And another!

Yesterday morning, for some unknown reason, I was WIDE awake at 4 o’clock in the morning. Don’t ask me why! I decided to cut out a dress out of the last piece of grey plaid wool. By 9:30 at night, it was finished. The sewing went much faster than I thought, which made me very happy.

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I took the pattern off of a favorite dress.


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The back of the dress has ties so you can
loosen or tighten it at the waistline.

Have a great weekend, everyone! God Bless!

September 18, 2009. Clothing, Fashion, Femininity, Fun, Life, Modesty, Projects, Sewing. 3 comments.

A new fall jumper.

Last week, my best friend and his dad were so very kind and decided to let us ladies have a fun afternoon out. And so, they overcame with their dislike of shopping and took us to a fabric store! Miss T. and I had a great time, although the men were very happy once we were finished, because that meant we could go eat!

The fabric store was having a big sale, and I am in desperate need of some new woolen jumpers/dresses for this coming fall and winter. I managed to find two pretty woolens, and last night and this morning proceeded to chop one of the fabrics into rather small pieces. (One bonus of being short is that you can get more out of a piece of fabric!) I had three yards of each piece of wool, and I managed to get a nice fitted dress and the following skirt cut out of one 3 yard cut. Hooray!

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This is more of a skirt than a jumper, but it turned out cute!

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A close-up of the front. The material is 100% wool,
and when you look at it up close, it’s actually a black and tan plaid.
In the pictures it looks like a wide stripe.

Anyhow, I thought y’all would like to see the newest addition to my fall and winter wardrobe. I’m off to work on the other dress/jumper out of the same material, and I will be sure to post pictures as soon as it’s done! God Bless, and have a wonderful week!

September 17, 2009. '64 pick-up, Clothing, Fashion, Femininity, Fun, Life, Modesty, Projects, Sewing. Leave a comment.

A finished product!

Hello friends!

It has been such a good summer. Sewing, spending time with my best friend, and generally enjoying the season have been on the top of my priority list! Unfortunately, this blog has suffered because of it. 🙂

In the beginning of summer, my good friend Em came home from college, and she and I decided to have a get-together over tea. Em and I have much in common, including a love for Jane Austen novels, Big Band music, and (of course) fashion! We chatted, laughed, and then began to discuss summer plans. Turns out she wanted to do some sewing, seeing as she hadn’t had time in quite a while. We discussed styles, looked at her fabric choices, and came up with a master plan. So over the past couple of months, we’ve gotten together almost every a week and worked on several projects.

Em designed the dress with very simple, tailored lines. A nice squared neckline, with a wide cream waistband and wider cream band along the hemline. The navy blue material is a cotton/linen blend, and the cream material is 100% linen. (I had to go and get some of the cream for myself!) She opted for a hidden side zipper, and closed in all her seams using a French seam, so that she won’t have to worry about fraying.

And yesterday *enter trumpet sounds here* she was able to wear the finished product! I know just how excited she was to FINALLY be wearing the dress that she took such pains with! We ended up going outside and doing a small photo-shoot, simply because we had to show off the dress.

Good job, Em! 🙂

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Contemplating the wildflowers.

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The flower designs on the hemline of the skirt were hand-appliqued.

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Spinning in the hammock.

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The dress is finished! Hooray!

“If we did all the things we are capable of doing,
we would literally astonish ourselves.”
~Thomas Edison~

August 26, 2009. Clothing, Fashion, Femininity, Friends, Fun, Life, Portraits, Projects, Sewing, Summer, Wednesday. 3 comments.

More things up for auction!

Hello friends!

I’m back yet again, having spent a wonderful weekend with friends and family! Over the weekend I also realized there was no possible way for me to wear all the clothes in my closet, and I also made a skirt that was a bit too small, so I’ve listed two things on Ebay for sale!

Click on the following links to check out the clothes!

1960-style pencil skirt

Baby-doll Peasant style dress

And here’s a cute tunic top I made this week…

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it will be perfect this fall with a pair of blue jeans!

God Bless, and have a wonderful day!

July 27, 2009. Clothing, Fashion, Fun, Life, Monday, Organizing. Leave a comment.

Feeling green…

Hello, folks!

I thought I’d share today’s project with you all. I started this in the early afternoon, and it was the EASIEST dress I’ve ever made! Remember this green plaid tablecloth? I found it at a yard sale for $2.50… combine that with a cute pattern from ebay (I think it was $3), and a bit of bias binding from my great-grandmother’s sewing stuff, and I have an adorable new 60’s style sundress!

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The perfect dress to go biking in.

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Mom’s favorite out of the self-portrait session… basking in the afternoon sun.

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An out-take… I’m actually out of focus, while everything behind me in in focus! Whoops! Oh well… it shows the bow on the top of the shoulder.

And now I must be off… more sewing projects are planned, so stay tuned! 🙂 God Bless, and enjoy the evening!

July 1, 2009. Clothing, Fashion, Femininity, Fun, Fun Finds, Life, Modesty, Projects, Sewing, Wednesday, Yard Sale. 1 comment.

Back!

I’ve been MIA for a short while, but it’s not because the creative juices aren’t flowing! In fact, quite the opposite… I ended up taking photos of most of the projects I’ve managed to complete in the last few weeks, and it was neat to put them together in my first-ever mosaic. Some of the photos are repeats for you, but bear with me. 🙂 After taking these photos I got an idea for one dress, and almost completely cut out another. Three cheers for having time to do fun sewing projects!

