Couture Adventure Part Duex?

My birthday is next month. I will be 35. I’m not a huge fan of birthdays. That has nothing to do with my age and everything to do with the incredibly shitty ones I had as a kid. Though the bdays have improved drastically as a wife and mom, I am still somewhat reluctant to make an event out of them. For fear of…I don’t know what really. I think I still tend to restrain my emotions due to some long held fear of….something.

Well, I enjoyed my recent dressmaking experience so much (thanks for your kind words!! I will try to get better at replying to those much appreciated comments!) that I’ve been trying to think of another reason or occasion to indulge and completely disregarded my birthday as an option.
But, why?

The bug to bone (PUN!) has been reawakened (with a vengeance, please help me refrain from ordering that beading tool) by viewing some spectacular examples of couture artistry in motion via that most excellent medium, YouTube.
Look at all of this deliciousness and tell me you don’t want to spend weeks working on an outfit you’ll only wear a handful of times 😉

discovered via Pauline Alice

discovered via Frau Fleur

discovered browsing Dior

I’ve been collecting couture/high fashion-y inspiration in a pinboard, naturally.


Or from here, where I could work with a new and challenging material (like leather!!) rather than more traditional couture techniques.


I realized, somewhat belatedly, that I could create my own reason to wear finery. That I have friends willing to play dress up, just for the hell of it, and a husband who would take me anywhere I wanted to go to show off my hard work.

Do you need a reminder that any day can be a special occasion? Look at those videos and dream with me.


RTW Sexy :: Reese : Beckham : Wang

Gaultier, McQueen and Toledo make gorgeous, amazing, show-stopping pieces. But the ones I love the most are not necessarily wearable for my life or personality.

This post is all about wearable, everyday, work appropriate, accessible-to-all-most sexy.
The kind of thing I’d wear AND feel comfortable in.

You know?

Reese : Beckham : Wang

All three designers make that kind of wearable magic.

Tracy Reese : Ready to Wear SexyTracy Reese: Leggy, colored, cropped, knit.

 Tracy Reese : Ready to Wear Sexy

Tracy Reese : Ready to Wear Sexy

Tracy Reese : Ready to Wear Sexy

Tracy Reese : Ready to Wear Sexy

Tracy Reese : Ready to Wear Sexy

Tracy Reese : Ready to Wear Sexy

Victoria BeckhamVB: Leather, short, texture, flippy.

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham

Wang: Drape, tees, fluid, structure.

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

Alexander Wang

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Ready To Wear Sexy

Divergent Interests: Intimates


Thanks in part to Beyonce’s very sexy new videos and Ohh Lulu’s new pattern shop, I’ve had lingerie on the brain. This board is filled with many things too complex and delicate for my slapdash sewing style, but it’s something to build towards while it’s too cold and wet to make and wear new dresses.

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I’ve, so far, resisted buying supplies and patterns. Though I have been looking. Orange Lingerie has a great list of NYC resources that is very tempting. And the price is so right on the Ohh Lulu patterns.

Little pretty things are so tempting!

Divergent Interests: Metal:Ceramic: Wood


This new interest is the stuff of daydreams. I have zero skill with jewelry making and the investment in real silver smithing or wood carving tools is too much to contemplate. But, Pinboards are for dreamers.

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And wishlists and library books, too. Lots of reading up on the subject, and filling fantasy shopping carts. But a realistic acknowledgement of my abilities (and budget and time and space and spreading my DIY interests too thin) is checking my “Buy Now” trigger finger.

Any secret talents among my readership? Jewelry makers? Wood carver? Sculptor?

Twist of Lime

Twist of LimeFirst, there are truly no words for your absolutely awesome and kind words on my last post!!! I am continually amazed by our online community and I am so happy to be surrounded by so many amazing, supportive, beautiful and talented people!

