Simplicity 1660- Come on summer!!!!

I think I have a Season Affective Disorder.


Let’s look at the symptoms according to The Mayo Clinic :

Winter-onset seasonal affective disorder symptoms include:
•Depression (I’m tired of my winter clothes)
•Hopelessness (I can’t find any new ways to pair these boring old winter clothes)
•Anxiety (didn’t I just wear this???)
•Loss of energy  (why bother matching my socks- they’re trapped inside boots)
•Heavy, “leaden” feeling in the arms or legs (this layering is keeping me down)
•Social withdrawal (because I have nothing new to wear)
•Oversleeping (why get up? My closet has failed me)
•Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed (in the fall, I loved looking at sweaters)
•Appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates (can’t face another piece of corduroy without a cupcake)
•Weight gain (damned cupcake)
•Difficulty concentrating  (I should hack off the sleeves- wait… what?)


Yup. I has it. Ok, maybe it’s not the real thing, but I feel troubled by all this winter lingering!!! I hope I do not offend anyone who is actually suffering- I hope you get my foolishness.  The antidote? I boxed up all my winter fabrics and cut out 3 springy tops!!!  Now the first one is very me- it’s boxy, brown and features some spots! The lovely Shanni  sent me the left overs from her gorgeous 2013 Gertie Portrait blouse. She asked, I immediately purred YES!!!The rest is gaudy history. Simplicity 1660 may get alot of love this summer. It floats about me like a summer blouse in South Carolina should! I tapered the kimono sleevelets up and in top shape it a little bit more without losing the floatiness. My only other construction change was using a readymade bias tape on the neckline to help support it better.  I chose view B- I thought it would really lend its self well to contrast prints. The husband isn’t so sure- he thinks it might be a little themey.


I’ve sworn off buttondown tops by the way. I never like me in them- but oddly enough, I LOVE buttons.  So for no good reason, this top has 5.


Now why are there only 2 reviews of this out there? Check out this one  and this one.  Both are very cute! You know my photohusband loves his urban decay- last year he ended up unknowningly documenting a local crime scene. Oopsy.


Mince, mince thru the broken glass, vines and old cheerwine cans, don’t disturb the napping hobos. Mr B worked hard to keep the less tasteful, yet highly instructive graffiti out of frame.



So who else is ready to change seasons? Any out there ready for some hot weather activities?

lombard commissioner


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Wearable Wednesday Alessandra Rich

The one Axl Rose left at the altar:


But she’s not bitter.


Patty just loved to subtly remind people that she had dated an LA Ram.


Sigh. Even her urchin-epalettes can’t make this fun.


The only outfit ever rejected for Jungle January:

Excuse me, Ma’am – I think your thing is hanging out- oh, never mind…..


Ok, I’ve lost count- how many ill-advised things is she wearing right now?


I’m about over the edge here. I can’t even think anymore. These last two are up to you- I have a pageant fabric induced migraine. ale10

If I squint, it looks like her torso has a giant mouth throwing up lace curtains! Try it!



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Leapin’ Liebsters! Oh, and a review of Simplicity 2145


Well- it’s that time again. Some sweetie has Liebster’d me. So I will pass along this honor. Anne’style.

– A few simple rules apply –
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you   (that’s YOU! Montana Designs! )
2. Answer the questions given to you (oh you are all going to get bored!!!)
3. Nominate  other Bloggers with less than 500 followers
My Questions:

What is your passion?

Disneyworld, dogs with short legs, old movies, BOOKS

Why do you blog?

Locally I don’t have a creative community of fashion sewers- to discuss important topics like the joy of covered buttons, I must use the webs.  Also, I feel like my size is not properly represented as a sewing group- envelopes lie, I hope that I don’t!

If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be?

Closer to Disney, closer to the fabric district, more time for both!

If you could travel anywhere tomorrow, where would you go?

Back to the birth of the movie industry- I would have loved to be a screen writer when great authors were being lured to the studios to work.

What is your favourite “end of the day wind down time” activity?

Um, I like to shoot bad guys. While holding a pup or two.DisneyInfinity

Who has had the most impact on who you are today?

I can’t answer that one today, it would totally derail me. But she knows, she does.

What is your dream job?

I’d love to be a private tour guide at Disney World. It’s the plaid skirt….

Favourite websites that make life easier?

Pattern Review,, Amazon

Favorite rainy day recipe?

Mr B’s Balsamic chicken and couscous

Here’s who I nominated:

Ok, I thought it would be fun to pick sewists that had made the same dress as I’m about to reveal- the OOP but much-loved, Simplicity 2145. Go see these ladies!

