Easy Recovery Project

Needed a quick project today. Finished a lovely Cynthia Rowley pattern recently, but it had lots of bells and whistles, so now I need an easy project I can bang out, perhaps in one day. The project begins at 1:40 pm and dinner plans are at 7:30. Start the clocks!

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What To Do When You Don’t Know What To Do

Having Fridays off in NYC can be a beautiful thing. Shops aren’t crowded, restaurants are enjoying the calm before the weekend rush. You can get your own bench to watch a bunch of hardbodies playing soccer in the park. (Sorry dear!)

But sometimes it’s hard to crawl out of bed and get the day going. For a sewing enthusiast, nothing makes it easier than a gratuitous trip to the fabric store. So this morning I tagged along with The Photographer when he went to work, then headed for P&S.

And shopping I did!

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Now, I did have two new projects in mind.

First, Simplicity 2250:  a Cynthia Rowley dress pattern snatched up from one of my sewing club buddies.

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At first I found the stripey pattern too busy, but it’s grown on me. So when I saw this fabric for $3.99/yd, I had to go for it. (Bonus: my fabric has stretch, lest we have another unfortunate sizing incident like the BBQ dress)

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Next up: This sweet little dress from this May’s Burda magazine.

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I love the light color with neon trim, but at the end of the day, I know you can almost always see through light colored fabrics, so I’d have to line it and create a lot of extra work for myself. So I hit the sales rack and picked out these two fabrics.

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Now I just have to decide if I want a striped dress with a blue pattern or vice versa.

The other two fabrics…well I don’t have any obvious justification fit getting them, but they were just too good to pass up.

So now the questions are: Which project will she start first? Will she ditch both and do something else? Will The Photographer freak and do his own spring cleaning of the fabric hamper? You’ll have to stay tuned!

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.

 

 

The big day approaching!

Long time, no blog!  I hope you haven’t been sitting at your computer, anxiously awaiting my return.  It would be flattering, but I would be very, VERY concerned!.

Those of you who know my real-life alter ego know I have a big day approaching!  While I initially intended to do tons of sewing for my big wedding weekend, I finally compromised with one dress and a few accessories.  Wedding day attire is still a secret, but the welcome BBQ dress isn’t!

This one is inspired by one of my favs – Betsey Johnson.  I wanted to splurge and just pick up this number (which I tried on in the store and loved!), but as we got closer, I just couldn’t justify the price tag.

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So I set out to make my own maxi dress with a big, bold pattern.

First, I scoured websites to find a pattern in the same style.  Nothing was quite right, until found Burda 7257.  Betsey’s dress has an elastic back, but mine will be fitted (and hopefully will fit!  It’s a little close.)  And I’m going to up the strap count to two on each side, like Betsey’s.

Mood Fabrics hooked me up with this new arrival in the silk section.  Feels great and looks great!

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I promptly lost the second page of instructions amid the wedding mess, but I think I can figure it out.  And that’s where we stand now.  Un-strapped, un-faced and un-hemmed…but very close to done!

 

P.S.  Finished purse!

 

The Big Reveal

Drumroll please!!

The day has come.  It is time.  For those of you unaware, I have had a trusty sidekick for 10+years.  She’s been forever faithful.  A little song you may know, called “Through the Years” by Kenny Rodgers, sums it up pretty nicely:

Through the years
You’ve never let me down
You turned my life around
The sweetest days I’ve found
I’ve found with you
Through the years
I’ve never been afraid
I’ve loved the life we’ve made
And I’m so glad I stayed
Right here with you
Through the years

In case you’re not familiar, I’m talking about my friend, and yours:

Camo bag!!

This trusty $2 bag has served me well through high school, college and beyond.  But alas, it is time to go.  She’s smelly and dirty and full of holes.  Her design is immaculate, though.  She looks small and delicate, but she can hold flip-flops, sandals, wallets and cameras without a zipping problem.  She will live on though.

She shall become:  A PATTERN!  Muah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

I have some new fabric, so she can bear shiny new bag-lets of all kinds.  While I knuckle down, let’s take a look back on some of the great times we’ve had together.

Bag and I go to a vineyard

Bag and I get a Taste of Elizabeth

Bag & I go to Central Park

Bag and I get caught in the rain

Bag and I get arrested!  (Just kidding…we went to Alcatraz together…on a tour!)

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.

Poll Time: Better Sleeping Aid? Advil PM or Margaritas?

All right folks!  As I was wrapping up a very successful sewing last night, the jack hammers started blasting away.  Some putz at the DOT gave the go-ahead to do overnight construction not one, but TWO nights on my residential block.  So last night was a night without sleep (as my Twitter fans have already learned).  But what the heck do I do about tonight?

If you have alternate suggestions or would like to expand on your vote, please leave your thoughts on the comments page below.

It’s Like Double Vision

Rent the Runway is holding an event at Yigal Azrouël next week.  Champagne and shopping (er…browsing)?  Count me in!  So I figured I’d check out the website to see what I’m in for.

Beautiful stuff!  Looks like a million bucks…with price tags to match.  One dress in particular caught my eye (because it looked familiar AND cost nearly $1,200!):

Now where have I seen that before?  Oh right…my most recent Burda magazine!

Granted, the designer dress has a fancy back cutout and zipper, but for a poor man’s version, it’s pretty darn close.

It’s too bad I just cut up my large swath of white fabric.  (I mean JUST – it’s sitting on the table as we speak.)  Should be easy enough to get some more.  I just hope the figure-hugging shape is forgiving to my soft, winterized behind.