Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Vogue Dress Meh... V 1287

This dress is just so meh. The fabric is cool, but on my skin it looks so gross. I need to stop buying fabric with a beige background. I thought the pleat detail would be cool, but it just looks like a shapeless bundle of crap. I finished this at least two weeks ago, but was unmotivated to take pictures.
 The front: meh. The back: meh. Meh!
 Close-up? Meh. You can't even see the details. Also, it has no closures and is meant to just pull over your head, but it is like trying to crawl through a small tube.
The sketch looks nice though. Oh Vogue and your false promises! It is nicely made, though. Maybe I will sell it on etsy.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Bridesmaid's Dresses- Phase One

Wow, wedding stuff is so time consuming! I have never really been interested in this sort of thing, so it's a lot of learning. So we have found our venue (and the new vocabulary, lol) and booked, chosen the date, ordered save the date magnets (an idea I blatantly stole from a friend who is getting married in November) and now address labels that match. I'm exhausted...but that might be from substitute teaching every weekday since the strike is over and then working Fri- Sun at the restaurant. Enough whining, on to excitement.

I did manage to email the bridesmaids this week to begin doing dress stuff. We are going down to NOLA around Halloween for fun and to do photographer/flowers/cake/menu/hotel stuff. Driving, since we were too irresponsible to remember to buy plane tickets before they became a tra-billion dollars, whoops. I want to make a muslin so that Stephanie can try it on in person before I make the final version. 

My mom and Vicky live in my hometown, so my mom agreed to make Vicky's. She is being adorably nervous about it, even though she is a much more careful, precise seamstress than I am! lol Anna was going to be my third bridesmaid, but she is having a baby at the end of Feb and the wedding is mid-March. Shockingly, she doesn't want to travel across the country with a newborn baby! :) 

So, I think the bridesmaids will be in the Cambie dress, which will be adorable! I have an uncut copy, so I can trace them off to make both dresses. Won't that be cute?!

 Vicky wants the A-line and Steph hasn't gotten back to me, so I don't know which version yet. Which one do you prefer?

I am going to go to Vogue Fabrics or Fishman's and buy some nice fabric. View A would only need 3.5 yards of 60 inch fabric. That would still make them waayyy cheaper

And on a parting note, here is our save the date magnet! Isn't it cute?I scraped together about 25 pictures of the both of us for the eight years we have been dating where no one is making a derp face. Then we narrowed them down and ta-da!

In Paris where we met, college graduation,
at a parade in NOLA and at the Grand Canyon 

 Anyways, any tips for wedding planning from those of you who have done this before?

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Vicarious Baby Excitement!

My oldest friend Anna is having a baby! It is going to be born in mid to late February, maybe even on my bday! This is my first close friend to have a baby, so its very exciting. She doesn't find out until the beginning of October if it is a boy or a girl, so we must wait and see. 

In my excitement, I went through my pattern stockpile and pulled out all the baby to 1 year sized patterns. Most of them are precious!
Check out the soulless dot eyes on the McCall.
Above: Tiny coats, tiny pinafores, tiny jumpers and tiny ruffle dresses and coats.

Below: Two layette patterns, a sunsuit, a precious vintage layette that is sadly sized for a 13" doll, and the hilarious mummy baby bag.

Aren't some of them adorable? Which one is your favorite?

Do you think I could size up the doll one to the size of an actual baby?

Some of these could go in a boy direction if needed, right? Although we all know sewing for a girl is waaayyy more fun...

Monday, September 17, 2012

New Loot and an Oddity

So apparently in the burbs there is a 1/2 size replica of the Tower of Pisa. We drove by on the way to an estate sale and lol'd. 
 That is my oddity, now on to my $13 dollars of loot!

 I got Monopoly (only missing one railroad) and Balderdash, which is super fun. Andrew got another great t-shirt that says "You may already be a wiener!" He wears that Polish Drinking Team one a LOT and it never fails to get at least one comment from a stranger.

I also got a clipboard for substituting, although the union is still on strike, and this cool blanket. Doesn't it have a great texture?
 Plus, I found these chairs that fold up when not in use!
All in all, a great Saturday of loot for only going to two sales. Fun fun fun!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Random new excitement

I have been working at the restaurant five days a week, and then subbed for the first four days of school as well. I am so tired. Obviously, little sewing progress has been made...
 My tomato plants are making lots of cherry tomatoes. Our landlord forces us to only have potted plants, so most of those are sad, small plants (front right). The beast of a plant in the back is the same type of cheery tomato, but growing in the ground instead of a pot. It is taller than I am by a lot, probably 6 feet tall by the railing and has drooped to 4 feet wide. So impressive!
 We shamed T-Rex after he ran downstairs, peed on the grass and then ran into the NEIGHBORS house and pooped on their rug! What a jerk!
 We finally bought a new mattress. The old one was a 6 year old, $99 special (including box spring and delivery!) It finally became excruciating to sleep on, so we got a new memory foam one! Delightful!
 I also mastered a sock bun after asking Amy how she made her hair so awesome. It has really been a hit at the restaurant. Old ladies love it and some little girls even said I looked like Barbie. Hahahaha.
Off to work, again. Have a fun week!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Yay! I finally made an etsy shop!

You know how I always claim I am going to sell loot online, but then I just continue hoarding it?

That time has passed! I have finally made an Etsy shop to share my loot with the world.

I decided on the monumentally uncreative name of "Molly's Sewing Shop."

I'm excited, even though I have only listed ten patterns so far!

Go check it out and see my awful banner that I made!