Wearable Wednesday Dior


Interesting….Victorian resortwear? Are those booties? I think my American girl doll wore this for a Salem adventure.

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Lots of room for tissues, margaritas, corn pads in these pockets!

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Resort wear so confuses me- Am I on a trip or planning to sieve gravy thru my blouse?

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Wanda donned her safety vest and prepared to do her community service as stylishly as possible.

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Is that a swimsuit and fur coverup? Where are you swimming- the polar bear tank?

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Don’t feel bad Dior, I never finish my latch rug rug kits either.

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Vogue 1402….sort of


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Why hasn’t this pattern taken off? Nice full skirt, comfy bodice….

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Whimsical shoulder blade noose?  Maybe. As per my usual- I tried it- the pattern everyone else knew better about, I suppose. Do better sewists have some sort of sense about bad ideas? Can you see a dark putrid aura rising from the pattern bin or something?

‘No! Not that one- I see sorrow- tears and poorly placed bust darts! Heed my words or suffer most dreadfully!!!’

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Maybe if I’d READ the directions this would have been a problem, no- I read them, I just didn’t follow them. Honestly, I looked at it, liked the shape with my fabric and ran with it. So to do a review seems wrong- cuz this isn’t so much a pattern review as a dress I made using the pieces.

– I knew I wanted to wear a bra (it’s my thing, crazy right?) so I raised the back about 5- yes 5 inches. Also, that helped cover up the tattoo I got back in 1989 that is the first 4 chapters of the Andy Warhol Diaries in comic sans- I regret the font, not the Jerry Hall gossip.

– Whoa, look at that- you can see my appendix in this- add 2 inches to the front.

-I’ve been wanting to try exposed darts, but, not on this- my print is very fun- I didn’t want it disturbed. Another change!

-zipper? We don’t need no stinking zipper!

-raise that waistline to a flattering zone

-Lining? In the southern summer? Why not just wear armour. No thank you.

– I used a self fabric binding (made wrong side out, so the darker areas of the print don’t bleed thru) on the sleeve edges and the neckline. I added it before sewing the bodice together for a smoother point at the joining. Joining- is that a thing? Sure, sure, it’s a thing.

-Oh, I’m getting little armscye rumples- lets nip that out with another dart- foolishness- I should have just adjusted the Vogue dart of uselessness first!

Shoulder blade noose? No longer necessary to maintain the bodice remaining on, but what the hay, let’s make a noose!

So did I make Vogue 1402 or not? Well, I did use all the pieces, so I guess that counts. I feel like those gals that go to the hairdresser, get a vastly different style than usual then  come home and style it like they always have and blame the hairdresser! Oh, Wanda!

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As you know, my pictures are a work in progress. Someday I will really appreciate soft-focus…today is not that day!

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Enjoy the shrubbery, while I adjust. Hey, didn’t Jack the Ripper saw that a few times? Hmm….lets move on. Alright, here goes.

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I have been saving this fabric for ages. It was a mad purchase during the last fabricmart challis blitz. I love the repeat- in fact, most of the people pictured probably got repetitive stress injuries on a daily basis, bend with the knees, not at the waist peasants! I was very good about print matching on my skirt- since it is totally meant for twirling! Here’s an aggressive pose:

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Look! Neck noose! The husband loves this dress- I think it’s the peasants- but it could be the handy noose…..

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Wearable Wednesday Dondup


Emma- we are your parents and we love you, but you are out of control! How are we to believe that you were studying all night at Andrea’s when you come home wearing some strange bellhops uniform???

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Herbert, I don’t like that Monica, she seems most surly. Are you certain she’s one of the right people?

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Emma, I just spoke with The Phillips’ Russian housekeeper, Minka. There is no ‘Prance of the Pissed-off Proletariats’! Madame Veronne is going to be very angry if you don’t wear the dance costume she assigned you!

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Oh lighten up, Lady! Come on Emma- lets go meet unsuitable boys down by the river!

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And Headmistress Yvonne called- she said that she suspects you may be trying to leave school early and go to some seedy event. She claims she caught you stuffing your plaid uniform skirt in the library return slot!

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What have you done to that wonderful little frock your Grandmother gave you???

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Oh, Emma, Mummy and Daddy love you and we will never believe badly of you- we know you had nothing to do with that missing swan from the conservatory- you are our precious angel!!

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Butterick 6175


I slowly close the door behind me and run to embrace my love.
‘When can we stop meeting behind closed doors? When will you take me out on the town-‘
‘It’s complicated,’ I say. ‘So many things are in the way- I need time-‘
‘You always say that- you keep promising to introduce me to your friends, but I just feel like you are embarrassed by me!’
‘Stop! You know how much I love you! You know how I feel when I see you and how good it feels to touch you- it’s just……’
‘Say it! Tell me why we never go out!’ I knew what needed to be said, but it was too hurtful- I took a deep breath-
‘You don’t match anything. I love you but I have nothing to wear with you. I’m sorry. It’s not you- it’s me…….’

How many times have you had this conversation? How many times have you been unable to make your love public? Come on, I can’t be the only one that has these guilty shoe trysts in the closet.

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Be honest. You saw them across the aisle- there was an instant connection- sparks, chemistry. You brought them home in a whirlwind of lust and dreams for your future- vacations, fancy dinners, moonlit walks and of course- the envy of all when they see you together.
Then you saw they didn’t fit your lifestyle- they didn’t mix with your other friends- your textile friends.
Can this relationship be saved? Can you grow together?
I need some new summer tops- work appropriate but cute and I need to get back in the good graces of my secret solemates- my neglected hoof covers that are starting to doubt me. If you think I am foolish enough to let you get a look at my shoe archive- you are mistaken- if pictures of my shoes get out there- color blind toddlers with bad taste will be racing to my closet to pilfer my treasures!

