her back! 🙂

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  5. Happy second anniversary, Linda. I have been following you on Bloglovin’ since January this year. I am making a dress which is a blogger’s version of a designer dress. Not sure if that qualifies? At the rate I am going it won’t be finished until December, anyway. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway.

    1. I’m thinking with DESIGNING’ DECEMBER about all the times we see something on a store mannequin, on a celebrity, on a fashion runway, in a designer’s collection, on Kate Middleton!, that sort of thing, and say “I want that but I’m not paying what? … $120? $500? $1000? $10,000?… for it!!! I can make ONE! We sewists can prove to everyone that we don’t have to shop and spend – we are talented… we can MAKE! Oh yes, of course, some alterations to their designs might be needed sometimes, and allowed, especially since sometimes their designs have elements of just plain stupid! 🙂 BE INSPIRED! I’m glad you have found something!

  6. I follow you via email (so I think that’s WordPress?). I tend to lurk though. I think it’s awesome you are making some clothes for your sister! I’m really looking forward to seeing the MOG dress and your office party outfit…

    1. Yes, email is still WordPress – it’s nice to know that the email function is working, so thank you for commenting! And lurking is definitely allowed! I was a lurker… or is that stalker… for a few years before the temptation of talking to sewists overcame me! Now my husband says “Who are you talking to?” I’m blogging. Later “Who are you talking to?” I’m blogging! 🙂 The great thing about sewing is that no matter what you make – there is a pretty good chance no one else in the world has the EXACT SAME THING!

  7. Ah yes, the Wonder Tape! It is a stable in my sewing kit along with the seam ripper. Your sister looks so pleased with the skirts. You did a great job. I have been enjoying your blog on WordPress. Looking forward to your finished MOG dress for your sister as I just found out I have to make a MOG for myself soon.

    1. Ohh! Congratulations on the wedding! Well! I guess you will be posting about your MOG dress in the near future?

  8. Lovely to see the pics of your sister wearing her gorgeous skirts. I follow you on WordPress!

    1. Thank you, I’m sure she will be happy to read all these lovely comments!

  9. I follow you on WordPress but now that I know you’re on Twitter I’ll follow you there as well! I really enjoy your blog!

  10. I always enjoy your blog posts and thank you so much for the contest. Happy 2nd anniversary.

    1. Thank you for the lovely comments! Oh Carol, do you follow on WordPress? Bloglovin? email?

  11. Watching the skirts in the real model, I like them more 😄, your sister looks great in them!
    Happy blog anniversary!,,

    1. Thank you! Ya, it’s nice seeing the clothes on real people. At first I didn’t want to show my handmades on me, just “Dolly”, then I got used to taking photos of myself, but didn’t show my face, now it’s like what the heck – let the scammers, or the government, or whatever see my face – I’m sure they are interested in what a middle aged sewist/legal assistant is spending her time on! 😉
      Oh yes… now you follow me on WordPress, right?

      1. haha, exactly, I usually cut my head when I am super serius in photos and that usually hapens when i take selfies, or when my hair are a disaster!! yes I follow you in wordpress for months now and resenctly in instagram!!!

        1. I think taking photos is almost the hardest part! 😀

  12. Happy blogiversary! I follow you on bloglovin and have enjoyed seeing your sister’s skirts being made. They look great!
    My favorite sewing tool is my wet-erase pen. I have to mark a lot on my fabrics and I like being able to make the marks disappear. I get lots of use out of my metal hem-marking ruler, too.

    1. Thank you! I have heard about those pens, not tried them yet though, as the chalk pen is my new toy. I am sure I will get around to trying those pens too someday! I have just bought a hem marking ruler on line so when it comes I will have a new toy to play with!

  13. Sewing for me is like my zen time. I’ve been very busy as well making Xmas gifts for my entire family. Started back in September. I follow you on WordPress and would love to follow you on IG. What’s the name over there? Btw….love the skirts!!

