Blogging from A - Z about clothes...



At lunch time on Christmas Eve, I suddenly decided I’d sew my youngest daughter a Christmas dress. Gemma-Rose beamed when I told her. Christmas Day was only hours away. Soon she’d be wearing an unexpected brand new dress.

We drove into town to buy some supplies, and Gemma-Rose chose some pretty green and pink flowered fabric. I found a zipper and some matching thread. I had everything I needed.

I spent all afternoon pinning and cutting and sewing. Every now and then Gemma-Rose popped her head around the door to see how I was going: “Will you finish my dress in time?” I nodded. All was going well.

Now I’m not very good at inserting zippers. I knew this would be the hardest part of making the dress. But for once, the zipper went in perfectly first go. No problems at all. About 7 pm, I ironed the dress and shouted, “Gemma-Rose! I’ve finished. Come and try it on.”

Gemma-Rose inserted her head into the dress, and then pulled it down over her body. She zipped up the zipper before twirling around, so I could see it from all sides. The dress fitted perfectly. She smiled widely. So did I. The dress was a success.

And here I am zipping up the zipper on this blogging challenge. Has my challenge gone as perfectly as my sewing? Well, not quite. There were a few times I almost gave up on the challenge. There are some stories I’m happier with than others. Was my challenge a success? Yes! I learnt a lot along the way. It was fun to experiment with a few posts. And I did make it to the end!

This year I wrote my posts around a theme: clothes. The stories didn’t turn out quite as I had anticipated. I was going to write about 26 different items of clothing, but my clothing stories went in a different direction. Writing is like that at times. Unexpected things happen.

I didn't pre-write any of my posts. I wrote and published them as I went. I guess it would have been much easier if I'd had all my stories written before April began. (I didn't realise that was allowed!) Then again, it wouldn't have been so much of a challenge!

I enjoyed meeting some new bloggers this month. I found a few kindred spirits. I enjoyed commenting on other blogs and exchanging comments here with new friends. Of course, I am also grateful to my old friends, who stopped by to encourage me along with kind comments.

Thank you everyone!

And now the challenge is over. April is over. So what’s next? 

A birthday cake and a special dinner, I think.

So are you glad the challenge is all zipped up? And what about zippers? Are you any good at sewing them into clothes? 


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  1. Congrats on making it to the end.

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    1. Thanks Stuart! I have enjoyed meeting you and reading your A -Z posts. I appreciate you visiting my blog and commenting!

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  2. WOw, I've so enjoyed your A to Z posts this month, Sue!

    I stopped in and read each, but did not comment on all....love!!

    Perfect comparison of the challenge to the zippered dress creation!

    Thanks for all the fun and inspiration ...It was like a gift, receiving a new A to Z in my inbox every morning! Thanks Sue. TTYS!!

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    1. Chris,

      Your words made my day. You are so kind reading all my posts. Like a gift? Oh my! You know how to make a friend smile. Thank you.

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  3. Like Chris, I stopped in to read every post, Sue - but didn't always have a moment to comment. What fun posts you've been doing!

    And now you can use any word of the alphabet to start writing about anything you want.... so I'll still be popping by AS ALWAYS. Your blog is a regular part of my day, and when there is not a new post I just read an old one! :)

    I love that you have Linkwithin (I've been trying to put that on my newest blog and it just won't work. Obviously I'm doing something wrong). I love reading ALL of your posts!

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    1. Nancy,

      Despite getting tired at one stage, I did have fun writing these posts. Thank you for your encouraging words and friendship. I have also greatly enjoyed your posts. Most of the fun of the challenge was sharing it with you and other bloggers. I'd publish my post and then set off to enjoy everyone else's posts. It's been good. Did I mention how glad I am you created your writing blog? I love all your posts too.

      Linkwithin? I seem to remember that was easy to install. Maybe there was just a problem with the site on the day you tried. It's a great way to recycle old posts. I liked the random post generator too. I removed that one in order to reduce the side-bar clutter. I guess I could put it back at a later date.

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  4. What a cute way to wrap up the challenge :) I like your willingness to make a new dress on Christmas Eve! Most people would be in the stores, finalizing their shopping :)

    It was neat to connect with you through the challenge; I will be stopping in afterwards too. I'm going back to my usual every week to 10 day posting an entry, as I seem to enjoy reading blogs more than writing one myself.

    I think they did encourage to write posts before the challenge to make it less hectic during the challenge so people would have time to visit, etc :)

    betty

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    1. Betty,

      When I was on my way to the shops to buy fabric on Christmas Eve I wondered if I was crazy promising to sew a dress, with Christmas Day only hours away. Later I was so glad I had made the dress. Gemma-Rose was so excited. The dress made her day even more special.

      I am so glad I met you too, Betty. It will be great to connect up with you again, even though the challenge is finished. I don't post here every day normally either. I post in fits and starts. Some weeks I have lots of stories to tell. Other weeks my blog gets neglected. It all evens out in the end!

      Yes, I can see the sense in doing some pre-writing of posts. Networking was a bit hectic. Next year I will have to be organised!

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  5. I fear zippers. I want to sew myself a purse and I want it to zip up. So, that can only mean I shall get the Mama to sew it. No, just kidding. But, I will do it when she's in the room so she can cheer me on.

    This is my second year of the challenge and I enjoyed it a lot more than last year. Probably because I went with the flow. Cheers to you, Sue! I'm glad to have met you. See ya.
    The View from the Top of the Ladder

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    1. Susie,

      I still wish I could take my sewing to my mother. It's good to have help with the fiddly bits. One day I'm hoping to take my sewing to my daughters. When my eyesight gets bad, they might help me out. Actually they are already threading the needle for me. My near sight can't cope!

