Saturday, July 30, 2011

Week in Feminine Dress - Day Seven

The only picture that look half way decent was the one with my eyes closed. Our budding photographer is getting tired of taking pictures of the same person for the past seven days! ;)
White tank - Walmart
Top - Ann Taylor Loft (thrifted)
Knee length skirt - Banana Republic (thrifted)
Earrings - Kohls
Bracelet (thrifted)

Friday, July 29, 2011

Week in Feminine Dress - Day Six

This summer, while jobs and sewing income has been scarce, I've been grateful for the one day of work that was offered to me by a local Christian family who owns a store in town. There was no time to take a picture of me this morning, and you certainly don't wish to see me now after being gone for 9+ hours!
But today I'm wearing a white shirt (same style as this one) with a sage green sleeveless tunic over it, and then a well-used and thrifted denim skirt. Oh yes, and tennis shoes. Nothing cutesty, but I have to be practical for where I work. Tomorrow I'm filling in for a co-worker for a few hours, so I should manage to be able to take a picture before I head off to the closing shift.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Week in Feminine Dress - Day Five

Today shall be one of those fun days of thrifting, as I have a friend's wedding coming up (her bridal shower was blogged about last month) and I need something creative to find for a wedding gift - something with owls is what I'm hoping to find no less! You've never seen a collection until you've seen hers!
I'm hoping to also work on some new skirt patterns for TallySkirts.

Top - The Limited (thrifted)

Linen skirt - Old Navy (thrifted)

Shoes (which my brother forgot to get in the viewfinder) - Lands End

Earrings - Kohls

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Week in Feminine Dress - Day Four

My youngest brother thinks it's so much fun when I ask if he'd take a picture of me. It wouldn't surprise me if later down the road that he would want to be a photographer with the way I see his eyes light up when Mom says that he can use his camera to take pictures. He see's something, and wants to capture it.

Anyway, it's another day of errands, cleaning out and packing, (only a couple weeks left before I head down to GA for another semester of college!) and other sundry things. Despite another busy day, I attempted to put a little bit of thought into my outfit than I did yesterday. This was taken after my shower, so wet/damp hair and no make up is what you get to see! :)
Top - Banana Republic (thrifted)
Tiered Skirt - Old Navy (thrifted)
Belt - (thrifted)
Earrings - Kohls
Flip flops - Old Navy

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Week in Feminine Dress - Day Three

It will be another warm day, but this morning we woke up to a cloud-covered sky which made for a cool morning. Yay for a few hours of delightful weather. Because today is one of those days of being a taxi driver for my family, weeding the gardens, household chores, and what not, so I didn't dress "up" in any special way. Being a pretty wall-flower isn't on my list today. ;)
Not a flattering picture below ::cough:: but the back of the skirt has a cute panel of tucks where slits are most common. It's my favorite thing about this knee-length skirt!
Blue Tee - Apt. 9 (thrifted)
Denim Skirt - RuffHewn (thrifted)
Flip flops (not shown, but worn when driving the car) ;)

Monday, July 25, 2011

Week in Feminine Dress - Day Two

Goodmorning, one and all! The weather is already uncomfortably dry and hot, so today's picture was taken in our living room by my youngest brother.
Black tank - Target
Blue Sweater - Charlotte Russe
White linen skirt - Old Navy (thrifted)
Earrings - JCPenny's
Sandals - White House Black Market (thrifted)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Week in Feminine Dress - Day One

For many years, I've been apart of the sewing forum over at Sense & Sensibility (though I've hardly been visiting it this year) and a couple times a year they have what is called "week in feminine dress" to encourage women to dress in a way that is befitting for ladies to wear. For many, that means putting away the jeans and faded tees for skirts and blouses. For others who are always in feminine dress, it's a good reminder (and a great way to get some new ideas!) for us to not just focus on outward beauty, but have "...the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price." 1 Peter 3:4

Having a Christ-like spirit of meekness and quietness is of far great importance to God than being perfectly put together. Some thoughts will be shared later this week in the area of adornment. My study of it has been fascinating!

