The “Shake it Like Anne” Romper

The "Shake it Like Anne" Romper

This project is named for hip-shaking sexbomb, Anne-Margret, who rocked both Elvis and the world, in Viva Las Vegas! When her gorgeous legs weren’t on display she rocked opaque tights for two entire dance sequences!! That’s MOXY!!

The Facts | Viva Las Vegas Challenge
Fabric | Stretch Rayon Blend Suiting :: $2.39 a yard. It’s awesome. It looks like brushed denim. I’m glad I bought so much!
Patterns | A combo of two vintage (Vogue 1128 & Butterick 3530) patterns from the swap that has contributed most to my sewing, the Sew Weekly NYC meet-up.
Year | Both patterns are from the 1960s, I believe.
Notions | Thread and a zip from a huge stash that my grandmother gave me.
Time to complete | It’s hard to say….I cut this and another project out one evening. Then started, and finished project one (a DISASTER of EPIC proportions) before I started the bodice of this one and got interrupted by the Insectpalooza being held in my apartment. I nearly called the whole thing off.
First worn | For silly apartment photos. This thing is way body conscious. I wasn’t up for outdoor photos.
Wear again? | Yes, but on a really hot day when I won’t care how revealing it feels.
Total price | About $5 bucks, I guess.

The "Shake it Like Anne" Romper

*sigh* This challenge was not without its….challenges. I am not a gambler. I am non competitive by nature (and nurture) and I have no stomach for losing money. But, we were supposed to be inspired by VEGAS, BABY!! So, I rolled the metaphorical dice, and cut out two risky projects.

I started and finished this dress before I realized what a bad choice it was. My body needs back waist darts on a garment and more hip room than this one afforded. And the upper back of sheath type fits are always terrible on me, this one was no exception. This thing looks so bad on, I won’t even put a photo of myself in it on the internet . In fact, I didn’t even take a photo. The fabric was dead cheap, but I feel like I lost a ton at the Blackjack table of sewing.

The "Shake it Like Anne" Romper

On to project two.

I’ve already had (MUCH!!) success with Butterick 3530. So I knew the shorts were a go. I added a bit more wiggle room this time by cutting slightly larger than the pattern piece. This is try two for Vogue 1128. I added extra width to the bodice last time and it was comically massive. Dolly Parton could have filled it out, lol. This time, I folded out the middle a bit. The darts aligned perfectly with my body, but the bodice was now a bit narrow and didn’t want to match up with the width of the shorts. I compensated by adding strips of fabric to the center back where I had relocated the zipper. I wish I had moved the shorts zip to the side instead, there is some puckering on the lower part of it as it sits now. I could do with a bit of sway back adjusting, too. But, in an effort to avoid any crotch shortness issues, I thought I should err on the side of too much lengthwise ease. If I make this again, which I am considering, I would lengthen the bodice and lower the waistline of the shorts, too.

The "Shake it Like Anne" Romper

Overall, I am pretty pleased with the result. My husband certainly liked it. :o) I’m glad I rolled the dice on bad project choices. And pattern mash-up experiments. And tricky fit. And loss of morale. I didn’t let the house win when bugs tried to take over my sewing room. The dealer spun the roulette wheel and my number came up! Cheers (with water, sorry Oona) to that!

The "Shake it Like Anne" Romper

PS- Sometimes, the house still sneaks in a jab. Check out this zipper job.

Ass Backward Zipper

Can’t see the problem?? Take a closer look.

Ass Backward Zipper


More pics here


Movies & Style :: Ms. Pettigrew Lives for a Day

I’ve been collecting pins featuring the style of some of my favorite movies. I first watched Ms. Pettigrew Lives for a Day, based on the 1938 novel of the same name which was written by Winifred Watson (1906 – 2002), when I happened upon it on TV. I thought the title sounded excellent! I am such a sucker for a good title. I clicked over and the beauty of the film, and the great story and performances by the actors, forced me to stay tuned.

It didn’t hurt that the film stars Frances McDormand and Amy Adams, two of my favorite ladies.

1930s fashion is so beautifully portrayed in this film. The wardrobe and the decor threatened to steal the show from the actors.
I mean, look at Delysia’s bedrooom.

Can you even stand it???

These are some of my favorite looks.

Plus, Moaning Myrtle aka Jude (B. Jones’ bestie) looking lovely!

         I bought this DVD recently. I haven’t cracked it open yet, but tonight is the night.

I hope you’re having a good night!