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Enter Butterick 6172.  I was tempted to not blog this- I saw a very well-respected sewist is working on it too and hers will be a couture banquet- where as mine is more of a drive thru add fries event!

Please note that I have inserted a solid color into my work today. Yes, a solid. It was from a bundle Fabricmart sent me- what were they thinking? Well, maybe they knew I had these adorable pink maryjanes to show off!

Pattern details:

– this is my favorite summer sleeve length. I call it ‘cut at the lengthen or shorten here’ length. Thank you Butterick- it worked out just right. Why is this picture so blurry…..

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Oh.

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– somehow I hemmed my pink on the wrong side, so it isn’t hanging down as designed- it almost creates a jagged pink monster mouth effect- who doesn’t want that? Honestly, I didn’t notice until very late in the process. See? I’m a planner!

– I used a premade bias tape on the neckline- I wanted to use as little of my floral as possible in case I can wedge in another project.

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Surprisingly, the husband liked my tail. How often do you type that??

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This lovely locale is the husbands hops trellis area. While he was building it the neighbors were very concerned- it had a gallows- esque look that definitely took us off the local trick or treat routes. Well played, Mr B.
Photo credits: pattern review, little me. Pinterest- the boots are Anna Sui. All images remain the property of their original owners.

Wearable Wednesday J W Anderson


Ok,this is making me a little queasy. How about I focus on the grey boots in the front row- those are fabulous!

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I think JW’s mom never got him the big box of crayons.

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Now Missy- you march right back into the den and hang those drapes back up- you are sooo grounded!

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Wanda’s movers are never getting their blankets back .

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Squeak-squeak Squeak-squeak Squeak-squeak Squeak-squeak

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Is that a whoopie cushion wristlet?

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Fionas mother guarded her chastity with a drawstring and a symbolic screenprint.

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Um, yeah……

jw8The models look like they are having trouble walking in the clothing- it does look sticky.

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Burda 7517 Late to the Party!


Summer flowy dress fever has hit me. While I trudge across the work parking lot begging my toes not to become lodged in the melty tarmac, I visualize myself in a cool, breezy area- ok, it’s Epcot. I transport myself to the International Gateway and pretend that the French Pavillions gelato area has replaced my desk. Nice, right? I’ve tried this in the cafeteria, but somehow the chicken fingers never turn into lovely finger sandwiches and fancy drinks. I’ve begged the lunch lady to use those little umbrellas I supplied her with in my drinks, but she is a dream killer cog in the machine. Sigh.

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Well, if I can’t live it, I can dress it right? So I’m adding some summer flowiness to my work dresses- fitted but flowy. I’ve had Burda 7517 since……it wasn’t OOP. But never got around to it. Why? I don’t know. I love making darts- no sarcasm. I love making them. I think I read in Readers Digest that it was on the list of ‘Secret Serial Killer Proclivities’. Seriously-

1- like to squeeze kitty paw pads

2- watches too much reality tv

3- Likes to make darts- both fish eye and regular

4- keeps a severed head next to the frozen creamed chipped beef in their mothers deep freeze

It’s all making sense now, isn’t it. Yeah, you know.

Oh, enough about me. Lets talk about this little frock! 13 reviews on Pattern Review. Not exactly Vogue 1247 

but it’s more popular than the winceworthy Mccalls 6615:

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These pics immediately make me think:

‘I got my knees a’flexin’, 

got my arms t-rexin’    Thank Andy Sandberg.

Hey Big4- lets stop trying to make calf camouflage a thing, ok? Don’t look all innocent with me- you know what I’m talking about- GUILTY!

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Phew. I’m sorry you all had to look at that, but shame is really the only thing that holds us together as a society. Back to our pattern. I was getting  a little worried- no big girls have reviewed this one. Maybe that’s bad, but actually I like it and the husband does too. Of course, he loves blue. I’m not huge on blue on me, but it has such cool colors that I am, drawn to. Cool like neato, not like ‘cool’ colors. I’m still trying decide if I am a Type 2 or a Type 4……or just a Type Shallow. Anyhoo.

I got out the tripod again. Sigh. I will beat this camera, if it kills me. In the meantime I will just look dead.

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I did not do View B- you know my feelings on self ties. I wore it belted to work, but really preferred the subtle shaping without it, so I took it in about 3 inches after my initial wear. This envelope doesn’t exactly promise a great fit- the reviews on PR made me give this a 2nd look.

It doesn’t flow like my summer fantasies and because the pups were imprisoned in the yard while Mr B shampooe’d their messes into oblivion, I took these pics inside. Forgive the gloom. No. It’s mood lighting, lets stay positive! Here we go- inching toward self-timer prowess!

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This neckline is my friend. Well, during the cut out at least. a nicely darted neckline means I can skip my hollow chest alteration. I’m a little disappointed that my darts aren’t as crisp and defined as some of the reviews. But I’m not as defined as most of the reviewers! I liked how the shape ended up, I’m not sure why my skirt is not as columny as other reviews, but I’m good with it.

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Side zip- why? I mean really- another over the head dress that doesn’t need and zipper. Does Talon have some sort of hold over the pattern industry? Even knit patterns feel the need to have a zipper. I may start a non-zipper movement. Erica Jong fans are you with me?

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Sorry peeps- you don’t get full makeup on a sunday afternoon- I have to let the ground lay fallow at least once a week!

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Hey! Almost all of me is in frame!!!

Gracious- I really look like my Mother in these pics- right down to the photo-taking dislike!

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photo credits: Little me, Pattern Review. All images remain the property of their original owners.