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