GIVEAWAY CLOSED: Guess That Pattern!!

Hello, again!!

I realized that I forgot the best part of a guessing game,

prizes!!!

So, I’ll be giving away two patterns, one to Amanda who guessed which type of oterwear correctly.

It’s a CAPE!!

The other pattern will go to the person (and if more than one, a randomly selected person from that pool) who can guess which pattern it is.

Here’s a photo I posted on instagram while I was tryng to decide on the final finishing.

Britex Fabrics Project #1

I’m so excited to show you the final product!!

EDITED TO ADD:

Lizzy got it right!

60s via ’13

1960s via 2013

New DRESSSSSSSSS!!!

1960s via 2013
I used the last of this origami bird/weird crown/small-ish white print fabric on this dress about 2 weeks ago, but it only made its debut today! I made a skirt with this fabric, last summer.

I was having a great time (NOT) trying to match patterns with off cuts and short yardages of fabric. Fun times….I was super psyched when I found a match.

1960s via 2013

Sandals :: Madden Girl
Belt :: F21
Dress :: Handmade
using vintage 60s pattern (Simplicity 4298) from the haul of a lifetime

1960s via 2013

This is essentially a (wearable, obviously) muslin. The bodice is a bit roomy in the chest, but still totally passable, in my opinion. I have a few go-to skirt patterns, I really want to get a good go-to bodice in my TNT pattern house. I’m pretty close with this one. I added an inch, but in the wrong place. Not the first time I’ve made this error. I’m trying to decide which fabric to use for version 2.

1960s via 2013

This fabric is cute, but quite unforgiving. It shows pin/needle holes and it tore in two (small) places on try #1000 of inserting the zipper. It was late and I should have left it for another day. Lesson learned. A little fusible interfacing and some strategic fabric marker application and it was alright in the end.

Just look how happy I was!

1960s via 2013

This was before I started sweating like crazy. It was HOTTTTT today! And this fabric left none of the evidence to the imagination….at least it dried quickly. Ahem. ;)

Last day of Me Made May, tomorrow!!! Should I make something new to wear???

Thanks so much for your feedback on being a copycat! You guys sure know how to make a girl feel better!

Also: PAVOT is totally sold out!! Sacré Bleu, lol

Do you think Lee got wind of my plans?

A Lil’ Bit 60s

A Lil' Bit 60s

Sweater :: Handknit Coraline
Blouse :: Freecycled
Skirt :: Handmade Advance 9916
Tights :: F21
Boots :: Anne Klein

This is another of my cardigans from my former knitting life. That yoke nearly killed me! After battling with it, the end result was smaller than I wanted. It’s knit up in one of my favorite yarns, Silky Wool. The top was in a Freecycle haul. It’s from Express and it’s a size XS. I would never buy that size in the store, but I found the close (kind of shrunken) fit to be just the thing with certain outfits.

A Lil' Bit 60s

This is actually version two of Advance 9916. Version one, which is shorter and made from stretch denim, was finished before the new year and I still haven’t worn it. This longer version is also shorter than the full length of the pattern. I don’t know how tall this cover model is supposed to be, but it’s safe to say she is massively disproportionate if the skirt is this short on her, lol!

Advance 9916, 1960s

I got the pattern in the great Sew Weekly NY Meet-up and pattern swap. I’m almost positive it was Marina’s as most of the giveaway patterns were donated by her.

A Lil' Bit 60s

The only change I made to the pattern, besides the length, was to cut the waistband longer. I also lined it and finished that hem with pretty lace. I loved wearing this today! The lining prevented the dreaded static cling and it felt so slinky as I walked around. This fabric is the same one I used for my Meringue skirt. This was the last of it, some kind of poly/wool blend, I think. It’s perfect for skirts as I think it would be terribly hot worn on top. It doesn’t have much give either.

A Lil' Bit 60s

I tried to get some outdoor photos before work. I nearly froze my cheeks off! They’re not that red from just blush! I don’t know how some people take coat-less pics in the snow! Must be made of tougher stuff than me.

A Lil' Bit 60s

A Lil' Bit 60s

It was definitely hat weather, today. GEEZ was it cold! I re-twisted my hair last night so it could stay small enough to be hat wearing compatible ;0) It gets so frizzy, so fast but it was worth it as it was complimented by two very nice library patrons, lol. It has been over two years since I asked my sister to chop it (nearly) all off. This lady’s site was instrumental in helping me decide to embrace having hair that short for the first time. She has written a book about this massive shift in the way we (those of us who are naturally curly/kinky/coily/nappy) think about our hair. I think this is the most comfortable I’ve ever been with the way mine grows out of my head. I KNOW this is the most well equipped to handle it I’ve ever been.

Thanks, Nikki!

BetterThanGoodHair pb c

New York, I Love You

Living in this city has many, many perks. One that I’m only now coming to appreciate is that it’s visited by people from all over the world. I think NY’ers have this innate dislike for tourists. I think it comes from dodging them as they stare in wonder at things we take for granted. But, now that so many cool people that I “know” live elsewhere in the world I’m so glad that they choose to come here and stare!

