Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
To bad. I loved the way it looked with my thrifted J. Jill skirt.
So it is up in the shop this evening.
Also though, ending Saturday morning, I'm going to offer to all my blog readers a 10% discount off anything in the shop. Just send "a conversation" through etsy to let me know if you have your eye on any particular item(s).
Oh yes, and here is a sneak peak of the Regency dress that I'm currently working on to sell:
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
But that is what it looks like so far. =) Erin came to my rescue and let me have one of her unused covered buttons, so I could sew the buttons on now, and the skirt has been draping for well over 24 hours (I recently learned that sometimes it's good to let flared skirts hang before finishing them? For easier hemming or something?). And so far I haven't been able to get out and buy red bias, so it will have to wait a day or two until it is completed.
I'm curious how the original front looks like, but I made an insert that I slip-stitched to the white cotton lining inside. So even though the buttons could be working buttons, they won't be. That's what I have the zipper in the back for. =)
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Right now I am working on my sundress. I made a muslin (ie, a test bodice), made some alterations to it, and have cut into my fabric. Just yesterday I picked up the needed red essentials for it and this morning I have been trying to figure out how to draft the skirt. I'm using several patterns as a "base" and then will go from there. Hopefully by this evening it will be completed, that is, provided I have no interruptions and decide to not watch Jane Eyre for the 3rd or 4th time this week. (I just love Jane's simple gowns! I'm guessing the era is 1850's or thereabouts?)
I can hardly wait to get back into Regency sewing. I miss doing some historically inspired clothing and have some fun ideas up my sleeve that I'd like to try before I go back to MI. Try to imagine no sewing machine for 3 months and then you'll understand why I'm in the sewing room quite frequently these days! =)
Monday, July 21, 2008
When I met Laura, I just loved the jumper/dress that she was wearing. I wasn't sure exactly what it was until a few days later someone had asked about it on the S&S sewing board and linked to her sewing gallery and her blue seersucker sundress. The above was her inspiration, and I was amazed at how well she duplicated it and yet changed it for modesty sake. In fact, I am always amazed with her sewing creations, (she showed us her sketch for her wedding dress ... talk about gorgeous!!!) and so if you all enjoy sewing and lack inspiration at the moment, head over to her gallery and you'll soon be drooling. =)
So anyway, for a couple of years I have had this blue and white seersucker plaid with white flowers (same fabric as this dress; click on the picture to actually see it) that I just been stashing away for something. I think I found my something to make it in. =D Since I don't have the pattern Laura used, and can't find it anywhere, I think I just use my a-line princess seamed jumper pattern as a base and then go from there...
Well Laura, I hope you don't mind that I'm going to make another item like something you have!
So without further ado, here is the newest addition:
The rick rack and wooden buttons are my favorite about this tote...
Like it too?
Saturday, July 19, 2008
And it's already up in the shop if any of you are smitten with it! =)
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
And that would describe me in the last few days! =) I have a strange bug of a cold, headache, slight fever, and chills. I've been taking my herbs, vitamin C, and today my chiropractor did some sort of an adjustment that he said would help my immunity, so with lots of rest, I hope to be on the mend in a few days.
So as some of you may have guessed, I haven't been in the sewing room at all this week and so you all will just have to wait a little longer for those tote bags. ::wink::
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
and two vintage buttons that keep the inside pocket closed...
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
What a fun store and everybody got something. =) I picked up some plaid wool for a skirt later this fall, and some cotton shirtings to make up into tote bags for the shop. It was fun to get good quality fabrics on sale and just about as cheap as Walmart prices.
Meeting Laura and April (and her sister too!) was like being reacquainted with dear old friends and I hope that Lord willing, we'll be able to see each other again!
Friday, July 04, 2008
Taking a ferry to Mackinac Island, shopping, buying fudge, seeing the Grand Hotel, going for a carriage tour, and so many other delights.
Enjoying the historical buildings and fragrant lilacs on the island. =)