Tuesday, May 24, 2016

I Am Cute Dresses

~ yep, you heard that right ~

The gray cotton with silver mesh overlay dress is made from one of the first Japanese sewing books that was translated into English, I Am Cute Dresses.  And that's my peace sign necklace worn way back in the 60s.  Hey, I'm in my 60s now too.  hmmm...

Underneath is my Ode to a Grecian Slip, self-drafted from a bit of black chiffon I had on hand.   Worn cuz I'm feeling the dress is too short for me now.  Both items were made in the beginning days of Project Minima. 

~ a quick cat nap? ~

Wearing the Lotus Shirt/ Jacket/ Duster from Tina Givens Patterns over top as it was chilly here on the last day of school.

~ close up of my hand-made fasteners ~

~ and those cute shoes and sox ~

Hope I'm not too late for Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet StyleAnd I've got it nailed for Anne's 52 Pick me up: gray, yea!  Then off to Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like, but of course.  And Cherie's Shoe and Tell.  Hope to see you all there.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Still Not Sewing Trio

Back to the vault for the Sewing Workshop Trio Pattern I made last Fall.  Just the thing to wear in our 40 degree May weather.

~ I wore this to Jury Duty Thursday ~

Do you think that's why I wasn't chosen?  Nah, I was only on stand-by anyway.   Sitting there for 6 hours reading a book, plus the commute on the el to and from downtown, left me really wiped out.  You know, from the ole sewing injury.  I slept for a day and a half afterwards.  True story.

~ see, I'm even yawning here ~

Anyway, the Trio pattern consists of a t-shirt, cargo pants with huge zippered pockets and a cropped top.  Of course, I modified each piece.  What I really like are all the fabrics.  The pants are a burned out corduroy print.  The top is a woven red-green.  And the t is a thin abstract stretch knit.

~ a "pin" I made long ago ~
From a bit of fabric almost the same as my top, a tarnished penny, a paper umbrella - the kind that's served with drinks, sea glass...

And the usual finale:

~ my good ole doc martens  ~

Nothing's stopping me from bopping on over to Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style.  Then Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like and Cherie's Shoe and Tell when they all go live.  See you there.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Women In Clothes Dresses

A friend asked if I had the book.  Why yes, as a matter of fact, I do.

~ and it goes so well with my dresses too ~

My ensemble was made last Spring.

~ as I'm still on sewing hiatus ~ 

In fact, my doctor referred me to a Sports Specialist.  Meanwhile I'm feeling no pain, being put on drugs until the appointment comes 'round.  Although since there's no pain, I have been sneaking in a little sewing here and there a few hours at a time.  Can't go longer than that cuz I'm exhausted too.  geez.

~ and back view ~

The over dress is the Peplone Dress/ Jacket pattern from Tina Givens made out of linen.

~ I am mellower... ~

The dress underneath is a rendition of the Briare Slip/ Dress pattern also from Tina Givens, made out of broadcloth.

~ art by artist Melaine ~

Graciously received at the World's First 40+ Bloggess Meet-up in Vancouver in July of 2015.  It goes with everything!

~ les sox et shoes ~

Oh, hey, I painted those shoes with some weird-o paints.  Chemtex paints, yeah.  Touted as real metallic finishes with real patinas that oxidize.  So these were painted copper that turned verdigris.  Cool,  Otherwise they were old black plastic.

And now is the time for all good women to join Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet StyleAnd Catherine at I Will Wear What I LikeCherie's Shoe and Tell when it goes live.  I do believe I must have beige in the mix somewhere, so let's hop on over to Anne's 52 Pick-me Up: Beige.  Yeah, Baby.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Oh Yin, But No Yang Dress*

*sung with a Bob Marley kinda sway

~ so what's with this dress? ~

~ view of the yin ~
~ and view of the yang ~

But I found out afterward that the pattern has an error.  It only has pattern pieces for one side!!  A yin but no yang.  The first time I thought I just made a mistake and remade yang again in the print linen.  But no, there actually wasn't a yang, just two yins.   I recut the necklines to be the same on both pieces, so they could be worn together.  One side is supposed to be longer in length than the other...

~ from the Sewing Workshop Pattern, Yin Yang Dress ~

eh.  It started off with two solids, the wine and a black linen.  The black and wine together looked so somber, like I was a penitent.  I couldn't bare to wear it.  I'm looking for a good match for it.  And I don't even like the dress that much.  The concept is good.  Maybe if I hot-washed and dried it.  It looks so big, even for my likes.

~ le vintage jewel ~

~ and of course, les sox et shoes ~

Nevertheless, I'm showing up for Patti's and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like, and Cherie's Shoe and Tell when they all go live.  See you there!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Just Keep On Keeping On Dress

Frocking with a Sewing Injury is No Joke.   Alas, I've been in such a state going on 3 weeks now.  Just this dress has been eeked out during that time.   

~ I am bereft from the lack of sewing ~

The same injury is grossly limiting my computer time as well.  Yikes almighty.

~ oh, but look at the pretty flowers ~

Is it just because I've been sewing 8 hours a day for the 5+ years of Project Minima, that suddenly all the aches and pains have jumped up and taken over my left shoulder?   Along with bad sewing posture?

During this enforced time off, I have lowered my sewing machine 3.5" by cutting a hole in the computer desk and letting it sit on the keyboard sliding tray.  Perfect.  I also raised the cutting table 8" by setting the legs on empty coffee cans.  Perfect.  Raised the office chair some more.  Put a box under the desk to raise my feet.  Still not great, but better.

~ my 3 hour dress that took 3 weeks ~

Made from a Tina Givens Iris dress pattern.  I luv the design and it's only 2 pattern pieces:  the dress and the collar.  (Well, 3 counting the pockets).  Very simple.  Nevertheless, the instructions are off regarding the collar.  So just go your own way there.

~ the collar/ cowl can be worn all sorts of way - even as a hood! ~

I also spent quality time organizing my sox drawer(s).  For real.  sigh.   And lots of sleeping because I just couldn't stand it.  But then, these certainly helped...

~ les sox and docs ~

I'm off to meet with the always lively Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style.  And then Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like and Cherie's Shoe and Tell when they go live.   Come on by.

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