Monday, August 7, 2017

Variations on a Theme

I walked in, someone said "wow" and snapped a picture.

I said, "send it to me."

And they did.

Blog post done just like that (snap).

~ moi, paintified ~


Okay, here's a few details:

I just made the stretch mesh peasant top with grosgrain ribbon tie, self-drafted.  And the linen tablecloth bloomers based on Tina Givens Lainey pants pattern.

You've previously seen the TG stretch mesh Tessa slip pattern and the old jeans made into the Vogue 8928 hat pattern.

I already had the shoes, sox and sunnies.

With the bare minimum I'm heading over to Patti's Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine's I Will Where What I Like, and Cheri's Shoe and Tell when they all go live.  Hope to see you all there!  Oh, and Judith's Hat Attack.



Oh wait, there's more...
 
~ with blue hair as an accessory ~



~ and without the bloomers ~


~ but there's matching sox and very cool shoes ~


~ plus a lovely vintage clasp ~

Now, that's a wrap.



Monday, July 31, 2017

and now for something completely different...


~ same ole clothes, shoes, sox  ~

Yeah, it's the Sandra Betzina Vogue 1456  top pattern made in linen worn over the Tina Givens Sugar Slip pattern, also made in linen.  And you've seen those coolest of sandals from ebay before.  Just not in this particular arrangement.



~ but notice anything else? ~

Yeah, bay-bee

~ I got me some blue hair for my 65th birthday ~

uh-huh.

~ now I'm blue and old ~

Honestly, I went to a garden party where there were people I see all the time.  And every one of the women thought it was my real hair!  I mean, come on, it looks so fake.   Just goes to show how people don't really look at one another, or pay attention to how anyone else really looks.  They noticed the blue color, but otherwise the cut is similar enough to my usual that they thought I just had colored it.

Anyway, it's a $20 wig from Amazon that my true love gave me for my birthday.  mwah.

Okay then, off to Patti's Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like and Cherie's Shoe and Tell.  Does a wig count as a hat for Judith's Hat Attack?  Probably not.  Stop on by.





Sunday, July 16, 2017

An Accidental Ensemble

You know how that goes...you're going for one piece and...next thing you know, you've got a totally different combination.

~ the wardrobe works in mysterious ways ~

 Yes, I made everything.  Well, not the shoes, but you knew that.  Ok, nor the sunnies.


~ this hat brim is so darn big I need a hand(le) to hold it up ~


I mean check it out!
~ yow-sir ~


I made it out of my old, old, very old, like size 8 (??!!) jeans using an out-of-print Vogue hat pattern 8928, view A from 1994.   I lined it with a big scrap of linen left over from a wrap-around dress.  There's super stiff buckram in between for the brim.  And it still flops.  Of course, the humidity has been outrageous for weeks on end with so-called intermittent thunderstorms every day and night.



~ I'm not wearing any new makes, just newly layered together ~

They are both from Tina Givens patterns.  The top layer is the Tessa Slip made in stretch mesh worn over the Poppy Slip (with sleeves added) made from a medium-weight linen tablecloth.



~ back view carrying that big ole hat ~

When I "accidentally" put them on together, I really liked the way the shapes related to each other, not to mention the colors, prints, and weights.   Otherwise, I never wore the Poppy Slip/Dress on it's own because it was just too much of itself, you know?  Tessa kind of cools it down, or lightens it up.  Something like that.



~ and on my feet are a pair of ebay Crocs in pale pink with camo trees ~

And that's the way it was, girls.


This time I'm early so I'll be joining Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine at I Will Wear What I Like and Cherie's Shoe and Tell  when they all go live.  See you all there!

Oh.  I made a hat and I have it on...so...I'm linking up with the Hat Attack queen, Judith of the Style Crone, of course.  Come on over.







Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Bug Fest Dress

And July's the season for it.

~ I made the stockings too! ~



~ they're still digging up the street for the gas leak ~



~ yeah ~

Meanwhile, the dress is from Tina Givens Lainey pattern which comes with pantaloons that I made but didn't end up wearing today.


