Saturday, September 6, 2014

hello, goodbye

hi there.

It's been awhile, no? I've missed this, but it's time to migrate to a new platform. I'm moving over to Wordpress, and you can find me at

Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Mabels and Monetas, times two

So I made a few Polyvore sets for the Colette knitcation contest -- I've never used Polyvore before, and it was fun in a detail-oriented, I-can't-believe-I-don't-have-Photoshop-anymore way. I was thinking about Iceland Airwaves, and traveling with a limited wardrobe, and it was a fun exercise in planning real life outfits. (Well, "real"ish, anyway... if I bought Lanvin flats and Givenchy bags, maybe.)

So I figure, why not share them? I haven't taken any other real pictures of my makes in awhile, and this is kiiiiinda like an outfit FO post.

I'm guessing I'd be pretty chilly in this get-up in Iceland in the fall... but in my fantasy vacations, I never get cold!

Friday, August 2, 2013

pretty papers, pretty ribbons

So I do have a Hawthorn to show you all, but it'll have to wait for the weekend as it's in the wash at the moment.

Instead, I found a kind of awesome fabric deal I want to share in case any of you are interested in brightly patterned Marc Jacobs silk/cotton twill.

images: fabric mart, bluefly, bloomingdale's, barney

I bought a few yards of the black fabric (Bluefly calls it deep navy; ├ža marche) quite awhile ago because I recognized it from Ms. Rashida Jones' Parks & Rec wardrobe. Apparently, it also briefly appeared on Gossip Girl.

A week ago, I was searching for an image of the fabric online so I could add it to Evernote (kind of a brilliant way to keep track of fabric stash, by the way -- and yes, I'm too lazy to just take a picture of my fabric without checking to see if one is already available) and I found one on FFC. Both the black/navy and the red-orange print are available! Black is 5.75/yd and orange is on sale for 3.95/yd -- they were both on sale a week ago when I, um, bought a few yards of each.

Here's the thing: they're calling it rayon challis. So when I ordered, I had no idea whether the fabrics were the silk/cotton twill I hoped for, or if they really were rayon challis. I think $4-5/yd is an average price for rayon challis, but pretty great for designer silk/cotton twill so I took the risk. You know, for science.

The fabric arrived yesterday, and guess what, guys? It is silk cotton twill! Or at least definitely twill, and most likely a silk/cotton blend since a. it just feels like it and b. I've only seen this print available in the form of silk/cotton dresses and blouses (well, and silk organza, which this definitely isn't). I'm not a chemist, but I'm satisfied.

So buy some for cheap if you want! Or don't -- maybe you hate ribbons and garish prints? I don't know, but I wanted to put it out there.

(It goes without saying that these aren't sponsored links or anything, right? I don't usually order from this particular merchant because they're pretty haphazard when it comes to labeling. Case in point? But this time, I went for it because I love the print and I was pleasantly surprised rather than bitterly disappointed by online fabric shopping!)

Saturday, June 29, 2013

come saturday

So, last week was pretty exciting for me: First, I won the Closet Case Files giveaway for the By Hand London Victoria blazer pattern! Thanks, Heather Lou! Summer short-suit, here I come....

And then Colette released the much anticipated new shirt-dress pattern!

Oh, and I also got married!

Brooklyn Borough Hall is a surprisingly efficient place, and it's even kind of pretty inside. For some reason, I'd anticipated that a trip to the marriage bureau would be similar to going to the DMV, but thankfully that's not the case at all.

 We didn't hire a photographer or anything, but both of my parents ended up coming to town so they snapped a few photos of the occasion.

I was glad that my dress (V1288) was both short & sleeveless, because last Tuesday was a killer of a day: both incredibly hot and humid.  Also, it's pretty fun to make your own wedding dress and opt-out of the intense shopping pressure. (Not that I didn't have some sewing-room pressure -- my first dress was actually a spectacularly failed Oolong. I may share some pictures of that later, as soon as I can face the creeping, crooked seam lines.)

I was at the beach for the rest of the week, so I pretty much spent all my time in swimsuits, or shorts and tees. So last week reminded me that I need to refine my summer wardrobe. Usually I prefer wearing breezy cotton dresses when it's hot, but I've really culled a lot of ill-fitting or worn-out clothes from my closet, and there aren't many summer dresses left. 
Fortunately, I do have a number of breezy cotton prints, and I think Hawthorn will be perfect for them! I was also excited to notice that the pattern also includes a button-up blouse -- as much as I admire the ease of pullover blouses, they usually don't look great on me.

