Monday, August 18, 2014

And one in turquoise

With the prettier of the two statement necklaces, for Maeve.  ;)

The rest of me is definitely not ready for prime time, but hey.  BFF came over and I hadn't tried on the dress yet so I put it on for her and then I took a picture for you!  :D

I know.  So much could be improved if I wouldn't take pictures at this hour, or would wait until I had makeup or did something other than ponytail my hair up.  But... I guess you take 'em as you get 'em.

Anyway.  I sewed my seams at 6/8" instead of 5/8" (for yoja, and the 1/8th inch) which tightened things nicely except at the small of my back.  The way things are going - either with weight loss or my recent habit of lacing up all the time because my neck has been killing me - I'll be taking this in soon enough anyway and I can snug up that lower back at that point.

Won't this look too cute with a denim jacket?

Next up is back to school sewing.  Tra la!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A little girl's bedroom

10yo's bedroom has needed re-doing for ages, but it's always a zoo in there, so I look in, blanche, and back out slowly.   This summer we've tackled it for good!  (14yo's room is next).

She got rid of ever so much stuff... I know that's hard to believe, but she did!

So - new curtains, you saw the fabric for those.  I wired fake peonies to the curtain clips (very easy to do) to bring the pink up top - would look simply dreadful if I'd not done that.  Purple walls.  New comforter and sheets - she didn't like my light pink vintage quilts.  And a chair - to encourage her to sit there and read.

Hopefully her new and organized room will help her have a newly organized school year!

I think you may be able to identify this as a girl's room from orbit.  ;)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Big Reveal

I wish I could take better pictures... .or that I wasn't exhausted/sore right now and had a better face.... and no, I don't know what's up with the bolero seam, maybe I need to press it again???

Dress without bolero:

Dress with bolero:

The bolero was evil to make and I'm never making one from this pattern again - ever - and I'll regale you with the gory details.  But for now, the sprite and I have gotten ready for Date Night with Daddy... so you'll have to wait.

I'll be pleased about the dress in a bit.  :)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Vintage without Whimsy

As my regular readers know, I'm all about a vintage silhouette.  I like the clothes of eras past - I think they're more flattering than the clothes made now.  But I don't want to have that vintage look - I don't want anyone stopping me, thinking I'm on my way to a costume gala.  (I run enough against the grain as is,  with the long skirts for everyday thing).  That's fine if that's you - I consider that look "vintage whimsy".

But how do you wear clothing made from 60yo patterns without looking like your clothing is antique?

- Accessories.  This is the biggest thing.  If you wear a pillbox hat or a fascinator, gloves, stockings, red lipstick and kitten heels, you're going to look vintage in blue jeans.  Accessories set the mood of an outfit.  So - pick modern accessories, a modern aesthetic.

- Fabric.  Speaking of aesthetics... if you make a dress from the 40s in a tiny floral print, it's going to look vintage.  If you make it in plaincloth, it will look entirely different.  There are vintage enthusiasts who hunt down vintage fabrics for their vintage makes - and there is a reason that they do this!

- Fit/Hemlines.  I do like the mid-century fit - it suits my body well.  But should I make up a lovely lace blouse from the Edwardian era... I'll skip the pouter-pigeon front that was so en vogue back then.   If I made a dress from the 70s (possible) it would be fit to wear over proper undergarments, not braless with a girdle.  This hits my beloved mid-century dresses straight in the hems - a calf-length silhouette was all the rage back then.  Tea-length gowns are friends to those with long, slim calves.  (Aka not me, not me if my weight was in the two-digit mark).  My latest dress would look oh-so-vintage in tea length but I made mine just past the knee.  I put my hems where they flatter me.

That's the key for vintage inspiration, IMO.  Take what the past has designed, and work it for you.  I'll never wear a 70s caftan, no matter how fond I am of seeing them on other women.  If something is oppressively vintage in style - either pair it with something modern or tone down the aspects of the style that are very vintage.   For instance, the 40s brought out some of the most fabulously detailed and interesting suits - but the collars and shoulder pads scream "times past".  So - tweak the collar ever so slightly and ditch the extreme shape of the shoulder.

And when you see something from times past that makes *you* swoon - snag it.  Snag it, wear it without apology, and own it!

No one will be the wiser........... ;)

Saturday, August 9, 2014


Finished, finished, finished.


I'd take a pic, but frankly I'm not getting into my corset and petticoat at 8pm just to model.  Sorry.  ;)  Maybe I'll make you wait until I finish the bolero?  -evil laughter-

I'm very proud of my work here....  not like you can tell much from the hanger picture.  But the things you can see that matter:
- invisible hem
- look at that drape!  I got her on grain
- seams?
- there's a side zipper?

The whole thing is meant to be so well done that it just organically exists.  -pleasedface-

 Here's another picture (in focus, lol) of her insides.  Really well-done clothing should be nice on the inside.  Nice enough you'd not be shamed if someone saw you wearing your clothes inside out.  (Confused, mind you - but not ashamed).

And since you were all just holding your breath with anticipation, I give you my daughter's curtain panels.  You'll be able to tell that a 10yo girl lives in her room, possibly from space.  S'okay, I talked her down from Hello Kitty.  Or pink skulls.  These (oddly) are denim, so the opacity that she was going for (so her father's daughter, her room is already really dark) is a go.  (I want you to picture this in an lavender bedroom.  Go ahead.)

HAD to go to fabric store

because 10yo needed curtains.

Found curtain fabric.  Pix later - it's in the wash.

But I walked by.  And I squeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaled.  I'd originally gotten this dress pattern for the cream linen, but it was just going to be TOO boring and stiff and classic on me in plain linen.

So.  Um.  I have been looking for a pretty, lightweight fabric that will drape and flow and ...

DH says it looks like someone ate a paint store and then vomited it up.  (Actually it's giant daisies, though I like the feathered effect so will cut it to show that rather than the daisies).  Harumph, say I.

Anyway.  We're painting a bedroom today and I'm not hemming but you still get pictures.  :D

Friday, August 8, 2014

Insides should be nice too...

I've put in the lingerie snaps (-grins at Maeve-) and was marking the waist stay so I thought I'd show off a teeeeny snap of the inside.

Just have to make the hem.

And the bolero.  ;)

This is the lining and that ribbon goes 'round the waist for add'l support.