Monday, November 24, 2008

One week left!

That's right, in about a week, I'll be back in MI to spend a few more weeks with my Grandparents. And did I mention at all that Grandma and I will be having a table at a local church craft fair? She's making some Christmas pillows, and I'm taking my shop items with me to sell.

So yes, if there is anything you're wanting to purchase for yourself or as a gift, you just may want to get it now seeing that you may not see it back in the shop when I return a few days before Christmas.

And too, if you order anything this week, you get free shipping!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Marianne's "Wild Flower" Dress - EDITED

"I've always preferred wild flowers!"

quotes Marianne Dashwood from the 1995 Sense & Sensibility

And I am currently working on a dress similar to the one above. I've long admired it, and searched high and low for some fabric that would resemble her's and this is the closest that I could come up with.


It is done! =) Take a look at more pictures here. Yes, I'm poorer than a church mouse right now, so I'm having to sell it. Believe me, I'd keep it if I had money growing on trees!

I could have done it in the Elegant Ladies Closet pattern for a more authentic look, but the majority of people who buy my gowns on ebay do not have period correct stays, and with this dress pattern, regualr foundations work fine. And besides, I altered the basic pattern quite a bit in the neckline area to resemble the ELC pattern.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

1970's Halter Style Apron

Remember seeing this patter that I bought while out in MI? Seeing how immodest it would be by itself, I thought that with some altering and adjustments, it would make a really cute apron!
And this is how it turned out! I think I just found another favorite apron pattern. ::grins:: Not only is is fun and flattering, it is really an easy apron to put on since you don't have the fuss of shoulder straps to mess with.
Now if it was made into a blue toile fabric, I would have kept it. Hands down. But since this fabric isn't me, I put it up in the shop this morning. However, I still didn't want to take it off (one has to try stuff on to see if it fits!) when it came time to take pictures. =)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Busy as a bee!

If you have been watching the shop, you've probably seen the three new Gracie aprons that I've added in the last few days ... one being a 1930's reproduction looking fabric of a cheery yellow and blue, the other being a sweet old-fashioned green and pink rose calico, and the newest being made out of a fresh blue and white paisely.

Next on my "to sew" list is an Emmeline apron, trying out a 70's style apron, a Marianne Dashwood looking Regency dress and maybe a robe to complete it, and well, that's just for starters. I haven't even opened my fabric bin to see my stash yet!

What's on your "to sew" list? =)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Seamstress is Back!

And so is the "Gracie" apron! I've already listed this one in the shop...

...Stay tuned for more to come in the next couple of days in bright fun fabrics, and sweet old-fashioned fabrics!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Vintage Inspiration

Grandma and I went antique shopping yesterday afternoon, and I could help but share a picture of my finds that I paid only a total of a couple dollars for.

The one is a girls sailor dress pattern (from the 40's I think), the other is a rather immodest 70's halter-style dress but I was thinking it might be fun to try to redesign it into a 70's inspired apron. Oh, and when I came across a box FULL of vintage red and green buttons for only 15 cents a piece, I had to buy a few.

Looking forward to taking these home with me in a few days and see what I can do with them. There is nothing like getting a little boost of vintage inspiration! Stay tuned. =)

Saturday, November 01, 2008


Oh! Why hello my friends! Despite what you may think, I have not forgotten about my sewing blog, or the dear ladies who read it. Truth be told, I have just been busy, busy, busy! Today Grandma and I are preparing the house for some retired missionaries who will be staying the weekend with us. They are staying in my room, and so I'm cleaning it up a bit, I have my bathroom to clean, and also help prepare for tonights dinner (it's more like a feast!) and tomorrow's breakfast.

As much as I'd love to sit down and share more with you, I must be running. You'll hear back from me in a little more than a week when I am back in my sewing room, however. =)

Until then...