Jean Pual Gaultier Takes Brooklyn

The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier:
From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
The Brooklyn Museum

There are no words to describe how truly incredible these pieces are in person!! Viewing this exhibit while in the midst of my Sew Sexy-Sewalong mindset made me view many things in a completetly different way. And my recent fabric shopping trip (OMG, so much fun chatting and shopping with these three ladies!!) was certainly influenced by it (leather, metallic, print).

Even as I viewed the pieces and snapped these photos, I sensed a theme. I am, clearly, most drawn to the waistline and garments that highlight it. That nipped-in-ness is sexy to me. Whether it is on a metallic leather corset (my FAVORITE PIECE) or a striped, backless tshirt with a floor length train.

Watch the waist.

Jean Paul Gaultier @ The Brooklyn Museum


Jean Paul Gaultier @ The Brooklyn Museum

Jean Paul Gaultier @ The Brooklyn Museum

Jean Paul Gaultier @ The Brooklyn Museum


Jean Paul Gaultier @ The Brooklyn Museum

Jean Paul Gaultier @ The Brooklyn Museum

Jean Paul Gaultier @ The Brooklyn Museum

Jean Paul Gaultier @ The Brooklyn Museum

Jean Paul Gaultier @ The Brooklyn Museum

Jean Paul Gaultier @ The Brooklyn Museum

More photos here:

 Jean Paul Gaultier:
The Brooklyn Museum

And I found a few of the pieces from the exhibit being worn:

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Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child


I’m left feeling SO MUCH after watching this!! Too much to get down in any kind of coherent way. Genius ChildIf you have a little time, maybe whilst sewing or knitting, watch and learn about the life, times and art of this radiant, this genius, child.

A Day of Amusement

Yesterday, hubby took the day off and we hit the road (in a rented van, gosh do we need a van!!) to

Coney Island!

For those not in the know, Coney Island has been a Brooklyn institution since the 1920s!!! It’s history is so long and storied, I’ll leave you that link above to discover more, like the good librarian that I am ;o)





I wore handmade! My cropped Scout with the denim version of the skirt I wore with it the last time. My family were kind enough to snap pics of me all over the park ;o)




We had a really, really great day!! We had different plans, but sometimes a change of plan is the best recipe for an unexpectedly fabulous time!

The highlight of my day?


Out Of Groove

Friends, I’ve been a bit out of it.

I was worrying over something. Turns out, I was worried was for absolutely nothing.


Can you believe it?

Sometimes you gotta have faith. Or listen to your husband ;)
It fits that I got the worry relieving news on his b-day. He hit the big 4-0, yesterday and the kids and I treated him to dinner.

Then we stumbled into some pre-teen turbulence, quite unexpectedly, and it threw me off again. We straightened it out, though.

To shake the last of the funk, I gathered up the kiddies and headed out.

Liberty @Brooklyn General

Beautiful Street Art

Wood Beasty @Brooklyn Pharmacy & Soda

Periodical Temptation @Barnes & Noble

Donut Peaches @The Borough Hall Farmers Market

Yellow Plums @The Borough Hall Farmers Market

Orange Knit : Blue Liberty : Frankie : Hawthorne

Kid Mags : Diary Books : Bones

Parent Torture

Storm Trooper & Skeleton

My pockets are a little but lighter, but my mood is MUCH brighter! If I manage to get some sewing done I should feel fully restored!

I hope you’ve been having a great weekend, too!

The Brazilian Connection

I have something finished to show you!! Something that is not a Scout Tee, woven or otherwise ;)
The Brazillian Connection

This dress is super special because the lovely Rachel sent me this gorgeous fabric from Brazil!! We got to spend some quality time together on her last trip to New York and have kept in touch since then. I so wish I could nip off to the UK for some more Rachel time!
The Brazillian Connection

This fabric (which has something of a Basquiat flavor going on, imho) was practically screaming MAXI DRESS, so I had to have Jamie Cristina’s Mission Maxi, of course. Both fabric and pattern have been waiting for their day in the sun and they better be satisfied because it was worn on perhaps the hottest day of my entire life! Jeez was it hot out, yesterday!

The Brazillian Connection

Rachel got to see a teeny bit of Brooklyn while here, but next time, we HAVE to visit DUMBO!! All of the photos in this post were snapped there. I took the kiddies for their first stroll around and ride on the carousel.

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Jane's CarouselWe threw rocks in the water, played in the park and one of us (me) felt VERY grateful for the not-so-gross public bathroom.

The Brazillian Connection

The Brazillian Connection

This photo gives you a glimpse of the ONLY thing I didn’t like about this pattern, the width of the straps. I wish I’d thought to widen them, the armhole/neckband application was NOT a fun time. I’m not completely happy with that area, but after wearing (and feeling awesome in) this dress all day, it’s a non-issue.

The Brazillian Connection

I also walk really fast and take long strides. I could have used a little more room to groove around the bottom, even though this is a combo of sizes already. Four at the upper/bust area, around 8 at the lower waistline (about where lowrise jeans would sit) and 10 for the rest. This was mostly in an effort to fit the pattern pieces onto the width I had and still have room for my hips, but other than the tummy area being a bit snug, I think it works!

Now I really want to make View C!

More Making with Black & White

This is not even remotely on time for the sew-along BUT I’m posting it anyway.
More Making with Black & White

More Making with Black & White

Top :: Cake Patterns Hummingbird (Green)
Jeans :: F21
Shoes :: Old Navy

It’s possible that this fabric was completely the wrong choice for this top. I say possible, because it may have worked out differently if I cut it smaller. I like my knit tops pretty fitted, but I was being conservative because I was terrified of wasting any fabric from my small Mood stash.

More Making with Black & White

Despite that, I’m pretty pleased with it! I was super comfy today and, of course, I love stripes and I love, love black and white!

More Making with Black & White

Now, I just need the matching skirt!!

More Making with Black & White

I already have a few plain denim skirts so I was planning on the fancier of the two Hummingbird offerings…in denim. :D

International African Arts Festival



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The International African Arts Festival runs through Sunday. I went to check it out today with some of my family. It was brutally hot out, but that didn’t stop the crowds! It is one of the highlights of summer and draws an amazingly diverse crowd.
Check it out if you’re in the market for fun, color, beauty, art, food, good vibes, gorgeous people, drumming, and spending temptation!

The 42nd Annual International African Arts Festival

New York-ing Around

SO. School is out!

My children have never attended any sort of formal summer day camp, as I have been home with them for the most part. This year, I had no idea that I’d still be working this summer. Well, it wasn’t a solid idea. Now that I will be busy with work a few days out of the week, I feel doubly responsible for making the rest of the days fun packed. Today, I lugged home approximately 100 lbs of books from 3 summer reading lists and even managed to choose something that the big girl liked.

And yesterday was the kind of day I hope to enjoy for the rest of the summer.

First, the kids and I headed to The Museum of the City of New York.


We were there to check out the Stephen Burrows exhibit (for my next DOC/event review for Handmaker’s Factory). In short, it was beautiful. For the long, stay tuned.


After that, we hurried home because it looked like rain. We skipped our Central Park dining a la carte plans somewhat reluctantly. But, it was fortuitous as I had totally forgotten that I registered for the Brooklyn Eats event.


We grubbed on tons of delicious samples and I collected business contact info for this year’s holiday market vendor recruiting.

I was dead sluggish at work, today. But it was worth it!