Black and White Quilt Printed

I finally finished printing this black and white quilt, which meant I could stitch up the remaining seams. I am so pleased with the results.

1. Larger Scale:

I have been trying to work on a larger scale. From 6"x6" farmer's wife quilt blocks to 2'x2' senior show quilts to 3'x3' for QuiltCon last year, and now almost 5'x5' !

2. Within a Design Challenge:

Seeing the "Black and White, Twelve Quilts" show this spring inspired me to create a quilt with the design parameters of monochromaticity. I work with light grey in almost every quilt, but I stretched myself and chose an off-white instead. I love the warmth the cream adds!

3. Stretching My Process:

As I explore the process of printing on quilts, I don't want to end up in a rut. With Stone + Bloom for QuiltCon last year, I experimented with masking off sections of the quilt. For this quilt, I went a step further and only partially pieced the top before printing. 

The next step in the process always takes me the longest: deciding how to quilt the quilt. I printed out my design sketch to audition several quilting options, and after some layering with tracing paper and several long collaborative FaceTimes spent staring more at my quilt than my boyfriend, I think I have decided on the direction I want to go. That boyfriend of mine is such a trooper.

black and white experimental screen-printed quilt in modern black and white | Lovely and Enough
black and white experimental screen-printed quilt in modern black and white | Lovely and Enough
black and white experimental screen-printed quilt in modern black and white | Lovely and Enough
getting creative with methods for hanging quilts for blog photos | Lovely and Enough
black and white experimental screen-printed quilt in modern black and white | Lovely and Enough
sketching quilting ideas for a modern black and white quilt | Lovely and Enough

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Piecing

Finished

Navy and Grey Courthouse Baby Quilt in Progress

I have found my go-to baby quilt pattern. This Spring, my Mom made a modern baby quilt that highlighted one of hand-printed fabrics, and just like that, she started an addiction. This is the third one I have made now. For the center of this modern courthouse baby quilt, I printed a panel of navy and white pistachios to pair with the bold Lotta Jansdotter stripe and solids I had chosen. The panel was a tad subtler than I intended, but I forged ahead. I am so happy with how bold and modern this one is turning out!

Check out the other versions of the Modern Courthouse Baby Quilt (named by their centers):

Minty Long-legged

Citron Hortensia

Navy and Citron Hortensia

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Finished

Improv Half Log Cabin Finish

Perusing Instagram, I am constantly inspired by other quilter's work. Several months ago Heather Jones Studio had been creating quilt after beautiful quilt of improv half-log cabins, and I decided that I must try my hand at it too. I pulled out some of my hand-printed peach fabrics and went to town. Whenever I had a break between projects, I would slice more strips and add them to my four funky blocks. Before I knew it, it was time to sandwich and quilt it! All bound up, it hung on my quilt ladder un-photographed for a couple months. Until last weekend. I ironed out that lovely improv beast and took it to my favorite quilt photo spot for some quality time. I may have been yelled off the property by a startled Amtrak employee, but without missing a beat, I headed to campus and discovered a lovey white industrial backdrop across the road from the library.

improv half log cabin modern quilt in peach and navy | Lovely and Enough
improv half log cabin modern quilt in peach and navy | Lovely and Enough
improv half log cabin modern quilt in peach and navy | Lovely and Enough
improv half log cabin modern quilt in peach and navy | Lovely and Enough
improv half log cabin modern quilt in peach and navy | Lovely and Enough
improv half log cabin modern quilt in peach and navy | Lovely and Enough
improv half log cabin modern quilt in peach and navy | Lovely and Enough
improv half log cabin modern quilt in peach and navy | Lovely and Enough

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Piecing

Quilting

My Black and White Twelve Quilt, a beginning

Inspired by the Black and White Twelve Quilts exhibition in New York this past weekend, I decided to make my own. You don't get to be included among the quilter's you admire by sitting on your hands, right? This is the first stage of piecing completed. (Although after taking pictures, I did realize that the outside two black stripes might not quite be in the right spots...)

I am planning to print it, but instead of masking out sections like I did for Stone + Bloom, I decided to try a partial piecing method. Then I can flip sections out of the way to get continuous printing that skips a strip or two. If that doesn't quite make sense to you, stop back in a couple weeks. I am hoping to do a time lapse video of the printing process as I print and flip and print.

