Monday, February 22, 2010


I don't have much. I feel really terrible about neglecting the blog, even though most of my readership probably thinks I am gone forever. I don't know. I'm trying... That's about all I've got because you guys deserve more than excuses.

I've made some exciting progress... Helen, my dressform, got the shoulderpads from 2 of those dresses being reconstructed, and I found out removing pockets won't destroy the linen for the lighter of the two dresses. So there is hope.

Now if there were only light at the end of the schoolwork tunnel...

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

SWAP pictures: Refashion edition

First, the refashioning dresses...

This is the darlingest vintage eyelet I think I have seen recently, and I say that because it's unusual. It was once white and belonging to my mother, and now you see the skirt of what will be a really great dress... I have pleated the skirt from its full original width down to my waist measurement, and it'll have a side zip and decorative buttons at the top. No matching pattern, not enough fabric.

The first cafe-au-lait brown will be in the running for a dress to wear to my boyfriend's commissioning in May. I like the idea, in theory- we shall see. It's thought to be a silk-linen
blend- all I really know is it drapes really beautifully
and I like it for a 40s-style knockout dress with somewhat military detailing.
I'm really excited about it- It should be a joy to sew with because it's really nice. I know it's dry clean only though, which will be a bit of a bother, but really, I just need to suck it up and find a good dry cleaner. Something with good lines in a good fabric
deserves the attention, and I'm a big girl now. It's one of those things that just need to happen.

The second, lighter cafe-au-lait brown is a linen shirt dress with a button front. It'll be something cute with an empire waist and strappy straps if I think there is enough to do it that way with a little over-jacket. If not, I think it'll be strapless but classy- or a halter cut. Just a good summer linen with an awesome twirling skirt. Because every girl, no matter her age, deserves a skirt that is twirly. And a swing-dancing boyfriend is plenty of incentive if there wasn't already. And another bonus? It has pockets. SCORE!

Those are my 3 refashions, and this lovely (okay, I was using my bed for all of these in less than ideal lighting. Insanely short on space in my itty bitty dorm room...) shot is of all of my current fabrics for SWAP.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

A package wins and changes it again... maybe.

I got a package from my mom with 2 more dresses and a few other fabric things... and I am most definitely doing the 5 dresses. Here's what we have now.... and will narrow down. The stars are in for sure. But please. Chime in. You can help me solidify!

*Brown/retro eggplant sleeveless shirtdress: McCall 5801 view A
*dyed eyelet- peekaboo top, pleated skirt refashion
(I think) silk/linen blend refashion into something with a 40s feel- no pleats
natural linen shirtwaist dress refashion
from stash:
herringbone print wiggle dress: possibly Vogue 8280 view D
brown knit dress
champagne silk for Dining-Out- closure with corset back

chocolate knit tee
embellished plum or coral tee
?(purchased vintage or refashion)

a pencil skirt in chocolate
embroidered cotton skirt

purchased trench a la Old Navy... 2 seasons ago?

Monday, February 1, 2010

Checking in

Once upon a time, I posted regularly, and had many things I really wanted to talk about.

Now... I don't know. A blog I regularly read, Mimi's Room, featured a post on "Blogger's Block". Maybe that's it. I hate the idea that I have outgrown this, but I feel like the shape of things might be changing. My life is changing so so much right now I feel it's understandable... But my love of sewing and creating hasn't magically disappeared, and I really do still read many many blogs... But I've lost a bit of steam about working on mine.

Granted, there is a TON of stuff going on in my life right now... I am a senior in college. A member of a sorority. A chair of a university committee. I have a boyfriend. School responsibilities. An internship at my church. Seminary applications. Family. Life outside of the internet.
And more memories to make before my life changes for forever over the course of the next few months. I have rediscovered what it is to live in the moment and be a friend and a part of the world around me, and I'm relishing in that chance to just... be. I think it really could stem back to the sunsets and times I spent in Istanbul, and everything I've experienced since then. Just learning to be IN the moment.

I'm working on a list of goals for the time between now and graduation, and I may make this blog part of them. I'm going to do my best, as always, not to disappear... But I might just have to be okay with some changes. That might mean more posts like this.

Sorry for rambling. If you read this, I appreciate that. Although I suspect my sporadic posts and lack of pictures means not many do.