Blog Tour: A Dress A Day

A Dress A Day was the first sewing blog I ever read. My friend, coworker, and fellow seamstress, Kate, told me about it back in ’09-’10. Before I started reading this blog, I had very little to no interest in making dresses for myself. Now I find myself thinking of the next dress I want to make at least a dozen times a day.  Here is a quick little bio about the author, Erin McKean:

Erin McKean is the founder of Previously, she was the editor in chief for American Dictionaries at Oxford University Press, and the editor of the New Oxford American Dictionary, 2E.

Her books include Weird and Wonderful Words, More Weird and Wonderful Words, Totally Weird and Wonderful Words, and That’s Amore (which is also a collection of words). The Secret Lives of Dresses is her first novel, and really, her first book where the words are arranged in something other than alphabetical order.

Erin lives in California south of San Francisco and spends her free time reading, sewing, blogging, roller-skating, and arguing about whether robots or zombies would win in a fight (lasers optional). She loves loud prints, quiet people, long books with happy endings, and McVitie’s Milk Chocolate Hobnobs.

If that doesn’t peak your interest, I don’t know what will.

If you need some inspiration for your next frock, then the Dress A Day blog will hold you captive for the next few hours, if not weeks.  If you come across a style that you fancy for yourself,  she is excellent about mentioning the pattern numbers she used, as well as give you some helpful hints in the assembly.  OH, AND THE FABRIC! I don’t know where she finds some of these threads! (Actually, she takes some very specific notation about where each of the fabrics come from as well.) The prints range from eccentric, to quirky, to breathtaking. Always something interesting.

To promote her new book, The Hundred Dresses, Erin is currently showcasing 100 dresses that she has made herself. Appropriately, she is posting one each day, for 100 days. Click here to start with Day 1. If you peek further into the archives, be sure to check out some “Pattern Stories” for a good laugh. Let this cardigan-wearing, loafer-lover into your sewing life, and you will not be disappointed.


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