Thursday, June 30, 2011

Happy Thoughts for Thursday

Great things this week:

Completely forgetting that today is Thursday.  Thanks for that, 4 calendars that I've looked at today.

Gala is engaged!  Gala's was the first blog that I ever loved, and for that she will always have a place in my heart.  I'm so happy for her!

Learning from mistakes.  At least, that's what I'm telling myself, as my sewing escapades are taking an unforeseen turn.  I'm learning new techniques.

CCR.  Another new favorite band.  So now my summer soundtrack is essentially Ingrid Michaelson and Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Nutella



On a separate note, I forfeit the June Challenge.  My fourth and supposedly easiest dress is giving me heartache.  If I work on it all night, maybe I could finish it; however I want to enjoy the last few hours of this beautiful month of June.  I will finish the dress, but it will most likely be sometime tomorrow, or even after vacation.  Despite the multiple setbacks, I will not give up on this dress.

5 Necessities for a Successful Sewing Day


A Clean Workspace
It is so much easier to sew when you don’t have to keep searching for the scissors.  Plus, a little floor space never hurts when trying to spread pattern pieces out for cutting or pinning.  

No Social Obligations
If you have somewhere that you have to be, you’re more likely to rush.  Rushed people make mistakes.  

Also, if you don’t need to see people, then theoretically you can wait on applying deodorant.  Then, as you’re trying garments on and testing fit, you don’t have to worry about getting deodorant all over the place.  

A Dummy (Or Someone to Pin)
For the majority of us that don’t have personalized mannequins, we often have to fit to ourselves.  Fitting a garment well is complicated when you have to rely on mirrors and contort yourself to fit pins in the proper place.  For this reason, I like sewing when my brother is home, because I can always ask him to help me pin.  Of course, this method is not as reliable as doing it yourself, but sometimes risks are needed.  Eventually I'm planning on making a dress form for myself, but as of right now I have nowhere to store one if I did.  There are some interesting tutorials here and here.  

Materials in Working Order
Have you washed and dried your fabric?  Do you have thread and an empty bobbin, or zippers or whatever else you need?  Is your machine is working order?  

Inspiration!
Sometimes I get halfway through a project and then get distracted, or lost in thought, and my project doesn't get finished.  I think having a picture of your finished project helps to encourage me to keep on task.  This could be from the pattern envelope, something you drew yourself, or something similar you found online.  I also like to pull out the shoes that I’d wear with my project, as a reminder that it will turn into something real, that it won’t stay a pile of oddly shaped scraps forever.  Happy music also helps!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Concerts in the Park

Yesterday I took the train to Chicago with some friends to see a free concert in millenium park.  The acts this week were Glen Hansard and Low.  Honestly, the music wasn't really to my taste.  However, the venue was perfect for people watching.  I can't remember the last time I've seen so many well dressed people all in one place.  It was mind boggling.  I took a few creeper shots of some of them, but I don't think I can post them.  Something about blogging with integrity and not posting random shots of people without their permission.  Of course, this courtesy doesn't apply to my friends.  Here they are!  Aren't they lovely?
Meanwhile, I've been hard at work on the June Challenge.  I finally got started on my last dress today.  In between working, reading my mother's trashy romance novels, and watching Cinderella with my sister, I've managed to get all of my pieces cut out and all of the bodice pieces sewn together.  Hopefully I should be able to piece the rest together tomorrow morning.  Then I'll just have to find some time to take some pictures of the new dress and the two other dresses that are sitting completed in my closet.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Hello, My Love

I've been sewing all summer long.  Pretty much, I wake up, sew, go to work, come home and sew until my friends drag me out, come home and sleep, then repeat the next day.  Well, with all that sewing my yarn stash was feeling lonely.  My fingers were itching.  I wanted something easy, but not something quick.  I'm not up to the finishing process right now, since that's about all sewing is.  I just want to feel something building beneath my fingers.

Earlier this week when the power went out, while rooting through my stash looking for inspiration, I found a stack of grannie squares that I made around four years ago.  I'd sewn them together into two zigzag strips, intending to make a mismatched blanket out of them.  However, this was when I was first starting grannie squares, and all of my squares are a bit circular, so they won't lie flat when sewn directly together.

I unravelled my poorly done seams and tossed aside the funky colored squares, leaving myself with 16 navy and eggplant purple squares.  I'm working on bordering them in cream, and am trying to even out the roundness of them.  I'm glad that I didn't finish this before.  Taste changes, and the multicolored approach really wasn't working.

