Friday, November 29, 2013

American Duchess Photo Contest | Please Vote!!

 AND the winners were announced on American Duchess' blog! Our photo tied for 4th place! :)

**** EDIT****
Thanks to everyone who voted for us! Sadly, someone manipulated the contest unfairly, and the voting had to be taken down. They are now going to be judged by a panel of judges, rather than voters choice. Again, thanks to everyone who voted for us!


Hey everyone! 

Hope you all had a fabulous thanksgiving! I know I did - eating more than I should, giggling on the couch with some of my favorite friends, singing around the piano with said friends, and today I'm spending with my fabulous extended family to eat some more! :)

Anyway, this post is to let you know that my amazing photographer sister and I entered the American Duchess photo contest! This is our entry, and we'd really appreciate it if you'd vote for us by liking this photo on Facebook. You can vote once per day up to December 6th. 

CLICK HERE for the link to the gallery, and if you think our's is the best, please vote!! :)

Monday, November 11, 2013

Boys in Bow Ties

Bow ties. They're awesome.

Little boys in bow ties are even awesomer.

(yep, that's a word. i made it up)

We were talking with our friend, Wendy, and she was saying how she was going out to visit her sister's family, and while she was out there she was planning to do a photoshoot of their family. Naturally, the conversation turned to props, poses, and outfits.... and I made a comment about how cute it would be for Trenor to be in a bow tie.

So I decided to make him one.

Or two.

Or four.

Wendy decided on green as being the accent color, and there are SO many different shades of green, so I just pulled out all of my scrap green fabric and ended up making him 4 different green bow ties (the gingham is more blue).
I looked online and found THIS pattern and tutorial, and it worked perfectly. They're so easy to make, and so rewarding.... I did a lot of squealing during this project, especially when I'd come hopping through our kitchen to show my mom and gush over how utterly adorable they were. :)
This fabric was leftover from this dress.
You'll recognize this fabric leftover from my 1960's dress.
The gingham is killing me. It's just so cute! My friend gave me this fabric...for free!!
Ahhh... it's polka-dots!!! This one will be so cute for spring!! :)
It was made from leftover fabric from Kathryn's regency dress.
And here's a photo from Wendy's photo shoot. I love these people so much!!
(Thanks for letting me use the picture Wendy!)

And now... I'm obsessed. And I have to make a ton more. Fortunately, I know a lot of little boys who will need one - plus my cousin just had a baby boy (!!!!!!!), and he's the first baby in our family since I was born, so he's gonna be one spoiled little boy, with my other cousin being a fashion consultant (that kid is gonna have class, guys), my sister being a photographer (he'll have the best baby photos), and me as a seamstress (little boy in colonial garb? I think yes).

Bow ties make me happy.
the end.

Friday, October 25, 2013

1960's Green Dress

To say this in a nutshell, I made this dress because I was tired of wearing black to weddings.

Our family has attended over 10 weddings in the past 2 years. And for several of them, I've been the pianist, so I wear "professional black" to be as inconspicuous as possible.

In September, I attended a wedding that I was not a musician in any way! It may sound shallow of me, but I was thrilled to finally be able to wear color to a wedding (don't get me wrong, I LOVE playing music for weddings, but black is ... black), and in honor of the occasion, I decided to make myself a new colorful dress. :)
The patterns were on sale for 99¢. The fabric was in the bargain basement for $2 a yard, so all in all, the dress cost me about $10. Yeah, I was pleased. :)
The pattern is Butterick #6582, which is a 1960 pattern. For a while I had an slight abhorrence to anything from the 1960's, because after all, it isn't as cute as the 1950's, but recently I really started to like the clothing styles, crazy poofy hair, and wacky make-up. :) I guess watching the Dick Van Dyke show at least once a week for the past 4 years has helped me adjust to the 1960's. :)
The first thing I noticed and liked about the pattern was the "pleaty-ness" of the cross front... sadly, it doesn't come out that way when sewn in real life. I had a quite a time trying to make it work, but it just wouldn't. *sigh* Oh well. The pattern otherwise wasn't difficult... my high shoulder gave me a hard time, but in the end it worked. :) I also made the skirt a little fuller by cutting 3 widths of fabric, instead of using the pattern pieces.
The fabric is a rayon/linen blend. It was a little "drape-y" for this pattern, so I would recommend using a stiffer fabric, but I still liked the end result.
Since this style is very early 1960's, and could be mistaken for 1950's, I did my hair in a bouffant/beehive, and did cat-eye make-up for the photos.  :)
And who could resist putting on sparkly sunglasses? :)

