The truth, Revealed

A couple of days ago, I jumped on Gillian’s Two Truths and a Lie and posted my own. 

Here are my truths.

1. I said I owned a girl boxer in college and named her Sarita. Well, that was the lie. Here is a picture of that boxer. I never got her. Didn’t think it would be right with the theater schedule I had. 

2. My middle name actually is Mayme. Leila came from one of my maternal great grandmothers and Mayme came from the other. Btw, I love my name.


3. Yes, I do have a subscription to Real Simple magazine. It’s a gift from my ex-husband’s mother but I still have it so it is the truth.


Thanks for playing. Hope everyone had a great weekend! I actually have been spending it NOT working which is a change from recent history. It was so nice. Back to the grind. And let’s hope we all get some sewing time in! 

Two Truths and a Lie

Gillian from Crafting a Rainbow (now on WordPress!) started this. She posted her two truths and a lie and then posted people’s guesses so I thought I’d join in and do the same. So, if you wanna play, in the comments, tell me which of the following three you think is a lie about me. I’ll post your guesses later and reveal the truth about my lie- or something like that.

Two Truths and a Lie

1. I owned a girl boxer in college. Named her Sarita.

2. My middle name is Mayme.

3. I have a subscription to Real Simple magazine.

Ok, vote away in the comments. Which is the lie? Have fun and happy Friday! I’m taking my daughter to get her ears pierced this afternoon. 

Aerosmith and Swimwear



I’ve been listening to a lot of early Aerosmith lately so the swim prints that have been calling my name will be no surprise. I’ve also been listening to the new album by Merchandise. It’s so good. Super dreamy. But it’s not inspiring me to sew, so hello Aerosmith!

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omg, flames!! Or blood streaks? I don’t know but I like it!

This Harlequin print is calling my name!

Yeah, I think skulls were bound to come up! Plus, red eyes! So cool.

And more flames.

Don’t ask where this next one came from but it’s calling my name.

Oh and I just might be working on a swimsuit pattern. I’ll let you know more as this WIP becomes more of a reality. And I’ll totally want pattern testers so let me know if you’re interested.

Enjoy a little Aerosmith while I’m away.

Hop hop hoppin along



I’ve had this song stuck in my head for weeks now. I originally heard it in the Francis Ford Coppola movie, The Conversation. If you know this movie or decide to watch it, the lightness of the song and the twisted theme of the movie might floor you. It did me, anyway.

But on to this blog hop I’m participating in. The sweet Simona emailed me to join in the hop, sharing some answers to questions as a means to get to know other bloggers and continue to build the camaraderie among the online sewing community, who you know I love so dearly.

I don’t remember exactly how I met Simona but I feel like I’ve been online buddies with her for a while now. It might have been from working with her as a Lolita Patterns tester but I feel like I’ve known her longer than that. Here’s her Sugar Plum! It’s so classy.

On with the questions!

* Why do I write?

I write because I have to! I have always written. I used to write a mommy blog but once I started sewing for myself and my kids started to get older, I decided to branch off into this blog. I started ThreeDressesProject in an attempt to teach myself how to fit, draft and design. I love sharing what I learn and how I do what I do. I love connecting with other bloggers and sewists and that’s exactly what I’ve gotten out of this project of mine.

* What am I working on?

A million projects, as always. I’ve been on a cutting rampage. Haven’t sewn any of it together yet but I can stop myself from cutting.

First is my Ralph Pink Patterns Playsuit. I can’t wait to sit down and put this together. I’ve already cut out the fabric. I just need to cut out some lining and I just got that in the mail. Of course, I had to go with the sheerest of the sheer. 

Another project in my sewing room is my yummy sushi Sewaholic Cambie. The bodice is cut out of a faux leather. Can you picture this?? Yeah, I really need this in my closet. It’s my nod to Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

I also HAVE to make more leggings. I know they’ll be a quick make since all the fitting is done. I just have to stop cutting things out. These are the Cake Espresso pattern.

There’s seriously too much to list. I’m working on baby carriers, wristlets, costumes for other people, sewing for others…

* How does it differ from others of its genre?

My blog is very specific. I deal with FBAs and getting around FBAs a lot which I know attracts a certain readership. That said, I’ve become friends with people that don’t do FBAs thanks to my blog so I think I cover grounds that appeal to different sewists. I also sew up several costumes which isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But man is it fun!!

* How does my writing process work?