My Sewcialworld

Quests of Quirkiness


No Time to Sew

Cati Basmatis Welt

The Craft Nut

Most of them have done quite a bit since they made 2145, but one is quite recent! Now of course the moment you’ve all been waiting for-  Mine! It was quite windy down at the tracks- as a lady I shouldn’t have been there of course! track1

I chose the cowl neck- so good for the sloped narrow shouldered Anne! Now these crossover pieces gave me fits. They were supposed to wrap over across the waist creating a slimming Waitie Katie Knock off. She was smart enough to buy hers in a stretch material- Simplicity said woven- I followed them blindly. Tsk-tsk. It never layed down well. I wrapped, I twisted, I did double-dutch. I gave up and made a front tying business out of it. I was messing around while fitting it and tied them in front so I could see the fit better and had a Eureka! Moment. Yes- this is me gleefully throwing a rock at the photo-husband. I contemplated a full on Perils of Pauline photo shoot, but those tracks are chilly!!!!


I liked it tied in front, but a decorative buckle seemed classier- and you know I is all about class and cul’cha. Ok, part of me didn’t want it to look like a certain lazy hair-fiddling duchess. I’m really more of a Sophie and Zara fan!s z

After that I spent most of my time matching my print and being sort of pleased with myself. It’s work-worthy, but a little gaudy. My target.



I’ve had several dress disappointments lately- things just didn’t end up matching my expectations or my tuckus- so a parade of summer tops will be shown soon- when I need a pick me up, I love a little top. This was good for me for the same reasons- it had all the basic components that I enjoy- some pleats, some tucks, an easy zipper, not too many origami pieces that require assistance calls to NASA. It’s calming and rewarding to me- knowing if you do the steps correctly it will all work. Sometimes in an uncertain world a result you can count on even on such a little thing is very soothing. Whoo- so deep for little me.choo

Enjoy your sewing- thats what it’s all about, right? Well, that and the hokey-pokey of course……

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Wearable Wednesday Brandon Sun

I wasn’t going to go here until I saw this- it’s like a motherboard being tackled by a bearskin rug-


I like fashion combined with function- her dress can conveniently tell her the wind direction!


It’s the oddest thing- Veronica only felt the draft on her left nipple….


if its a wrap- I want it. If it’s attached to her, she might need to call for help.


I really need to see this from the side.


I think these puffballs are lining it too- look how happy she is!


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Wearable Wednesday Christopher Kane

Fashions deadliest assassin- code name: Ribbon Candy!


A design brought to you by the Home Insulation Council- reminding you to only look for recycled materials in your attic insulation planning!


Shut up! My Grandmother made it! It matches the one the spare roll is wearing!

Thelma was getting to be such a bore at parties- she was totally obsessed with pictionary…..


This makes a better vacuum cleaner bag than a dress…did you scope the hoof covers yet?


Ardella is very concerned about whether or not the place she put her keys was really a pocket….



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Does this match?

What makes something match? I can’t really tell you, I just know I’m drawn to certain combinations that just seem like good ideas to me.  I looked this up on google- it brought up a million thoughts on marriage pairings, but not so much about textiles. Ok- a good marriage for me involves a man who can tolerate my textile pairings. Mission accomplished!Fred Essler and Katherine Mattern-Journey to Paradise

I think this matches- do you? The mood feels similar to me- I’d do it. Would you?


How about this Missoni?


Is runway pairing too much for everyday? When designers throw the outlandish together, is it just to save runway time or are they showing their intent?  Is it like stage makeup- just too much for close up? Will it end up looking like a drag clown on holiday?


I brought these 2 pieces together convinced I had a fab idea. But somehow, when the skirt debuted at work, it was with a black tank and the hot pink cardy and a pair of leopard flats that were trimmed in pink. I wimped out. What was I afraid of? Ok, I do live in the south and folks are quite genteel and matchy-matchy up in here. I’m telling you- their flipflops ALWAYS match their pedicure. Unless it’s a Christmas sweater, the ‘its too much’ line is as thick as a 4 lane highway. I get treated to a version of ‘Well, I don’t mind it on you….’ alot. This is followed by the audible whisper of ‘Bu-lesss….’ usually. I can almost here the ‘she is not raised right here, she doesn’t understand our tasteful ways’. This isn’t the cool south- the B-52’s don’t visit family here- this is the lame south.  But really, are there still rules or is it all according to how you feel? I searched for Glamour Don’ts that involved print mixing and didn’t find any. It was all about the fit, the shape, the muffin top. So here goes nothing:vogue.