Monday, June 10, 2013

shake it up

Um, so clearly I dropped the ball re: MMM'13 but let's just move past all that, eh? How about I show you something I just made instead!

Meet Vogue 1288, the sequined Badgley Mischka cocktail dress. I used a cream cotton/rayon allover lace, and I underlined the main dress with a peachy silk taffeta. It also happens to be my wedding dress, for a city hall ceremony next week! I'm pretty sure I won't be wearing this dress very often (the lace is kind of prone to snags, and the invisible zipper really likes to snack on it every time it zips) but I'm surprised to find myself in love with the shape of it! I think I'll be making another one soon -- maybe in silk crepe? I just love the look of Novita's  version of V1288.

Another thing to love: I finished this dress in a day! All of it -- from cutting to hemming -- was completed on Sunday! So that definitely counts as success as far as I'm concerned.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

MMM'13 - week one

A quick Me-Made-May round-up. I did succeed in wearing 3 garments, but two of them are possibly stretching the spirit of MMM a bit, because... well, you'll see.

First, on Wednesday or Thursday I wore my Simplicity 1696 jeans. I made them awhile ago, and have worn them a few times... but this week was my last. The pattern actually worked really well for me, but the stretch denim is awful. They look great for the first five minutes out of the dryer, but they get sloppier and sloppier as the day goes on until they're practically falling off me. Of course, I found this Sandra Betzina tip to prevent excessive stretching shortly after I made them -- I'll remember it for next time! I hate to wear this pair just because I made them, so in the spirit of love it or leave it: they're gone!

And now for Friday night's look:

Yes, it's lounge wear. (I didn't quite relish the idea of releasing pictures of me in my skivvies on the internet.) I knit the lace-edged camisole from a Jennie Atkinson book mostly out of grey cashmere yarn from Colourmart, and it is super soft & cozy. The silk crepe undies are kind of a hybrid of a 1940s lingerie pattern and a draft-your-own elasticized tap pant pattern I once had bookmarked. They're cut on the bias so they're quite glamorous... at least, they were until I added the bright blue fold-over elastic! Sometimes I wear them under dresses, and sometime I just like to lounge around my house, feeling luxurious. (Okay, so maybe that's most of the time!)

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

lacy laurel

I had envisioned knocking out 3 or 4 Laurel dresses by the end of April, but I got sidetracked into the exhilarating realm of swimwear. (Did you know it's possible to make a bathing suit in two hours? Magic! But more on that later.)

So now it's the end of April and I ended up with only two Laurels: a sleeveless blouse, which is somewhere in my laundry bin, and a dress. A sort of sixties, scalloped-hem lace shift!

Underlining: what a drag, right? I mean, it's not really that bad... I'm just impatient, and both fabrics were a little shifty. (The lace is a Maggy London cotton/rayon blend, and the underlining is a pale yellow satin-faced rayon.) But I only underlined the body of the dress, and I basted my darts carefully... it went together pretty well, if slowly.

I did have a little hiccup with the fit -- in fact, I almost chucked this dress at one point. For some reason, even though I tested the fit with the blouse, the dress was about 6 inches too large all around. I didn't take any photos, but if you can imagine a lace potato sack then you're not far off. But I did not want to give up after all that underlining, so I proceeded to skim in an inch and a half from both side seams. And now that it's finished, I'm glad I persevered!

It's not exactly work appropriate... at least not for my work, which can get a little dirty. But I think it will be perfect for summer parties because it is such a breezy style! And it looks great over tights, so I suspect it might become my easy holiday party dress, too.

I love the hem -- and my sweet little dog, too.
Also, I think it's high time to participate in a Me-Made-May, so here goes:  'I pledge to wear at least 3 handmade garments each week for the duration of May 2013. I will also endeavor to post my efforts once  a week, and I aim to make two garments before the end of May 2013'

My other goal, which sort of relies on attempting MMM'13, is to find the holes in my closet as well as to ferret out the things I never wear. (I've been doing a little of it here and there since moving and losing a LOT of closet space, but I want to really REALLY do it now. So MMM is the push I need to get the wardrobe I need.) So here goes!