Public Service Announcement

You know what never goes out of style?  Being a nice person.  And it’s not too often you tout someone’s niceness due to a video you’ve seen of them bodyslamming a kid half his size.  But that’s the case with Casey Heynes.


The story is 12 minutes long, but definitely worth watching.  Three cheers for the underdog.  And hopefully, Casey, you won’t have to use your force again.





I’m wonderful!  I’m wonderful!  I’m wonderful!  So much for yesterday’s patting myself on the back.  Today I pulled a total sewing faux pas.  I wore a jacket made from the same material as the skirt I wore yesterday!  Hellllllo homemade!



You can see the skirt peeking out at the bottom there.


But the fates had it in for me, standing there in the wings, ready to teach me my lesson.  The button popped off the sleeve so I had to spend the rest of the day walking around with the strap flying all willy-nilly with each step I took.



I could have taken some poor, unsuspecting, St. Patrick’s Day reveler’s eye out in Midtown Manhattan with that thing!




The best feeling in the world:  Getting compliments on my homemade garments!  I got lots of props on this skirt today (er…and when I went out for drinks last night…):



It’s a little loose at the waist, but the rest hugs all the right places in all the right ways.


For the record, the compliments came before anyone knew I made it!


And, in case you’re counting, this is the 3rd garment I got out of this cut of fabric.  3 1/2 yards goes a LONG way!

That Girl Is Good With Her Hands!

I’m still on the wagon – the working-on-stylish-things-and-finishing-them wagon!  Not that other wagon.  (Hey, its Friday night…I already foresee a bee-ah in my future!)


My ever-in-style shirtdress now has a collar.  And for the first time…it’s perfect!  Really perfect!  A few collar attachments earlier ended in tears.  But no more!



Check this out:



That’s right!  Handstitching!  Pretty groovy, huh?


I have a whole night ahead of me…which project to work on next?  Take a guess.  I’ll let you know if you were right next time!




And Now For Me

I hope you enjoyed my foray into menswear, because now it’s time to focus back on me.  Me!  Me!  Me!  (Hey…I tried to focus elsewear…)


While I was working on my doodle shirt/The Photographer’s muslin, I was also working on a dress for moi.  I picked up some lightweight fabric at Mood with a preppy-like pattern on it.



I also had a McCalls 6167 calling my name.



I was thinking shirtdress (rather than just long shirt).  And the kicker – I saw this.  Shirtdress with rolled up sleeves, great patterned fabric, long…love it!


So I got right down to it.  Tried some new fitting techniques.  Cut out my fabric.  Started sewing it together.  Then realized I hadn’t accounted for all of the changes.  So instead of fixing it right away, I let it sit.  And sit.  And then I made a bag for my mom.  Then started a skirt.  Then made a male muslin.  Then finally decided to get back down to it.


So lets take a look:



It’s not much to look at now, but I think a good thing is coming…just in time for spring!  Keep an eye out for more!





She’s Baaaaack….

That’s right!  As Charlie Sheen goes on a permanent hiatus (from sanity?), I come off my temporary one!


I hope you haven’t felt neglected these past few months!  Now I’m determined to make  fabulous garments similar to the ones I see out in the world of couture (the premise upon which this blog was first established).  I’m armed with the knowledge and a handful of do-it-yourself-type blogs, which I absolutely adore!


To prove how serious I am, I’ve already begun the process – in menswear!  I recently surprised The Photographer with his very own muslin, made from his favorite shirt.  I don’t just mean a shirt he likes and will wear until it’s in tatters.  I mean, Uniqlo’s standard button-down shirt which he owns in nearly every color.  The only shirt in the closet…over and over and over (think Lucy in Peanuts).  I understand Uniqlo isn’t couture, but I’ve got to start somewhere…and doesn’t everyone love it as the new H&M??


This is what it looks like:


Now, for those of you with eagle eyes, picture it without boobs.  (The guy only wears one kind of shirt!  No need to invest in a male form!)


Here’s my first draft of a muslin:




Again, imagine this over a burly, broad manly man’s chest…not something resembling mine!


If you’ve been reading my blog, you know how much I disdain waiting for anything.  I have to admit, though, I kinda liked making this.  It’s fun to write all over the fabric (The muslin!  Not the original!).  It feels destructive and messy and completely different than when you’re trying your darndest not to get any marks on your good fabric.


So how’d I do it?  I’d like to say it was my keen eye and excellence in measuring.  But I really just traced the original onto paper, to the best of my ability.  Some people can do wonders fitting a paper pattern, but for a few extra bucks, I sprung for fabric so he could try it on properly.


Verdict:  Not bad!  The collar & collar stand are few inches too short, the length of the shirt is a few inches too short, and the hole for sleeve is too tight.  I also forgot to include a place for collar stays.  The shape is right, though, and the bodice fits well.  I’m guessing it’ll be good to go two muslins from now…but cross your fingers…maybe I’ll be right on the next try!


Stay tuned for take two!