Friday, October 31, 2008


left to right
jcrew Madison dress* floral hairpiece (giantdwarf) etsy* vintage handbag
Butterick 2255* jcrew belt* jcrew belt
the perfect shoe Theremina d'Orable's* Vintage inspired dress* Mccall's 5813
As I do not own the hairpiece, the belts (yet), or the perfect to die for shoes, this is all really wishful thinking on my part. I am looking for a shoe of this type. Any ideas?

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The look for less...

I knew that I had to have this dress. I even rant about it here. This is the jcrew Madison dress.
I have taken a wardrobe refashion pledge (must abstain from the purchase of "new" manufactured items of clothing) and I am holding to my vow.
So I combined this pattern with that pattern and... there you have it.
I wanted to pay tribute to one of my favorite bloggers. Her style is always timeless and lovely. I find her so inspiring. I'm calling this dress Effie.

Thursday, October 9, 2008


I am inspired by the photos from the movie. I now have my own vintage chunky sweater (thrifted). If I had a couple of fall floral dresses I would be set.
I almost have my hot pattern pencil skirt done. Hopefully tomorrow.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Fall and Goldenrod....

Goldenrod; my new favorite color.

As the seasons change and the aspen trees turn shades of gold, so apparently does my wardrobe.
The corset top tee is the design of Natalie Chanin. She has her own blog, and to suggest that it is worth a visit is an understatement. What are you waiting for, go! When you get back I am also going to recommend the book. Projects and stories celebrating hand-sewing, quilting, and embroidery for a contemporary sustainable style. What a mouthful, I took this right off the book. I found the description to be accurate.
I needed this tee right away, so I did choose to stitch it on the machine rather than by hand. The flower detail is also all me, you won't find it in the book. I just cut out a shape, scrunched it all up and stitched it down. The next time I make this tee I am going to make it by hand. It is so soothing when stitching with only needle and thread.

The skirt:
Vintage, isn't it wonderful? The pockets are inset into the faux front panel. Enlarge the photo for a great fabric close-up. I had to make the waistband larger, it was made for a 26" waist. I just let out some of the gathers and it's not quite as full.
Back to the sewing machine, my hot pattern came in the mail yesterday. Yea.