Friday, 21 August 2009


I missed out taking WIFD photos yesterday - sorry! And I'm not sure I'll get to them today either.

You see, tomorrow I leave for another year of college, 12 hours and about 700 miles from home. Which means that when we drive away tomorrow, my whole life has to be in the car - books, clothes, music, kitchen stuff, sewing and knitting supplies... everything I'll need for the next 9 months or so.

And this being me (Procrastinator Extraordinaire) I neglected to start packing until this morning.

(Feel free to insert incredulous laughter and copious scolding, here... I'm sure I deserve them.)

Anyway, it's going fairly well, I suppose. All the clothes and books and bedding and kitchen odds and ends are packed up (along with a sampling of home-made jams), and I'm down to sorting through my yarn stash to decide what I'm taking, and rounding up the odds and ends in some semblance of order. That's always the part that takes longest, though. I was going for down-sizing this year and only taking the essentials, but I'm not sure that I've achieved that - and I won't know until I try to pack it all into the van when my mum comes back from running errands. If we can get it in without removing one of the bucket seats (the back bench seat always comes out; that's a given) and with a little room to spare so that the rear-view mirror is useful, then I'm doing well!

I should get back to work; I have apple pies to make and bathing suits to finish up today as well as the packing. But I just had to sit down, have a rest, and write about this all first; if I write it up, it seems humourous and then I don't get overwhelmed! But for now, back to the chaos ;-)

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

WIFD Day Four

Today was a going-out day; we made a stop at IKEA on the way to the airport to pick up my brother, who has been in Arizona with relatives for the last two months. Boy, was it good to see him! He hove into view looking like the stereotypical beach boy... cargo pants, loose, brightly-patterned shirt (untucked), his hair shoulder-length and topped with a backwards baseball cap, and very "cool" sunglasses. My little brother's getting all growed up! But he's still the same David - silly jokes, unique mannerisms, charming smile and all. I'm glad to get him back!

Here are photos of the day's outfits for Kate and me!

My skirt is a $2 find from Salvation Army this week, but the tag says Covington. It's a wee bit on the short side for someone of my stature, but I really love it - I just wear shorts underneath.

Kate's shirt is a hand-me-down; the tag says "Wayne Diamonds Designs". Her skirt, also a hand-me-down, is minus the tag so I can't help you there!

My top came from Target, I believe, about 5 years ago. It has this fabulous drapey cowl neck, and it looks like a sweater but is really thin, so I can wear it in summer. Earlier in the day I was wearing my black Sketchers - they're almost a Mary-Jane style, though the strap crosses twice - but they're brand new and after four or five hours they'd rubbed my heels raw, so I discarded them before the photos were taken.

Yes, I like trees :)

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

WIFD Day Three

Well, yesterday I didn't take pictures, and anyway I just wore jeans, but today I took double-duty photos!

Double-duty, because they are both photos of what I wore today, and documentation of another newly-completed sewing project! (Please excuse the photo quality; I can't find my camera charger and my mother's was objecting to the dusky lighting outside.)

Here it is: Simplicity 4086, view B, in a lovely, slightly stretchy denim. I flat-felled all the seams and topstitched in a tan thread, so it has a "storebought" look, but nicer! It fastens with pewter buttons and is very comfortable and fun to wear.

About the rest of my outfit, for the WIFD: I wore a black knit shirt from Old Navy (a size small, but strangely it fits me!) over a camisole from Kohls; the sweater is a garage sale find, perfect for cool summer evenings as it's mainly openwork, and the sandals (which I shed to climb our apple tree) are from Sketchers; I bought them on sale this summer for about $15.

Considering that I have size 11 feet and can almost never find cute shoes to fit me, this was a bargain!

Katie opted to join me for WIFD today. Her knit dress is a hand-me-down from somewhere or other, and I highly doubt she wore shoes at all today. I only did because I went out for the afternoon.

Here's a better view of the skirt - it has a lovely drape and flow. My hair I twisted back off my face and fastened - with a flat clip and two bobby pins, and my bangs *still* fell in my face! Ah well ;-)

And yes, in case you were wondering, we did both climb the apple tree in skirts to take pictures!

Sunday, 16 August 2009

WIFD Day One!

This being the first day of the "Week In Feminine Dress" over at the S&S forums, I thought I'd get in on the fun and post some pictures here!

Here's the dress I wore today: Vintage Vogue #2858 in $1.50/yard navy crepe from Wal-Mart. I made it up a few weeks ago and despite having to size the pattern up it went together like a dream. I love it!
It's a 1944 pattern and it just cried for a hat. A couple weeks ago when this first photo was taken I wore an old hat of my grandmother's - probably circa 1950, although I'm no judge of hats.

This one's actually from today, again with a hat! This one I made myself, with leftovers of the dress fabric and using a Vogue pattern. It was quite a challenge - buckram is quite interesting to work with! - but I got through it and I love it.
My only disappointment is that this style of hat does not look good with straight hair. And mine is certainly not naturally curly. So I take advantage of the days when I sleep on hard plastic rollers to wear my hats - and take photographs! :D

And now for something completely different! This probably ought to be a separate post but I've already uploaded the photos and I'm too lazy (or let's say, tired) to wait and do them again. So here we go!
These are a couple of my other recent sewing projects - a blouse and a skirt. The blouse is from a "New Look" pattern (I *think* -- I'll check on that tomorrow (It's tomorrow, and I checked! The pattern is New Look 6599, more or less view C)), with some alterations - I added tucks and lace insertion, and lengthened it some. It went together well but came out just a wee bit small; but if I lose the few pounds I'm hoping to it should be fine. It's made in fine cotton voile with bought lace insertion and trim. I hope in the near future to get some "close-up" shots of it!

The skirt is another matter. I drafted it myself - the first garment I've ever tried that with. It's a simple 6-gore skirt, with darts front and back for a closer fit, and a wide waistband. I made it in the most heavenly chocolate brown moleskin fabric - it was like sewing with kitten fur! The waistband is interlined with a stiff, canvas-y fabric from my stash, as well as interfaced; I didn't want it collapsing on me. The skirt fastens with a side zip and two hooks and bars. Overall I'm extremely pleased with how it came out!

So, one last picture just for fun! (The loops on the back of the blouse are supposed to have ribbon through them - but I forgot to put it in! Ooops...)

Thursday, 6 August 2009

I find I've been quite lax in posting lately, for which I apologise!  I have, however, been busy in other ways, so I have several sewing projects to share with you over the next few days (whenever I can find my camera battery charger so I can upload photos!)  My 1830s stays are all but finished (must sand the busk and stitch the openings for it and the two back stays), and I have a lovely 1940s dress to share as well.

I also spent a good part of yesterday and today cleaning, tidying, sorting and organising my bedroom, and I'm SO pleased with it now!  It's been terribly untidy all summer - I got home from college, half-way unpacked, got distracted and never finished, so it's been full of piles and half-emptied boxes and clutter all summer.  It's so nice to have the floor free, the tables and my sewing machine clear, and everything in place again!

So - I hope to upload some photos of my latest projects over this weekend.  I'll try to be more regular in posting in future!