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

4 thoughts on “Hop hop hoppin along

  1. gilliancrafts says:

    “I’m a better sewist because of this woman.” <– I could definitely say the same about you! You and Heather really helped me with fitting and technique, and motivated me to work on my personal style. Oh, and you made me laugh my ass off many times! 😉
    Oh, and I think the other thing that sets your blog apart is you ability to mix costuming with bad-ass everyday clothes. I love the short, tight dresses you've been making, and those blue leggings are awesome. You've got a great sense for dramatic and fun clothing!

    • Leila says:

      Thanks G! I figure if I’m gonna make it, it should be snazzy in some way. hehe And seriously, when you sew-bossy’d me, it changed the way I sew.

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