The longer I work on them, the more I remember why I loved crocheting.  I haven't crocheted anything in ages.  I'm nearly halfway done piecing this blanket together, and I already have plans for two more blankets.  Oh, and I have a week left of the June challenge, and all I want to do now is crochet.  Wonderful!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Doing A Mediocre Job of Avoiding Mediocrity

While the power was out on Wednesday, I decided to try to learn something new.  A sewing book from the 70's that I bought earlier this year at a used book sale had a section on buttonholes, and I've always hated the look of machine done button holes.  The book claims that "all tailored garments use cord bound buttonholes", so I decided to give it a shot.  I took some scrap fabric and followed the directions.  Surprisingly, the hand sewn buttonholes turned out really well.  I decided that I'd use them on my current project, part of the June Challenge.  I've done two of the four buttonholes.  They look fine from the front, but the back view is another story.
I'm sure there's some way to make the back of the buttonholes look nice.  I just don't know what it is.  The book said to "finish carefully", but didn't really explain how that was to be done.  Maybe I should just stick to the easy way to do things, since I know it works.  Every time I try to do something nicely, I get too enthusiastic and try to power through it without really knowing exactly what I'm doing, and I manage to mess it up.  The whole point of trying cord bound buttonholes was that I'm trying to make things that look as nice from the inside as they do from the outside.  More practice needed, I guess.

Also, after sewing the top and bottom of the dress together and hand stitching the inside seams neatly, I realized that the skirt is inside out.  Maybe I'll be able to handle this, after this blogging break and a few deep breaths.  Hello, seam ripper.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Happy Thoughts for Thursday

Right now, the number one thing that I am thankful for is electricity.

If you think about it, despite all of our technical innovations that aren't even really ours, without electricity, we are nothing.  What can we do with no internet?  No computer, refrigerator, laundry machine, lights?  Nowhere to charge cell phones, nowhere to plug in radios?  Eventually all technology will die.  Even flashlight batteries don't last forever.

I spent the last 2.5 days without power.  However, I was not powerless.  I am fortunately more than technology. While I was disappointed in not being able to use my sewing machine, I wasn't a lost cause.  I finally read the catcher in the rye, and made significant progress on a crocheted blanket that I started 4 years ago.  I spent time with my father, who I hadn't really seen in a month, or talked to in longer.  I read the newspaper.

Times like this I am grateful that I'm not an average teenager.  That I know how to amuse myself without the internet and cable tv.

More awesome things from the past week:

Indiana friends!  My friend Carrie got married, and I went to her wedding, which was beautiful, and got to see all of my wonderful friends again.

Trains.  I love taking trains.  I love being able to sit and not having to think about driving, because the train takes you where you're going.  Also, trains go everywhere, almost.  I think I want to always live within biking distance of a train station.  I don't really care where that station would go to, as long as I could get a cheep ticket for somewhere else, to take a break from normal every now and then.

Cheesy movies.  Mean Girls 2, anyone?

Hitting things.  I went to the park district this week and played around with the punching bags for a while.  I'd forgotten how much I like hitting things.  That sounds pretty awful, but it's true.  It's very satisfying.

Being able to flip a switch and lights going on.

Alex, who won't give up on me.

Also, I am extremely thankful that the only thing that happened to my family in this week's storms have been prolonged loss of power.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


I don't care that wide legged jeans are coming back in with the new wave of 70's clothes.

Flared jeans make me feel like 7th grade.  

Monday, June 20, 2011

Gabba Gabba

This week's Music Monday post is a song from the free itune's section a while ago, Radio Capital by La Vida Boheme.  They're just punchy enough to be fun and interesting to listen too, but aren't so energetic that you can't sing along.  It's all in spanish, but from the song's of theirs that I've heard, the spanish isn't too complex, so for those of us spanish-second-languagers should be able to deal.

I'm only half sure of what the song means, and the kidnapping at the end there kind of came out of nowhere, but I love the song.

If I were currently at a Vida Boheme concert, this is what I'd be wearing:
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Happy Listening!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

"To be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love"
                      - Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Friday, June 17, 2011

What Next?


It seems to me that everyone's getting married.  Every year there are new movies out about weddings (Bridesmaids, Bride Wars..), I keep coming across engaged bloggers, there was a freaking royal wedding recently, and I'm going to a wedding tomorrow.  Maybe it's just the season for it.  You know, the bride that's married in June and all.  While riding the train down to meet friends to wait for the wedding tomorrow, I was thinking a little about weddings.  From all the romantic comedies I've ever seen, the movie ends with the wedding.  Some people argue that those are bad for our mental health, because we never see that life goes on past the honeymoon.

