Monday, September 26, 2016

Liking Some Baggy Pants, Are Ye?

Har, har, har.  Then see 'em here.

~ That be them, alrighty ~



~ and that be me standing at the Girls Entrance ~

just down the street from my house going in the other direction.  And this is a public school.  Hopefully they don't use the entrances as designated anymore.   But it is where we vote, conveniently.



~ Notice the silk dupioni? ~


Let me tell you the pants story.  First off, you'll never believe the pattern I used.  Sandra Betzina Vogue 1355!  Hardy har har.  I wanted real harem pants.  So using her pattern, I cut a larger size, especially since I was using the silk and she called for a stretch fabric.  I basically shortened and lengthened them.  huh? you say.  Well, I kept the crotch where it was, but raised the waistline to 19" tall and by the same token, shorten the leg length to 18".  I adjusted it using the shorten/lengthen line on the pattern.  That way I got the nice dropped crotch that I wanted and the drapey-ness, but still had the narrow ankle.  woo-hoo.




~ le detail ~


I had just a yard or less left of the antique gold dupioni, so I thought I'd make a crop top and then see what I could do about it after the fact.  This is one of those items where you just fold the fabric in half lengthwise and then again widthwise and cut a tunic out of it.  I sewed it up and left the hem edges raw.  The sleeve edges were the selvedges.  Added seam binding with raw edges for the neckline.  I had 4 rectangular scraps left and added them on the center front and back of the crop top.  Voila.

Oh, and the necklace is made from scrap strips of striped color jersey, then tied in big knots.




~ avec crochet beading ~

The top underneath is one I've refashioned several times over, but I thought it worked just fine with the silk 'pants suit.'




~ and ebay Trippens ~


Without further adieu, I'm sailing 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 go live.  Hope to see you there.


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

A Very Blush, Raw, Plain, Silk Dress


And I've got the pix to prove it.


 

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~ ta-dah! ~


I'm standing under the branches of a huge pine tree in the church yard down the street from my house.   Yes, another church, another block away. 




~ with a newly painted really red door ~


It's very old fashioned looking, with its white picket fence, wishing well and fellowship hall.




~ but do let me tell you what I'm wearing ~


I made a dress out of silk dupioni.  I really like the stuff.  It reminds me of linen in that you can wash and dry it and it gets softer and frays so beautifully.  I even left the raveling as it was for the hem of the dress.   I like the wrinkles and the texture and the weight of it.  I was able to get several (I mean several) different colorways at a really good price and I can't wait to sew them all up.

I started out using Tina Givens Mila Dress pattern, making modifications.  No ruffles, no patches, lengthened skirt, removed dip from waistline and raised it to empire, pleated instead of gathered the skirt, no buttons and loops except for the very top one, and no binding/gathering for sleeve hems.



Here's some close-ups of the details:

~ bodice hand-stitched closed with little x's and +'s ~



And I used the silk threads from the fabric to sew them.  The raw bodice edge is zigzag stitched by machine over the pleated skirt section.


Sorry the color isn't accurate on these close-ups and this one is even blurry.  Those photographers, you can't tell them anything...shhhh. 


~ that's how much it frayed naturally from washing and drying ~


You can't really see it here, but I did a machine zigzag around the perimeter to keep it from raveling any further.   Then, using the silk thread from the fabric, I made a stitch and knotted it every few inches to make a sort of scallop along the hem to keep the fringe in check.




~ and finally, the ebay shoes from awhile back ~


Oh, oh.  I have an extra credit photo for those that asked...


Monday, September 12, 2016

Out of the House Dress

and into the back yard

 
~ do notice the weed garden on both sides of the boardwalk ~



~ mystery vine doing well along the homemade fence ~


I'm wearing a stretch mesh dress mucho modified from Anna Sui Vogue 1217 pattern.  Like it's longer by a mile with added pockets and length to the itty bitty cap sleeves.

Accoutrements include my Mom's chiffon leopard chiffon neckerchief, Mom's metal bracelet, my mauve Coach purse from the neighborhood yard sale, my old mauve anklets and my ebay Tarantula Trippen sandals.


~ matchy-matchy ~

On another day,
just 3 doors down the street,

 same dress, different accessories


~ you can see my house, just through the trees, the reddish brick one  ~




~ at one with the church ~




~ I luv being symmetrical ~


It's so iconic, don't you think?  Anyway, you probably can't see it well, but one of the necklaces I have on is made from my old reading glasses.  Let's see, I think there's about 7 of them linked together.  It's great when going to a restaurant and needing to read the menu.




~ ye olde ebay shoes ~


And now it's time to skedaddle 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 go live.  See you there.




Sunday, September 4, 2016

Katarina Take 2 Dress

The last photo shoot did not do either of us any justice.  So let's go to Round Two.

Ready?

Ding!

~ ooo, ooo, apparently I'm not ready ~




~ getting better...~

Anyway, this is the Katarina Dress pattern from Tina Givens, modified of course.



~ with a bonus back view ~

We're on our way back home from a delicious breakfast at the corner cafe.  I had an omelet with fresh artichoke, asparagus, portobello mushroom and asiago cheese with a side of fresh fruit.  mmmm, I'm hungry again.


ah, the details:

~ the back casings for elastic ~



~ a lovely wooden flower brooch ~



~ double cargo pocket with nice button ~




~ and uncalled for, additional pocket ~



~ les shoes from ebay ~



C'est fini folks.  Except for the main attraction of meeting up with Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine at I Will Wear What I Like and Cherie's Shoe and Tell when they go live.  See you all there!
Hey, while I'm at it, Let's do Sydney Fashion Hunter too.

Monday, August 29, 2016

Candid Lola Shots with a Tiki Chaser Dress



CAUTION:  The following post contains images of a night dress, interaction with a kitty cat and a big vent at the end. 



~ Good Morning Tiki Cat ~


I am wearing an X-tremely modified, to the point of no return, night dress made from Tina Givens Lola Dress pattern 



~ awww, give us a kiss ~



Okay, so I made it out of fabric I didn't like, sort of like a test drive for a night gown, cuz you know how it can go for TG patterns...  And right of the bat, the amount of fabric required is off.  Like saying 54" wide is needed when only 45" or less is fine.  Not to mention, you're instructed (and shown in the diagram) to cut 2 front pattern pieces on the fold.  That's after you've already cut 1 back pattern piece (which is identical to the front) on the fold.   Yeah, it was easy to spot that error.



~ what a sweetie pie, mwaaa ~



Then just looking at the pattern piece laying on the fabric, I can see there is no way the arm hole can be big enough.  The pattern piece is too wide at the bodice but way too narrow at the arm hole/ sleeve area.  I make adjustments and add longer, wider sleeves.  I also add side seam pockets.  Really? 




~ oh, and there goes the Tiki tail ~


If you want to hear more, go on...*

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