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Printing

Finished

Modern Courthouse Quilt | featuring Hortensia test print

This crinkly version of the Modern Courthouse Baby Quilt in navy and grey was delivered to its new parents. It is backed in a soft and silky stripe and bound in it as well. The bindings that I had chosen ended up feeling a bit staid, so I trimmed off the excess backing and pieced it into binding tape! It adds a fun finish as the stripes alternate around the edge. Plus, who doesn't love a good striped binding?

Be advised. I think I'm going to just be posting photos on the blog for a bit. My work has been demanding quite a bit of writing, so my heart just hasn't been in my blogging. That said, the lapse in my blog is disheartening, and I would prefer for silent photo posts than no posts at all. Enjoy the eye candy!

-Kelsey

Modern Courthouse Quilt | featuring citron Hortensia

I may have mentioned last week that I want to make a baby quilt for every one of my fabric designs. Here is the first. Let me tell you, I am just getting started.

Digging through my stash, I am realizing just how many colorways and test prints I have accomplished. There could be a lot of baby quilts in my future. Inspired by Hopewell's Courthouse Steps Baby Quilt and a quilt my mom made with my minty Longlegged print, I jumped right into the pile.

I paired some gorgeous buttery Art Gallery Pure Elements solids in Empire Yellow and Peach Sherbet with my very own Hortensia in citron (available for sale in my Etsy shop). Magically, I had a sumptuously soft peach floral stashed that went perfectly for the backing.

When I sat down to quilt it, I made a discovery. My stitch guide does not attach to my walking foot. How silly is that? (I have now seen Nicole of Modern Handcraft masking tape her guide to her foot, so I will try that next time.) Not to be stopped, I had a masking tape party with Paul and Mary of the Great British Bakeoff. Together we plowed our way through cakes, biscuits, and quilting. I have found my new favorite quilting companions!

Initially I thought a fun stripy citron binding would do the trick. However, the longer the stripes sat on the folded quilt, the more I felt they clashed with the backing. At the last second before walking out the door to sewing night, I traded the stripes for Pure Elements Apricot Crepe. The result is delicious.

Per encouragement from my mom, I practiced my machine binding skills to give it a sturdy washable finish. It truly is much faster to machine bind. (If you get it right the first time and don't take the whole thing out twice like I normally do.) I think I am going to keep practicing machine binding. It adds a quick and sturdy finish to quilt.

And on the next baby quilt! (Shh don't tell, but I've actually already finished the next one and will be sewing on the binding tomorrow night.) Can't stop. Won't stop. Have a lovely Tuesday.

Modern Courthouse Baby Quilt | featuring minty Longlegged

My cousin is having a baby! We all know what that means: baby quilt time. Her nursery colors are mint and grey, and she is expecting a boy. Mint and grey boy baby quilt. Challenge accepted.

My mom (also an avid quilter) and I decided to tag team the effort. I picked out my coveted minty long-legged flamingo fabric print to use as the central print. (After all, if I will not cut into my hoarded fabric for family, is there anyone I will cut into it for?) Then my mom went to Pink Castle Fabrics to find more greys and mints. (I may have slowly siphoned them all out of her stash and into mine...)

Mom decided to pattern the quilt after our mutual quilt-design idol, Hopewell Quilts. Although Hopewell has closed their doors, you can still find many of their quilts on Pinterest and Instagram. The pattern we chose was their modern Courthouse Steps variation.

There were many iterations of color choices. Sometimes choosing just four fabrics is much harder than choosing ten! I didn't see or feel the final product until my cousin opened it at her baby shower, but backed in light gray double gauze, it's just about the softest cutest minimal modern baby quilt I've ever seen. (I, of course, am biased, but there you have it.)

I now want to make a baby quilt for every one of my hand-printed fabrics. It requires less than a fat quarter of the focal print and then can be paired with solids and low volumes from your stash or local quilting shop. Which of the prints in my shop would you like to see made into a baby quilt next?

In all honesty: I have an entire slew of photos ready to post about the second Modern Courthouse Quilt I just finished a few nights ago, but I realized that I should perhaps post the inspiration first.

Propeller Pillow | by Suzy Quilts

When Suzy of SuzyQuilts posted her new pattern the Propeller Quilt pattern, I knew I had to try it. Bright, fun, and geometric, this pattern goes together in a cinch. As I was pulling out fabrics for this quilt, the hand-printed Maze and Vale fabrics that my mom gave me for Christmas fell from the shelf. I decided it was a sign. Beautiful fabric is meant to be used. 