Either I sew something, dream something or get a tattoo (haha), catch the inspiration to blog and start. A couple of times, I’ve received requests for tutorials or just feel the urge to write my process up. Sometimes I’ve very calculated about how many tutorials I write, how many posts go live a week, and how many costumes I write up a month. And then there’s the list of unblogged, but very worthy makes, like my Inara costume. I wish I wrote more about the sewing fails I have- cos I have many. I do muslin quite a bit so I don’t end up losing out on fabric, mostly time but I always learn something.

Ok, so that’s me. Now, I’d like to introduce to you my two nominations! These two gorgeous ladies will be answering these same questions on their blog. Watch their blogs!

I nominate…. (click their pictures to go to their blogs)

My faux wife, Heather from Handmade by Heather B. Heather and I have been friends on Twitter since what seems like the beginning of time. I completely idolize her style, fabric choices and technique. I’ve started buying fabric from the same places as Heather as well as in a couple occasions buying the exact fabric she’s bought because it’s just too gorgeous. I’m a better sewist because of this woman. Thank you, Heather!



The Stripe Queen, Repeat Pattern Queen and Master of Knits, my girl Gillian of Crafting A Rainbow! Oh and even if you’ve been to her blog in the past, she just switched to WordPress (yay!!). Go follow her on her new blog. Gillian helped me repeat a pattern and use prints! It’s amazing to think of how scared I was to buy prints and now I do it quite often. Hats of to you, dear Gillian!

Have a great weekend everyone! And, again, thanks to Simona for getting me to sit down and write. xoxo

Current Leila events, work and most important, boats!


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I’m not shy to blurt out that it’s my birthday today. If need be, we can blame me being a Leo, a middle child or just the fact that my birthday falls during summer vacation so I rarely did anything on my birthday with friends when I was younger. I really only remember two birthdays growing up. One was with friends in Colombia when I was in middle school or 9th grade and the other was on an airplane when I turned 7. Yup. We had been in the U.S. for part of the summer and we were traveling back home. I actually had my birthday with presents and all that on a plane. So, today I celebrate not just my being born but my parents and sisters for putting up with me!!

If you follow me on social media, you know I’ve been working as a server at a restaurant nearby my place. I’ve also been freelance sewing- which I want to do more of. Things are going well. In some respects, really well! I’m not the kind of person who gives up. This weekend, I got to see an old friend- one of the ones that knew me before I started having kids- and she commented that it made her happy to see me happy. And, really, that’s what I am. I have good and bad days but doesn’t everyone, regardless? So, I’m no different. I’m gaining a new peace with where I am and I have some great friends who are watching out for me and making sure I’m feeling loved.

On to boats!

I don’t know when I first fell in love with being on a boat but my desire to be on a boat in the middle of the ocean has been recently rekindled. I was in Jamaica with my parents and younger sister and due to some civil unrest, we had to take a boat from one side of the coast to where we were staying. It was a tiny fisherman’s boat, nothing to write home about, but I loved it. It feels like I’ve always had a love of the ocean and boats. I don’t know if anyone remembers me tweeting about my boating wardrobe, my striped Trifecta and all that, but that’s where it comes from. You’ll see more stripes, anchor prints (hopefully!!), white and navy jackets and comfy weekend clothes in general. Of course, I also haven’t made a costume in what seems forever so that’s gonna have to happen soon, too.

For now, I’ll be daydreaming of being on a boat for my birthday. A girl can dream!

Comino Cap with the lengthening


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You saw my last Kitschy Coo Comino Top but have you seen the dress I made? I didn’t make the dress version, per se. I just lengthened the top a bit. It’s still the same fit from the last one and I love it!! So, really, quick post just to show you pics!

I got the fabric from Elliot Berman. It’s a border print so I took a bit of time to decide how to fit the border on the dress. Dude, that takes a while. It’s still available, too!

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And an animated .gif cos it was so freakishly warm and humid when I was taking these pictures.

Pinup girl stripe Trifecta Top FTW!


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While browsing Instagram, I came across a picture posted by Pinup Girl Clothing that made me stop in my tracks!

After seeing this top with the red pants, I knew I wanted to make a stripey top and what better time than now to try Kitschy Coo’s Trifecta Top pattern. I made the size 3 with no alterations. Only thing I didn’t follow was the sleeve length. There’s a cut line if you’re doing the cap sleeves with arm bands and a line lower for hemming the sleeve. I cut at the hemming line but still added the arm bands.

Once I started cutting, it was a bit late, and I wasn’t about to start matching stripes on a raglan…so, really, my top isn’t an exact copy as you’ll see but I totally got inspired by PUG.

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What’s on the ground that I keep looking at? Geez, Breton! Apparently it’s funny so I’m going to guess: squirrel?

