24 August 2011

If I Only Had a Decade

Yes, this week is 70s week over at the SW! FINALLY! My project is fairly tame in comparison to some that have already been put up. I did take a looksee in one of my 70s Simplicity Home Catalogs and did some pretend shopping. Let's see what I "bought", eh?

Wild West Trip: Part 2

I present proof to you that it was, indeed, below freezing the previous night that we spent in a tent.
 Breakfast time!
 My aunt, playing at naturalist with our flower field guide.
The dandelions there are seriously huge.
Next stop, Loon Lake!

23 August 2011

Wild West Trip: Part 1

I am back from Wyoming! I am breaking this up into multiple posts because there are quite a few photos. A quick summary: for 4 days my aunt and I went on the Grand Teton Wagon Train and Horse Adventure (which I highly recommend) and then we spent several days in Jackson, WY and the national parks of Grand Teton and Yellowstone.
Here comes the wagon train!
My aunt and I.
The authentic tipi range tents we slept in.
 Our guide, Jeff, and crew member, Miranda, doing Horses For Dummies.
A warning from a bear.
Buddy, the luckiest dog in the world. He spends his days running in the mountains and getting dirty.
 Hiking at 9000 ft.
Cowboy songs, poetry and jokes.

14 August 2011

SESA 2: The Conclusion

Before I could start a post about Fall Essentials Sew Along, I obviously needed to write this very overdue post.
So at the time, I thought I had sewn a lot of stuff. And I guess I did, but not as much as I has hoped (who does?) But technically it was 8 weeks worth of SW projects, so not too bad. I didn't stash-bust (2/7) as much as I had hoped, but I did find more affordable fabric options overall. I also tried a lot of new things: very silky fabric, knits, trims, menswear and pants!
Categories fulfilled: Clam diggers & co (1), Sundress (2), Tees Tunics and Blouses (3). Categories I Made Up: Menswear (1), Bags (1)
P.S. - I still have no photos of the shirt I made for my dad, be patient!

Simplicity 2418
 Really, the best dress a girl could ask for.
New Look 6895
I love it, but the neckline is WAY too low. As in, I could possibly be arrested for it. So, still working on it.
 Simplicity 2364
Love the pattern, don't love the colors of the fabric, but it was a stashbust, so oh well.
Colette 0003
Another stashbust. The linen was too heavy in the end for the weather, but it will be nice in autumn.
Butterick 4022 (1974)
This I wear frequently, which is good because the fabric was a tad on the expensive side, for me.
 Simplicity 2373
 Even though I don't wear them a lot, because they are hard to match to, they were a very good first pants pattern. All my hard work on the alterations will go towards some good basic pants for autumn.
Simplicity 2381
Absolutely the most useful item I have ever made. I use it every single day!

11 August 2011

That's a LOT of Pink!

I apologize, clearly I have been too much out of the loop. While taking a walk today I decided to bring up the idea of a Fall Essentials Sew Along to Ali at Wardrobe, ReImagined. I even thought I would be so ambitious as to offer to host it if she was too busy.
Note image on the right hand side!
Apparently this has already been done. At least I can participate in it by sewing for my ALL TIME FAVORITE SEASON :)

Anyways, I've been spending all my time putting together costumes for Othello, which included making a wedding dress from t-shirts, which was nixed in the end. I had to take a break on Tuesday, however, for the promo photo shoot for Pinkalicious.
We, aka, me, Linda the makeup/wig stylist, Tori aka Pinkalicious and Chris aka Peter had a delightful time.
Ryan, our awesome director, made a cupcake out of clay, so there was a lot of Dreidl, Dreidl singing going on.
It is so pink it is blinding!
Bonus! You actually get to see me with my hair done up pretty.

05 August 2011

It's A Party!

Yep, Happy Birthday to Oona, happy birthday to me (today), and apparently many others!
First stop, on my birthday train was dinner at Cuban Revolution with Daddy-Opi. It is in an old mill complex.
Since it is late 1950s/early 1960s themed, I wore my best shift dress, by Yves Cossette Depeche Mode (tried to research that company, with no luck). I got it at Savers for under $10 and it is 100% linen and lined!
All the art was done by a local artist and they played Cuban music.
Then, last night I had a bonfire with some of my amies - my best friend, my best friend from first grade (with whom I later attended uni), my neighbour/fellow girl scout in high school, and a girl I met at uni while doing costuming. And my sisters! We made marshmallows and dough girls. Bonfires are big in New England summers.
Today we finished it off by going to Newport. We intended to see a Doris Duke sports clothes exhibit, but it is only open on Saturdays! So we moseyed on over to the Cliff Walk (beautiful and free).
 The big reveal! My birthday dress! I made it way back in May out of my favorite, Simplicity 2418 (a top and tunic, but I lengthened it into a dress). Read more on it at Burdastyle.
We played in the hedges and climbed some trees.
Then, a little window shopping was done and Jason bought me a new addition to my animal costume jewelry collection, from Bedazzled. I highly recommend it, all the jewelry was under $24.
 Isn't he cute?
Finally we got to Flo's, for dinner, which made Jason very happy. He doesn't like shopping, but he likes food! Drew Barrymore once ate there, but more importantly it was delicious.
Last stop was Purgatory Chasm, made by the devil when he chopped a maiden's head in half. Yeah, that's Rhode Island for you!

Folks Serv