Thanks as always, to my fabulous photographer sister for the photos.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Tutorial | Anne of Green Gables Hairstyle

I got a few requests after my last post for a tutorial on how I did my Anne of Green Gables hair... so I made a video for you all... it's not perfect, as I am still trying to figure out how to video by myself in a mirror, but at least it's something! :)

Do let me know if it works for you!!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Anne spelled with an "E"

"What a splendid day! ... I pity people who aren't born yet for missing it. They may have good days, of course, but they can never have this one."

We read the books over and over again - Mom read them aloud to us, then we read them silently to ourselves a dozen times. Needless to say - we loved them! :)

In fact, we loved them so much that we refused to watch the movies, for fear it would dash the image we had in our minds from reading the books - "After all," we said, "Anne is all about imagination!" and so we bore stares of disbelief from all our friends when they would talk about the movies, and we'd have to admit, that in our late teens, we still hadn't seen the movies.

Mrs. Linhart was one who insisted that we HAD to watch them. She tried to get us to do it for years actually, because she liked them that much. She loves the movies as much as we love the books! Which makes her a kindred spirit, because, either way, movie or book, it means that we both LOVE Anne to death. :)

A little over a year ago, another friend, Christie, gave Kathryn the DVD of the 1st Anne of Green Gables for her birthday, along with an invite up to her in-laws house where they have an in-house theater, to watch it for the first time.

And....we just couldn't resist any longer.

And guess what. We liked it. A lot. :)

I still hold on that the books are better, but the movie is pretty great too, especially in an age where it's next to impossible to find innocent, clean movies.

Actually, we liked it so well that we rented the second movie from the library the next week and watched that too - we figured we may as well go in all the way! :)

So that's my Anne of Green Gables confession. Now onto what this post is really about - Mrs. Linhart's Anne of Green Gables tea party, and my outfit. :)

As Mrs. Linhart's birthday was coming up, Emily, Kathryn, and I knew that the most meaningful party we could give her would be an Anne of Green Gables tea party, so we had planning sessions of what to make for it, Emily came over and we watched the movies to "get inspiration", and it was all around a fantastic party!! Time spent with kindred spirits is always good.

"Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It's splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world."
We had to make Plum Puffs... and they were SO GOOD!!! :) 
My sister wrote out Anne quotes and put them around the table.

Yep, that's Raspberry Cordial (the non-alcohlic type)
To the right are little chicken salad cups, cucumber sandwiches and carrot cake. We decided on the chicken salad because of the quote: 
"I just wish I was a rich American and could spend my summer at a hotel and wear jewels and low-necked dresses and have ice-cream and chicken salad every blessed day." (said by Jane Andrews in the book)

We put doilies across the ceiling - it was just a whimsical flair to the day, and after the fact we remembered Diana talking about how many doilies she wanted to have when she got married, so it fit the theme too! :)

A green table cloth, with a lace one over it, swirled napkins to resemble the seaside shells, white flowers for "The White Way of Delight", homemade chalkboard place cards, and of course, the slate with the famous "Ann(e) Shirley has a very bad temper" written on it. :) We were going to crack the slate, but decided not to... there was no head to crack it over anyway. :)

One of my dearest friends, Emily! We look like Anne and Diana here!
"I believe I could be a model child if I were just invited out to tea every day."
And here's my outfit....

The skirt is made from Simplicity #9723, which is the same thing I used for the petticoat. I ditched the V insert on the skirt, and instead cut the pattern down the side back, to have 5 seams total on the skirt rather than the 3 it originally had. And then I did pleats instead of gathers, and buttons/buttonholes instead of the zipper. I had to make a placket for that, and finally I added the tucks.
  The blouse is a combination of Simplicity #9723, Butterick #3992 and rectangles, and tweaks and my imagination. Honestly, I don't totally remember what I did to get to this point, other than make mock-ups, stare at movie screen caps, and make lots of mistakes. :)
The front has 3 tiny pleats across the seam. It's made of white muslin and has a lace overlay.
"A flattering looking glass is a promoter of amiability."
The skirt is made of cotton sateen, and I will make you all jealous when you hear that I got it for a whopping $2.70 a yard..... :)

 Since the skirt is flared, putting tucks in the skirt would have been a nightmare, so I did strips of fabric and then hand stitched them on, so they look like tucks.
The back buttons...