The jerseys I used for this top are so super soft they make me want to curl up inside and take a nap. Sorry, I don’t remember where I got the stripe. It might have been from The French Seam here in town- which would make sense because it’s seriously delectable. The black rayon jersey is from Fabric Mart.

Pants are from Banana Republic.

Lip pretty is from Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. A lip stain called Stalker. Steph from Cake Patterns got me hooked on this brand. It’s amazing, feels great, doesn’t cake and I don’t have to reapply even during work.

What do you think? Should I make another Trifecta with mesh? #MeshQueen


MESH QUEEN! Comino Cap Top


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Once upon a time, there was a Mesh Queen. She bought all the mesh after making a bunch of Lolita Patterns and Ralph Pink dresses. She fell in love with mesh. Every time there was a mesh sale, she was there. She looked off into the distance, dreaming of mesh. She pondered the fabric she’d underline it with to make it pop. She dreamt of the see thru-e-ness of the mesh and every pattern she came across had to have the potential for mesh.

Thus, the Mesh Queen was born. She lived for a hundred years (she lived that long because she made everything with mesh) and she ruled her mesh kingdom kindly.

One day, Kitschy Coo put out the word that there was a new pattern and the Mesh Queen fell in love with it’s mesh potential. Amanda called this pattern The Comino Cap Top (and there was a dress option, too) and the Mesh Queen was happy.

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I’m wearing my Grainline Studio Moss Mini and in order to show off the mesh yoke without a bra strap showing, I went for my Panache Evie Bridal strapless. On the bra fitting, I think I need a 28 band because I bought the 30 band and after only a month I’m already on the second set of hooks. It still gives a nice round shape and doesn’t flatten me a ton. My bust apex ends up lower in my strapless bras but it’s the price I pay. And I don’t really mind it.

Here’s a pic of the strapless.


I cut a straight size 3. No alterations. I could make some in the back but honestly, it’s a knit top and I’m trying to not over fit everything I make. As you can see, I did the neck and sleeve binding but I only did a rolled hem on the bottom of the top. It works quite nicely.

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I got the mesh and this rayon jersey when Fabric Mart was having a huge sale. I bought like 5 yards of the black jersey and I don’t regret it at all.

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I got eaten by mosquitoes to bring you these photos. I hope you like them…and send me bug repellent because apparently I always forget to pick some up.

You might have seen on IG that I have two more of these tops in the works. They are very quick to make- if only I could stay off social media long enough to make them. Yeah, that’s not gonna happen. I love you guys! #sewcialists

Go pick up this pattern and play with mesh! I have some more coming in the mail thanks to my faux wife, Heather, who sent me a link to some gorgeous fabric over at Marcy Tilton. If you don’t follow Heather’s blog, you really should. She’s the queen of tutorials and drafting and just an overall amazing person.



on staying focused

I’m constantly distracted by new patterns and new fabric but it’s important to me to stay focused on my sewing to-do lists. In part because several things on my sewing to-do list are for other people, and they are part of my income, so there’s a drive to do good work and fulfill orders in a timely manner.

I want to continue doing freelance sewing work so staying focused is key. 

Here’s a swimsuit I’m making for Betsy who has been commenting on my blog for some time now (tho that’s not her whole story- this woman is beyond amazing). Anywho, I just have elastic to put in the legs and I can ship it off to her to try on! It’s a muslin which is why I used a bunch of different swim fabrics but that’s the point of this part of the process. 

Can’t wait to send it off so we can go to the next stage. 

Another freelance gig I’ve got going is for a woman who has recently lost a lot of weight. As I started pinning her skirts and pants and taking one thing in here and another in there, I realized how little my time with her was about alterations. We talked body image, weight loss and, of course, well fitting bras. She just stopped by today to pick some of her stuff up and ask about altering a pair of pants and showed me her new bra. It fit so great and she’s all excited to wear her t-shirts tucked in now. 

Some hems and zippers are just about hems and zippers. Others come with deep personal life changes. I like being a part of this world. 

I’m just gonna need more fabric! 



Winner of the Capital Chic Patterns Giveaway!


Many thanks again to Sally from Capital Chic Patterns for offering up a pattern to give away!

And the winner- thanks to the random number generator- is….


Her comment reads:

What an amazing skirt. Love the eyelet and the color is so bright – perfect! I really like Martini – might work for the wedding or rehearsal dinner, no? The other really good one – Belini. Thanks for sharing.

I’ll be putting our winner in touch with Sally so they can work out the details.

If you didn’t win, first off, thank you so much for looking at Sally’s patterns and go back on over there and buy some of her pdf’s! You won’t be disappointed. Buy all the patterns!


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