29 December 2011

Vote For Me!

I can't believe how busy I have been these last few weeks of 2011 - and I haven't even been sewing or costuming! Stay posted for a yearly roundup of sorts and anniversary giveaway after the 1st of the New Year.
What I really wanted to ask of you all is a small favor. I've been nominated for an award for my costume designs in the 2011 BroadwayWorld Connecticut Awards! I would really, really appreciate it if you would take the time to vote for me online here: http://ct.broadwayworld.com/vote2011region.cfm?region=Connecticut
 (under the name Allysa Opishinski)
You enter your email address in the box provided and then vote in each category. You can skip the other ones until you come to Costume Design or if you really want you could vote for anything that is by Hartford Children's Theatre, as that is where I work.
Voting ends on the 31st I believe, so this is my last chance for votes!

13 December 2011

SW: Everything's Coming Up Roses

I've pretty much accepted that I won't participate in basically the rest of the Sew Weekly challenges this year - December is just too hectic a month. But I am doing a big wardrobe culling and making a to-fix/finish list for myself. I'd like next year to be more about fixing and finishing projects that I've already started or for which I'd already bought fabric - stash busting WILL happen.
So when I had a little free time today I decided to kick-start my list with an easy one. This was intended to be my Think Pink sewing challenge and once I'd repaired my petticoat that was going to be my Spanish Harlem sewing challenge. I don't know why I procrastinated on this one so much, all it needed was to be shortened! I am lazy pants.
 All I did was take a thrifted 1990s does 1920s dress that went to my ankles and shortened it a LOT. Then I washed and ironed it like crazy because it smelled a little funny. It's made of a lovely drapey rayon challis and with the petticoat it has a great soft 1960s dress feel to it. It is a little chilly now to wear it, but it will definitely get use in the spring.
As a side note I also attempted to repair my vintage fur shrug. After sewing it the stitches just ripped through the leather, so I tried hot glueing...I could see the original glue lines so I knew it was made in a similar way. Just apparently not with hot glue! It didn't work at all!

08 December 2011

Scratch the Suit

As usual, I cannot keep a sewing promise. I looked and looked for a suit pattern that I really loved and found something else instead. A two-piece dress that really, really screams Joan Holloway from the Etsy store allthepreciousthings. Love at first sight, I ordered it all the way from Australia.
 I could see myself wearing a suit, just not long enough to count for anything! Blazers drive me up the wall, I only put up with my vintage plaid ones because, well, they are plaid.For some reason I just don't find them comfortable to wear at all.
Despite this change, I still want to thoroughly document the process behind making this. I am thinking a navy double knit with cream bow, and that is a fabric I have yet to use. Any tips anyone?

What else is on the sewing table? A printer cover for my Pop for Christmas, at his request. Also Simplicity 2180 in a quilter's cotton, possibly for something I have coming up on my social calendar. I loved Sarah and Debi's versions at the SW.
JoAnn had a spiffy print with keys all over it, but I don't think there was enough on the bolt, so I'm going in with pretty much NO fabric plan, eep! I'm wondering if I could ditch the zipper. After all, it has elastic in the back.

First Ladies Fashion

If only exhibits like this came to RI, I might actually go to museums more often. Sigh. At least they have a flickr photostream I can access!
Don't those diagonal bodice darts look a lot like the ones on the Lisette pattern everyone's been making?
 First Lady Edith Wilson
First Lady Grace Coolidge - love the flapper style, and that HUGE bow.
And my absolute favorite, Frances Cleveland's mix n' match set. The color green of that velvet is gorgeous.

Folks Serv