That grey and white dash is one of my favorites of hers; it hurt to cut into (can you say fabric hoarder?) but now I get to enjoy it on my couch everyday! The mustard and white dandelion is a Maze and Vale print as well, and it went so well with my own hand-printed citron pistachio fabric, that I knew they needed to come together in this pillow.

Plus, this is my year of sewing my stash. (Yes, last year might have been as well, but we didn't make any progress on that so here we are again...) I am looking forward to using up all the yummy design goodness that I have stored away in boxes on my shelves. I'm coming for you, you gorgeous Lotta, April Rhodes, and Cotton + Steel.

The piecing flew! It's amazing how much faster it is to quilt when you are following a pattern and not designing at every step! My finished block was 20" x 20," (I modified those corner pieces to be large enough to fit my pillow) but even at 14" square, the blocks are a nice size to whip up a larger quilt in no time. What little weekend projects have you made time for recently? Have you committed to sewing your stash in 2016?

Eggplant Modern Printed Quilt Finish

Last January, my aunt commissioned a quilt for above her fireplace. We chatted about color schemes and styles, and I pieced this large grey and white morning star quilt block. Then I stalled. For months. But in December, knowing that I would be flying to the west side of Michigan for a baby shower for my cousin, I decided that this quilt would be my next completion. And here it is: completed!

Modern Screen-printed Grey and White Wall Quilt | Lovely and Enough

It is based off of Morning Star, a quilt from my senior collection, "She Can Laugh at the Days to Come." The deep eggplant printing lends a stronger graphic quality to the final composition. I also experimented with a dark navy straight-line quilting thread instead of matching the grey, and the pop balances the blooms, I think. At just under 30" square, this quilt is a bit of an up-size from the original Morning Star, and I love the final product.

I bound this baby using my new clover binding clips while watching Ellen's Design Challenge with Brent. Talk about a good evening, and a good finish. I just dropped it off at its new home this past weekend, and I can't wait to get a picture of it above the mantle!

Modern Screen-printed Grey and White Wall Quilt | Lovely and Enough
Modern Screen-printed Grey and White Wall Quilt | Lovely and Enough

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Inspiration

Sandwiching

Straight-line Quilting

Modern Quilted Pot Holder

DIY modern quilted pot holder | Lovely and Enough

I'm usually a complete supporter of purchasing from the wedding registry. Get the happy couple what they want not what you want, for crying out loud. But after buying from the registry for a shower, I decided to go handmade for the ceremony, and I am so happy I did.

For over a year, I've been wanting to try out Purl Soho's Liberty Hot Pad tutorial, and this felt like the perfect opportunity. Plus, I am sewing my stash this year! (The goal is to go from nine boxes to six in 2016. Big dreams.) The tutorial calls for pretty colored twill tape of which Joann does not really carry, so I opted for my own binding. (Plus, I have not mastered the machine-sewn beautiful-on-both-sides binding as of yet. I end up with a wobbly uneven mess. C'est la vie.) I made a little bit of extra binding and sewed it closed and then insided it out for a loop that got stitched right into the binding.

modern fabric pull with stripes and florals | Lovely and Enough
modern quilted triangles | Lovely and Enough

I just love the triangular pockets on the back of the one. Such fun.

And

 I'm a sucker for stripes and florals. You begin to understand why I could not say no to this project!

DIY modern quilted pot holder | Lovely and Enough
DIY modern quilted pot holder | Lovely and Enough

The pattern calls for straight-line quilting and then quilting at 30º. Now this is a tad ambiguous, so I ended up with one potholder that is 30º and one that is 60º depending where you measure from. Oh well, both look good. And most importantly, the happy now married couple were thrilled with their handmade gift. Day made.

DIY modern quilted pot holder | Lovely and Enough

Straight-line Quilting + Eggplant Printing

Straight-line quilting on the modern eggplant-printed quilt is complete! I whipped out the second half last Wednesday at sewing night while watching the Philadelphia auditions for American Idol. My current idol favorite is Jenn Blosil. She is hilarious and unique and such a hoot but so great to listen to as well. Have you been keeping up with the auditions? They make for good sewing tv, except that as soon as someone starts singing, I feel like I should stop adding the chug chug of my machine to the mix.

Brent was a doll and held up my quilt for me this weekend since I am out of masking tape. I guess it's time to swing by Target! (Alert: danger zone. Target also has a quilted men's sweatshirt I'm kind of dying to have but since Brent already owns it...I'm not sure if I'm allowed to buy it as well...) The next step is tying all of those threads to the back. Then it will be free-motion quilting time. I decided to try lines first this time to achieve a flatter quilt with less chances of puckers. So far so good.