After church this morning my brother wanted to be creative with the camera when I asked if he would take my picture for WIFD, and this is what he took. :)


White eyelet collared blouse - Apt. 9 (free, from a lady at church)
Linen Skirt - Ann Taylor Loft (thrifted)
Black Sandals - White House Black Market (thrifted)
Earrings - Icings
Braclet - Kohls
Canary Yellow Purse - Angels

(No, I'm not wearing a floral wreath on my head, in case it appears that way. ;) It's safetly attached to the house!)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

New Beginnings

Well, I can't contain my enterprise anymore.

After I wrote this post earlier this month, and wondering if I should give up sewing entirely for a season, some kind readers left comments on my blog in response. Despairingly, I came up with an excuse for every one...

Making custom-made clothing was, is, and forever will be out of the question. My sister and I did that for over 5 years and it was such a headache for us. I tip my hat off to people who are more talented than we are in this department.

Creating swimsuits just doesn't seem wise when there are so many modest-apparel companies out there who offer them, as well as patterns for them. If you're creative and don't mind looking around hard enough, you can find modest swimsuits that are store bought.

Sorry dear friend but making maternity clothing, let alone selling them is definitely not on my list of things to sew! Maybe someday I'll have the privilege of being able to make and wear such apparel myself, but until then, I'll leave that department to those experienced! :)

Modest and feminine apparel in general is so readily available now days either through home business that have their own online companies or mail order catalogs, young women from homeschool groups can be found sewing for other families, and if you like thrift store shopping as much as I do, you probably find alot of nice feminine apparel that way.

But..... my creative and visionary juices started flowing with rapid speed. It dawned on me that when beginning a sewing project, I usually have to have some kind of inspiration to begin with. A painting, a photograph, a movie, a specific reason (Chhheeerrrriiiiii, I need a nightgown! Can you make me one?) or seeing a friend's skirt in person, and I think, "Ooo! I like that!" Sometimes it takes just a glance or two to where I could re create it. Sometimes it's the historical film that is paused for 10 minutes for me to figure out just how that front piece is shaped. Other times I write to friends and beg them for their skirt measurements to make one for myself. ;)

Yes, I'll confess that I can be a very good copy catter. Perhaps it's a second-born thing, but then maybe it's just a human tendency... Either way, the visionary in my thoughts and ideas were forming into... TA DA!.... making things off of other things; store-bought skirts mostly since they are easy to make and not always easy to find. I got really excited the more I thought about it.

Considering the cost of materials, notions, and my time, I want to be fair in price and so if there is ever something that you think is not fair, please, please, PLEASE don't hesitate to write to me. It's be awhile since I've made anything for the public other than aprons, totes, and a few peasant shirts!

So with great trepidation yet excitement, this evening I'm pleased to announce the humble beginnings of a little online shop.

Tally, according the Thesaurus, is defined as : [to] be similar or consistent. Synonyms: accord, answer, attune, be in harmony, blend, click, cohere, coincide, concert, concord, concur, conform, consort, correspond, equal, fall in with, fit, get along with, go hand in hand, go together, go well with, harmonize, jibe, match, parallel, square, suit, synchronize, tally

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Feminine Fun

My friend Laura has been sharing pictures of the vintage looking shoes from the early 1990s that she's been able to pick up, and is reselling. If you happen to wear the lucky 7.5 size shoes, take a look!

It must be that God took pity on me and my shoe size, and so last week He brought to my attention a lovely brown pair of 1990's vintage looking shoes. They were an answer to prayer (while I loved the ones Laura posted, I really wasn't struggling with covetousness. Honest!) as I've been needing some kind of brown dressy shoes to go along with my natural-toned outfits for church.

The brand of Sofft, and inside the shoe it says that the company has been established since 1927. I'm glad that the era has been somewhat showcased in this style of shoe. I have never been a fan of pointed shoes, but the point on these are ever so subtle that I don't mind it.

Hmm, I'm not modeling the shoes in the picture below. What could it mean? Are you curious? I'm not going to tell you anything, but a thankyou to those who gave their thoughts in regards to this post.

