Friday, April 4, 2014

Spring Dapper Day 2014

On February 23rd, I attended my 3rd Dapper Day. (yes I went to last falls, I just never blogged about it. Oops.)

It was an interesting day all around. It was very packed that day, and I got a bit overwhelmed with the crowds, so I stole a friend and broke away quite a lot.

Dress

I acquired some yellow synthetic from a friend and made the dress as per the instructions, with the exception of shortening the bodice, skirt, and sleeves. (I'm fairly short). The pattern is Advance 9925.

Erin and I

I ran off with my sweet friend Erin for a bit to get some air, and to hop on the monorail, something I hadn't done in about 20 years.

On a Vespa

We ran around the Grand Californian for a bit, contemplated buying a Vespa and did some shopping.

Aimee and I

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(photo from Jets stream)
I ran into my friends Aimee and Jet and snagged pictures with them.

Acquisitions

Then we all piled in the car and headed back home. I only made one purchase from the Dapper Day boutiques, and it's those gloves. They are nice creme color, with pale yellow piping, and were made in West Germany!
I also snagged a parasol from New Orleans square, and was gifted a tie and pocket square from a sweet acquaintance from SDCC.

I can't wait for the next time I hit up Disney -cough- next week -cough-, and I totally can't wait for my next Dapper Day.





Thursday, April 3, 2014

Rummage Sale Finds

On March 9th, I attended the annual Thursday Club Rummage sale. I usually go to this with my dad, but he was convinced I wouldn't wake early the first day, and was busy the second day. So I took up upon myself to go by myself, and I think I did a pretty damn good job with my finds.


Rummage Sale finds

I made a small list of things I wanted, and with the exception of patterns, and hats, I got all I was looking for.


Rummage Sale finds

I really like the handkerchiefs, two of which are silk.

Rummage Sale finds

The necklace is the hardest thing to photograph, but I captured the one important aspect of it. And I grabbed the last buttons at a table. The white ones will go on my Sew for Victory blouse!

Rummage Sale finds

That purse stayed there till I was about to leave, and I spent about an hour in the building, so clearly it was meant for me to have it. The gloves appeared the second time I went round the accessories table, and they fit perfectly. They're Van Raalte, and if I had to guess by the tag, maybe from the mid 1950's?

Have any of you made any happy finds at rummage sales and the like?

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Lets Sew for Victory

Hello everyone!


I'm here with another thing to pull me from this crafting rut I'm currently in. I've been super busy with work in two project based classes- fashion selection, and fashion sketching, and I need a pick me up.
With my spring break around the corner ( and a lot of work to do in the above classes), I was pleased as punch to see that Rochelle was starting up her Sew for Victory sew along!

Now earlier in the month I entered Maries vintage pattern giveaway to get more people on her Vintage Pledge mission. I won a gorgeous 1940's blouse pattern, and the lightbulb went off in my head.

Sew For Victory and Vintage Pledge

So, here are my simple plans.

Blouse

I will use this vintage Simplicity 2382 pattern to make blouse view 3. I traced the pattern yesterday afternoon, and will figure what adjustments need to be made for it. I bought the lovely fabric at JoAnns earlier today, and it's currently in the dryer. I was drawn to the print, as it reminded me of feed-sack material.

Skirt

For my skirt, I'll be using Simplicity 3688. I've never used this pattern before, but I've heard a lot of people raving about the trousers pattern. One day, I'll make the entire ensemble. The fabric is a cotton bottom weight from JoAnns in the color called 'caviar' which had me giggling a bit in the aisle as I grabbed the bolt.

Muslin samples for both will be a definite thing, due to me being fairly short. I kindly asked my sister, and a friend to remind me to photograph my progress, so you all have something to look at.

Is anyone else going to Sew for Victory, or take the Vintage Pledge?

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Making things for 2014

Hello everyone!
 It seems to be this year is the year of 'making a nice wardrobe for yourself.' Tasha is making her wardrobe work for her. Rochelle is setting up a 12 pattern challenge. The lovely ladies at Colette Patterns are doing a wardrobe architect.
 I'm just filling my closet with things I know would make me very happy. I've been considering a complete wardrobe revamp, but I don't have anywhere near the kind of money it would take to make that possible. So, the next best thing for me is to put my sewing skills to use.