      It's also my second year doing the challenge. I also enjoyed this year best. I met a few kindred spirit bloggers which made it all a lot of fun. I'm glad I met you too, Susie. I hope to keep reading your very entertaining stories!

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    3. I have no idea what I'll do about threading when my eyes go bad. Or, driving for that matter. Maybe by then one of the grandchildren of the Only and Older Bionic Brother will adopt me. :-)

      Sue, I've nominated you for a Liebster Award. You can get the details at this page on my blog.
      The View from the Top of the Ladder

      P.S. I had to delete the above comment because I gave the wrong link.

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    4. Susie,

      Thank you so much for nominating me for a Liebster award. That is so special! I haven't yet got around to writing my acceptance post. Actually this blog has been solely neglected since the end of the blogging challenge. Sigh! So much I want to write but so little time. I am sure I will get around to writing a post soon.

      Anyway, congratulations on your own award. It's well deserved. I love your stories!

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  6. What a nice way to ... zipper up the challenge. And I feel your and Gemma-Rose's jou over the dress. But zippers - I just hate sewing in zippers. I'm not good at it, my mashine is too old (I haven't tried my new one at zippers yet). And yet I do it over and over again. With 4 boys at home a lot of zippers get broken.
    Wishing you all a good month of May

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    1. Uglemor,

      I can't decide if I am worse at zippers or button holes. As one or the other is usually essential, I'm in trouble! I discovered there are lots of different ways of putting in a zipper. The pattern I used for Gemma-Rose's dress suggested a way I'd never used before. Perhaps that's why I had success!

      Thank you so much for reading my posts this month. Yes, onto May, Mary's month! I hope it's a happy month for you too.

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  7. Sewing a new dress is such a nice idea. Congratulations for completing the challenge.

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    1. Shine Kapoor,

      Congratulations to you too! The challenge has been good, hasn't it? I've enjoyed meeting some new bloggers. Thank you for visiting my blog and stopping by to say hello!

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  8. Is it your birthday? If so, happy birthday! You mentioned birthday cake. Any time I've tried to sew, it's been a huge disaster, so I just write harder so I can earn money to buy clothes in the store!

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    1. Stephanie,

      Yes, it was my birthday on Wednesday, the last day of the challenge. Thank you for your greetings!

      I prefer to write rather than sew too. I sometimes write stories as a gift. I don't make many clothes but every now and then I make something for my daughters because they think that's special.

      It's been great chatting to you during the challenge. Thank you for all your comments. Good luck with your books!

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  9. Congratulations on finishing the A to Z! Hope you'll blog about your AZ experiences, good and bad, and link the post to the Reflections Linky List we'll open on the main blog on the 5th May!

    Good to finally catch up with you-- you must be a smashing designer to be able to create a dress so fast :)
    Damyanti, AZ cohost

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    1. Damyanti,

      I enjoyed the challenge. It was practically all good. Just a couple of tired days when I felt a bit overwhelmed. Maybe I could write a reflection. Thank you for asking me.

      I've enjoyed meeting you through this challenge. Thank you for all you have done to make the challenge a success. And thank you for your comment!

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  10. Sue, I am so sorry this is late, but I was getting caught up on my yearly medical exams. I have similar feelings to yours, regarding the challenge, but I am glad I did go with HUMOR and HUMORISTS, although it wasn't as funny as I thought it would be. I learned something about every person I wrote about, that I didn't know prior to posting on them and frankly, had I written on MUSIC and MUSICIANS that would not have been much of a stretch for me, so I guess I can deem this a success. There were a few times I thought about giving up, but I'm stubborn. Like you, I did NOT pre-write my posts; I'm not wired that way and that's fine. The best thing I got from this challenge was meeting people like you and I am forever grateful for that! I look forward to following along on your and your daughters' blogs throughout the year! Thanks again for the friendship and the willingness to be so open. I know I am a better writer for being forthright and in the spirit of one person helping another, I have found blessings untold. Mary xoxo

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    1. Mary,

      I love late comments! Just when I think no one else will read or respond to a post, I get a lovely unexpected surprise.

      Oh yes, it's good to stretch ourselves rather than go with what we're comfortable with. After the challenge I began to think about writing fiction. I've only ever attempted children's stories before. Maybe I will get around to doing some more stretching...when I have time. There doesn't seem to be enough of that at the moment!

      We are both stubborn. I never like to give up on things. I've been thinking about pre-writing and have decided it's not me at all either. Any posts I'd pre-write would probably get published ahead of time. Oh I am not very good at scheduling and planning. I write and then hit 'publish'.

      Mary, I am so glad I met you too. We are kindred spirits, I'm sure! I feel very blessed to know you, and hope we can stay in contact. Your kind words have made my day. Thank you!

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  11. Sue, another late comment! This one is to tell you I am awarding you a Catholic Writer’s Award. You are in the second batch of recipients! You can read about it here, at the Breadbox Letters: http://thebreadboxletters.blogspot.com/2014/05/catholic-writers-award-fresh-out-of-box.html
    God be praised!

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    1. Nancy,

      Your comment is only late because I haven't written a post in 3 weeks! A Catholic Writer's Award? Thank you so much! I really feel honoured you thought of me when passing on this new award. I'm not sure I deserve an award. I have been rather absent from this blog lately and I haven't written anything award worthy. But I do appreciate your encouragement and support. Thank you! I shall write my acceptance speech as soon as I can.

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