    1. Over on IG we have having a lovely party this month, #bpSewvember @bimbleandpimble (I hope I spelt that right… autocorrect changed it to “pimple”!) I am called @nicedressthanksimadeit over there too. I love that you only have to type it in once, if you are a follower, because some of these names (like mine) are too long! 🙂

  14. Lovely skirts! I follow you on wordpress.

    1. Thank you, I will pass on the compliment!

  15. The skirts are even lovelier on their recipient! I was in Joanne’s about 2 hours looking for some Wondertape and they had none. Congrats on your 2-year anniversary! I follow you on wordpress.

    1. Thank you! I know, I almost panic when I want something and I can’t find it! Actually I have found the Wondertape in the Quilting section sometimes. Not someplace I usually go to – quilting looks like hard work and I don’t need another hobby!

  16. I am “the sister” and can only say, thank God I have a sister that is willing to sew for me. I used to love sewing and did it all my life but unfortunately I now have rheumatoid arthritis and have to choose my battles. I find sewing just too taxing on my hands and asked my sis if she would make me a MOG dress and she said, “no problem.” Well, you can see what that led too. I am so thankful that she is doing this for me as I still work and needed clothes (that actually fit my shape) to wear to work. Thank you sis, you are a God send. No need to enter me in the contest, thanks again. FYI I had to send the photos cause I just could not let Petunia steal my possibility of a modeling career.

    1. It’s all good! It led to lots of fun projects! Don’t worry Petunia won’t be stealing your modelling career out from underneath you – she is kind of “stiff” and “emotionless” in her poses … and she doesn’t have a head! (You are a funny girl, aren’t you!)

  17. Great skirts and I’m really looking forward to seeing the mother of the groom outfit. I’m still thinking about Designing December. I’ve found an outfit I want to copy and I intend to do the top soon but the bottom half may have to wait for that lull between Christmas and new year! Congratulations on getting to two years on the blog!

    1. Thank you! Hey it doesn’t have to be a big project to be Designin’ December – a top, a vest, a skirt, a scarf… and what inspired you. It would be wonderful if everyone could see. I will be showing all kinds of makes all December. Now do you follow with WordPress?

  18. I follow you on wordpress and I’ve gotta say, the mother of the groom looks fabulous! Great job Linda!

    1. Thank you for the compliment! Now considering you too are my sister, it wouldn’t be fair for you to win anything… Not that you would know what to do with it anyway! 😂 (I know cheap shot!)

  19. So nice to see your sister wearing the skirts. Great job! I follow you on bloglovin.

    1. Thank you! She is very happy with them, as you can see. Nice to know that the connection with Bloglovin is working!

  20. Wow you did a great job on the skirts, your sister looks fab. Good luck to her choosing what to wear each day! And I follow you on WordPress! And have never used either of the tools you mention as your faves…!!

    1. Thank you! Good luck on the draw!

  21. Congratulation on your blog-niversary! I know how that feels, my first one is coming up in December. I follow you on WordPress and I love how easy it is to comment and like (I get really frustrated with Blogger people, wish everyone moved to WordPress!!).

    Many happy anniversaries to come!

    Alex x

    1. Thank you! I agree, I read a lot of Bloglovin posts, which of course comes from everywhere, and it is maddening when I can’t comment when I am dying to say something! Sometimes it is too too many steps!

  22. I follow you on Instagram

    1. Thank you for commenting! Good luck!

  23. Congrats on two years! No need to enter me, I love my Chaco pens and just bought replacement chalk filler for mine. 🙂

    1. Thank you! If only things were so easy when I started! Tracing paper worn out by all those passes with the metal wheel!

  24. I follow you on IG and Bloglovin…Happy Burfday to the bloggy blog 😜
    Venita from SewVeStyle

    1. Thank you! I think I was just talking to you on IG! 😄

  25. Your sister looks great in her skirts – so nice to see them on the real person. Well done on blogging for two years. I follow on WordPress.

    1. Thanks, I’m glad she’s happy with them.

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