December 31, 2010

Finally finishing!

Finishing is a lovely thing....
These projects are two years old and I'm finally finishing them.  I will post better pictures later...

(BTW, I can tell my sewing skills have improved.  Some of the things on these doublets are just atrocious. :-)

December 29, 2010

Sixteen going on Seventeen

I'm so excited!  So... I am sixteen going on seventeen.  And I LOVE the Sound of Music.  Last year I didn't have a sweet 16 birthday party, we just you know, hung out.  We were pretty worn out with the Grad party and all. Anyway, this happens to be my golden birthday so.....I'm throwing a ball!  Yup!   I've been brainstorming about themes (renaissance, historic, regency, hoedown, formal etc.) and of course what I'm going to make to wear.  I've decided that I don't need to decide yet, but I DEFINITELY need to make Liesl's dress.  I was going to draft it, but here is a pattern!  I was SO excited when I found it.  Click on the pattern to go see where you can buy it.  What really cool is that it is made by a young girl who is concerned about modesty!

Ok, so design stuff.
In the movie it looks lavender at the table, and light blue/cream/aqua in the garden.  In the publicity photos though it is VERY obviously pink.  

So what color should I do mine?

I'm very undecided and I like them all.

December 28, 2010

CoolBook 2011

Warning: This isn't a post for your brothers.  I don't want to stumble anyone.

   Guess what I got in the mail yesterday?  The Illinois Coolbook 2011.  Being all of 16, I'm going to the prom, right?  Well, no.  But they think so apparently.  Being the designing/sewing/fashion type I was a little excited, as anybody would be.  "Oh cool!  Maybe some inspiration, or at least I can see what is in this season."  Well, I was inspired and I now know what is in, but I can't say I was impressed.  In fact, I was rather appalled.  I know everybody is going green and cutting back, but really, putting holes in dresses?  Surely we are not that desperate! :-)  If you are interested in seeing what was in the book, it is all online.

The coolbook.  If this is cool, we ought to be so uncool.  Anyway, something I noticed, even though they were still strapless, the models all looked so much better in white!  The white dress pictures were taken outside with the sun in the background and flowers and if the dresses were more modest I would go so far as to say it was well made, very pretty, and very feminine.  However...

The pictures taken inside used (mostly) seductive poses, really bright colors, guady jewelry (all probably a throwback to who knows when), weird holes, and legs...

Hip high slits were ubiquitous and the models were obvious trying to show as much of their legs as possible.  Sequins and beads covered almost every bodice, drawing very inappropriate attention.  Seriously though, their whole carriage, there attitude would say the exact same thing even if she was wearing a turtleneck and long flowy skirt.

Girls who go to prom are 16, 17, or 18.  I'm 16.  Many of my readers are probably 14 to 19.  We are all in the same group guys.  This is what our generation thinks is cool.  Hopefully this isn't our view.  But what do we do?  
Think about it......

........What can we do?

There is so much sewing and design talent out there in the blogosphere.  You may not know who you are, but I've seen you.  You guys are great.  There has got to be something we can do!

How can we make a difference for Christ?  We all want to be different, but we should not be different for different's sake.  We need to be different for JESUS.  Get in your Bible and study.  Find out why you dress modestly and know how to defend it.  Be ready to give and answer as Timothy says.

We can make a difference gals. 

I'm working on something in my head and I'll post about it soon, but until then, just think about it.
And pray.

December 27, 2010

A friend's video adventures, check them out and spread them around!

And Beowulf! Super cool, especially if you had to read the book for Brit Lit this past semester. :) This girl was in my class and she and her brother put this together.

December 25, 2010

Before the War

Before the War
1913 ~ Oil on Canvas laid down on Boa
Private Collection
Charles Courtney Curran
Merry Christmas!!

Purple Cowl Tunic

Once again, Simplicity 2580!  This time I simply cut the skirt a little early to make it a tunic.
Since I have an aversion to binding knits, I modified the way the bodice is put together so that I wouldn't have to bind the sleeveless edges.  I also added ties, since I didn't have to make them, and a bow just adds class.


