29 November 2012

A Vintage Affair

 A few Sundays ago, a certain dashing young man told me that he would be taking me out on a date that evening. Normally our schedules mean we can only squeeze in a few hours late in the evening together, so our dates are mostly in-house...cooking, watching movies, star-gazing or walking the dog.
I had to dash out the door as soon as work was over, since he told me that we had to leave by 4. He wouldn't, however, tell me where we were going. After about a half hour drive, we parked and entered a store. This is what I saw...
It was a vintage clothing store!!! He informed me that we wouldn't be leaving empty handed, even though I would have been content just to window shop. How did I get so lucky?!

I was very, very overwhelmed by the excellent stock at Fashionista Vintage & Variety. Turns out he contacted them ahead of time to request that they stay open later for us. The two owners were fabulous, very in love with their store and a lot of fun. They tied our purchases up in a scrap of cloth and clothes-pinned it to a stick, hobo-style.

He pointed out a 1940's silk robe with an amazing dragon embroidery on the back. That was coming home for sure so I would have a robe to use when I stay over.
Then a super-cute bowling shirt. He knows my style and has excellent taste.
And I splurged on an amazing Gunne Sax black label dress because I can't resist a Gunne Sax.
Really, truly, officially the best date ever.

15 November 2012

Christmas Knitting Part I

I've fallen into the habit of knitting at least two gifts for Christmas. This year I'm considering attempting one knitted gift for everyone because I've gotten a pretty good head start. AKA I've made one hat!

For my mom and dad, a classic hat...
Yarn: Lion Brand Amazing (Joann's)
Cost: Free pattern, Yarn $4-5
ETA: This first one took me a month of knitting on and off

My mother works on a local farm. She is known as Farmer Kit and I think what she does is really cool. While on the job, she does things as varied as driving a tractor to tying fancy bows for wreaths. Since she is frequently outside I decided to knit her a hat that is warm and also easy to spot if she puts it down or loses it.
I use this yarn a LOT, mostly because it is the perfect yarn for the mitten pattern I like to use. I have made 3 pairs of mittens from it. This yarn has great colorways and is also fairly soft for a wool/acrylic yarn. The changing colors with a crazy stripe here and there keep me wanting to knit.
I've found I enjoy knitting very classic styles. They tend to produce great results without a lot of fuss and this hat fit the bill perfectly. It is very well written and easy to make but looks great, and as an added bonus it is a mens pattern that a man would actually wear. The downside is my gauge was a little off and so this hat is a tad short - it doesn't quite cover my earlobes! I'll be adding a brim I guess.

Wool makes my Dad itchy, so he'll be getting a version of it in this yarn and colorway:
Source: Ravelry

13 November 2012

My Color Palette

There's a great post by quiet and small today that very much describes the thought process I've culled from my sewing hiatus. On top of that, Tasia at Sewaholic did a post talking about what colors look best on herself and how we should use that as a guide when sewing.

In that spirit I've put together my own color palette based off of the colors I'm immediately drawn to in my own wardrobe.
(These are all swatch images from fabric.com)
I have a complexion with a lot of red undertones, so a bright red makes me look like a fire engine. A lovely cranberry color, however, brings out the best in my skin. A gentle pink brings out a natural blush. Hot pink is overwhelming.
Blues are best on me, especially grey-blues and seafoam. They keep me from looking warm and bring out my blue eyes! If it is too close to teal it is usually too bright.
Brown is not typically my friend. Any color with shades of brown mixed in tends to make my complexion appear dirty. A chocolate brown, however, is dark enough to give good contrast without washing me out like black would.
Chartreuse is one of the few greens I can wear. If I wear green there has to be yellow in it too.
Navy and all shades of grey are my most common neutrals.
Orange and mustard yellow are great accent colors.

08 November 2012

Remember Me? Time To Catch Up!

Hello friends! I've missed you all so much! Since my apprenticeship is coming to a close in about a month I've decided started easing myself back into the blogging world. I'm presenting a photo collage of what my year here has been like...there's not a lot of sewing since even when I did sew I didn't always get photos, but it was an excellent mental health break. Also, after much thought and meditation, I feel I have a much better grasp of what I want and like to sew, how long my own sewing process is and how best to budget it; all things that had been a source of frustration for me while sewing.

I did a zipline adventure in Massachusetts. A little challenging for a girl who's afraid of heights and gets vertigo!
Altered a thrift find: a 1990's ankle-length rayon dress into something that felt a little more 1940s.
Met a really great guy (and his dog, Paisley) at a Fourth of July bash.
Had a tie-dye and jello shots day.
Made a 5 ft. long patchwork belt.
MET ALAN CUMMING! Right after we took the photo I got so overwhelmed that I cried. Yep, I was that person.
Wore some silly wigs.
Knit a hat! Pattern is available on Ravelry from the woman who wrote the Stitch n Bitch books.
Jumped off a dock into the CT river (I'm on the end with the crazy shorts). I also jumped off a bridge into a reservoir.
Made McCalls 6559: after many frustrating fights with my serger I handsewed a LOT of it. It is incredibly shapeless, but comfortable.
Was in a photo shoot. Can you spot me?
I've baked a LOT. I've also cooked a lot. I'm very proud that I've expanded my previously non-existent skills in the kitchen.
Danced the macarena at a decades party.
Was an "approachable clown" and half of a pair of mimes for Halloween. Miss Captain America here is afraid of clowns. But not me! I'm approachable!
Phew! Eventually I'll get photos of the other knitted and sewn items I've made, but that's it for now! Glad to be back!

Folks Serv