Well, I have a question.  What happens after the wedding?

I don't mean after the honeymoon.  I mean directly after the wedding.  Sure, some people leave right away for their honeymoon.  What about people with jobs, or those who stink at making reservations?  Do they stay to help clean up the reception?  Or are you exempt from that one on your special day?

If you're not quite the modern couple and are still living separately, do you each go home to your own place?  Go change into sweats and feed the cats?  Or maybe climb into your childhood bed at mom's, and hope the family isn't too loud the next morning?  Do you still have to cook dinner?

Maybe the rom-com culture is getting to me.  Once your big event is over, doesn't life still go on in the same mundane way, even if there's technically still a few hours left of your big day?

I kind of don't want to think about that.  It takes a little bit of magic out of weddings.  But weddings are about celebrating the future of two people, and all futures contain bits of the mundane.  What a bummer.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

HTT and Links a la mode

Ok! What a hectic week it's been!
Here are my happy thoughts for this lovely, mosquito-ridden Thursday:

I'm going to Indiana to see all of my lovely Indiana friends!  Well, not all of them, but a good chunk of them.  I CAN'T WAIT!!

Sleeping in pop up campers with friends is lots of fun.  Especially when the neighbors decide to mow the lawn at 8 in the morning.

Parachute 's new cd which I got yesterday and haven't had a chance to listen to.  I'm going to load it onto the ipod tonight for the train ride tomorrow.

Nice train conductors who let you pay half of your fair when you can't do math at 7 in the morning.

Alex and I have been going out for 364 days.  Which, if you really want to do the math means a year tomorrow.

I made it into IFB's weekly roundupIfor the first time! So that's pretty exciting.  But not as exciting as the previous number.


Links à la Mode: June 16th

  • 1972 Projects - DEPARTURE: Christophe Lemaire's Hermès Debut
  • aNewFoundLove - The Body Shop's New Bronze Collection + campaign to STOP sex trafficking of children and young girls !
  • All The Cool Kids - My Little Pony as some colorful fashion inspiration...
  • All The Fuss - Power Clashing: We Do It Because We Can.
  • Beautifully Invisible - Guest Post: How to Not be a Savage Blogger – “Follow Back” Alternatives for New Bloggers
  • Boheme Noir - Retrospective: The medieval warrior women of Dior Couture fall 2006
  • Chasing Louboutin - A few minutes with Rachel Roy and Karina Petroni
  • Codos on the Window Sills - A historical approach to why skinny=good
  • Denimology - JustFabulous Launches Premium Denim Line!
  • Dress With Courage - An exploration of the influence of celebrity culture on sartorial choice
  • Fashion Bucket - Dressing for your body shape. Featured this week: Petite.
  • Fumiko Kawa - Mutli-Purpose Style: Lace Cardigan to Haute Headwrap
  • Former Parades - Blogger meeting + outfit: we spreaded the blogging love last Sunday at a Dutch fashion blogger meeting!
  • Madeline Quaint - Why buy handmade? Some tips and arguments after a visit to a Design Bazaar
  • Made To Travel - Rock the bright stripes trend on your fingertips with this easy mani.
  • Midnight Cowgirl - How to do a Photo Shoot on the Cheap
  • Out Of Order Design - Cover Me In Rainbows: A beginners guide to the color wheel, color blocking and color combining
  • Sugar & Spice - How to... Colour Block: .
  • The Fashion Turd - An Decora styled outfit post inspired by all things Japanese on the web
  • TheStylishButterfly - How Thor inspired me to discover the science of Christopher Kane fashion

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Is Khaki a Color?

I've been rolling around on the floor all day drafting out the pattern for my next dress and cutting the pieces out.  The most logical outfit for crawling around for hours is a short skirt, right?  It's alright, though, because I'm holed up in my room, so there's nobody but the walls to flash.

I'm so excited for this next project.  I'm hoping to have it done by the time I get home next week, which really means that I need to have it done before I leave on Friday.
Outfit Details:
Shirt: urban outfitters, clearance for $5
Skirt: made it over Thanksgiving break
Shoes: yes, I'm wearing some.  They're oxford style soft shoes from goodwill

My allergies have been really bad lately, so this is me with no eye makeup for the third day this week.  Plus bright lipstick to make me feel better for having lazy hair and no eye makeup. 