I'm really excited about it, too! ;)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Keep Sweet

Amid the duties of today,
In all I think or do or say,
Whether I work or rest or pray –
Lord, keep me sweet at home.
When pressing duties claim my care,
And I seem needed everywhere,
Then tune my heart to praise and prayer
And keep me sweet at home.
No matter what the day may bring,
Or night, I pray in everything
My life may glorify my King
Especially at home!
- Mrs. Fletcher Ford

Monday, July 11, 2011

English Country Cottage's

It could be my reading English Cottage Gardening, the recent hub-bub of the Royal Couple, my English heritage (found out a few months ago that our relatives in England several years ago - as in hundreds - were Knights!) or my general love for all things English, but when I saw this fabric at the store last week I knew exactly what I'd use it for.
It is in the SHOP this morning!

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Saturday's Treasures

It's hard to believe that in about a month's time I will be back down south for my second semester of college. Am I excited? Oh yes! :) I have been doing some deep cleaning again (I didn't realize how much I can be a pack rat!) and most of it has been thrown away or distributed to local thrift stores. Don't ask me how I ended up with way to many tote bags, ill-fitting shoes, or piles of old sheet music, birthday cards from eons (ie, to many years) ago, etc.

In the process of cleaning, I've discovered that I've needed a few new clothes to take along with me. There is only one thing in my closet that I have made myself (quite surprising to all you seamstresses I'm sure), and 99.99% of my wardrobe comes from thrift stores or consignment shops. Therefore, some items tend to wear out faster than normal being that they are used. Since this discovery over the course of a few years, this year I've made it a point to only buy quality brand names from thrift stores, and only buy when the color tag is 50% off that particular day.
My favorite brands? Banana Republic, The Limited, and Ann Taylor Loft. The quality is long lasting, and I love the classic, professional, and timeless styles that, for the most part, these stores offer. Today's treasures were two skirts: a knee-length pencil style silk one for summer, and a lovely cream wool (perfect for winter!) in subtle plaid that is mid-calf in length. While these skirts may not be from the 2011 collection, I'm thankful that they look to have been hardly worn, if ever, at all. My total bill was $8.

"Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things." Matthew 6:30-32

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Out with the old...

...and in with the new? And what is that?

Over the course of the last year, I've seen a tremendous drop in apron sales. No, not just in my shop alone but also in others, as well as a decline in vintage apron pattern sales on ebay or etsy.

Perhaps by now every other person owns an apron?

Perhaps by now every other person is sewing their own aprons?

Perhaps by now the vintage apron craze is over?

Such thoughts have run through my mind, and while it may or not be true, a seamstress who relies on sewing for extra income needs to be somewhat aware of what people are interested in. Why make scores of tea cozies if no one buys them, let alone uses them anymore? Of course on the flip side, if halter tops are in I will not be making or selling those because of personal modesty standards.

This summer the question that my mind is often thinking is "What do I sew?"

It has been well over a year or two since I last made a garment for myself since I'm finding hardly worn or new clothing at thrift stores for way cheaper than what I can make. As much as I love and miss sewing historical sewing there are no opportunities for me to wear such fun things outside of my own four walls.

Perhaps by now, after well over 11-12 years of having some kind of a sewing business (my sister and I did custom-made modest apparel for about 5-6 years, complete with a website and mail-order catalog) is it time to close this chapter of life and move on?
Last I saw, there were well over 70 readers. I'm amazed that there could be so many who would take interest in my postings, and I'm humbly grateful. While I don't normally call out to any non-commenter's or lurkers, if you have any thoughts or ideas for me, I would love to hear from you!
Well, enough of my ponderings for today. I need to run to the store to pick up another package of bias tape (I was to lazy to make my own when I started this apron). It is almost finished, and I'd like to complete it this morning if possible. The fabric was cut out in the Ginnie style, (personal tastes coming out here, but the Laura Ashley fabrics seem to look best in this design) and how fitting too, since my last Ginnie apron was worn until practically thread bare. That was a couple of years ago, so it's been awhile since I've had one of these.
Yes. I'm still in love with vintage style aprons, and am constantly wearing one for either gardening, housework, or cooking. :)