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Wheat Bushel Shirtdress & Superimposed Portraits

img_5154Moving right along through the unblogged garments…I’ve got another dress to share that I made last year. I made it around my birthday last August, so it fits a bit loose on me now, but not enough to bother me. I always wear belts anyway.

This dress is one of my favorite dresses, especially since it can easily go from season to season. I wore it with tights, cardigans and boots in the fall and winter.

The material was a thrift store find. It’s a rayon blend of some kind. The wheat block print is reminiscent of a fabric from the ’40s. Continue reading

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Reinvigorated Kitchen Chalkboard Decor

IMG_5389So, by now you have figured out that shades of turquoise and aqua are like a drug to me.

Yes, I definitely have a problem. And yes, when observing my color addiction, people have been known to reference Marie’s purple everywhere in Breaking Bad.

Here is a terrible photo of my wacky kitchen. As you can see, I have little blue accents everywhere. ;P Whatever… The color makes me happy, so why fight it?

Also, gotta love those wacky ’70s scallop cabinets in combination with that ugly tile, right? Ha! Just so much going on in there. It’s also extremely dark in the kitchen, because it’s pretty closed off from any natural lighting. Anyway, one day the kitchen will be reinvigorated, but for now I’ll just enjoy its “retro” (although, probably not in a good way, in this case) charm.

Anyway, this chalkboard shelf…decoration…thing in my kitchen was an upcycle from a thrifted item. I think I bought it for about $2.
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Vintage Floral Sleeveless Bruyère Shirt

IMG_5207This is one of my favorite pieces of clothing from the last couple years. I know that may not be evident from my face in some of these photos, but I really do like this garment. I just took way too many photos of different garments in one day, and I was 100% over it.

I used the Deer & Doe Bruyère pattern. I omitted the sleeves, changed the armholes slightly and added bias binding.

When the pattern first came out, I was unsure about the shape. To be honest, it draws a lot of attention to my hips. However, I liked the design too much to pass it up. Besides, the older I get, the more accepting and appreciative of my body I am, so I’m not really self-conscious about it.

The fabric is a vintage floral cotton that I was saving in my stash for years. I saved it for four and a half years, to be exact. I found the fabric on this thrift haul. I still can’t believe I finally allowed myself to use it. Looking back at that thrift haul makes me really miss the thrift stores in Maryland. That’s probably the one and only thing I miss about living there. 😛 Continue reading

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Spring Cleaning Giveaway

100_3334To start off my first Me-Made-May I’ve got a giveaway for ya’, and it’s a big un’! This giveaway has something for sewers and non-sewers alike.

First, I have some patterns to give away. I will mail these to fellow sewers anywhere around the world…

As I was going through my wardrobe and making my plans for Me-Made-May, I realized that there are several items that I made over the past few years and rarely wore or only wore once or twice. These dresses deserve to be worn and loved. I can’t bear to give them to a thrift shop, so I thought I’d see if anyone out there might be interested in them… Continue reading

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Mad Men Sewing Challenge Dress Complete…Barely

IMG_6658I finished my Mad Men Dress, just in time. I was so glad to have an extension.

I aimed to have this dress done on Friday (the original deadline), but I’ve been distracted since Thursday. We’re redoing our whole yard. We’ve been pulling out concrete, filling the pool in, clearing, pruning, tilling, etc. I’ve had to dig up and temporarily pot a lot of plants to replant when we’re finished. Needless to say, I’m amazed that I managed to just squeeze this dress in by the extended deadline…

I used Butterick 2952 as a base pattern, and made a lot of alterations and additions. Continue reading

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Mad Men Dress Plan & Liebster Award

Mad Men - Season 5, Episode 5 - Photo Credit: Ron Jaffe/AMCStrap in…this post has two subjects, but I hope you’ll stay with me.

Apparently, this is gonna be the year of sewing challenges for me. I learned something from participating in Sew for Victory: sewing challenges/sew-alongs make me more productive. I don’t mean just when it comes to the items made for the challenge. I see an increase in my general sewing productivity when I have a special project to work on. So, over the next few months I’m going to hop onto a few other challenges: Mad Men Dress Challenge, Me Made May, and maybe even the Great Gatsby Sewing Challenge.

Anyway, I’m excited about participating in Julia Bobbin’s Mad Men Dress Challenge this year, and I thought I’d share my plan. Continue reading

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Last Minute “Sew for Victory” Dress

IMG_6318I learned about the Sew for Victory challenge really late in the game (this past Sunday), but I decided that I really wanted to try to complete a project for it.

I’m keeping this post really brief in order to meet the deadline, but I may add a separate post in the next few days with more details about the alterations I made to the pattern.

This dress took a LONG time. The buttons and belt added a lot more time to the project, but I would say it was time well spent. Continue reading

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Mini Mushrooms Make Me Merry Dress

IMG_6102I know, I know, the title. I just couldn’t help myself with the alliteration. Besides, it’s a totally true title. Oops! There I go again.

I realize the title of this post could give some people the wrong idea. Don’t worry, I’m not on shrooms. The mushrooms on this dress do make me pretty happy though.

I found this material last year at a thrift store. I believe I purchased it for about $0.50. It was in excellent condition, with no stains or smells. After a good washing and pressing it was reinvigorated.

It appears to have been cut away from a longer curtain of some sort. The top was clearly cut by pinking shears. It had a hem on the bottom with weights at the corners, and each edge was finished. I had to take apart the hem and sides to get some extra inches of width and length. Continue reading

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Blue 40s DuBarry Dress

IMG_5981I’m still here! I have sewed a few things, but I have been a very bad blogger and neglected to post for a while–which, unfortunately, means that I have already failed at one of my goals for the year. Oops… Although I sometimes go MIA briefly, rest assured, I will be back (As you no doubt have figured out, if you’ve read this blog for a while)…

OK, enough of the excuses! I’m making myself dizzy with self-disappointment. Here is a finished dress…

I made several alterations to the pattern. I didn’t add the yoke (I don’t like high necklines), and I used bias tape and top-stitched around the neckline. I also adjusted the shoulders at the neckline to account for the missing yoke. Many vintage patterns have unbelievable amounts of ease and this one was no exception, so I took the dress in a tad on the sides. The sleeves are also smaller than the original pattern. I ended up making them a little too tight for my taste, but they work… Continue reading

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First Thrift Haul of 2013

IMG_5878I went on one of my thrift and flea market circuits this weekend, and I can’t help but share what I found. I hadn’t been out “thrifting” in months, and I almost didn’t go out this weekend. But, boy, am I glad I went on Saturday! Continue reading

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