Project Avoidance, the Dante edition


I’ve taken on a project. I am a fool. I am the Ado Annie of sewing.  Just a girl that can’t say no. Just when I oughta, I cain’t. I agreed to make 3 large (they grow larger every time I think about them) bench cushions for a friends mother-in-law.  I know this isn’t what happened but I swear this is how I remember it:

‘Psst- I’m just going to need some cushions or I’ll condemn your soul to hell.’  Ok, it may sound melodramatic, I swear, that’s just how I remember it.

Sewing for other people is crap. I am just not nice enough to make pretty things for other people, but I’m trapped now. In tropical print upholstery hell of my own making.

‘Thou shalt cut strips of no more than 3 inches on the bias and run cording thru them until the sins of your family are penanced for the last 3 generations. Go forth and upholster until they brow bleeds and you cannot bear to look upon Waverly without weeping.’  I’m actually pleased with how the zipper is looking on this one.

What I forgot about when I agreed was how much I loathe the cutting out part of a project. Especially the cutting out of mile long strips and such for projects like this.  So I’m rationing it out to 2 hours of working on it at a time.  That way it hardly seems like torture at all……

On a positive note (yes, I have those!) Me Made May 2012 is rocking along and I’ve been very good! I even joined the flickr group!

photo credits: little me, google images

A day without Tilda is a day without enviable bonestructure


Sigh. A whole week without a Swinton sighting. How can this be? It’s just wrong. I know she is probably busy defending the universe from alien threat or having her cheekbones studied in Prague, so here is a look at some previous Swinton Apparitions to keep us going until her next movie comes out. Last years Cannes Film Festival:

The Venice Film Festival- look she has toes!

The Darjeeling Limited Premiere- she looks like a very cool spy:

Now don’t forget, little Swintons! We at Our Lady of Perpetual Swinton are counting on you to report sightings as they occur.

photo credits: zimbio, exposaycom

Wearable Wednesday- Prada after the Met Ball


Ugh. So many text messages from Goopy this week. She has no respect for my quality time at the IHOP with Mr B.  ‘Use Prada, this week, use Prada’, ‘why isn’t my husbands cd in your car?’   ‘can you tell I ate a grape?’. ‘Do you think Stella Mcartney is talking about me?’ Well, ok, Gwynnie- to make you happy on one account:

Prada!!! Ta da!!!

First person to comment on the shoes gets a kewpie doll. They remind me of little dayglo galoshes. I’ll bet that Helena Bonham Carter has a pair.  You will scratch furniture with this collection, but isn’t it worth it?

‘When you get to her eyebrows, turn off the air-brush gun…’

Seriously- the shoes are growing on me.

well, not the white ones- they look like bondage nursewear. Don’t google that- especially during National Nurses Week.

photo credits: style.com, gofugyourself

Vogue 8728 – a Fantasy Picnic Frock


I’ve done it again- I’ve sewn for my fantasy life, not my actual. Do I live the life of picnics and steamy encounters? No. Most of my steamy encounters involve something a dog did on my poor rug. But I like to sew like Tennessee  Williams is going to document the events to follow. So if you see me with a glassy look, I’m attending the picnic in my mind and I’m having a fabulous time  eating much potato salad while my beaus fan the gnats away.

In my internal picnic I see Vogue 8728. It  is so popular- all the Sewin’ Sect that I admire has it in multiple versions, I wanted one too. Check out this one! I love Andrea’s work.

Look at this hipless twig! Surely I’ll look the same in it, right? I swear these model drawings are distorted or something- surely they cannot have internal organs and be that slender?!

I don’t love it, it did make my fitting consultant (husband of the head cocked to the side, ‘will it always do that thing in the back?’) confused.Once he said it, it was all i could see. The back neckline is doing this hovercraft thing- totally ruining my posing- I could see it and hear the Jaws theme- I kid you not. Shh Liesl! It’s coming to get us!I still am not quite sure what it’s secretly doing behind me, but I wish it would put down the deflector shield.  The sign should say ‘My Fair Liesl’ of course. We shall speak to the management immediately. I want to like this- for a Vogue, this was really easy- the waist attachment seemed a little awkward- iron seam allowance under, then stitch to the gathered upper bodice all in one move- um, no, I skipped that little adventure and did it the way it felt right, then finished the edge. ain’t I reckless?I’ve seen this in a few woven makes, so I pressed on with my giddy dachshund seersucka plans and it worked well except that I just think that the bias neckband is a little wide for my taste. I still may go back and narrow it down- it feels too noticeable in the back. I also skipped the shoulder pads- which I was looking forward to- I like a little Joan Crawford shoulder pad action. I like to greet people with a nice shoulder thrust. But the neck is so wide that they were really going to sit so far off my shoulders that they would have been little diving boards for visiting pigeons.  A look I can’t get enough of as I’m sure you cannot either.

“Hey! Excuse me! Have you a tailoring guide in there? ‘ It really didn’t sit so well without a belt- so much seersucka needed a bit of a break- so did we- this was a tiring adventure downtown- being chased by an angry neckline.

Somebody better throw me and the Liesl a stinkin’ picnic!

photo credits: meadhawg, google images

Weekend Catch ups & More Cool Things/Strange Things


The Fair is in town this week. Excuse me, ‘the fahrrr’ is in town. So my usual photographer keep slinking off to take time-capture, slow contrast,hoo-ha shutter speed, something, something fancy arty pictures instead of actually honoring the rare event when I get out of my UPS brown  scrubs in the evening to show off my projects. His lack of support is being noted in my little book. He will rue the day, much rueage. Much rueage.

    But I am here! I’m even dressed. I was pretty excited to haul out the off season totes and find things I’d made last summer and wasn’t horrified by. I think I am indeed a summer sewist- with the exception of print corduroy- I loves that.

The Coolness goes on!

Check out the totally undeserved, but much appreciated haul I got from TJ!

Man-made fossil buttons! Metallic knit material! Oh! Oh!

Vintage border print! I also got a Burdaplus magazine that I’ve been carrying around and marking with a million post-its! Thankls TJ!!

Ok, off to the big fabric sale in Williamston! But as a final thought, I bring you Clemmons,   the semi-outdoor cat

A random sage thought for the day from my cats namesake, Mark Twain:  A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn in no other way.
photo credits: meadhawg

Wearable Wednesday DSquared2


I can’t lie I’ve taken a lot of cold medicine this week. So I’ve sort of lapsed into a licorice-nyquil revery in which I hear the Association singing ‘Everyone knows it’s Wendy’ except as Annie, of course  and I picture myself as a stylish gadabout in fabulous accesories in Mod London. I really recommend the nyquil if you haven’t tried it.  I had no idea how cool my delusions were! This collection is just what I see as I veg between bouts of nose blowing and coughing. Expect for the gloved smoking- children that is not cool.

 See how cool and pouty I am?

Aren’t my gloves fabulous?

Here I am lunching with Megan and her cool French gal friends….

I am sooo continental…

I have this hat in every color, don’t you?

I cannot have too much leopard. Nope.

I am one hot, fleecy beast! Please whistle along with me- I’m using my right nostril for that- and tell me how you feel about these pretty pop pieces…

photo credits: stlye.com