I've been wanting to get back into posting progress photos, but if I post them on their own, then the finished post doesn't have any progress photos...dilemma. What do you think?

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Inspiration

Sandwiching

Finish

I'm linking up to WIP Wednesday today over at Freshly Pieced. Hop over there to see some more unfinished beauties.

Eggplant Modern Printed Quilt

My aunt requested a printed quilt for her mantle an embarrassingly long time ago, so I decided it should be my first finish of 2016. (After it failed to be my final finish of 2015, but we don't have to talk about that.) This Saturday evening, I turned on Ice Age 2 and straight-line quilted a whole half of the quilt. Ice Age 2, you ask? Well, I needed a movie that I didn't love, so that I wouldn't be tempted to look up from my machine and take long pauses between lines. Success.

Floral Printed Grey and White Morning Star Modern Quilt with straight-line quilting | Lovely and Enough

I'm greatly enjoying the process of this quilt and plan to finish it in time to deliver it to her in person February 6th at my cousin's baby shower. Baby shower, of course, means baby quilt! My mom and I are tag-teaming on this one, and I sent her some of my mint flamingo fabric. I haven't actually used that in a project yet (can you say fabric hoarder?), so I can't wait to see the final product!

straight-line modern quilting | Lovely and Enough

The printing on this quilt is a dark eggplant. It turned out a little darker than expected but makes for a striking quilt. I decided on a blue grey thread that is a little darker than I used on the previous incarnation of this quilt. It should balance out the dark blooms nicely.

Floral Printed Grey and White Morning Star Modern Quilt | Lovely and Enough

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Inspiration

Straight-line Quilting

Finish

I am linking up to WIP Wednesday over at Freshly Pieced for the first time in a long time. Head over to see other masterpieces in the making.

Stone + Bloom: QuiltCon

There are simply too many ideas rolling around inside my head to have enough time to quilt them all. QuiltCon was a great opportunity to actually realize one. I have been experimenting with screen printing on quilts for almost two years now, and it was time to scale up. Measuring about 3' x 3', this is my largest printed quilt yet. Big isn't actually all that much slower to piece and sandwich, but quilting it does become a bigger beast.

red and grey modern minimal screen-printed quilt | Lovely and Enough

I began with free-motion quilting the blooms one Wednesday. It seemed like the logical place to begin, and then I stalled. I always forget the number of hours I can spend staring at a quilt deciding how to quilt it. Eventually, I decided on matchstick quilting the white bars, but stopped at the edge of the printed blooms.

red and grey modern minimal screen-printed quilt with matchstick quilting | Lovely and Enough
red and grey modern minimal screen-printed quilt with matchstick quilting | Lovely and Enough

The grey was more difficult. Beginning with 1-inch spaced straight lines, I wasn't happy with the wrinkles and how much the pistachios faded from the design. After several more hours of staring at it taped to the dining room wall over Thanksgiving, I added more quilting to the the solid grey to achieve half-inch spacing.

red and grey modern minimal screen-printed quilt with matchstick quilting | Lovely and Enough
red and grey modern minimal screen-printed quilt with matchstick quilting | Lovely and Enough

The whole quilt was a little wonky after quilting, so I pinned it to my printing board and blocked it with a spritz bottle and then began the Great Binding Debate. (Did you know that I have had multiple quilts that arrive at this step and never make it further because every binding I audition feels like it will ruin the design? #perfectionistquilterproblems) Eventually, I decided red but with bits of grey. That way red wouldn't touch the red blooms along the edge. I still think light grey could have been zen...or boring...we will never know.

I also can't decide which side I like up. What do you think? Horizontal or vertical bars?

red and grey modern minimal screen-printed quilt | Lovely and Enough

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Progress

QuiltCon Making in Spare Moments

loose free-motion quilting in red on modern printed minimal quilt | Lovely and Enough

In the spare moments between class and collaborations, I have been working my way towards my first submission to Quilt Con. I'm pretty pumped. It is a scale up of a Lenten Twelve (below) from this spring combined with some of the quilt printing I have been experimenting with, such as Lenten Twelve II and Evening Star.

modern minimalist neutral mini quilt | by Lovely and Enough

I wanted higher impact, so I scaled up to 3' x 3.' It's funny because piecing it took just as much time as the little one, but voila: more bang for your buck! I say that now, but I know that it will take me longer to quilt it...

minimalist modern wall quilt in grey and white | Lovely and Enough

Then I printed it with my iconic hydrangea print and blocked out the white bars from being printed. (Iconic is my way of saying that I have used that hydrangea print for so many projects now that...well...I am looking forward to designing new patterns.) I bit the bullet and loosely free-motion quilted around all of the printed hydrangeas, and now the past two evenings have been spent staring at the quilt trying to decide how to proceed with the quilting.

loose free-motion quilting in red on modern printed minimal quilt | Lovely and Enough

I have two questions for you:

1. Is there a specific way that you must tie off your quilting on the back for an exhibition? Must we bury our threads on the back? Can we reverse a little? Is it personal preference?

