Wearable Wednesday Dior

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


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


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


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


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


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


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Vogue 1402….sort of


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


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!!!’


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!


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


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


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:


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???


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


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!


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


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!


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


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.

Anna Sui 2009
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!


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…..




– 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.


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


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!


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


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


Wanda’s movers are never getting their blankets back .


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


Is that a whoopie cushion wristlet?


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


Um, yeah……

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


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