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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

I recently discovered the amazingness of Megan Nielsen sewing patterns and I am in love. They are the cutest patterns ever. And since 99% of the sewing patterns out there are outdated and old school, this is very exciting news. My only complaint is that most of them are for pregnant peeps, so that's no fun for me.

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I just made this shirt and I really like how it turned out. I would change a few things if I were to make it again, which most likely will end up happening since I'm in love with the peter pan collar trend right now.
  1. The length. The pattern itself is already short to begin with but then if you were to follow the directions, the shirt would be even shorter. Like, 1" shorter, which is a lot when it comes to length. I originally followed the directions and made the double-fold hem, but once I realized how short (and awkward looking) it was, I unpicked the seam and serged it instead, making a single-folded hem. This made it a bit longer but it still was shorter than I would have liked. It might just be because I'm tall though, who knows. All I know is that I would definitely make it a few inches longer next time.
  2. The interfacing in the collar. I would not use it again. The interfacing made the collar too stiff and bulky, I would have liked it to be more flowy and less rigid. 
  3. Taking pictures near BYU. I would not do that again as I made a complete fool of myself in front of a bunch of guys walking to class. 

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This is me pretending to act normal while my mom is taking pictures of me standing in front of some random wall. Gahh seriously how do fashion bloggers do it? I love to blog, and I love to sew, but I HATE blogging about sewing. Well no I don't actually hate the blogging part, I just hate the whole blogging process.. like taking pictures of yourself and looking extremely ridiculous/vain while doing so. I can't be the only one who feels like this.. right guys? Anyone agree that it's the most AWKWARD PROCESS EVER? I'm just hoping that with time I will get more used to it/learn not to just stand there grinning like an idiot.

If you are a fashion/sewing blogger, did you ever hate taking pictures of yourself? Any tips for someone who deeply despises it?



    40 comments:

    1. I wouldn't have guessed that you hate it! You look great in all three pics and I love the shirt.

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    2. You look adorable! i don't think you look ridiculous/vain at all. And I love your shirt.

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    3. You are freaking adorable and that shirt is SO cute and pretty! I can't believe you made it!

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    4. You are too cute. I like your pants. Oh, and your shirt too!

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    5. I definitely agree! I always tell people that I feel horribly vain just taking posed pictures of myself all the time.

      Also, you are so gorgeous! In case you didn't know.

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    6. If it is any consolation I'm 100% certain that those guys would have just been thinking how cute you looked ;))
      I think you picked the best pattern, and it looks totally gorgeous on you!

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    7. I love the whole outfit, and the jeans are such a perfect colour for the summer.
      Damm I want to come and sew with you :)

      xx

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    8. haylee, okay. let's be real.
      your sense of style is already incredible (like, i'm jealous of it) but then you throw in your ability to sew and create fantastic pieces, and i just die.
      i like you.

      WORK THOSE PANTS, GUUURL.

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    9. Haylee!
      I haven't commented slash talked to you in awhile, but i've still been keeping up with your blog and i am just more and more amazed with everything that I see! you are a sewing master! :) have you made clothing construction your major? i'm so impressed! :)
      hope all is well for you.

      (ps i just realllllly love that shirt you amde with the peter pan collar. i just might need to try that when i get home this summer!) :)

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    10. Okay, this is the CUTEST. Consider me inspired to start sewing again!

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    11. Well if I must say so myself I took good pictures!!! And I had no idea you were self conscience while I was doing it cause you looked so cute and we had a fun time doing it. I love your blouse!! And there was no reason to feel weird...it wasn't in the middle of BYU and Haylee how can you ever feel dumb when you are as cute, darling, sweet, kind, happy and good as you are. You are the best daughter in the world and I love you. Thanks for teaching me how to take pictures. MOM

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    12. Don't feel wield! You look great! Haha
      Show off your talent and
      Work it! (;

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    13. AWESOME...................i like it!!
      www.blissfulsewing.blogspot.com

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    14. I know what you mean! I feel like such an idiot trying to take outfit photos, on the balcony with a self timer! I wait for the flat mates to go out so they don't walk out on me. Alice, why are you taking pictures of yourself in a ballgown? *cringe* I love your blog, I make music really but I've attempted clothes in the past, I found it really time consuming and fiddly so I'm so impressed by your blog. Love peter pan collars!

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    15. I feel exactly the same! I would love to do more sewing/fashion posts, but it's really awkward! If you figure something out, let me know? Cute top, btw! :)

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    16. You did a lovely job on the top, and your pics aren't awkward at all! As long as your mum remains willing to snap pics for you I'd say you've got a great system.
      ... but in my experience family members and um, significant others get Over It after awhile. That's when getting a very basic tripod and using the timer comes in. Have the tripod at about hip height and far enough away, obviously, to get your whole body in the frame with space at top and bottom. If you want to spend a little bit more money you can then get a shutter remote- that's what I bought once my fella got sick of playing paparazzo. Find a clean blank wall at home to shoot in front of, or go out in your backyard, up against a brick wall or fence can be good. You'll be able to do your best Zoolander faces and poses with only your family there to give you side-eye!

