Thrifted and Worn

What I Wore :: 6.29.12

This is the same Graffiti wall from a few days ago. I thought it matched the colors in this outfit pretty well. I thrifted this cute little J. Crew skirt, brand new with tags, for $7.39. SCORE!
What I Wore :: 6.29.12
It’s a bit shorter than I usually wear, but I was out dress shopping with my oldest (she took these pics as well) so there was considerably less activity than when I travel with all four. It was boiling hot out today! I have so much to do for this party tomorrow. I am dreading all of it. I truly forgot how much I hate this kind of thing. I’m being forcibly reminded of it now.

Remember when I mentioned the other gifts I bought for Missy when the Barbie Collector site was having a sale? We gave her two dolls that she wanted. This one was my unexpected hair twin!

Me & My Twin
I hadn’t worn my hair like this in months, what were the odds that I would have it like that the day we gave her this doll??

The “Three, Three, Three Trends in One!” Ensemble

The "Three, Three, Three Trends in One!" Ensemble


Can you spot all three trends??

Pattern mixing? Check!

Cropped top?? Check!!

Bold prints??? CHECK!!!

Little ole me is all trendy!! The Sew Weekly works another miracle, lol!

The "Three, Three, Three Trends in One!" Ensemble

The Facts | On Trend Sewing Challenge
Fabric | Printed stretch cotton sateen scraps (this is the last of it, I swear!) $8 for 2 yards that I’ve used every inch of! Origami Crane print cotton $4 a yard. (Both from Fabric.com, of course)
Patterns | Simplicity 2693 for the top. I cut it off at the full slip line and eliminated the center back piece. I started out making Tilly’s Picnic Blanket Skirt, but went off program once I realized I didn’t want to make buttons.
Year | The slip pattern is from the 1940s.
Notions | Elastic and a metal zip (from the grandma stash). Boy, can you feel those teeth! I still need to add a button to the side.
Time to complete | 2 or 3 hours?? The tip was a bit fiddly, but really simple. And I made the skirt harder than it needed to be because, apparently, the easier something should be the harder time I have with it.
First worn | Out and about with my oldest. Running party errands (her graduation party is Saturday) and grocery shopping.
Wear again? | Yes, definitely. I felt a bit shy without my sweater on, but I really like the way it looks in pictures so I think I’ll be a bit bolder next time around.
Total price | About $5. The elastic was free, I have a TON of it that my sister gave me.

The "Three, Three, Three Trends in One!" Ensemble

I am so psyched that this top worked out!! The instructions are missing from the pattern, so I cut two of each piece, sewed the middle front seams and then sewed both pieces together and turned them right side out. If I had attached the straps differently, it would be reversible. I opted to put elastic sections as the closure because I didn’t have a short separating zipper. It requires a bit of contortion to get into, but it’s comfy once on.

The "Three, Three, Three Trends in One!" Ensemble

The "Three, Three, Three Trends in One!" Ensemble

I made that little elastic belt on Saturday. The dress I was wearing needed a little something. It slips right over, just like an elastic waist in a skirt, but the next one will open and shut like a traditional belt. The skirt was to be a Tilly skirt, as I said above, but I wasn’t feeling buttonholes and such, so I shifted gears. I wish I had made this one big piece so I could zip it up the back, rather than on the side, but it’s cool like it is.

The "Three, Three, Three Trends in One!" Ensemble

My eleven year-old took all of these pics for me! Didn’t she do a great job?!?! She wants to be a fashion designer, so I told her this is good practice ;o) She’s also an artist, so she thought this graffiti (one of MANY spots in our hood) was very cool. She chose which sections to take pics in front of.

The "Three, Three, Three Trends in One!" Ensemble

You can check out the rest of her photos here. She wants to start her own blog, but I’m so nervous about photos of her being stolen or something worse. Do any of you have child bloggers in the family? What are your thoughts either way?

Must Go :: MOMA

Thanks to fellow instagram member Ancora Imparo, I now know that there are TWO Frida Kahlo paintings on view at the MOMA!!! I can hardly wait to actually see her work in person. I took a picture of little Frida, and her crew, to celebrate. More handmade dollies live on the shelf above this one, too.