 In 2012, I decided to keep a little sewing journal as I was inspired by Katies journal.
 


 I keep track of things I've made, what fabric I've used, the patterns, any special modifications I've done, etc.
 It's really great, especially if I want to re make patterns, I can know what works and what didn't. Of course this little book will be getting a bit of a workout this year.
 
Here's a list of things I'd like to make in 2014
4 Blouses
3 Skirts
2 Trousers
4 Dresses
2 Lounge outfits
1 Jacket
1 Purse
1 Hat

The hat was added on recently, and I'm sure this list will go through a lot of changes during the year.

I'll be kicking this little self imposed challenge off with two patterns I bought from Janey's etsy shop last year.

I've made a muslin on the McCalls 6413 pattern, and it fits very well! Just a few minor adjustments, and when I find the perfect fabric, I'll have the cute blouse from that pattern.



This Advance 9925 pattern will be my dress for Dapper Day!  I'll be making a pair of gloves, and maybe a cute little stole to wear along with it. I've traced the pattern (and one for a friend, we plan to have a little sew along between our selves at somepoint in the year), and have muslin sitting aside ready to be worked on.

I'm excited to share the things I'll be making with you all!!

Are any of you doing any sewing challenges this year?


Monday, January 20, 2014

My Makeup

Earlier this month, Kailey asked her followers on twitter what makeup they used and I of course answered. I told her I'd eventually blog about it, and here I am being good on my word. I've only recently started wearing makeup on a regular basis. I would only buy makeup for cosplay, and be upset it would just sit there until my next convention. So I slowly began to cultivate a mini collection, and I'm always looking for new things. I have a bad problem with dry lips and hands in the colder months, so this rose salve is a huge life saver for me. And the Haute and Naughty mascara is probably the best thing to happen to me. I think I need more lipstick. More shades of red would be awesome. I have my go to MAC Ruby Woo, and L'Oreal British Red. I'd LOVE to own some lipstick from Besame Cosmetics. My trusty MAC Studio Fix is looming in the corner, and has been well loved. And a final parting shot. What makeup products do you use? Are there any makeup products you're wanting? Send me a link, I'd love to see them. PS- WOW, I do not like the new formatting for flickrs photos. I shall change it when I can.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Link Dump

Hello darling readers! How is 2014 treating you? Well, I hope.
 Here are some links for your reading enjoyment!

Gertie has a couple new patterns out for Spring 2014. I'm most likely going to pick up that lingerie pattern. 

The lovely ladies from Colette Patterns are here to help those of you who have a million sewing projects and no idea how to sort them with The Wardrobe Architect.

 Janey from Atomic Redhead is showing off some super sweet vintage photos with animals in them! It makes me want to start a collection of my own.

 Brittney from VaVoom Vintage helps you lot out who want to make sure you get your vintage dressing look right with a little research.

 Sarah from Ohhh Lulu has created a pattern and supply shop! I am super excited about this. I can't wait to create something from one of her new patterns.

 Do any of you have any links that have recently made you excited?

Monday, September 30, 2013

Completed Fall for Cotton outfit

Here is my completed outfit! IMG_0008 I had a lot of fun creating this fun little number. I would love to make another, and soon! I couldn't get anyone to take photos for me, so a tripod and the automatic count down it was. IMG_0003 I love the length on the trousers, even though you can't really see them. I hope to get a family member to take a proper full body picture for me. IMG_0009 My sister told me it looked like I bought the outfit somewhere, and was happily surprised when I said I made it myself. IMG_0010 I am really hoping I can get my hands on some vintage patterns, so I can make more adorable outfits for my wardrobe. Next time I start a sewing project, I'll try to remember to take construction photos. IMG_0011 Alright, time to look through everyone elses awesome outfits! Did any of you participate in Fall for Cotton? Share your outfits with me!

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