Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Make It Sparkle


Something about the sparkle, the overall classiness of this piece makes me feel like this shoe and I belong together. I am contemplating how to do a thrifty version of this with glue, glitter, ribbon, and thrift store flats. But how would I keep the glitter from leaving trails everywhere I go? Would clear spray paint do the trick?

Monday, July 30, 2012

Dream Picnic





I am in the beginning phases of working on some Fall 2012 projects--notably, knee highs.  This is my first attempt on a design from Knitting Knee Highs by Barb Brown.So far, so good.  Although I must confess that I have become smitten with two-at-a-time socks using the magic loop method.  And to make matters worse--I am also smitten with starting from the toe-up.  Not covered, of course, in above mentioned book.



Have come to the conclusion, though, that the key is to actually finish this project before the chill, crisp winds of fall.  So, I must knit in the heat...hopefully finding some shade now and then.




I can only assume that finishing is the key for this project, but I enjoyed the yarny adventure I got to go on in my own backyard. Next time, I will remember to pack away some food in the picnic basket as well.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Where You At?



Ann Arbor, Michigan. Museum of Natural History.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

It's A Party, Pt. 1

So, let's just call this the "It's A Party Dress," Part 1.  Part 2 pending soon.  And perhaps, for the next photo shoot I will iron before snapping the pics. Perhaps.



Update: I somehow managed to "forget" to post the story behind this dress. So, here it goes, just in case anyone was wondering. This was one of the few dresses where I decided to do everything right. I took an online class. I meticulously chose the fabric. And I even tried my best to match up the different sewing notions required. In short, I was on fire. I decided it would be best to give myself a significant amount of time to work on this dress before my friend's wedding took place in May, which is where I planned on showing off my creation.

Fast forward to one week before the wedding.  I realized at this point that I had procrastinated long enough and that it was time to start cutting out the pattern pieces, following the online course, video section by video section.  I can acknowledge that my sewing skills are that of a beginner, but for some reason, somewhere in the recesses of my mind, I knew that making cups, boning techniques, and muslin fittings were totally skills I could master in a week.



To prove my belief in my ability to make this dress, and to lock myself into actually doing it, I decided that I would pack my suitcase with no other "back-up" or "emergency" dress. It was just going to be me and my handmade dress at a friend's wedding.

Fast forward to one day before I was to fly out for the wedding. As I sit at my little blue chair, tears of frustration running down my face at 1:00am, I decide, in a fit of unparalleled genius, that I was going to go off course (literally), after having faithfully followed every direction given to me in the class.  How hard could it be to add the skirt part to a dress?  I would draft one myself.  In twenty minutes tops, I thought.

Twenty minutes later, I realized that draft was too strong of a word.  Now I was determined to make-up something that at least resembled a skirt, pin it to the top, add pleats to hide my shoddy sewing (hint: it only made it stand out more), and sew it all together. This I did, despite a pesky little hump + bump that kept appearing on the back of my dress. So  I did, at that moment, what sleep deprivation and bad decisions inevitably lead to--I ignored the hell out of it.

That is until the morning of the wedding, when I proudly pronounced to a nervous JH that I was going to take my dress apart and sew it back together again to make the hump + bump go away.  It would take no more than an hour tops, I told him. No amount of questioning or reasoning could talk me out of this plan.

Two hours later, my dress was in a disheveled heap, I was in a fit of bitter tears, and covered in purple threads. I imagine I resembled a craft happy costumer's version of Medusa. Please remember that at this point in the story, the protagonist full of hubris had not packed another dress in her suitcase. The image of me, in shorts and a t-shirt, at my friend's wedding tore at my soul, and I realized that I had some thinking to do.



After ten minutes of soberly examining the folly of my ways, I pitifully hand-sewed the dress back together, piece by piece. And suddenly, almost miraculously, a little hump + bump didn't seem that bad. Not bad at all.  And we arrived just in time to the wedding...that is just in time to follow behind the wedding party as they made their way to the alter.  I am seriously doubting whether or not I will be invited to another wedding.  But if I am, the only question will be, which online course to take next?

Monday, July 23, 2012

A Brave New World



Perhaps every girl has a magazine issue that transforms her view of clothes.  For me the September 2010 Issue of American Vogue was my eye opener.  Holly Berry on the cover was an added bonus, but it was the styling of the clothes that screamed, "Buy Me."  And I did.  Twice. One for keeps, one for cutting up.


I lovingly turned every page, marveling at the amount of lace, knits, and vintage remixes.  Here are some of my favorite pics--written and drawn desecration provided me.  But don't worry, my pristine keeper copy was not harmed.  Thank you scanner and digi



Saturday, July 21, 2012

Where You At?


7/20...was @ Ann Arbor Art Fair, State Street & Liberty, information booth volunteer; necklace from A2 thrift store

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Hooking My Way to Happiness



This beast is almost finished!  Those ends, though, those ends...



Monday, July 16, 2012

Let In the Light




Muslin for the "It's A Party Dress" that I am making.  Online class here.




Saturday, July 14, 2012

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Laced Memories



Of course, my first bee hive--like my first home sewn lace dress--had its mistakes, but was wearable.
I am normally not one to wax poetic, but I have become pretty obsessed with bee hives, lace, and jumbo necklaces.


Also, a little obsessed with costume jewelry. I inherited these beauties from my lovely grandmother who had impeccable taste. I love wearing them.


A little local thrifting turned up these $1 earrings. They are a bit on the weighty side, but make such a huge statement.  My "head piece" is the bottom border lace on a dress slip that was too big for me.  My grandmother gave it to me on an afternoon when she was doing what would prove to be one of her many "down-sizing" closet cleanings.  I didn't really appreciate those days when I was younger, but now I am very happy that I am a bit of pack rat.



All pictures by JH.


Materials:  Lace curtain (thrift store), brown cotton fabric lining (JoAnn's), white bias tape (stash), zipper (JoAnn's)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Summer Heat


The stifling heat of summer is here, making it hard to start planning for sewing/knitting transition pieces for Fall 2012.  Being a novice sewer means that I will have to source my own trends and develop an aesthetic that relies on some basics--sweaters, new cute knee highs, colorful skinny pants, summer to fall "transition" dresses, tailored professional skirts, and full skirts for breezy fun.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Birthday Girl

It's my birthday, and Canada's. Happy birthday, Canada. That maple leaf is looking extra sexy today. A great thing about being born on July 1st is that I am now officially 1/2 way through the year, which is a wonderful time to reevaluate those new years resolutions. I feel like, though I am a little late, I am starting to turn those resolutions into reality.






I was doing a little "link hopping" when I stumbled upon this article about Miuccia Prada, who has amazing quotes. I decided that for the month of July, I will choose three of her quotes to help guide me as I continue to cruise towards my goals.

Look for the following statements influencing my revamped creations:
1) "I like to mix up and make things the opposite way than they were meant for."
2) "I hate generically appealing folders."
3) "I'm completely into innovation...I don't even want to see anything unless it looks completely new."
P.S. The picture above is me--in my birthday suit.