Wearable Wednesday Hermes

I believe the cohesive theme to this collection is ‘things I have seen Jeremy Irons wear’


See!!! I told you!


This fabric- yes please.


The prototype was made of legos.


I can definitely do without the hip turban, but I love the jacket.


I’m sorry, I can’t walk 5 feet with a towel on- how is she keeping her boyfriends henley from falling off??


How is Grandpa supposed to fight off pneumonia if you keep stealing his happenin’ cardigans??


After the show, the caterers took this dress with them by mistake.


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The Writing Process Blog Hop- the method to my madness?

This is wild.


Sew Busy Lizzy asked me to join a blog hop and it’s about the writing. I was thrilled. Absolutely thrilled. I think most sewing bloggers want to have their work complimented- I consider it a good day when someone says they read my post and did a spit take. So asking me why my blog differs from others is like asking the Pope how he differs from Hugh Hefner. Only one of us wears a smoking jacket, of course. But all of us wear silk pajamas at home. So I must thank Lizzie- who was an early blog favorite for me- she has shown me a beautiful world across the globe and introduced me to some very good pattern friends! Well- buckle up- I’m ready to answer the 4 questions with great dignity and sobriety, as this demands.


What am I working on at the moment?
I’m trying to make a bit of a lifestyle change. I’ve worn uniforms forever and now I’m office casual, so my life of gaudy w/ jeans has changed a bit. I need more cohesion in my closet- but cohesion MY WAY! I have way too many things that match nothing in my closet. So I’ve started changing my fabric sorting plan- now I sort by ‘what works together’ and try to make things that coordinate with other fabric and will create loud and boisterous garment gangs to roam my closet and terrorize the cardigans. ‘SewBasics’ is just not a policy I can endorse! I’ve become very fixated on Stella Jean designs- the combinations are feminine, colorful and powerful:





How does your work differ from that of other writers in your genre?
Oh, boy- I’m not sure I have a genre! Basically, you get a steam of unconsciousness thrown at you all at once. My blog is that lonely girl you inadvertently stood next to at a party who once you said ‘Hi’ to, wouldn’t stop talking and only half of it made sense. Most people would walk away at the obvious craziness presented to them, but some people stay and while it may not change their lives or their voting habits, they get a giggle. I’m not a tutorial writer- I’m a cautionary tale. I bring no new education or ideas to the table. I’m about feeding my inner color-blind child and showing what the patterns and gaudy fabrics on a blind date can do! Add a ‘rounded perspective’ and you get what happens when the chubby meet the average pattern- the envelopes lie- but these hips do not and they only fib to spare my butts feelings. I also like to throw in a lot of foolish pictures. My husband even sends me files now from public library archives and such when he comes across the correct level of nonsense. As you may know- he is my best enabler. I wouldn’t feel free to be as silly as I am without his support.

Why do you write what you write?
I blog to save my co-workers and family from killing me. I don’t have a large local group to talk zippers and Mui Mui with. If I forced them to listen to me all day, I think eventually they’d load a leopard print sock with guest soaps and beat me to death. Last time I was in the local fabric store I became engaged in a deep conversation with a woman preparing her shi tzu’s holiday wardrobe. She didn’t have alot to say about the new Vogue collection- it was sadly lacking in pup visors. So I found a quiet corner of the internet and set up a little tea party/ranting nook. Now I can expound on The Swinton, embracing your flat butt, Betsey Johnson and the like, without seeing the deer trapped in the headlights look of my co-workers as they back toward the treeline looking for safety!
What’s your process and how does it work?
Well, my writing is very boom, boom, boom, done. I usually find myself in the sewing hut with Bruderlein when something ridiculous will just pop into my head- be it a name for the outfit, a personal struggle with the outfit or just how the whole thing makes me feel. My husband says my blog is the closest to the real me that anyone outside of my tiny circle ever gets to see. I’m really an introvert that has a much more vibrant inner monologue than real life- where everything at work is by the letter of the law and very mature.  I’m a little bit Walter Mitty-ish in this way.
Once I get my idea it all just rushes out and I just try to keep the train on course. I’ve often greeted my photo-hubs with ‘Ok, I need there to be trees, maybe a salad bar and this can of tuna needs to be in most of the shots. Is my facing tucked in?’ He just shrugs and starts driving.  I try not to over edit myself- it makes it feel like I’m not really having a conversation with the reader. I like it to feel like I’m just chatting over a magazine on Wednesdays with some friends and cookies.

Now, when I have my cookies, lap pup and coffee all set, who do I like to read? I have 2 blogs in mind. When I read these 2 gals I wish that they lived on my street and that I could just  pop in, plant myself in their lives and enjoy. Now this is a bit of a sneak attack- I didn’t warn them. Oops.

I giddily nominate:

Gjeometry! I love her soul and I love that while her blog features a good deal of prancing with an animal side kick, we are the opposites in writing style. Her posts are so meticulously planned, written and executed that I always leave it inspired and enthused. Nobody hosts a giveaway like she and Kitty!

Coco’s Loft!  Coco inspires my sewing with her casual elegance and her beautiful spirit. Her fabric choices are always enviable and she has made me want to grow in style and taste. Oh, I’d also love to live in her garden.

Now go visit these lovelies and feel their muse pull you in!




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Wearable Wednesday Rachel Comey

Today we will play “yes,Vogue’   ‘NOVOGUE!’ and try to hint to our pattern company which of these we’d prefer they hacked for us. Ok?



