A couple of weeks ago my awesome mom (who doubles as a sister and best friend) came up for a few days while the boyfriend was away at a conference. Usually when she visits I try to have a list of fun L.A. things for us to do. But this time we had work. I had Sewing Ideas. One of them was to make an infinity dress with black jersey straps for the top but, as a unique twist, a double layer chiffon circle skirt as the bottom. I was confident it would take under 4 hours because circle chiffon skirts are real easy, right? Ha. Ha. Ha. 

After cutting the infinity dress straps from the nicest black jersey, we did a mock wrap top and quickly realized that this style of dress is not for me. I have a wide ribcage and all the ways to style this dress involve wraping the straps around your chest. So we abandoned the dress idea and decided to just make the chiffon skirt. But as I had never worked with chiffon before I was in for a rude awakening. 

 
 
In the summer of 2010 I was getting ready for a large week-long festival in the Nevada desert where on one of the nights I was to attend a "Unicorn Stampede". As it turned out, the Stampede consisted of two dozen of my camp mates and myself dressing up as unicorns and running around the desert, chanting creepily and terrorizing the other party-goers. 
My friend said she would lend me her old unicorn hood, but that I needed to come up with my own outfit that is warm, cute and, most importantly, all white. Easy! On one of my trips to L.A.'s Fabric District I had bought 2 yards of white faux fur and stashed it for the evential but certain point in the future "when I will learn how to sew." Right. And, since my pants -> skirt+legwarmers upcycle had worked out to my satisfaction, I thought I'd go for a skirt & leg warmers again and pair them with a white cropped sweater from Goodwill.
Little did I know that slightly stretchy furry fabric with a super slippery satin-like backing was NOT the best choice for a beginner project! Or that it mattered which way you lay the fabric and cutting off the selvedges is bad. Or that sewing without a pattern is NOT generally easier for beginners than following one. Or that you shouldn't use bright pink sharpies to draw your shapes... But ignorance is bliss!