2. How big is too big of an area to have un-quilted on a quilt?

I hope your QuiltCon making is going smoothly and wrapping up! Or that you are enjoying watching everyone else sweat while you stay above the scramble.

Best,

Kelsey

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Inspiration

Finish

DIY Professional Quilt Labels

If you've been wanting to make professional quilt labels from the comfort of your home, this is for you. In a matter of an hour, you will have color-fast printed labels to stitch onto backings or into bindings! My favorite part about this version is that I don't have to rely on my hand-writing; I can design my labels with real fonts, which lends a crisp and professional look to the labels.

Supplies:

  • freezer paper
  • fabric
  • computer + inkjet printer with black ink
  • rotary cutter + cutting board

Step One: Design and Test Print

Design your labels and test print them on a piece of printer paper. Test printing is a good idea so that you catch mistakes before it is on your fabric! The design must be in black for it to be wash-fast.

You have options here: I like to fold my labels in half and sew them into the binding, so I leave a large portion blank below each label for the back. I also like to print cut lines, so that is is easy to trim the labels to the correct size. You can also print something on this side if you want! Or you can print labels that will remain flat and are stitched onto the backing. The sky is the limit.

Step Two: Cut

Cut freezer paper to 8.5" x 11"

Step Three: Iron

Iron your freezer paper to the back of the fabric you would like to print your labels onto. Give yourself a small margin of fabric around the edge of the paper. You want a warm dry iron (around the wool setting).

Step Four: Trim

Trim the fabric to the edge of the freezer paper. If you iron on the freezer paper before trimming, it minimizes fraying of the fabric which could jam up your printer.

Step Five: Print!

Run your freezer-paper-fabric combo through you inkjet printer just like a normal sheet of paper. Make sure you are printing on the fabric side!

Step Six: Peel and Heat-set

Peel the freezer paper off the back of your fabric and heat-set the black ink for washfastness. Simply press with a hot dry iron for ~30 seconds.

Step Seven: Cut

Cut out your labels!

Step Eight: Fold

(optional)

This step is optional depending on whether you are folding your labels or not, but I press mine in half.

Step Nine: Fray Check

Fray check the edge of your labels to avoid nasty fringes and fraying through the lifetime of the label.

And voila! You have made professional quilt labels from the comfort of your home for a fraction of the cost of ordering them from a company!

NOTE: DO NOT DO THIS WITH A LASER PRINTER.

THE FREEZER PAPER WILL MELT AND RUIN YOUR PRINTER.

DIY Quilt Labels | Make Your Own Professional Labels with Just a Printer and Freezer Paper

Special thanks to my mom who took all the photos for me and has made me my quilt labels the past two years. She is truly amazing.

Whole Cloth Quilt Collaboration with Salty Oat

Last Spring while trolling Instagram, I stumbled upon Caitlin Topham: the quilter and curator behind Salty Oat. Miracle of all miracles, she actually lived near me in North Carolina! Inspired by her gorgeous quilting and crisp modern embroidery, I reached out to her and we met up for coffee. If you mostly live with quilter's only via Instagram and the web, I cannot emphasize enough how amazing it is to spend time with quilty friends in person. We sipped lattes and chatted about fabric design and quilting. Both of us geeked out a bit, and nobody was bored or thought the other was odd!

Caitlin shared with me her current exploration of whole cloth quilts and then asked if I would be interested in designing a quilt for her. Of course, I said yes! And here is the result many months later. To read more about the design process and to check out the other curated whole cloth quilts in her series, head on over to the Salty Oat blog.

Backed in Carolyn Friedlander goodness and machine-bound to perfection, this modern gender-neutral baby quilt is the perfect gift for those modern expecting parents in your life.

Find it in her shop!