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    17. oh your shirt is sooo cute! i really want to try her darling ranges dress (which looks to finally be back in stock, yay!). i agree about the posing, it's so hard. can't imagine doing it with so many people around, too! i just use my backyard a lot. ;)

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    18. I LOVE it! The collar is so precious and the lines are just so clean! Your skills are really impressive Haylee :) I am not at all a fashion or sewing blogger, but I am a vanity blogger (ha) and I feel horrified at taking pictures of myself - it's even more awkward asking others to take them of me. I don't know that I will ever get past this. You look beautiful in all your pictures and have the pose thing down in my opinion! xo Erin

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    19. If you don't like to be the model maybe you could ask someone else to do it, like a friend.

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      1. Ya that's an idea. I really don't have anyone my same size who would do that though. But that's an idea, I'll have to fine a similar sized friend I guess. :)

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    20. As an avid reader of sewing/crafting blogs, I have to say I've never thought a blogger looked vain modeling the clothes she made! Modeling the clothes makes it easier for us readers to see what your project looks like and envision how we can make one for ourselves! So, thank you for share those pictures, even if you feel silly taking them!

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    21. Too funny. I think you look very cute, but I share your pain on the awkwardness of posing for blog pics. I'm hoping if I keep at it the weirdness will wear off.

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    22. Awww! I'm a new follower and I just ordered this pattern! I love how you made it!! :) It looks fabulous on you!

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    23. Way cute! Just found you through Megan Nielsen's blog and I love your style!

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    24. LOL! I'm over from Megan's. I love your blouse, and I was cracking up about your whole photo experience. Sure, that's no fun, but I love, love, love seeing folks sewn garments modeled by themselves rather than posed on a hanger or laid out on the floor. That's no fun. Thanks for taking one for the team and taking cute photos! Those boys are lame anyways; they can't even sew ;-)

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    25. Great work on the top! I did a high-low hemline on mine a while back and loved that. I have a relatively long torso, so doing that worked out really well. I'm thinking of making a dress using the pattern. We shall see how that works out.

      As for the fashion photos, it takes time to figure out what works. I've been blogging about 5 years, and figured out what works for me about a year ago. I take pics in my studio with a backdrop, remote and tripod. My husband used to take pictures for me, but it was SO FRUSTRATING! He's 6'2", so I was always nagging him to get lower. Then he would usually cut off my feet or hands or something. Then he wouldn't get the focus or exposure right.

      If you ever want to use my set up, you're more than welcome! I'm a bit out of the way in Draper, so feel free to make a day of it. You can close the door and be as silly or serious as your heart desires. :)

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    26. I couldn't agree with you more about the photos being incredibly awkward...I also have no tripod or accessory person to take photos for me. Haha I feel ridiculous constantly trying to balance my camera on things with a self timer!

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    27. In love with you. And those pants are so cute. I could never pull that off. Love you Haylee!

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    28. Just found your blog via Megan Nielsen. You make such adorable things! And I'm sure you hear this all the time but I can't resist mentioning that you're soooo pretty :)

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    29. Found your blog on craftgawker, your shirt turned out really cute! Love your blog, you are really adorable!
      I could never take photos in a public place like the school campus, I even feel self-conscious taking self-timer pictures on my balcony, haha!

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    30. First, the shirt turned out lovely. I NEED to make me a Banksia top! Love your choice of fabric, it's very elegant.
      SEcondly, I HATE taking photos of myself too. I've been doing it for years now, and it never stops feeling completely silly. It IS silly, a bunch of women taking glamour shots of themselves, but no matter how you slice it, when it comes to sewing, people want to see it on, it's funner to show how you wear it/style it on, and it's the best way to showcase sewing... You know, I don't HATE it..sometimes it is even a little fun, but I do feel silly still!

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    31. I just found your blog and I love it! Haylee, you make the most lovely things - you are so talented! Love this top in particular x

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    32. I love love love this top! I just started blogging about 3 months ago and I find the outfit post/what I made and let me show you picture process very awkward. To make it easier I just laugh at myself, I think of how ridiculous it is when people pass by and they are like "what is she doing?!" and I think of how funny it is that I actually take pictures of myself and what I'm wearing to put on display for the whole world to see. If you can laugh at yourself, everything in life will be a lot easier. I love blogging and showing people things I've put together and actually worn so I wouldn't trade it in for anything:)

      -Courtney

      P.S. You are an incredible seamstress! I'm very jealous of your skills.

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    33. You made that top?! I love it! Quite impressive. Also, cute pants :)

      www.alliesfashionalley.blogspot.com

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    34. Just found your blog. I think you look great in your pics, so keep doing whatever you are doing. You are stinking cute and so it this shirt!

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    35. The length actually looks great. It hits at just the right part of the hips. Any longer and it would look too big I think.

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    37. Checked out all your projects and absolutely love your style! The black ruffle dress looks like a magazine cover. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    38. I just discovered your blog and everything you have made is adorable. I love your style. And I really like this outfit. And I love sewing and I love blogging but I hate taking pictures of myself to put on my blog because it means I have to take a shower, do my hair, etc. etc. You could probably find a boyfriend while you're taking pictures at BYU. That would be such a great meet-cute!

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    39. In even 5 years, certainly in 10, you will look back at these pictures and say, "Wow, I was kinda cute. I wish I had felt cute." I know it's really hard to kick this habit but I have done this my whole life. Now, I'm more than 60 and it's one of my big regrets - not being able to see myself.

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