Frida & the handmade doll Gang

There is also, in case you couldn’t tell, quite an odd selection of reading material represented here, lol. I mean, The Rock Says, Bridget Jones’ Diary and Twilight in a stack with Anna Kerinina, The Best America Short Stories compiled by Salmon Rushdie and The Color Purple is sort of hysterical. Guess which of those I haven’t read yet…

My writing books all live here as well. I have more arriving tomorrow.

 And these to check out with the kiddies.

I really, really like new books ;o)

Humidity = BIGNESS

It’s hard to tell exactly how BIG my hair can get when you see it twisted up or in a bun. It can reach truly remarkable LARGENESS with the help of humidity and rain. We’ve had both in abundance here, lately.

Humidity = BIGNESS

Humidity = BIGNESS

The beast unleashed in all of its multi textured glory. The back section below my ears is very loosely curled, so it always appears longer than the rest of my hair. The middle front has almost no curl at all. The side fronts are loose like the back. And the rest shrinks and crinks and tangles. I wonder how much bigger I could get it if I picked it out????

Snap it. Share it. Prizes!!

My Shake it Like Anne romper was a winner during Kollabora‘s Snap it. Share it. contest they ran a little while back!!

Here are my prizes*!!

Snap it. Share it. Prizes!!

Colette’s Crepe dress pattern, a MASSIVE piece of this fabric from Mood and another groovy button and sticker to add to my collection (those Smarties are, of course, gone!)!! Hey, I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it here, but my husband wears the mini (hot pink) button he got when he came to the BurdaStyle book party with me on his hoodie ;o) He’s only removes it when we wash it. He’s so cute.

I cannot wait to use this fabric!! In fact, it’s already being pre washed. I see some hot pink pants produced pronto!! And I have the perfect embroidered fabric to make Crepe with!! But first, the finishing touches must be put on my Sew Weekly project. Hopefully the weather cooperates with me tomorrow and I can get some outdoor pics.

*In you were wondering, the super groovy team over at Kollabora offered me the sewing prize and I most graciously accepted it ;o)

Signs of Summer

Polish = Summertime

Graudation Mani/Pedi

A graduation mani/pedi for my big girl, courtesy of mom.

Mother/Daughter Tootsies

Couldn’t leave myself and the baby girl out.

Kid Photography = Summertime

A kid snap of me.

First warm weather kid snap of me, courtesy of my big boy.

Kid Photography

This one was taken by the little Miss.

Sprinklers = Summertime

First Sprinkler Run of the Year!!

The first run of the year is a sure sign that summer has arrived.

I’m looking forward to filling this summer with activities and crafts and fun. I’ve promised a trip to the NYC Transit Museum (for the train lover), The Natural History Museum (for the dinosaur lover), The FIT Museum (for the fashion lover) and lots of picnics and lunches out (for my dining out lover). I also want to visit the Queens Public Library Discovery Center, take a ride of the carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park, frolic around Governors Island and much more before the sun sets on summer 2012.

What are some of your  plans?

Front Page News

Front Page News: My Maxing N' Relxing Dress

The "Maxing n' Relaxing" Dress

Vacation sewing became apropos when Madre Nature decided to lay the heat index smack down on my town’s candy a##. We had tropical island temps here in the Big Apple, today. Super Duper HOT! I could barely get my sister to stop and take these pictures of me, lol.

The "Maxing n' Relaxing" Dress

The Facts | On Holiday Vacation Sewing Challenge
Fabric | Stretch Jersey ITY Knit :: $5.98 for two yards
Patterns | Lydia from BurdaStyle (again) modified into a maxi tank dress.
Year | Current.
Notions | Thread.
Time to complete | Less than an hour. Those were some long seams to finish with that triple row stretch stitch, but everything else (even cutting) was dead simple as ITY knits generally lie extremely flat and behave well during sewing. There was some fiddling with the neck and armhole facings, but even that didn’t take overly long.
First worn | Sweating buckets on the WRONG day to run errands! But, it was a great choice since it doesn’t show sweat and it felt pretty cool despite being made of polyester.
Wear again? | Yes, definitely. I love a maxi dress. Both grannies, my husband, kiddies and sister (and the bread delivery guy in the grocery store near my grandma’s house) were all fans of it, as well.
Total price | $5.98, the scraps left over might make a nice headband, but the bulk of that two yards were used on the dress.