.... and so does the skirt
The sleeve also has 4 tucks in it.
We did a dramatic reading of "The Lady of Shallot" for the party - reciting poetry is becoming such a lost art... but after reading poems, you can see why... they are terribly depressing. :)
A true statement....

"Isn't it nice to think that tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it yet?"

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Blog | Mode de Lis

I'm so so so excited to share with you that my dear friend Lily has entered the blogging world!! We've been telling Lily that she needed a blog for a couple years now, because she is the most amazing seamstress - I mean, THE MOST AMAZING!!!! (ok Lily, pressure is on *wink*).

You need to go check her blog out, add her to your Google Reader, follow, comment, the whole she-bang. She's that good. Really. Ya'll will want to ditch my blog when you read hers (I won't be offended, I promise).

On TOP of all that, she has really great pictures on her blog... maybe because my sister took them.... :)

And her blog design is super cute.... maybe because my sister designed it.... :)

So please, go and check out Mode de Lis - you won't regret it! Lily will inspire you and make your jaw drop open with her incredible sewing skills!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

1930's Claremont Oxfords!!!

Just a quick post to let you know that American Duchess is giving away a pair of her new Claremont Oxfords!!

Aren't they cute?? I want them!!!

Anyway, go check out her blog to enter the giveaway yourself! I have 3 pairs of American Duchess shoes, and I love each one, and highly recommend them for quality, plus they have awesome customer service! :)

P.S. AND I just saw that American Duchess added my blog to her sidebar. 



 day = made!!!!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Of Lace and Ruffles

Well, hello there, you-neglected-blog-you! :)

Let's just say I'm the worst blogger ever and be done with it.

This summer has been crazy busy, but it has been just SO much fun!! :) You could say that nothing significant has really happened over the summer, but I've made memories that won't be forgotten, and that amounts to something I think! :) And making memories is more important to me than getting my sewing projects done... obviously. *wink*

Putting a deadline on yourself sure does help get things done though! My sister, Kathryn, and my friend, Emily, and I are putting on an Anne of Green Gables tea party for a dear friend's birthday. She loves Anne as much as Kathryn, Emily, and I do, and it just seemed perfect to put one on for her. We have all sorts of fun ideas planned, and I can't wait to get in the kitchen and start making "Anne" food (plum puffs anyone?).

Of course, I need an Anne outfit to go to this party....

And, no, you don't get to see the outfit in this post, because it isn't done. :)

But first things first. Yes, I'm talking about the corset and petticoat. :)

I made a new corset using "Past Pattern's Straight Boned Corset" pattern. I would highly recommend it - it's wonderful. The only thing that I would change is that I would buy longer bones for my torso. I altered the pattern slightly, taking in the gussets, and a little on the side seams, but in the end, if I made it again, I'd probably make it just as is, as it turned out to be a slight bit too small (but when it comes to corsets, too small is better than too big, right?). It's pictured with my chemise that I made for my Titanic ensemble.

(I haven't washed the corset yet, which is why you can see my markings still on it...)

The petticoat, I used Simplicity #9723, which is out of print. I wasn't too keen on using it, but since I had it in my pattern stash, I thought I may as well... and I was surprised how much I liked it! I didn't gather it in the back, instead I did 3 large pleats on top of each other on either side at the center back, so it looks like one giant pleat. I also ditched the train for the petticoat, so I can use this on skirts that don't have a train as well. Oh, and I cut it on extra wide muslin, so I didn't have the triangular piecing at the back. One thing to mention, is this pattern I think was made for a 6' woman, because it is reaaaaaallllllllyyyyy long. I had to hem it up over 4 inches.

My sister's harp makes a nice backdrop, don't you think? :)

I'm obsessed with rolled hems.

It closes with a double hook and bar.

Stay tuned for the real outfit! :)

***This post was written a week ago, so it's a little outdated - sorry for the delay***

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