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.

White and lacy.

Hello friends!

Today I had a friend come over, and we spent a delightful morning sewing together. We started a linen dress for her, and then I pulled out some white material I had found at Wal-Mart for a cheap price (why else would I have bought it? :-D) I had an idea brewing in my mind for a pretty WWI style Armistice style blouse. Cute idea, and although I started out with other plans for the whole sleeve area, it ended up being something entirely different.

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The original idea out of my design-book.


So the original was inspired by something from Anthropologie, and was made out a sheer gauze and lots of stripey and lacey frills. Especially around the cap sleeves. It just looked like it was going to be too much for me, so I opted for a sailor-type collar instead.

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The finished result.


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The simple button and loop closure.


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I ended up sewing the lace down by hand, it looks better that way.


No pattern used on this one, I just started out with the straight section in the front of the bodice, and used vintage lace I found at an antique show last year to make the front panel. Then I cut, fitted, and sewed the side and back panels together. Pretty simple, as there are no darts (hooray!!!!!), and no sleeves. The collar was probably the hardest part, because I couldn’t get the shoulder seam to lay right. I eventually figured it out, though! (Only after an hour of fighting it, though…)

Now I’m off to relax for the evening. God bless, and have a wonderful weekend!

“A woman can never be too fine when she is in white.”
~Mansfield Park~

July 16, 2009. Fashion, Femininity, Friends, Fun, Happiness, Life, Modesty, Projects, Sewing, Thursday. 1 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.

A Modest Alteration.

Hello again, everyone! 

Today has been yet another good day. I woke up rather on the grumpy side, seeing as it was raining out, and I hadn’t any room for rain in the plan of my day. However, despite the unwanted weather, I got quite a lot done today! I baked up a storm, starting with bread in the morning, and ending with other goodies in the afternoon. 

I also managed to get some more sewing done, including an alteration to a new skirt. Most of my family/friends will tell you I have a habit of picking up cheap clothing with “alterations” in mind. When I saw an adorably cute skirt for $6 early this year, I just couldn’t pass it up. It was just a little shorter than I like to wear, so I bought it with a lengthening alteration in mind. 🙂 Luckily, the skirt has a lining, and I was able to sew a cute and kicky panel right to it. Add a wide matching belt, and the result is a retro, almost “apron” looking skirt! 

 

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Does anyone else have idea books? My ideas come from magazines, clothing stores, websites, vintage designs, antique stores, etc. My idea book is a wonderful thing, lots of blank white paper, my favorite blue gel pen carefully stored inside. (If the pen goes missing, look out! I go on a rampage!)

 

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The first page in my idea book.

Well, I’m off to find some food… maybe create something yummy for dinner. God Bless, and have a wonderful evening!

June 5, 2009. Cooking, Fashion, Femininity, Friday, Fun, Life, Modesty, Projects, Rain, Sewing. 2 comments.