Anyhoo- I’ll give you a moment to digest the specialness. I’m pleased with both pieces- the top is an old favorite- Simplicity 1806 and the skirt is a new to me, but retired, Vogue. I think I stretched my skills a little bit with this one. The linen got a little stretchy on  me as I forced it to my will with all these angles, but I persevered and I’m pleased. I realized that all those intersecting lines can only create what I will now forever think of as:


Here are the envelope mugshots of the perps:1806


I chose the simplest version of the top this time- thinking I’d pair these together, I wanted the feel of directions from the prints and keep that motif unmolested. No cowling- just a slightly fitted shape to highlight the print.


So is matching about color families, print size, motif compatability or what? What makes a pairing scream for you? Are you a gaudy matchmaker at heart? Or a stay within the lines kind of dresser? Do I just need to follow my heart or go back to  garanimals?


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Wearable Wednesday House of Holland

Where to start, where to start-


An Oscar the Grouch moto jacket? Hey- take a walk on the grouchy side….


My 6 year old internal style consultant loves this one. She needs a time out and a cookie.


Uh oh- Elmo has a rival gang! Now the shizz is getting real.


It’s a bad sign when  the model is trying to will the clothing off her body…


No one will know I’m wearing an adult diaper if I disquise it with a decorative tutu!


Wait- this has all looked like a Sid and Marty Kroft nightmare and now you thrown in this? What the what-



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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.

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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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I’m no Poster Child for Burda 7203


Recently I read a blog post where the sewist did a beautiful job on a beautiful dress, but it just didn’t suit her. She blogged it with pics and info and it was what I consider to be a great post.

You see, I like a cautionary tale. I am a cautionary tale. My size 4 hipless self does not exist. I am not the pattern envelope girl.  I’m always amazed if someone wants me to test their pattern- I am not the willowy swan posing by a fountain. I am the distracted chubby gal about to pass out from sucking in my stomache while my photog’ adjusts his canon to the ‘extra chins filter’.  I am the ‘well, we know what it looks like in THAT fabric’ girl. The ‘good try!’ girl. The blogger that people hit the ‘like’ button for because the struggle to find an honest compliment is just too hard that early in the morning without coffee!


Sometimes this bums  me- I want to be the one that all the fabric stores vie for- the one they promote and advise you to emulate. Ok, the one with the discount. It is really hard to be Laverne in a Shirley world.Penny_Marshall_Cindy_Williams_Laverne_and_Shirley_1976

I was really considering not blogging anymore, thinking that maybe magazines don’t featuring aging debutantes for a reason- no one wants to see that business!  But the post I described above really revitalized me. Here was a good sewist showing us her work even if it wouldn’t make it onto Woman’s Wear Daily- it educated, it informed and I thought she did a lovely job. I think she looked lovely. She is lovely. She didn’t blog it for a prize- she loves to sew and it shows. She knows the prize she gets- I forgot it. I forgot why I sew and why I share. SewGrateful3xl

So this week during Sew Grateful Week, I’d like to thank a blogger who inspires me and has a gorgeous wardrobe. Thanks Thornberry– you adorable redhead!

So ok, I may never be a network blogger, I’m not to all tastes and I’m not for all audiences, but I’m here and I have a new dress- so get ready!


My dress is in honor of the tail end of Blue February! I could have waited for the fictitious Marsupial March, but I want to show this bad, kangaroo Burda off NOW!  This is the 2nd Burda I have done that features the mysterious HUNCH DART!!! Yes, the perfect thing for sauntering about your belltower and kicking over gargoyles. A hunchdart. Why? I have no idea why you would want a lozenge shaped horizontal dart across your shoulder blades. Maybe a concealed opening for your wings to emerge from during moments of righteous indignation- like when people say they don’t like to read books- they wait for the movie or when people defend wearing their scrubs in public. Or a quick battery change ala Buzz Lightyear!


But just as a thing- just as a design detail?  If my back has a dip there so needing of a dart, I think I need more than Burda to help me. But I digress. You knew I would! 7203

I did the hunch dart and even duplicated it in the front a bit to keep my symmetry going. This dress was HUGE- boxy is a thing, I love boy, but this was ‘Ma’am- are you smuggling kittens under there? …Or a VW?’ but  all these crazy style lines and darty bits made for very easy altering. Now I can only fit kittens in its GINORMOUS front pocket.  It is one huge envelope. I lost my phone in here twice. I think if the opening were larger, Bruder and I would attend functions with him in it. A flattering look indeed.


I’m very pleased with this- It’s comfortable, work appropriate and has a little retro edge to it. Ok, sometimes I think I might look like a giant over mitt in it, but hey, I hear that is hot in Europe.


So did you enjoy Blue February? I’m loving these themes- I don’t wear much blue and it gave me a nice stretch of my interests. I’m not sure how Viking I can get, but, hey- I have married some trolls….. Present company excluded, Sweetie- don’t forget to use that chin filter! 11694448523_f999a6f3bf_z

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