Say "Hello" to the Quilter's Planner

Say Hello to the answer to creative and real-life scheduling disasters. Sometimes it feels like I have to carry around a book of lists to keep track of my projects, a sketchbook for spur of the moment inspiration, and a planner for the rest of my life, but Stephanie of LateNightQuilter has solved just that problem with the Quilter Planner.

I have had the honor to work with Stephanie on this project, consulting and creating the logo as well as artwork to be interspersed throughout the planner. Her hard work and thoughtful considerations shine through in the gorgeous final product she has produced.

What's Inside:

  • Monthly calendars
  • Weekly calendars
  • Project planning pages
  • Swatch saver
  • Graph paper
  • Free motion quilting practice pages
  • Goal-setting prompts
  • 8 full quilt patterns from amazing designers (Cheryl Brickey (Meadowmist Designs), Yvonne Fuchs (Quilting Jetgirl), Amy Garro (13 Spools), Lee Heinrich (Freshly Pieced), Mandy Leins (Mandalei Quilts), Pat Sloan (Pat Sloan), Kitty Wilkin (Night Quilter) and Stephanie).
  • 52 original quilt block designs from awesome quilt bloggers
  • Gorgeous artwork pull-outs by me!
  • Reference section for quilting calculations and common construction techniques

The planner is minimal in design with modern touches of color, allowing you to stamp, highlight, doodle, and hand-letter your life into perfect organization.

Plus, it has helpful references in the back for those things you are always googling!

How to Order:

By now, you're probably wondering how you can get your hands on this planner. Well, here's how! Just head on over to Indiegogo and put in your order.

Because sharing is caring and one of the best ways to get this project off the ground, Stephanie is offering prizes to those of you who share the project the most using the Indiegogo sharing options. And you have so many options! From embedding in a blog post to sharing on facebook and more.

Check out Stephanie's blog post to read more about the Quilter Planner, the story behind it, and the project details! Or follow the link below to see the Indiegogo campaign!

A Personal Side Note and Apology:

My my, how blogging has been left by the wayside. Life and projects (such as the Quilter Planner!) however have soldiered on! I am sorry for this lapse, and I am committed and excited to get back to posting every week from now until Christmas. Work has been demanding a fair amount of writing from me lately, which tends to discourage me from doing it in my free-time or breaks (e.g. for blogging). The next couple months will likely be photo heavy and text light. Better a visual post than not one at all, though, right? Thanks for stopping by!

-Kelsey

Waist Stays and Weddings

Two weeks ago, I had the great fun of traveling up to Chicago to see one of my close friends get married! Her elegant and classic taste had me scrambling for the perfect dress to wear to the occasion. Good news: the dress was already in my closet. Bad news: it was strapless...and I can't keep up strapless dresses. I blame it on my long waist.

As the day approached, I found myself web searching for the best method of making a strapless stay put. I hear tape. I heard rubber glue. I heard (in my own head) the sigh of frustration as I hiked my taped and glued dress up for the umpteenth time. And then I heard waist stay and extended boning.

Don't get me wrong; I am a supporter of bandaids. But when it comes to an option that might suffice or one that will ultimately solve the problem, I vote problem solver! By extending the boning and adding a waist stay (a loop of ribbon that hooks around the narrowest part of your waist and is sewn to the bottom of the boning), I could allow the dress to sit on my waist, simultaneously eliminating slippage and taking strain off of the zipper. I followed Jenna's tutorial and voilà! The dress could withstanding jumping and dancing and raising of arms! Even raising my arms above my head while I jumped and danced!! Problem solved.

I did make three edits to the tutorial:

1. Minimize the Hand Sewing:

Instead of hand-sewing my hooks and eyes, I opted for a bra mending kit that provided me with two size options and no hand-sewing.

2. Flatten that boning.

Following Tasia's instruction on Sewaholic, I soaked my boning in boiling water for ten minutes to allow the plastic to relax from its curled state and then pressed the pieces under a book for another ten minutes to ensure flatness.

3. Keep the anti-slip from slipping.

Somehow the boning I purchased had "anti-slip" cords wrapped around the plastic boning. When I removed the boning from the fabric casing, I had trouble getting the cords to not slip and unravel. Worse, as I fed the boning into the channels of my gown, the cords would bunch up.  My simplest solution was to dab a little elmer's glue on the ends to hold it in place, and that worked like a charm.

It's that easy. (And bear in mind that I am not a clothes sewist.) If you have a structured dress you absolutely love that simply doesn't stay up, I would encourage you to try this! It took me one Saturday morning, and now I have a go-to favorite dress that I feel comfortable wearing to swish away the night. Absolute win.