MMM.D6 :: The Usual Suspects

B&W Top + Denim Skirt = The Usual Suspects

MMM.D6 :: The Usual Suspects

Cardigan :: Halo Thrifted from the Salvation Army
Top :: Forever 21
Skirt :: Handmade from a vintage pattern
Tights :: ??
Shoes :: Mel by Melissa

MMM.D6 :: The Usual Suspects

What can I say, I like black and white and denim skirts!!
This is the first time I’ve worn this skirt, even though I made it months ago. It’s the same pattern as this one.
Advance 9916, 1960s

Isn’t it amazing how different they look? This denim has some stretch, so the skirt is comfy. But, I usually like much darker denim. And the a-line made it hard to work into my wardrobe, too. I’m a pencil/straight skirt kind of girl. Is it the youthfulness that an a-line skirt can convey?? I have a hard enough time coming across as an adult at times. I’m told, almost weekly, that I look like a teenager. I don’t need to help it along, lol.

Regardless, I’m glad it finally made it out of the house!

MMM.D6 :: The Usual Suspects

And I promise! I AM working on some more colorful pieces to add to my collection, lol

MMM.D6 :: The Usual Suspects

More than this cardi ;o)

MMM.D6 :: The Usual Suspects



MMM.D3 :: Live & IN Color

I’m sure I won’t keep up with posting daily. But I had to share my lack of B&W today, lol
MMM.D3 :: Live & IN Color

MMM.D3 :: Live & IN Color

I spent some time taking this dress in, last night. It’s still much looser than my average fit, but I was super comfy and I LOVE this fabric!!

Sweater :: Old Navy
Dress :: Handmade (from a vintage pattern)
Tights :: ??
Shoes :: H&M

MMM.D3 :: Live & IN Color
Wanna know something cool about today?? A reader recognized me!!
HI, if you’re reading this!!
You made my day!

MMM.D3 :: Live & IN Color

Something else cool and sewing related- a nearby(-ish) store is going out of business and I got 10 yards of horsehair braid for $4!

That price totally makes up for the cashier packing it like this.
Notions Shopping :: Horse hair Braid
I soon got it in order.
Notions Shopping :: Horse hair Braid

I also picked up some thread and hem tape.
Notions Shopping

And you can bet your ass that I’m going back for more!

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

Sewing Buddy

So, Twitter Sewists strike again. There I was, minding my own tweets when I stumbled across a series, featuring some of my favorite ladies, discussing sewing buddies. Specifically, coat sewing buddies. Well, as this seems to be the year of joining in, I joined in. LOL

Sewing Buddies

Seriously, I think this smaller, more intimate sew-along might be better for me. Especially with a garment that I haven’t sewn and feel really intimidated by. This tweet fest also happened to occur at a time when I was expecting a really BOSS pattern from Ms. What Would Nancy Drew Wear. She practically paid me to take it off her hands, that’s how generous her price was. It’s all I can do to keep myself from going back for more.

Here’s the pattern
Simplicity 4110

Nice, right!

This one is also a contender
Simplicty 4799

Also, pretty awesome.

Both have the desired feature, for a first timer coat maker anyway, of being rather shapeless, by design. I don’t own a wool coat in this car coat style and Simplicity 4110 is perfect for the diagonal rib type wool coating I have, in that I won’t have to match up pieces as the front and back are cut in one.

Wool Coating! Marled/Heathered Blue

Wool Coating! Marled/Heathered Blue

This is the true color.

Wool Coating! Marled/Heathered Blue

I also have a ton of this flannel to underline the wool with, if I want to get fancy.
Cotton Flannel~ Black

I have a few yards of black crepe de chine that would be a killer lining, especially since I can longer see making a dress out of it.

Crepe de Chine

Simplicity 4110 also has the added benefit of buttonhole-less closures!! No bound buttonholes! Which don’t scare me quite as much as making the matching windows in the facings. View 1 closes with self loops and the view 2, the awesome hooded version, has that sweet toggle detail. AND no collar.

Now the second choice, Simplicity 4799 has only one button for view 1. I could handle one bound buttonhole and window. I have two really awesome black buttons from my grandma that would be perfect used here. I doubt I’m going to find a pattern that calls for only two buttons, so this is as good a use as any.

Cool Ass Buttons!

I feel like I should make an attempt at a muslin. The back of 4799 looks massive and the back of 4110 looks like it might have trouble fitting over my hips. But, I feel like that step is what kept me from jumping in with Anise. I just want to sew, you know?

What do you guys think?

Just a Little Bit Sixties

While bragging all over the interwebs sharing my pattern haul news with the sewing masses, Tanit-Isis realized that we had bought the SAME pattern on the SAME day!

Simplicity 8598

Sewing twinsies!! She knew that darling Sewing Scientist Vicki had the same pattern, too. She hatched a brilliant plan. We’d all sew it up…together! I feel like one of the cool kids being asked to take part!

Please don’t think that this is like one of those sew-alongs popping up all over the blogisphere. I really admire, and respect, the effort that goes into creating buttons, and taking all of those gorgeously detailed step-by-step photos, responding to questions and rounding everyone up for a virtual group photo at the end. It’s amazing. But, as Vicki pointed out when she sent a red alert email to Taran and I checking that this was not what we had in mind:


What we DO have time for:
Sewing with a great vintage pattern.
Doing it up in photos when we’re finished.
And a linky party for anyone who happens to sew-along with us.

