My Mother of the Bride pajama Jacket

Sometimes I think my vision is  a little skewed- I find a pattern I like for a casual Bohemian style top- Butterick 5434…I was picturing a batik…it turns out to be a pajama pattern. Well, I am not really the giddy co-ed who thinks that hanging out in the Panera Bread abusing their wifi in a pair of sleepy pants is the most fun ever, but, I was planning to wear just this patterns top so  I felt better about it, but maybe the pajama thing isn’t so crazy- look how hot this is:

You can take it anywhere! I mean really, it’s all Vanessa Hudgens and Miley Cyrus seem to own right now?! I always think of this look as  ‘going out for cold medicine chic’

So I dig thru the closet of textile hoarding and find a lovely $2 a yard treasure for a Hancock fabric sale and think, ‘OOH, it’s shiny and bright and oooh,’ Ok, truth be told, I think that alot.

My husband can instantly derail any argument we might be having discretely in public by pointing to someone’s shoes. ‘Look, at her shoes- you like those,don’t you?’ he’ll deflect. “ooh, shiny’ and I am off topic and probably never coming back. Thank God he only uses his powers for good!

So off I go- thinking how fun this fabric will be as a frisky little jacket- until I am covertly hemming it on sunday at work and here comes a nurse asking me in charming innocence if I am altering a Mother of the Bride outfit- she saw that same fabric at Davids….. Anne, I love you, but I’m not in love with your clothes…..Well, in for a penny- here is my Mother of the Bride pajama jacket I posted for the Sew Weekly button challenge. Well, I like it…..the pattern was beyondeasy– I just took it in to give it a bit of shape in the waist and make a little pattern with my decorative buttons. I’m happy- so do you think it says ‘That evil slut is going to break my sons heart!’ or ‘Grape Ape rayon  jacket meets Auntie Mame’. I hope for the later.

Behold: Glorious downtown Anderson!

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photo credits: Little me,, google images,

The Trouble with Hitchcock

Hello, Alfred.

I love Hitchcock movies- I’m a huge Daphne DuMaurier and Patricia Highsmith fan. Recently during the Sew Weekly Hitchcock challenge I’ve discovered once again that  icey blonde in peril just isn’t my bailiwick!

I’m really more of a Thelma Ritter on a Grace Kelly set.

So that being said, I tried to rock a look that was more about mood than strict depiction. So please, be kind as I show you my latest crime.

I like to call this my Hong Kong vixen. Vixens can be chubby! I’m claiming it.

Once more I turn to Burda and 7949 came thru for me.  I’ve added a cap sleeve to keep my cheongsam feel going and made the collar more Mandarin than it featured on the pattern (I think it was a touch Lord Byron in styling)  and the rest- with minor adjustments for waist length -went right to plan. A Devious plan, of couse- just as Alfred would have done.

Am I not a creatureof refined mystery and ennui? If nothing else, I managed to depict vertigo rather well, I think!

Sunday morning adventures with Burda

I’m really loving this pattern- it’s been ‘pssting’ at me for a few weeks now and I happened to notice Mena’s next challenge on Sew Weekly hints at a Hitchcock theme. Hitchcock normally means suicide blondes and fabulous tailoring, but I also think exotic places, women with secrets and gorgeous head scarves.  So I’m thinking maybe a little oriental influence and a hint of retro.

Behold- my current  scheme:

Is it just me or does our model look a bit headachey from these stripes?  Well, this bit of pinned collar is all you get for now- I have a few alterations in mind- I’ve added cap sleeves to make it a little more cheongsam in the styling and took an inch off of the collar height- I still may round it down a bit to a more recognizable mandarin look. If this comes off well it will be a serious bargain coup! $1.99 a yard M’Liss City Signature Hong Kong- a major clearance price! I just love it and there are 2 yards left for a skirt maybe?  Perhaps and sassy tote bag? Oh that means more pattern shopping! Poor me!!!

Don’t worry- I do not stitch alone on this fine morning- my style consults, Liesl and Katze are supervising.

Happy sunday, everyone!