It’s funny, actually. How one responds to any kind of outpouring of good feeling…I struggled with feeling embarrassed by it rather than embracing it. Do any of you do that with compliments? I did my best to resist those feelings and instead allowed myself to feel good, really good about overcoming that hurdle, sharing it with you all and accepting your compliments.

All kinds of growth and progress.

I’m also a more-than-usually proud Mama, today. My oldest cleared a hurdle this week, too!! She kicked ASS at school today. They have two read-aloud share with parents/teachers/community type events and she really struggled with it the first time. Today, kicking ass and taking names! She was also awarded this Confidence bracelet at their morning meeting. This is so HUGE! So many teachers, and even some of her fellow students, complimented her and marveled at the changes in her.

Kill them with CONFIDENCE

I’m patting myself on the back for another reason, too. Do any of you have an iMac? Where the geniuses at Apple decided to put the SD card slot RIGHT UNDER THE EFFING DISC DRIVE?!?!?

Yeah, got mine stuck in there. And used my Google-fu to find a solution and got the sonofabitch OUT! Never underestimate my resourcefulness when it comes to avoiding paying to repair a stupid mistake I’ve made 😉

Twist of LimeTop :: Archer
(Obnoxiously bright Lime) Tank :: Tarjay
Jeans :: Old Navy
Kicks :: MIA

Oh, Hey 2013!

Friends, I don’t know what’s come over me. I have been sewing nearly non stop!
I have, as of writing this at 12/31/12 at 5pm:

4 projects to show you

3 projects traced, I have become a pattern adapting fiend since the Janice skirt success!

And enough to keep me busy right into next year!



It’s 6:56am on 1/1/13 and I haven’t been to sleep yet! I got a bee in my bonnet (what a lame ass expression, forget I used it) that wouldn’t allow me to be satisfied with the two (TWO) projects I finished today. Well, one with minutes to spare before midnight and the second (was finished after breaking a serger needle, for the first time ever, and finding my manual and supplies and changing the needle so fucking fast it was like I was in a pit crew at the race track!) shortly after. I HAD TO trace off a pair of pants to make a pattern. And then I HAD TO cut out and quickly stitch together a muslin.

It wasn’t too bad, either!


So, it’s safe to bet that in 2013 I’ll be following this advice!


I won’t waste my time, and yours, with a long lofty list of goals for the new year. I’m not even going to look back at last years list because, surprise, it will likely contain many of the same things I’d add now.


Spending more wisely (this is a serious problem) and applying the money saved to eliminate debt.
Take time to visit more of NYC’s great cultural institutions with my children and continue to support their education and artistic interests.
I’d like to make yoga weekly and involve the kiddies in more at home fitness.
Support my husband’s career goals (he had a New Year’s Eve DJ gig!!!) and continue to foster our relationship.
Keep the bond with my sister strong as we move into this new (without our grandparents) phase of our lives.
Continue making career strides, submit at least two academic journal proposals, join a few professional organizations and attend at least one (local) conference.
There will be no grand sewing plans (notice my lack of completed Fall Sewing Scheme projects ). More sewing down my stash, I’ve made a nice little dent this past week.
And I’d love to blog about it all!

I want to read and write and play and laugh!

And get through being sad and moody and scared and intimidated!

And remember that:

So I need to


Remember that

And that Pinterest has an inspirational quote to fit every occasion 😀

HAPPY 2013!

Shibori Style

When not pre occupied with a pretty serious personal problem and pretty serious midterms (MIDTERMS!!!) coming up, I’m thinking about shibori. I want to do something really special with the pieces I have. I looked to Pinterest for inspiration and it didn’t fail me.

While I don’t have large enough pieces to replicate any of these stunning projects, looking at them gets my juices flowing. Perhaps in the future I can shibori with chemical dyes and have a go at one of them, then!! I might even give felted knits a chance if I can produce a scarf like the one above! I have two small meet-ups and two kid school activities coming up in the next several days, so I don’t know when/if I’ll have time to work on anything, but I hope I will soon!!