The "Maxing n' Relaxing" Dress

Overall, not much else to say about this one.

Except IT. IS. AWESOME!! And it WINS!! I soooo needed some winning this week. Tired and stressed doesn’t even begin to cover it. Sewing this dress was cathartic and the feeling of accomplishment felt while wearing it out today is priceless. Thanks to those of you who expressed condolences about the loss of my Popie, or stopped by my blog to read my reflections on him. It truly helped to feel your care and support.

The "Maxing n' Relaxing" Dress

The “New Girl” Double Scallop Skirt

The "New Girl" Double Scallop Skirt

Hey girl, whatcha doing?
Hey girl, where you going?

Everyone’s favorite Indie It-Girl, Zooey Deschanel, sings these lyrics at the beginning of the theme song for her sitcom New Girl. I guess my reply to those questions would be “Chillin’.” and “Somewhere in a double scallop skirt.”

The "New Girl" Double Scallop Skirt

The Facts | Television Inspiration Challenge

Fabric | Some micro dot print, crappy, cotton-poly something or other and some sheer poly-cotton mix for the under layer.
Patterns | Vivat Veritas Scallop Waist skirt. I added the under layer and cut a facing from the self fabric to make the scalloped hem.
Year | Current.
Notions | Thread, a zip (from that massive granny collection I mentioned before) and interfacing for the waist.
Time to complete | About two hours. It wasn’t exactly hard, but I used this stinky fabric as a test run for the idea and realized it was working out too late to give up on it for better fabric. I added that under layer to give the skirt some body.
First worn | At home.
Wear again? | Yes, definitely. It will be a cute little, kicky summer thing.
Total price | Don’t know. Cheap. I think both fabrics might have been in the $1.95 a yard area over at Fabric.com The blouse I’m wearing is from Old Navy, it was on sale for something like $5 and that scarf cost me $2. The shoes were $15 from Target and they hurt like the cheapie things they are.

The "New Girl" Double Scallop Skirt

The "New Girl" Double Scallop Skirt

As much as I love Zooey and as funny as I think the show is, I was Bitter (with a BIG B) when I heard about it, because I had conceived an entire one hour dramedy cable series (think sex and cussin’) for her and was LIVID that someone beat me to the get-her-on-TV punch. Not that I have show biz connections. Or any experience writing sitcoms. Or writing anything professionally. Whatever. Those punks at Fox had stolen my chance in my crazy eyes.

There are tons of Zooey D style inspiration blogs, tumblrs, pinterest pages and flickr pics. While I don’t have quite that level of devotion I DO think the woman has a distinctive and appealing style. This post sums up the Zooey/Jess essentials pretty well. She’s circle skirt and bow loving, flat wearing kind of gal. I may never achieve my dream of writing Zooey an award-winning drama, but in the meantime, I can rock a version of her style.

The "New Girl" Double Scallop Skirt

This baby is far from perfect (I’d like to remove the machine hem and hand tack the scallop facing) and the pics are too melancholy to really channel this happy-go-lucky character and actress. But I’m giving myself a pass as I was having a tough week when I sewed the skirt up and then got the news about my grandfather passing the day before I took these pics. I was going to take them on my dress form, since the skirt was done, but putting it on and twirling a bit brought on a little cheer. I thank the Sew Weekly and blogging community for the motivation.

The "New Girl" Double Scallop Skirt

Thank you

I would like to thank you all for your kind and encouraging words. I’ve been so busy with kid end of the year activities that my head is spinning. It’s kept me from feeling too sad, so I’m grateful for that.

I’m watching The Shawshank Redemption, one of my grandfather’s favorite movies. Well, it’s more like one of the few he could tolerate. It has always made me think of him.

I have some schoolwork and some sewing I’d like to do today. For the normalcy. I hope you’re enjoying your weekend. Happy Father’s Day to your hubbies and dads and granddads.