A current visitor to my fair city, the gorgeous, leggy Rachel of House of Pinheiro, contacted me to see if I wanted to meetup while she was here. Uhm….YEAH!! I’m so lucky that she was free during the day! I miss so many things due to timing. Anyway, I had bragged posted about my pattern haul on Instagram and the comments quickly became a logistics discussion when I revealed that there were more to be had. Working around the seller’s availability and that of two super cool (and busy) career girls, Ginger and Oona, a plan was hatched.

I would meet Rachel after I dropped of the kiddies and we would swan around the Garment District until it was lunch/meet G&O/pattern shopping time in Brooklyn. We met in Metro Textiles but left Kashi’s house empty handed and headed to Mood where we were mesmerized by the double faced wool and other expensive beauties.

Gorgeous Rachel!

Ikat @ Mood

We spotted these on a truck’s flatbed on the way to grab some hot chocolate to thaw out.
Funky Machines on the Street

Rachel snaps me, snapping the machines

We stopped at a place whose name I ALWAYS forget. Rachel and I split a length of never ending stretch plaid that took team effort to yank out of the bin. Look for two continent twin garments in the future ;p From there we stopped at SIL Thread and were astonished by the largest scissor I’ve ever seen close up.

We also realized that this place was stocked with horse hair braid in mind blogging widths! One package was easily about 5 or 6 inches wide. We bought a couple yards in with more reasonable dimensions and dashed off to B&J Fabrics. These cuties that great you when you step off the elevator are lovely, but the prices inside were not. Yikes!

Teeny Drapred Dress @ B&J Fabrics

We left there and hot footed it over to the train station to head to BK. After great luck in the train arriving quickly, having empty seats, no smelly passengers and only one short term singing session, we made it there in record time. When we stopped in front of Peaches, Ginger was walking out of the door of the restaurant while Oona waved to us from down the street.

Perfect timing.

I only have this blurry photo as witness of our dining. I was famished! And had already taken a bite of what was an extremely tasty turkey meatloaf sandwich. You all are lucky this is not a pic of an empty plate!
Lunch @ Peaches in Brooklyn

I regretfully left the ladies as I had to pick up my children. But, they had the directions to pattern mecca. They were not disappointed!

Ginger and Oona Pet Patterns

All in all, a fantastic time was had by all!!

And no cameras were harmed in the making of this meetup ;p

Crochet Collar

Lulu Loves Crochet Collar

Lulu Loves Crochet Collar

I finished this little cutie a couple of weeks ago, just before my birthday. It was the start of my yearly fall/winter yarn frenzy. This is perhaps not the best accessory for me as I don’t really own (or enjoy wearing) many crew neck tops. This one was actually free. It was a part of a huge freecycle haul from a couple weeks ago.

Lulu Loves Crochet Collar

Yarn: Shelridge Farm Soft Touch DKW
Pattern: Lulu* Loves Crochet Collar
Shirt: Mossimo from Target via Freecycle
Jeans: F21
Lippy: Makeup Forever in Moulin Rouge
(and assorted drug store eye makeup, lol)
Braids: Failed, brushed out pin curls :p
and Pink toenails just for kicks!

Lulu Loves Crochet Collar

Lulu Loves Crochet Collar

More pics here

Lulu Loves Crochet Collar

*Lulu was one of my grandma’s nicknames. That’s where I got part of my original flickr username.

Isn’t it funny how things happen sometimes??

Fortunate

Despite all that has happened I recognize that I am so fortunate. I have the support of my husband, children, sister and friends. And all of you.

We made it through the hurricane with water, power, heat, food and each other. Unlike countless others, my neighborhood (and those of my immediate family) is virtually undamaged. We only have an abundance of leaves and a few downed branches to show that anything happened here. My children’s schools are OK, too. Even the pets in my daughter’s biology class were fine. The local hospital did not lose power to add more worry when my grandma was there. These are all things to feel fortunate about.

Co-chairing the holiday market at the big girl’s school is keeping me busy. It’s as much work as you would think. Event planning, is event planning. I also have a great new job (volunteer though it is) that will provide me with experience and connections that can help with my career goals. And I don’t even have to leave home. The path that led to it is a winding one that all started with a missed opportunity. Never discount a plan going wrong. It can lead to something else going right. I’ll blab more about the job and my goals, soon.

I have a lot to do this month (new job, co-chairing, running 2 crafternoons at Missy’s school, a 10 page paper and more cataloging) but I hope to blog every day in November. Writing here is a great outlet and I mean to take advantage of it. My other creative endeavors hopefully won’t suffer. I have been crocheting and knitting. Working with yarn makes me feel closer to my gran, I think. I hope to get my sewing mojo back before the Sew Weekly signs off for the year, too. I never got the chance to help grandma hunt down her pattern and fabric stash. I hope to make some time for that later this month, as well.

I’ll leave you with this pic of my latest project.
It’s the Date Maker cardigan from By Gum, By Golly.

I like to think of my grandma, young and spunky, dashing around in something similar with her pincurls brushed out just so.