Tutorial: Draft Your Own Collar

This is how to draft a collar without having to trace another collar.


materials:
paper, pencil, shirt, fabric, scissors, tape

1.  Taking a shirt that you want to wear your collar with, pinch the center front and back together at the neck, folding the shirt in half with the armholes together.

2. Lay the shirt on a piece of paper and trace the line of the neck made by folding it in half.  Try not to stretch it out or alter the natural shape of the neckline.
3. Decide on how wide you’d like your collar to be.  Measure that much straight out from the line that you’ve drawn.  Keep the back side perpendicular to the original line.  The front car be adapted to any collar shape.  
4. Add seam allowances all around the shape you’ve just drawn, except for the back side.  Cut it out!

5. With the back side on a fold, cut your drafted collar out of some scrap fabric, or use another piece of paper if you don’t have extra fabric.

6. Drape the drafted collar over the shirt on a hanger.  If it lays smoothly, congratulations!  You successfully drafted a collar, if it doesn’t lie smoothly, cut a slit in the back of your drafted collar, leaving a small bit attaching the two pieces.  Observe the degree of space between the two sides that is necessary for the collar to lie flat. 


7.While the space was cut into the back, the collar can't be widened there, or the collar will gap weirdly in the back.  Lay the shirt that you’re using flat, and find where there’s a greater degree of turn in the neck hole.  For me, this was at the seams between front and back of the shirt.  Measure the distance to here on your paper copy of your pattern, and cut it in half there.  Add a triangle that measures half of the degree of what the gap was in the last step.  Tape the triangle in to the paper pattern to reassemble it.
8. The collar should lie flat now when you cut it out.  If it doesn’t, repeat steps 6 and 7 until it does.  
Now you’ve got a pattern for a collar to fit a shirt perfectly!  This method of drafting is for a collar that meets in the front with a hook and eye, or a ribbon tie.  Button closures require some more adaptation, because the front will be slightly off center.  

Happy drafting!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Bouncing Souls


Last night I went to Reggie's Rock Club in downtown Chicago with my best friend to see the Bouncing Souls play the last of their 4 night, 8 album series.  The Bouncing Souls are an optimistic punk group that've been making music consistently for 20 years.  That's longer than I've been alive!  I was pretty impressed with Reggie's.  They have a decently sized stage tucked into one wall, and an open floor for dancing or moshing or whatnot.  There's seats along the side walls, and an upper balcony with comfy couches and some tables.  The place is lit by red lights, which took some getting used to, and has patchy floral wallpaper over bricks.

The concert itself was pretty good.  They sounded like the cd, but a lot louder.  I'm really glad that my friend thought to bring earplugs.  Even with them, every once in a while the music would melt into sound and I wouldn't be able to understand what they were saying.  It was a lot of fun to sing along with the band to the songs I knew, which unfortunately weren't as many as I would have liked.  Also, the crowd was kind of lame.  Aside from the moshers, everyone was standing around, barely even tapping their toes.  Plus, there were too many drunk people for my taste.  That's the culture of this type of show, though.
A few songs in, they invited a 'special friend' up to the stage to help them out.  It was a lady..with a trombone!  That in itself made my night.
I like this video just for the pretty in pink references.  Oh, and the song's pretty awesome, too.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Peter Pan Collar

I made this collar to wear with my mint top.  Being a removable collar, I can wear it with all my tshirts, too.  I really like how adding the collar to jeans and a tshirt updates it from jeans and a tshirt to an outfit.

I drafted the pattern myself, and put it together following the tips I found in my 1960's Better Homes and Gardens Sewing Book.  It closes in the front with a simple hook and eye.  The next time i make one I think I'll look into doing a button instead, just to be more sure of it staying in place.

Some time this week I'll hopefully be posting a guide to drafting collars without tracing existing collars.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Where Skinny Love Comes From

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In May 2000, The Guardia published an article (1) blaming the media for the rise in eating disorders and calling for increased regulations on the images presented to us.  The article called particular attention to fashion models and movie stars with unrealistic body types as the main source of the problem.  

The article caused a reaction; several European countries enacted laws against fashion models of certain BMIs, and research and education on the dangers of eating disorders is widespread.  An increased focus by many media sources has been on health over skinniness, but still much of the media, particularly when related to fashion, continues to support too thin ideals.  
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There have been many factors over the years that have affected the fashionable dress size, many of which were economic.  In the romantic period, women with larger frames were preferred for their ability to show off the excess fabric that their husbands could afford to waste on them.  The expenditure of money to create the multi-layered garments was a way to demonstrate wealth, and the larger the woman, the more wealth she could display. (2) Once fabric was no longer as valued a commodity, the desire to display it decreased.  Now it seems that the opposite is true; the less clothing that is worn, the better.  