Here is my fabric!  Yes, a large thrifted summer knit dress.  I had just enough, and it is SO comfortable.

December 21, 2010


And ....

These pictures were also taken in the Piazza, on the Cruise ship.  I wore it on our second formal night, which was on Thanksgiving.

So.... how did I fix it?

Well, I ripped out everything but the upper bodice, because that was already beaded.  Then I set about remaking the midriff section.  I used a raspberry thai silk for this and the ties and ruffle.  I hand-ruched the front midriff section and just made decorative ties for the back, they don't do anything. :-P  
I darted the bodice to fit.  Those gathers that were there previously did NOT work.
Then I cut the skirt up into a skirt from Simplicity 2580, once again.  I didn't have a lot of fabric, so it was a little short.  I added a silk ruffle on the bottom and beaded above it.

note to self:  Thai silk is amazing!!!!!!!  It is a dream to work with, and though it does fray, fraying in minimal.

No zipper!  just kidding.  It has a hidden side zipper.  I gotta say, that is the most difficult zipper I have ever done.

In my hair are matching combs.  I'll edit this later with detail pictures, but for now, voila!

SO much better than the before, eh?

Glittering Vermillion

For this dress I used Simplicity 2580 and a version of McCalls 5811.
The fabric is a shiny, sparkly, and very bright red sort of knit.  The top, or bodice is from the cowl part of the simplicity pattern and the bottom is almost a full circle skirt.  The skirt comes to just below the knee and the waist seam is an empire waist.  This picture was taken on the cruise where I wore it for a formal night.  
Accessories: Black shoes, black cami, black fashion belt, black coverup (It is sleeveless), black headband, and silver jewelry.

Sorry I didn't get a better picture. :-l

November 19, 2010

My dear readers

(our boat)
   I feel like such an awful blogger. I don't always answer comments, it is sometimes weeks between posting, and yet I read all your blogs.  And don't comment, which is even worse. :-)  Everybody loves comments right?  Anyway, I will not be posting because we are going on a week cruise to the Eastern Caribbean!  I have 4, no, 5 sewing projects to post about, the Reformation Day Faire post to finish up, and lots of pictures, but unfortunately, you won't see anything for 10 days.  Sorry!  I leave you with a picture.

(one of our islands, St. Marteen)

images courtesy of Google.

November 15, 2010

Mary Magadalene

Check out this super neat site!  I would love to recreate some of their dresses one day.


So...We're going on a cruise.  As most of you know, one must attend some formal nights.  Yipee!  But what to wear?  Don't have anything?  make something!  This is the before of a dress I made for trip, but I was NOT happy Bob, NOT HAPPY.  I looked awful!  Aahh!  

So, now that you have seen that bad one, you can wait on the edge of your seat, until I get pictures of the good one!  I really like. :-)

November 9, 2010

Interview With Little Dude

Because my little sister is hilarious!  We didn't tell her to say any of this, she just spouted it off as if it were an interview!

November 4, 2010

Because there are so many cute skirts and ideas out there!

Celtic Outfit Pictures

Here it is!  The finished celtic ensemble!

Pattern: Simplicity 3623
View: A
I used Navy cotton and Kona Muslin for the vest, and a polyester silky sort of blend for the skirt.  Gold eyelets (because I couldn't find grommets =( ) and black cord were used to lace up the vest.

The pattern was very easy, but there were a few things I didn't understand.  Why are we gathering and darting the skirt?  Why are we binding the bottom of the bodice with twill tape?  Why are the sleeves on the shirt short? (note to self, lengthen sleeves...)  And last but not least, why is boning so obstinate?!

Twirl!  By the Way, there is horsehair braid in the hem, so it sticks out nicely. :-)
The outfit in action. :-)
Eyelets y bias binding

Click on pictures for larger views =)

October 21, 2010

Peach Eyelet Dress - April 2009

Many of you probably don't remember this post from last year, and with good reason.  The pictures were severely lacking.  While going through my blogger archives in search of posts to create my "couture" page I ran across it and decided that since I really like the dress, it deserves some good pictures, and one that actually have me in them :-)  So, here are the pictures!

 Here are back and twirly views...

 And how I wore it most recently...