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Wearable Wednesday Balmain


Bond villainesses have been waiting for this collection!!

Come on, can anyone wear afghan pants without chafing? I chafe at the very notion.

These are very dramatic, I’ll say that. Perfect for announcing that You know who killed Sebastian!


I’ve never seen sheer wood grain before….I can see her….knots


Mr Bond- we are here to disarm you- 

(Insert Roger Moore triple entendre!)

These slit pants are for erotic nights playing the cello, right?

Now how are we going to convince that Kardashian girl to leave the house in more than just a jacket after seeing this!?

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Butterick 5816 No zippidee, lots of doodah.


It is hard to get dressed in the summer. The effort of layering leaves me numb and spent. I like easy flowy tops and a vague feeling of dress pants below. So I go on a floaty top sewing spree every July. I cut out 4 at Fathers today- to the accompaniment of a WW1 documentary.

Before that I revisited an old friend- Butterick 5816- OOP!

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My other version is D- but I have a non-functional zipper aversion.Maybe it was too much time in the 80’s trying to look like Boogaloo Shrimp. Maybe I just hate metal near my skin- unless it’s this MCQueen dress that doubles as a nursing ensemble- which I think needs decorative zipper pulls-

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This just seems uncomfortable and a potential tushy pincher!

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I know it can be lovely, it’s just not for me.

So I edited the shoulder panels to skip it and added a row of decorative coral charms. Cuz I usually can use more charms than I naturally possess?!

This time I did not even think about it, I went right to the decorative trim along the seam and headed out to get some nicely over-expose pictures on the way to Fathers for lunch.

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This landmark has been on my blog pic plan for a long time. Little did I know it was a Pokémon stop and everyone would slow to a crawl as they passed it. No, that’s not intimidating or uncomfortable for this chubby introvert!

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Usually I bring you nothing useful, I may break my streak here- I’ve discovered the joys of adding a little line of fusible webbing between facing and garment on back necklines, so I don’t end up with the back ‘walk of shame lobster bib’ hanging out of the back if I’m not careful.

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This is one of the rare pieces of fabric I got a Hancock- usually I just pillaged the patterns and shopped at Fabricmart! Yesterday we hitched up the buggy and drove into the big city to go to the Jo Ann’s. Heart sinking. Not very excited by the fabric. Maybe it’s between seasons, maybe I’m just too weird!

Should you be totally enamored of this classic Anderson setting, enjoy this link to a free jigsaw puzzle of the property! http://www.jigidi.com/jigsaw-puzzle/GLXS0212/Rankin-s-Grocery-Anderson-SC

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Wearable Wednesday Vetements


I’m not even sure I need to comment on these. But I will. No. I just can’t.

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What can I say? It’s like going thru a receiving line at a wedding that you know is a bad idea- but you have to say something to their Mom, but what?

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Better luck next time?

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I hear good things about the caterer?

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Don’t they look happy?

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Always nice to get out and see people!

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All the pictures are in focus!

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Ok, thats it- I’m hitting the punch bowl and sneaking out the back.

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Mccalls 6758 and a Pokemon safari!


So you know I’m pretty cool, right? I mean, of my siblings I’ve definitely the coolest and if asked, I’d say generally people will grudgingly admit that I do not act like a mature, reliable adult. That’s really code for cool. I know.

Part of what makes me so fabulous is my constant up to the minute knowledge of pop culture and what is going on up in here.For Shizzle sticks.

This morning I finished working on Mccalls 6758. It’s OOP, but I’ll probably bring it back by popular demand with my trend setting skills, right? Yup. I only use my powers for good, thankfully. I was headed out to the downtown area to take pictures in the same classy pose as the cover model:

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Yeah, it’s a great pose for helping someone understand the pattern and design features, right?  Nix that. I’m going to to multi-task. Some local skater kids were playing Pokemon Go and I decided to join them. They were very helpful- they could see immediately what an asset I was to their training team.

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So I took their advice and headed out to a field they said was very popular with the rarer beasts and set out to ‘Catch ’em all!’ as the hip say.