Another economic factor influencing size was the availability of food.  When good food was something that only the rich could afford, the fashionable woman was plump.  Excess body fat was encouraged as a way of showing off wealth. (2)  Then, once food became something that was widely available, the fashionable woman was one who did not do as the masses did, but avoided excess food.  This may explain the rise of the thin woman and the deglamorization of curves that took place in the past century.  The household refrigerator was invented in 1927, and became widespread in the 1940s (3).  With common people able to stretch their food budget in new ways by having food that kept longer, the wealthy needed new ways to demonstrate their wealth.  
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Economics may be a factor, but arguably the most easily seen factor contributing to the size issue is the media.  Many people blame very thin models from the 90’s such as Kate Moss and Jodie Kidd for kicking off the “skinny craze”.  The infamous Kate Moss quote, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”, seems to incriminate her in corroboration of anorexia.  

These models of the 90’s have been blamed for kick starting the current anorexia rates.  The media claims that young girls see these extremely thin models and want to emulate them, believing as Kate Moss said that skinny is beautiful.  Following this logic, the skinny = beautiful equation is a learned theory; therefore, one wonders where the waif models of the 90’s picked it up. 

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One has only to look as far as popular movies from the early 80’s to see that skinny celebrities have existed for far longer than since Moss issued that statement on her eating habits.  Take a look at Julie Haggerty in Airplane!, or Lori Singer in Footloose, and then say that Kate Moss is responsible for the world’s body image issues.  Both of these movie stars are tall, blonde, and skeletal.  Sounds familiar, right?  These are movies that the models of the 90’s would have grown up with; even if they never saw those 2 particular movies this was clearly already an acceptable body type.  (The ladies of Flashdance, Sloane in Ferris Bueller, Iona in Pretty and Pink, Brooke Shields in Blue Lagoon; the list goes on)

Going back even further, we see Twiggy in the 60’s, who influenced the popular silhouette of fashion, and through fashion, the necessary body type to pull of the look.  This cycle of skinny celebrities goes even past the invention of the television, although the television and availability of home movies allowed for the spread of media.  Queen Victoria, in her teen years, was depicted in pictures as a thin, waif like girl, tracing the skinny celebrity back to the 1830’s (2).  
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There have always been impossibly skinny women in the media, even before the media existed as we know it today.  There have always been actresses and socialites that young girls looked up to, women who’s glamourous lifestyles seemed enhanced by their thinness.  What it all boils down to is role models.  The figures that are presented to us as good by the media is what girls try to achieve.  It’s not necessarily that skinny is beautiful, the end, but that the “good” girl, the leading lady, is thin, and doesn’t everyone want to be on the good side?  

The only way to reverse the skinny trend is to give people real role models.  This doesn’t mean “healthy” skinny models, or healthy weight loss reality tv.  This means mothers, aunts, uncles, and teachers stepping up and showing their children what beautiful looks like.  

Personally, I struggled with body image for years; I never went so far as to be sick in my struggle, but I was unhappy.  Then, last year, my entire extended family went on vacation together.  With everyone walking around in bathing suits for a week, I made an observation: we all looked the same.  Sure, there’s some variations on height and size and such, but the “defects” that I found in myself were present in most of my family members, too.  I saw them all as beautiful, but not myself.  Once I realized that, that I take after my mother, and my grandma, and all my aunts and my cousins do too, I stopped seeing those “defects” as such, and saw them more as characteristics that were unique to my family.  They make us all beautiful, and unite us in a way that nothing can undo.  Fast forward a year, and I’m proud to say that I look like my mother, and my grandma, and all my gorgeous cousins and my wonderful aunts.  

Just saying that girls should look to real role models and ignore the media won’t make the problem go away.  This is not saying that the media is off the hook.  Celebrities still have a responsibility to present themselves in a way that is respectful to themselves.  I wonder about the relationships that celebrities with too-thin frames have with their mothers.  Did their mothers do the most toxic thing a mother can do, tell her daughter that she needs to watch her weight?  Did the media just take precedence in their house growing up?  Ideas about beauty are learned, and everyone’s education starts somewhere.  

1. Gillan, Audrey. "Skinny Models 'send Unhealthy Message'" The Guardian [London] 31 May 2000. Print.
2. Lurie, Alison. The Language of Clothes. New York: Random House, 1981. Print.
3. wikipedia.org/wiki/refrigerator.


