What You Missed

I realize it’s been a while since we last saw each other.  Some of you may be thinking, “Look D- you ditch us and then come back and start blogging up a storm, like nothing ever happened.  Whatev!” (or however you would say it.)   Well, here’s a sample of things I’ve been doing since I last saw you.

 

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I’m Married!!

That’s right, dear readers…I am now Mrs. Photographer!  Not legally, but even for those of you who don’t know me, please understand, names are a big to-do with us.  Mr. and Mrs. Photographer may just be in contention.

 

Anyway, good news:  I’m married!

 

Bad news:  BBQ dress = fail.  The long maxi skirt is beautiful.  Unfortunately, the top is made to fit someone a little  smaller than me.  Perhaps I can get it together this summer.

 

Good news:  Who cares!  We still had some special little touches I made.

1)  A belt for my dress.  Purchased rhinestone trim attached to looooooong bridal satin tails.  Tied in a bow in the back with the tails hanging down to the floor.  (Yes, they’re filthy!)

 

2)  A guest book.  I channeled my inner child – when I used to make covered photo albums – and just inserted blank pages instead of photo pages.

 

3)  A birdcage veil.  It was a little out-of-control because I didn’t trim it down enough, but was lovely and fun to wear!

 

4)  A pillow for our ringbearer.  Thank you Martha Stewart!

 

It was a beautiful weekend!  And now onto our regularly scheduled lives.

 

 

Ready For Bed

So what’ve I been up to?  Lots!  And my biggest recent accomplishment:  My self-designed duvet cover!  Turns out our Ikea duvet cover was yellowing.  (Yours may be too, but you don’t notice until you hold it against something really white.  Don’t worry.  I won’t judge you.)  So I went out, bought way more fabric than I needed, (Accident!  Really!) and slapped this puppy together!

Oh, wait.  Did you think I actually slapped that cute stuffed animal puppy together?  No, I just meant the duvet cover.  Pretty nice also, though, huh?  Fits perfectly!

I did make one editorial decision, though, that has The Photographer groaning.

Oh yeah!  That’s right!  Lace!  He is very upset that he was not consulted in this decision, but of all people, he should understand.  You can’t curb creative brilliance!

I would also like to give a shout out to my very cool aunt, aka. the original family seamstress, who called me during a wedding weekend to tell me about an awesome fabric sale.  If I had answered the phone, I could be halfway to another duvet cover right now.  Thank you for thinking of me!

Also, for those of you who know me personally, and see me regularly, I think you’ll be very surprised to see the big announcement I will blog tomorrow.  It may not change  your life…but, then again, it just might!  It’s sure going to change mine.  (No, really, it’s not going to change your life at all.)  (No, Dad, don’t worry…no babies!!)

And on that note…I am actually ready for bed.

SoClose

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!

 

 

Success!

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!

I WON!!

Let’s not gloss over it…I got picked as one of the winners of the tote bag design contest!!!  I’m crazy excited…and feel justified in my creativity.  I usually make items out of patterns, but hadn’t reached into the twisted corners of my brain for inspiration until now.  And a professional – someone who actually makes a living off of designing and creating fashion – things that plaque back there is pretty cool.  So I think she’s cool, too.

I swung by the benefit tonight which celebrated the tote bag contest and met the woman behind it:  Rachel Nasvik.

Very cool, nice, and seemingly normal woman.  She says she’d held contests before, but this time wanted the winners to have to work for it.  Enter The Rachel Nasvik Art Project.  Now I guess I can say my work has been shown.  Check it out!

People were coming up to me to see the “original,” since they already show the hanging photo.  BTW- Special thanks to The Photographer!  Everyone mentioned what an awesome photo he took!

Anyway, I’m glowing (and not just because there was no A/C at the party!).  Mom says she’s very proud of me, even though my claim to fame may be the middle finger. And I happen to agree with her!

Maybe You Should Have Been More Specific

My tote bag submission is in.  Thank you for the guesses.  Nobody was quite right, but what were the chances you were going to guess this?

Yes…it’s just what it looks like.

Rachel (Can I call her that??  I don’t even know her.  I just took her bag.)  said she wants to see what we (the participants) see and feel what we feel.  Well, these juvenile desecrations of downtown Don’t Walk signs have always made me laugh.  As a proud New Yorker, I felt it was my duty to crack her up.  I’m sure there will be lots of beautiful submissions based on the photos people sent showing their progression.  But mine is funny.  And I stand by that.

Buried in Jeans

During the aforementioned trip to San Francisco, there was a moment of sadness (not to be confused with the madness of a 5-hour plane ride surrounded by a screaming baby & man with Tourette’s).

As I bent down to tie my shoe before heading out for a fabulous dinner, I heard a riiiiiiiip.  It was coming from my upper thigh.  No pain = good sign.  So I bent over to check it out.  Riiiiiiiiiiip some more.  I put a hole in my favorite jeans.  In hysterics, I begin laughing and yelling with all of my might, and, you guessed it, one more riiiiiiiip.

I think these bad boys are a goner, despite some gentle nudging to patch them.  Frankly, I don’t think I believe in the patch.  It may work for some people, but I’m more of a cold turkey kinda girl.

I have some dark stretchy denim sitting in my stash, just waiting to turn into a fabulous pair of jeans.  But what kind?  Something appropriate for casual Friday.  And perhaps nondescript, so they can be worn more than once a week (don’t judge me).  Part of me says go for these little hotties, but they do break all of the (2) rules.

I caught Diesel’s window.  Perhaps it can be of some help.

Looks like Diesel is doing denim this season!  Maybe I’ll have to go in and see what’s “cool.”

But maybe I’ll stick to the original plan for the denim.

These pants came out great, so I think a pair of jeans from the same pattern will be just as good.  Burda 9/2009.  The sewing course was muy helpful!

Rainy Days Are Good For Something

Hot times, summer in New York City. I love the city in summer. So much going on, so much to do, so much to see. It may be a little hot, but everyone else is sweaty, too. But when you want to be out and about all the time, and also want to spend some QT with your sewing – a decidedly indoor activity – what do you do? Enter rainy day.

I figured a nice walk through the garment district, seeing if anyone had some sales going on, would be a good way to spend part of my afternoon. Unfortunately, a block from work I felt a drop of water. Then another! “Air conditioner drops!  Blech!” I thought to myself. No such luck. I’m standing in the rain, checking The Weather Channel app (which still said 0% chance of rain for another 3 hours) and figure, gotta go home. So I did. And it drizzled on and off all afternoon until the skies finally opened up.

So after scanning Simplicity.com again (still no purchases!) I decided to get down & dirty with the dress I’ve been making to wear to my cousin’s wedding this weekend. The only thing left to conquer: the hem. I tested out the blind hem stitch. A valiant effort for sure, but alas, it was not meant to be. A regular hem it was, but now it is done, and I can stroll to my heart’s content tomorrow.

Photos forthcoming, but I’ll give you a hint: Looks like this.