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Now, about this dress- it has 3 seams up the front and it has a nice little nip to the waist- not truly fitted- I still managed to skip the back zip, but comfortably fitted. I used a painted homespun iridescent cotton I got on a Mary Jo’s trip- I thought this dress had a nice almost military shape to it and the green worked for my vision.

Oh, I think I hear one now- wait- crap! I lost him?!

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This collar is a puzzle to me- it lays on sort of a convex angle. I can’t see anyone elses well enough to see if I’m just weird. I tried it several ways and just ended up going convex. IS that a word?

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Well, I’m happier with my dress that I am with my new hobby. The kids said I should let them hold my phone, because the pokemon are frightened of the cellular waves and that my net would catch more. So far I’ve seen 3 squirrels. I may never level up.

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Being an arbiter of style and trend is hard and hungry work, my people.

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Wearable Wednesday Damir Doma


Yes, lets get a nice biblet to protect this fine outfit from the BBQ.

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When I move, I never ask Wanda to get the shower curtain set up for me.

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Its thunderdome office casual.

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Damn  it, I want the shoes.

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This that a thread hanging from the edge of her totally unhemmed jammies? These have no edge finish at all! Anywhere?! Mind blown!

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This years Met Gala theme: Snuffalumpagus!

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Burda 7204- sneaky sleeves


This summer I’ve sewn more than I’ve blogged- I’ve actually sewn lots of staple things to wear to work, but mostly things that bore me, so blogging them is not very appealing to me.

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You know the type- basics that you just can’t make exciting, but need to own. Perhaps you’ve noticed I keep trying to find other things to blog besides a thrilling 520 words on my new beige capri pants!

I do have a textile victim to display today- Tho I’m not as happy as I could be! You’ll see.

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Cute, pleaty, breezy- so comfortable. Throw on a belt- becasue that slight nip in featured on the tech drawing- I never found that! It’s a maxi maxi thing! Perfect for the blazing summer in the south.

I slaved over this. Truly.

I was squeezing out the fabric to get the length and breadth it required.

I hand adjusted and planned the pleats on Ms Holloway to account for my slopiness.

I  changed thread 3 times trying to get the least visible top stitching effect. You know I like to color in my white thread if it is too prominent- my brown fabric marker was not this kind of brown, dang it?!

I redid the bias tape on the armscyes more than once.

Was this dress worth it? I’m still not sure. It wrinkles on sight- I swear I ironed it- I may not have couture skills, but I can apply heat to fabric! Ok, enough complaining- here goes:

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Here I am in the unforgiving sun of Mr B’s hops gallows area. I’m hoping the chevrons are busy enough to forgive some lack of fabric mismatched areas!

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It’s giving me a lovely pigeonbreast effect as I peek from behind the hops…. this sun is very bright- it’s made me look even more dainty than usual- even a bit washed out- like this right sleeve- what- WTF?????!

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Seriously?! I honestly got done, gave it a bit of the iron, found my Betsey Johnson carrot necklace, hit the yard and NOW I  see the right sleeve is inside out. ARRGH?!

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I can’t believe my assistant let this happen. The neighbors may have seen me stomping around the yard shaking my chubby fist at fate and wailing- maybe they never noticed…

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Ok, I’m going back inside now to decide if I can bring myself to remove the sleeve binding ONE MORE TIME and fix this epic tragedy. Have a lovely sunday all. It’s my Fathers Birthday- so eat some cake, m’kay?

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photo credits: pattern review, little me. All images remain the property of the original owner.

Wearable Wednesday Miu Miu


Slumber Party at the asylum!

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Where do I start? Are there only 20 pictures because everyone is wearing 3 outfits? Does Rainbow Brite know her shoes are missing?

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Look at the t-shirts we made at Camp!

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…and then the alarms went off and we had to run out of the hotel wearing whatever we could grab!

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Stay off drugs, kids.

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Don’t worry Margo- no one will know this is our first time at Coachella!

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Preying Mantis flappers?

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I really NEED the Tay-Swift squad to show up somewhere like this.

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Is she steaming her bits on that radiator?

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