June Challenge

Via the Naked Seamstress:

I often fall into a state of sewing limbo between projects where dreaming about sewing takes precedence over any actual sewing and nothing ever gets done. I'm a very slow sewer and do not live by my self-imposed sewing mantra of Cut fearlessly!. Instead every new sewing project is ushered in by a long period of hemming and hawing over what fabric to choose with which pattern and how to execute it.

Therefore I have set myself my own little sewing challenge for the month of June:

Sew 4 summer dresses in 1 month!
I think this is a great idea!  I also suffer from daydreaming more and sewing less, and this might just be the kick in the butt that I need!  I'm joining late, but I've just finished a dress last week that I'll count, and I have fabric and plans for 3 more dresses sitting on my dresser.  Now, time to get off the computer and get to work!

Friday, June 10, 2011

No Pattern-iversay


It has been over a year since I've used any kind of commercial pattern for sewing.  Everything that I've made has been drafted by me.  With each piece that I make, I learn a little more about effective drafting, making mistakes that I then don't make the next time around.  I'm sure it would be easier to use a pattern that somebody else made, but I like having control over what I make.  I can make exactly what I want, and if it doesn't work out exactly how I want it, then it's no one's fault but mine.  I no longer have to sew anxiously, waiting until the end of the project to see what kind of give the measurements provided on the back of the pattern envelope have.  Drafting my own patterns is time consuming, but worth it, I believe.

So far, I've focused only on dresses, tops, and shirts, choosing to buy pants rather than try to make them.  Even with a pattern, the pants that I attempted before I quit patterns never came out right.  Lately, though, I've been lusting after pretty shorts.  I've shopped around a bit, and haven't been satisfied by any enough to plunk down money for a pair.  The experience makes me want to just make my own, rather than dealing with generic butt to waist ratios.  However, I can't decide if I'm willing to break down and use a commercial pattern for this, or if it's worth it to try to draft my own when I have no knowledge of how pants are formed to fit people.

Here's some shorts that are making me drool and forget about my lack of skill.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Happy Thoughts for Thursday

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Here's my weekly roundup of awesome things!

Pride and Prejudice Week.  In the course of the last week I've watched both the 5 hour long pride and prejudice with Colin Firth and the shorter Keira Knightly version with my friends.  After dinner I'll start to reread the book.  After the second movie we discussed the possibility of a Pride and Prejudice party, where we could sing badly and scamper around doing country dances in long nightgowns.  I think it should happen.


Music in the Park.  They've started!  I love this tradition that my town has of free concerts in the village center once a week.  The band last night was great.  They played a bunch of 80's favorites.  The trees all around the square we done up in white christmas lights, even though it's summer, and it looks tremendous.  Also, I had a chocolate ice cream cone.  I love ice cream, even moreso when it's melting off the cone in the summer.

Shopping Trips.  The BFQ and I went shopping this afternoon, and made a few rational (ha) choices.  I'm very happy with my purchases.  We swung through urban outfitters.  They're crazy expensive, but they always make me want to make things.  So much of their stuff is simple shapes that a novice sewer could recreate without much effort.  Their mannequins also are always inspiring.  I wouldn't copy them directly, but they're always good to look at to get ideas.

Also, cinnabon is delicious.  Just saying.

Brotherly Bonding. My brother and I share music.  We have at times completely different tastes, but it's ok.  We dance around my room to his awful hiphop music, and then I make him suffer through some Ingrid Michaelson, before we find something that we both like.  He's exposed me to things that I would otherwise never hear, and I do the same for him.  Plus we have a good time.


Funny Nails.


Bug Spray.  Now that the summer bugs are out, this stuff saves me every time.  Is it lame that I carry it around with me in the summer?  I don't think it is.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

She's A Rainbow


I have no idea what's going on here, as I've banished french from my memory, but I want to join.  The photos are from Jalouse, which is a french magazine.  These pictures make me wish I still could remember french, just to understand what the premise of the shoot is.  This just looks like a great deal of fun.

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photos from here

Peaches: Round 2


This is what remained of the lace I used on the peaches dress.  Brooke suggested that I make it into a necklace, so I dug into my jewelry-making stash to put this together.  At first I was going to cover it in little gold beads and pearls, but decided on only a few beads.  I guess they're kind of hard to see, but in real life the effect is nice.

I backed the lace with some iron on interfacing, then used some tiny scissors to poke out all the lacey bits.  I only stabbed myself once in the process, which is pretty impressive, I think!