 

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1. Dress., 2. Quick Fix, 3. Apron-y, 4. Red Dress…, 5. Sundress!, 6. Different.,
7. Contemplative…, 8. The last one., 9. Criss-cross,
10. GREEN., 11. Laughing at myself…, 12. Helping., 13. Linens

Created with fd’s Flickr Toys.

My next project… a reproduction 1930’s outfit… I hope it turns out, because I finally got the nerve to cut up my all-time favorite feedbag! 🙂 God bless, and have a wonderful day!

 

Life is a great big canvas and you should throw all the paint on it you can.”
~Danny Kaye~ 

June 16, 2009. Clothing, Fun, Happiness, Hopechesting, Knitting, Life, Photography, Portraits, Projects, Sewing, Summer, Tuesday, Yard Sale. 1 comment.

Thrifty Alterations…

Hello everyone! 

This has been a good day, had a morning out, and thenI got to come home and get quite a bit of work done sewing today! I FINALLY finished the slip-cover to my chair (which has taken me… well, too long to remember). All I had to finish was the seat cushion, and yet it sat there for months. Yellow slipcover, faded blue flowered non-matching cushion.

I also mended a cute dress that I tucked in the mending pile… umm… last summer. *sigh* I usually just never think about mending things, but I found it stashed in a cupboard and realized I just had to fix it so I could wear it! 

In other news, yesterday I made an “Ugly Bag” for my best friend’s graduation gift. (She said she liked it, so that’s what she got! Better be careful what you say you like…) It turned out a lot nicer than my first attempt, and a few more may be coming out of the rest of the coverlet soon. 

 

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The slip-cover, all finished. The blanket is for the cat, who likes to sleep here and gets black fur all over it! 

 

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The dress is one I bought on sale somewhere. I had ripped a small hole beside the split, and used this cute eyelet trim found last year at an antique show to cover up the mended area. Hooray!

 

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I found this sweet skirt at the thrift store yesterday, and it fits perfectly! It has a few stains on it, but they are in the perfect place for a vintage patchy flower. Or maybe a few retro granny squares… the possibilities are endless. 

 

So, I finally get one thing mended, and I buy more to put in the pile! Oh well. 😛 

June 4, 2009. Clothing, Fashion, Fun, Fun Finds, Happiness, Life, Projects, Sewing, Thursday. Leave a comment.

A shopping trip and a dress idea…

Or copy of a dress would be closer to the truth! I absolutely loved a simple white linen dress at JC Penney, and so had to make one. It was VERY simple, didn’t need a pattern, and I really like the results! It’s kind of 1930’s inspired, being a lowered waistline and a straighter shape. Tonight, despite the lack of lighting, I took a few pictures to share with you all. 🙂

 

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For some strange reason I really liked this photo… I’m not sure why…

 

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Details.

 

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From the ground up.

God Bless, everyone, and have a wonderful day! 🙂

 

 

“It is a token of healthy and gentle characteristics when women of high thoughts and accomplishments love to sew; especially as they are never more at home with their own hearts than when so occupied.”
~Nathaniel Hawthorne~ 

May 6, 2009. Clothing, Fashion, Fun, Life, Projects, Sewing, Wednesday. 3 comments.

Sunday Afternoon

Hello everyone! It has been a quiet weekend here, and we’ve had a wonderful Sunday together as a family. I just love those rare moments when you get real family time, when there’s nothing to be done (or at least, nothing that you feel like doing! ;-)), and  you can just relax, talk, and be still together. So that has been my afternoon. I’ve managed to get some crocheting done, and I’m going to pop on the internet and start looking for a few more cute patterns. 

In preparation for Easter, I thought it would be neat to crochet crosses into ornaments. Usually they are used for Bible Bookmarks, these crosses are made following the pattern on a bookmark a dear friend gave me recently. I made them a little smaller, and added a crocheted loop to hang. Wouldn’t they look lovely on a tree, or even hanging in the windows? These still need starched, but I’ll wait until I have a few more to get out my starching equipment. 🙂 If you’re interested in purchasing some cross ornaments, these are $4.50 each (plus shipping and handling). Just leave a comment, and I’ll be in touch!

 

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These ornaments are resting on my Bible, with the cover my Mom embroidered for me when I was little.  

We’re supposed to get a pretty fierce storm here in the next few days. I will confess, I’m the first to say that I LOVE snow, but I’ve got spring fever now! 🙂 I’m so looking forward to wonderful, 70 degree, sunny days… which are perfect for walks, gardening, and spending time sitting under the maple tree with a good book in hand. I do love to sit under our maple tree. Even in the dead of summer, there’s almost always a breeze under it, and if you lay a blanket out, it’s a perfect way to spend a spring or summer afternoon! (Now you KNOW I have spring fever, right? :-)) I’m looking forward to the day when a tree branch is strong enough to hang a swing. I’ve always wanted a swing under that tree… perhaps in the next year or two, Dad will get time to make one and hang it! 🙂 

God Bless, and y’all have a wonderful Sunday evening!

“It is comforting to know that not only the steps but also the stops of a good man are ordered by the Lord.”
~George Mueller~ 

March 1, 2009. Clothing, Crocheting, Family, Fun, Life, Projects, Sunday. Leave a comment.