Monday, September 18, 2017

Painting Roses Red

Isn't this cat brooch too cute? I added it to my collection a few years ago from the Etsy shop Belle Lurette Paris and I think I'll be adding more cats like this one to my pile of brooches one day, as the same cat comes in many colors! As I type this my real cat is pawing around trying to get me to stop typing and to pet her instead. I will oblige her wishes shortly :)

Mostly I just wanted to wear my new hat really, so I needed an outfit I could pair with black accessories! Enter this red dress, which is not actually among my favorites as I find it a bit too clingy and there is something about the drape of it I don't like, even if I love the dark red color. I'd like to remake it in a lightweight wool instead. Another future project for the only ever growing list.

I was happy to have found a black beaded hat in good condition to add to my collection of hats recently, and I even love the jaunty little bow on top despite bows not always being very in keeping with my own personal style. I tend to avoid things that are perhaps more girlish, usually preferring the more mature styles from each decade, but a bow slips in every once and a while. I have now switched my focus from seeking out straw hats to searching out wool and velvet toppers instead, a seasonal shopping shift if you will :)

I hope you all had a lovely weekend, here the weather finally was beginning to finally feel like fall the past few days and I hope perhaps next weekend I will get to drive up into the mountains to see the aspens glowing gold. I do love a mountain drive in the fall!

Hat, Handbag, Belt, & Gloves: Vintage
Brooch: Belle Lurette Paris
Dress: Made by me
Shoes: Royal Vintage Shoes

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Some Fall Sewing Plans - Video

I'll admit it, I have tons more sewing planned for this fall, but these are the projects I will be diving into first. I've got some more fabrics laying about that have been waiting to become clothes for a while now, but if I talked about each and every fabric this video would have been hours long!

I've actually lost some of my energy for sewing currently, I really wish I could snap my fingers and projects would magically materialize without me having to do all the work! That's my impatience talking I suppose, there are only two options in these situations- either push through and sew anyways or take a break. Yesterday I decided to take a break, and today I feel ready to start sewing again. For any of you seamstresses out there, what do you do when your brain tries to decide there will be no sewing that day?

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Return of the Golden Hour

As it's fashion week (well, New York fashion week was over the weekend, but now it's London's week right?) I thought I'd show you all my new Marc Jacobs dress. Well alright, I made it myself, but the fabric, according to Mood Fabrics online where I bought it, it was a Marc Jacobs fabric. So this is probably as close as I'll ever get to having a Marc Jacobs dress, which is fine, as I doubt he usually bases his designs on late 1940's dresses...

This fabric is a rayon that feels almost like an acetate taffeta, really cool and crisp to the touch. Luckily, though it feels like it would be slippery to sew with, it actually behaved really nicely and I was even able to serge the seams and didn't have to use seam binding which was great as I impatiently wanted this dress to be done! I have fall projects I want to start on ;) I didn't need to line the dress either despite it being slightly sheer where the white parts of the print are and just wore it with a white slip here.

I paired the dress with some black accessories, silver shoes, and some clear rhinestone jewelry. I think this look would be great for dinner or cocktails in the summertime, which of course is just ending, but there is always next year.

I'm afraid I'm knackered tonight, as the Brit's would say, so I'll close here and go off to make dinner. I hope you all had a good week, happy Friday!

Dress: Made by me
Shoes: Zara
Jewelry & Clutch: Vintage

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Butterick Fashion Magazine Autumn 1940 - Part 2

Time for this week's set of images from the Butterick Fashion Magazine from Autumn 1940! See the first set of imagines here in my first post from last week. I kept these scans of the pages quite large so feel free to zoom in on them and inspect the details and text accompanying the drawings. Once again you are most welcome to save, share, pin and use these images how ever you like, after all, they aren't mine they once belonged to Butterick! (Still do? is there copyright on images from 1940 still?) 

The styling again is super inspiring in these images, and they still make me want to amass more hats and matching colored accessory sets. Fall fashion inspiration abounds! Enjoy ;)

Monday, September 11, 2017

Last of the Palms

The last tropical palm print fabric for the year I expect, thank goodness I finished this dress just in time to wear it before summer truly turns to fall! This project was plagued with little issues. I had been putting off working with the fabric, as it is the most lovely thicker rayon crepe that met my hesitations with edges that indeed frayed easily, and the fabric seemed to move around like sentient sludge once I'd cut the pieces out. Threatening to stretch and contort to shapes wholly unlike those of my pattern pieces, I tamed it only by binding all the edged in rayon seam binding...until I ran out of white rayon seam binding.

So I ordered more and they only had a creamy ivory color so I decided that would have to do! This darn dress refused to be finished! I rushed on the hem and I expect I'll re-stitch it next summer before I wear the dress again. The dress pattern is, as usual, drafted from my usual 2 dart bodice block. This time I moved the fullness from the two side darts into a gathered section on one side for some asymmetric draping. To further accent the asymmetry, I added a loop and sash like drape to the opposite side from the gathering onto the skirt at the waist seam. Something a little different, even if most of this extra detail gets lost in the fun palm print.Oh, and I remembered to add in some little shoulder pads for once too, gotta love a strong shoulder ;)

I didn't mention my hair color last post, as it seems all I do is comment on my own hair color these days in my posts! It is indeed a very dark navy-ish plum for now. The dye (brand: n'rage, purple plum) is actually staying put more than I thought it would and is fading really slowly so it remains quite dark. I had this color for a long time in college so it feels very "me" to have it again. I tried dying a pair of gloves to match my hair but they will have to get another round of dye as they turned out bright purple instead of this darker shade. I dyed my hands purple too for a while doing that, oops!

I hope you all had a good, or at least safe, weekend. So much going on with fires on one US coast and hurricanes on the other, I feel extra privileged to live in the middle of the country where usually only the occasional tornado makes itself a nuisance. Stay safe out there everybody!

Dress: Made by me
Shoes: Amazon
Belt, Handbag, Earrings, & Bracelet: Vintage
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