Leapin’ Liebsters! Oh, and a review of Simplicity 2145


Well- it’s that time again. Some sweetie has Liebster’d me. So I will pass along this honor. Anne’style.

– A few simple rules apply –
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you   (that’s YOU! Montana Designs! )
2. Answer the questions given to you (oh you are all going to get bored!!!)
3. Nominate  other Bloggers with less than 500 followers
My Questions:

What is your passion?

Disneyworld, dogs with short legs, old movies, BOOKS

Why do you blog?

Locally I don’t have a creative community of fashion sewers- to discuss important topics like the joy of covered buttons, I must use the webs.  Also, I feel like my size is not properly represented as a sewing group- envelopes lie, I hope that I don’t!

If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?

Closer to Disney, closer to the fabric district, more time for both!

If you could travel anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?

Back to the birth of the movie industry- I would have loved to be a screen writer when great authors were being lured to the studios to work.

What is your favourite “end of the day wind down time” activity?

Um, I like to shoot bad guys. While holding a pup or two.DisneyInfinity

Who has had the most impact on who you are today?

I can’t answer that one today, it would totally derail me. But she knows, she does.

What is your dream job?

I’d love to be a private tour guide at Disney World. It’s the plaid skirt….

Favourite websites that make life easier?

Pattern Review, Style.com, Amazon

Favorite rainy day recipe?

Mr B’s Balsamic chicken and couscous

Here’s who I nominated:

Ok, I thought it would be fun to pick sewists that had made the same dress as I’m about to reveal- the OOP but much-loved, Simplicity 2145. Go see these ladies!

My Sewcialworld

Quests of Quirkiness


No Time to Sew

Cati Basmatis Welt

The Craft Nut

Most of them have done quite a bit since they made 2145, but one is quite recent! Now of course the moment you’ve all been waiting for-  Mine! It was quite windy down at the tracks- as a lady I shouldn’t have been there of course! track1

I chose the cowl neck- so good for the sloped narrow shouldered Anne! Now these crossover pieces gave me fits. They were supposed to wrap over across the waist creating a slimming Waitie Katie Knock off. She was smart enough to buy hers in a stretch material- Simplicity said woven- I followed them blindly. Tsk-tsk. It never layed down well. I wrapped, I twisted, I did double-dutch. I gave up and made a front tying business out of it. I was messing around while fitting it and tied them in front so I could see the fit better and had a Eureka! Moment. Yes- this is me gleefully throwing a rock at the photo-husband. I contemplated a full on Perils of Pauline photo shoot, but those tracks are chilly!!!!


I liked it tied in front, but a decorative buckle seemed classier- and you know I is all about class and cul’cha. Ok, part of me didn’t want it to look like a certain lazy hair-fiddling duchess. I’m really more of a Sophie and Zara fan!s z

After that I spent most of my time matching my print and being sort of pleased with myself. It’s work-worthy, but a little gaudy. My target.



I’ve had several dress disappointments lately- things just didn’t end up matching my expectations or my tuckus- so a parade of summer tops will be shown soon- when I need a pick me up, I love a little top. This was good for me for the same reasons- it had all the basic components that I enjoy- some pleats, some tucks, an easy zipper, not too many origami pieces that require assistance calls to NASA. It’s calming and rewarding to me- knowing if you do the steps correctly it will all work. Sometimes in an uncertain world a result you can count on even on such a little thing is very soothing. Whoo- so deep for little me.choo

Enjoy your sewing- thats what it’s all about, right? Well, that and the hokey-pokey of course……

photo credits: meadhawg, google mages, pattern review. All images remain the property of their original owners.

50 thoughts on “Leapin’ Liebsters! Oh, and a review of Simplicity 2145

  1. jadesabre9 says:

    Thanks for the Liebster poke! Admittedly, I had forgotten making this dress, as it is one of my earlier pieces and I don’t wear it often (though it did make an appearance at the company Christmas party last year). Your version came out so nice that you might have inspired me to try again! I also like your buckle addition!


  2. I had a disappointing sewing day. But a half box of Girl Scout thin mints made feel better.
    I love your blog, your dress is wonderful on you, color, fit, front tie, and not at all too loud for work.


  3. Love your dress. The colour and fabric look fantastic on you. Loving the shoes too! I can see them on my feet! Great dress. And yes – I understand the therapeutic value of a quick top.


  4. Shar says:

    I’m so glad you gave those cross-over pieces what for! I really like drapey necklines. I love the print and the color looks great on you! I was so annoyed by the fabric of my last make that I threw the whole thing out half way through so I hear you on sewing disappointments. Congrats on your award!


  5. nishi says:

    I love your dress and that fabric is to die for! I wish I looked as lovely as you in cowl neck dresses because they always look so elegant! Thank you for explaining the Liebster Award thing too! I have been nominated for one and I had no idea what it was…!


  6. Well, I think it’s quite pretty with the belt and buckle and all. Great fabric and a favorite color of mine and such a good color for you! I’ve been mulling over a long summer dress or skirt…just mulling mind you. Any suggestions?


  7. I love the dress. Such a fun, yet civilized, fabric. And thanks for the links. I always like finding new sewing blogs and all of these are new to me.


  8. Great job! as you said a perfect blend of fun and work appropriate. 🙂 I think I have this pattern…from a pyramid maybe? But I’ll confess to intimidation of the little front detail has kept it from being in my sewing queue. Also, I seriously am lusting after those shoes–I’d like them in red too, please! 😉


  9. Thank you so much for the nod! I’m glad my dress helped you finish yours, because it’s fantastic. I’m a sucker for a cowl neck, eliminates neckline finishing entirely – which is always what I want. Good save with the front drape – interesting to know it works even worse in the recommended fabric than it did in the knit!


  10. Wow! This looks great! The color couldn’t be better on you, too- you look fab!!!!! I wish you could be my Disney tour guide. Would you believe I’ve never been? My parents are so mean.


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