Birchbox #1

I joined the beauty subscription site Birchbox.  I had never even heard of this kind of thing until I read about it on Kendra’s Closet Confections. This is why reading lots of blogs can be dangerous.

Here’s what was in mine.

1. Birchbox #1, 2. Birchbox #1, 3. Birchbox #1, 4. Birchbox #1, 5. Birchbox #1, 6. Birchbox #1

That hand cream smells DIVINE and I’ve never had such fancy (and plumping) lip balm before, lol. I’m not much into perfume, but this one has a light enough fragrance that I might try to wear it. I’ve been curious about this hair product brand, though my hair is so thick, this sample might not provide the full experience. Speaking of hair, a woman on the street told me that mine was beautiful! That’s always nice ;o)

It’s a short week, but a busy (for me) one. We have two school meet-and-greets (my big boy has been accepted to a new school, fingers crossed for space to open up for the twins). One of them is threatening to ruin my weekend hang out date with a friend ;( but what can you do??? I’m sure we’ll have fun and it will be great to  meet some of the other parents and students, too.

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!

What I Wore :: 5.26.12

What I Wore :: 5.26.12

Top :: Thrifted Banana Republic Button-up
Jeans :: Old Navy Skinnies
Shoes :: Target
Accessories :: Earrings from my sis. Vintage necklace and bangles from my grandma. Purse from F21.

What I Wore :: 5.26.12

What I Wore :: 5.26.12

You might be wondering why I’m all covered up on a rare hot day in NYC. Well, thanks to some manner of insect (likely spiders, I had a bad time with them when I was pregnant with my oldest but this is worse) I have many (itchy, painful) red splotches on my right forearm and the lower ankle area of BOTH legs. I am PISSED! I feel vain even being so worried about the potential scars that they will leave, but the truth is that’s what bothering me the most. Well, aside from my fear that they will keep attacking me. I’m literally losing sleep over it. Last night was okay. Wish me luck going forward.

What I Wore :: 5.26.12

ps- these shoes hurt the back of my feet like a son of a B.

Style & Music :: Yuna & Kimbra

I recently had the great fortune to become familiar with the work of these women. Along with beautiful, deep, soulful voices, both women are stunning and stylish in their different ways.

Yuna gives us an undeniable bohemian feel. Her colorful head coverings and her loose, covered up style is conservative without being in the least bit boring.

And Kimbra’s bold, often 50s inspired, looks are a feast for the eyes. She is at once sensual and slinky and quirky and cheerful.

Do yourself a massive favor and check out their work.

Source: via Portia on Pinterest


Settle Down :: Cameo Lover

Source: via Carlia on Pinterest


Deeper Conversation :: Decorate


We have two winners!!

Angela A has won Style Me Vintage Hair!!


Juliette has won the Victory Pattern of her choice!!

When I contacted Victory Pattern‘s proprietress, Kristiann, about sending the last giveaway winner her pattern, she congratulated me on Missy making the honor roll and very kindly offered to provide any future giveaway winnings free of charge! Isn’t that awesome of her??

I want to thank everyone for their kind words!! They mean so much to me, truly. I try very hard to be the best parent I can be, so their success and happiness makes me feel successful and happy!!

*Because there were multiple comments in some places, the random selection was out of 25, not 29(the total tally of comments). Those entries were counted as one.*

Flicks & Acquisitions

My hubby and I had another matinee date this week. We saw The Avengers, which was insanely awesome!!! Everything great that you’ve heard about it is true. GO SEE IT!

Hubby snapped this flick of me. We had to walk around to kill time before the movie started and we drifted towards the water. This area is a world away from Times Square, even though it’s only blocks away. There was even a (brave or crazy) duck in the water! You can just barely see it.

Meanwhile, back at home, mosquito attacks on my person continued unabated. Both of my ankles were targeted. My bites are into the double digits, now. I headed out after I took the kids to school this morning. I am not ashamed to admit that I wanted to avoid being bitten. These motherfuckers have swollen to the point of pain and I haven’t even been scratching?!?!? As I type this I am sitting with a thick fleece robe covering my legs to avoid further trauma.

Anyway, the oldest two needed pants (the girl is model tall and the boy has worn holes(!!!) into the bottoms of his pant legs) so I headed to the nearest mall. I can never pass up a chance to shop in Target when it’s practically empty (week-days at 9 am). I have equal trouble avoiding the shoe department and the $1 section.

Pour moi:

My New, Neutrals

Pour mes bébés:

Glow in the dark stars and planets.

I’m stewing on the Vegas challenge for next week and getting reacquainted with some old faves!

Source: via Wanett on Pinterest