Oh, and emailing each other to commiserate on the sudden popularity of the reprint of this pattern which was done fanbloomingtastically by Tempest Devyne only this week!

She, and approximately eleventy billion other seamstresses, beat us to the punch! And here we were feeling really smug about our “original” idea ;p Whatever! We are not deterred! I’m at the point where I feel like if I don’t make SOMETHING I will explode!

I’ve decided that the making of this dress will be a celebration! A celebration of making it through the longest semester of my life (this includes going to class while being pregnant with twins AND taking care of two other children). A celebration of making it to the close of another year, after all the hardships I’ve faced during this one. A celebration of doing a big part to raise funds for my daughter’s school. A celebration of keeping myself and my family happy and sane for another year.

I have a lot to celebrate and I plan to do it in style. And with two smoking hot, Canadian Sewing Scientists! Join us if you dare!

Because I’m so helpful I’ve done a very strenuous search on etsy for the original 60s pattern. These sellers all have copies! Go on and buy one! You know you want to!

And come back here soon for deadline details and to let us know that you want to sew-along with us!

Promaballoona Frock Party!!!

Oh, prom. That time that each girl looks forward to. That blissful, pre-wedding dress shopping experience of dropping fuckloads of cash on a one-time-wear garment. The makeup. The manicures. The salon appointments. Those were the days……just not for this girl. Like most things in my life, my prom going experience was not at all what I hoped it would be.

Read the rest over at my friend Oona’s!!

And check out the frocks below.

Barbie Pink and Sweet Cream frocks!

The "Barbie Pink" Prom Dress

Barbie Pink

The Facts
Fabric | Sumptuous hot pink cotton sateen courtesy of Kollabora
Patterns | Vintage (1940s) Simplicity 2693 and my TNT skirt pattern, Simplicity 9823
Year | 1940s and current
Notions | Thread, a zipper and elastic. I did not interface the bodice, but it is doubled.
Time to complete | Made during an all night sewing marathon, so I’m not sure. It went together pretty effortlessly, I must say.
First worn | On a two part photo shoot with my big girl aka kick ass photographer!
Wear again? | HELL YEAH!! Try and stop me ;P
Total price | Nearly FREE!! I won the fabric, was given the elastic by my sister, the zipper from my granny, the bodice pattern is from a swap and the skirt pattern was probably .99cents.

The "Sweet Cream" Prom Dress

Sweet Cream

The Facts
Fabric | 100% cotton paisley embroidered fabric from
Patterns |Vintage (1940s) Simplicity 2693 and Vivat Veritas’ scalloped waist skirt pattern
Year | 1940s and current
Notions | Thread and a zipper.
Time to complete | Made during an all night sewing marathon, so I’m not sure. It went together pretty effortlessly, I must say. The entire dress is doubled. The fabric was slightly sheer and very lightweight. I sewed the two skirt sections together at the bottom edge, turned it right side out and pressed it. Worked like a charm!
First worn | On a two part photo shoot with my big girl aka kick ass photographer!
Wear again? | HELL YEAH!!
Total price | I don’t remember what I paid for this fabric, but I can assure you it wasn’t much. The bodice pattern is from a swap and the scalloped skirt pattern is free online.

The "Sweet Cream" Prom Dress

The "Sweet Cream" Prom Dress

The "Barbie Pink" Prom Dress

The "Barbie Pink" Prom Dress

The "Sweet Cream" Prom Dress

The "Sweet Cream" Prom Dress

I took some advice from the recently departed Nora Ephron. She said

“Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim.”

The "Barbie Pink" Prom Dress

I saved my prom experience this time around. Snaps for me!

My co-hero, Missy, snapped this pics for me. Don’t they kick ass!!

More pics here.

What I Wore :: 7.24.12

What I Wore :: 7.24.12

Hat :: Street Vendor
Shirt :: Old Navy
Shorts :: Simplicity 3530 Handmade by me
Sandals :: Forever21
Purse :: Handmade

What I Wore :: 7.24.12

I’m still recovering from the busiest weekend I’ve had since the graduation and dance performance mania in June. On Sunday, I took the kids to a new student meet and greet picnic given by my oldest daughter’s future school. After much running around, playing catch and hula hoop games I dashed home to drop the kids with my hubby to run back out to go on a makeup consult with my sister.

She was referred by a fellow makeup artist friend who was unable to take the job. I think it went really well. The visit prompted me to revamp her blog a little.

Bellus K

I will be doing the same for my hubby, soon. Tomorrow he has his first important DJ gig. He’s had business cards made up, but his online presence needs some….presence ;o)

I’m excited for both of them!! I don’t know anyone who loves makeup more that her and music more than him. It’s only natural that they should find some success working with these passions. A couple of great things are coming my way, too. I’m preparing for Promaballoona and thinking of sitting out the Sew Weekly challenge. I made a, very late, look for last week that hasn’t been posted. We’ll see if I can fit in two looks, photos, my midterm, supporting hubby at his gig, a gma visit and more kid fun this week.

Stay tuned.