Yes, Vogue


Yes, Vogue- come on, it’s interesting and  gives you a gut grin!


No, Vogue- wait- does Vogue do window valances?


No Vogue- but you won’t listen to us, will you?


Yes, Vogue- come on, I want a new 80’s rock star duster!


It’s too late, isn’t it? This is already on the next catalog cover, isn’t it?



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Forward, March!

I haven’t posted a new sewing review in what feels like forever. Why? Oh, my thumbs aren’t broken, I just have been clearing out a lot of cut out and not very exciting things. Repeats and three-peats and such. My reviews would have replaced Ambien as a sleep aid.


‘Yeah, so I made these pants and then I liked them so I made them again to go with this top I’d already made twice and it’s in the fabric of that dress I made a couple of times….are you still with me? No, no, you go ahead and sleep. It’s cool…..’

But now I am liberated from my TO DO list. Now what? LIST UP!!!! Am I right?

pink panther

OK, so Fall. Yes, Fall. I like it. Seriously, I rock fall. I totally blend with Fall. I am old leaves. But, you know, endearingly. Check out Pantones 2014 Fall lineup, is it not little me?

fall 2014

I’m so thrilled with these colors!!! Now the scheming commences!! Scheming Fairy? Wave that wand!


This is going to be interactive! Let me know what you think of my fall/winter schemes- there is no prize other than the joy of knowing that you help gaudy the universe! That’s enough tho, right? Sure, sure. First up- a peek at my cluttered swatch folio. I’m looking for pattern ideas here.


*What Would Anna Sui Do?


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All things Laborious

You can’t wear white after Labor Day.


I said, you can’t wear white after Labor Day.


You aren’t listening.


Ok, now lets really focus, ok? No white after-


Hey, Missy! I mean you in the head wrap- I am trying  teach etiquette and class here- now go change into something appropriate!


Ok,  Sassy sleeves Armani- just settle down. We have rules here. I demand that you leave and take your seasonally inappropriate bichon with you!!!


Aargh. Let’s try again. I repeat. No white after Labor Day!!!


People! I am trying to remind all of us of the importance of following fashion rules! If we didn’t have rules, our society would just collapse into jumpsuit wearing mayhem. Now go and move your white garments to the off-season storage as God intended!!!!


E Tu Altuzarra?????


Donatella, you are not helping. I’m going to need you to go sit down. In the back.


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Wearable Wednesday Gucci

Fabric, boots….purr, purr….


She’s like a surly Superhero forced to go to a cocktail party at the Justice League’s accountants house.


Ok, the lowslung pants trend officially must stop NOW>


Ok, that slit is not safe at the water cooler, but other than that- yes, indeed.


The reptiles of William Morris…


Previously unreleased pics of the Crackerjack sailor at Gastonbury-


I’m starting to warm to the snakey sundress look…..is that bad?


I just can’t-its all over the place- were these the last 5 items left on the rack by mistake?



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At Last! The Sew Grateful Giveaway!

Happy Oscar Weekend!!! oscar

I’ll bet you all thought I’d forgotten my Sew Grateful Giveaway- it’s been a turbulent week…..root canal, forgetting that I had to work Saturday, new puppy shopping (Bruderlein is so busy, he needs a little Pup Friday to assist him, don’cha know!) but I am ready to get this HUGE EVENT going! First I’d like to thank everyone who pulled me out of my funk in my last post- I’m actually feeling quite embarrassed by my petulance. Never fear- the gaudy will go on. I know no other way!


First, I’d like to say that every comment was great! I so enjoyed seeing what everyone’s favorite classic movies are and I now know who’d sofa I plan to retire to after a hard day!  If you are wondering, here is what all our bloggy peeps like to watch at home:

Some of you like noir– one of my favorite reading genres and would suggest you check out:Humphrey_Bogart_in_The_Big_Sleep_trailer

-Dark Passage

-The Big Sleep

-Rear Window

-Mildred Pierce

And of course-


Want your heart-warmed?


-It’s a Wonderful Life

-Auntie Mame

Like a saucy heroine?


-Philadelphia Story

-His Girl Friday

-The Women

-History is Made at Night

-Bringing Up Baby

For your singalong pleasure we have-


-Holiday Inn

– Seven Brides for seven brothers

-Mary Poppins

-The Sounds of Music

Want to read along?


-The 10 Commandments

– Wuthering Heights

– Pride and Prejudice

Ready for the most popular? 

It’s my favorite Frank Morgan movie! Yes!  The Wizard of Oz is our most popular film!Now this pic is rumored to be photoshopped- but doesn’t it look much nicer?


Bruder thought it would be fun to take the Wizard of Oz fans and choose our winner from that pool-

Ready? Nope, not yet.

Now, I love classic movies- my favorite ride in Disney World is the Great Movie Ride- I get positively giddy when I’m on it. So in honor of the 1st blogger that mentioned my favorite movie- I have a little additional prize.

Women poster 3

Hari!! You mentioned The Women and earned my ‘jungle red’ nails in a big thumbs up!!! It looks like all of us would love to hang out with Rosalind Russell! header

Bruder- may I have the envelope please? OK. Bruder is too engaged in chewing training  his new little friend Helmutt Burgermeister to assist me today, but he promises to be back very soon when he has his staff under control. I will bring in a substitute. John? academy5

Our Winner is:

Erin! of Trumbelina Sews!   Erin- check your junk email!

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