~ bloomers ~
~ pleats ~
~ pocket ~






I did make a few modifications to the dress:  I use my own sleeve pattern for any set-in sleeves on TG makes; made two pockets rather than one; remade the pocket flap to follow the arc of the dress seam; and enlarged the neckline opening.


~ tie key-hole back ~
~ buttoned pocket flat ~


And saving the best for last...my mesh net stockings using McCalls costume pattern 7397


~ front view ~
~ and back ~

They were very easy to make.  Instructions are clear.  After I cut out the pattern, I pinned them up and tried them on inside out, fitting them tighter as needed.   Carefully slid them off and sewed them up.  Trimmed the seams.  I didn't put elastic at the top, but used garters instead.  I think it would be fun to make funky ankle socks too.

The sandals are ancient from T.J. Max, I believe.  Perfect for showing off one's sox.

If I'm not too late I'll be joining up with the usual suspects:  Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine at I Will Wear What I Like and Cherie's Shoe and Tell.   Hope to see you all there!


Sunday, June 11, 2017

My June Getup


~ yep, I'm wearing all Tina Givens garb, with all my modifications ~


I'm so glad MeMadeMay'17 is over, I might just post only once this month!



~ TG Maria pattern top and skirt ~


~ this looks nothing like the image on the pattern, but I still like it ~


~ and my ebay sandals ~


Before I trot off to Patti's Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like, and Cherie's Shoe and Tell when they go live...


I do want to mention what I learned from participating in the MMM project:
  • I wore stuff I had made and had never worn before.  It seems I was able to find other pieces that went well with them.
  • Wearing a different pair of shoes each day made me realize how often I chose the same few pair over and over.  Having to pair up other shoes with an outfit really seemed to to be a game changer.
  • Not wearing the same things with the same things was also interesting.  I never realized before how often I do that.  So I tried not to this month.  It's so automatic.
  • I realized how much I really do luv layering.  When all I wore was a dress, it felt very plain and boring.  Even when it was a great dress, shoes and sox.
  • I've been inspired to sew in the holes of my wardrobe - make more slips, bloomers, underdresses, overdresses, sheer layers, stockings, sox, crop tops and things that go with stuff I've already made.
Thanks Zo, for making it happen Year 8.


Monday, May 29, 2017

Blue Gray on Memorial Day

~ Tina Givens Phoebe Top and Plinka Pants patterns, modified ~



~ with broken glasses necklace ~


~ and ebay spray-painted boots ~

I will be trotting on over to Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like, and Cherie's Shoe and Tell.   MeMadeMay'17 is still going on here and on my pinterest board.  Do check it all out.




~ but first, let's just take a few moments to Imagine ~



Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today.
Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace, you
You may say I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will be as one.
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world, you






Peace out,
pao

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Miyake on My Mind

And now on my body!

~ Vogue 1544, Issey Miyake shirt pattern ~

Man, his designs always blow me away, they are so amazingly put together.  Pure genius.  Of course it takes me a few weeks to make one, since I've never sewn anything like them.  And each one is a totally different animal.


~ made from "ice blue" linen ~


~ I used some scrap white embroidered linen for the insert ~

Hey, you can see my True Love taking the pix in the window reflection!



~ awww, little sea shell buttons ~


~ I know, you're thinking it looks like a night shirt ~



~ but really, there's all these amazing details ~


Like the back center hem buttons up to the front center hem, forming a pant like structure.  Yeah.  That's how I'm wearing it for the pix.  And it hangs beautifully.



~ shoes from the ole ebay ~


I'll be heading on over to Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like, and Cherie's Shoe and Tell when they all go live.  Come on by.

I also have to get caught up on my MeMadeMay'17 page and pinterest board.  Yikes.  I'm getting on it.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Clothes with a View

Everyday it's something new.

~ Like today's view from my front porch ~

Let me take you on a tour.


~ First up, the dumpster than appeared smack in front of our house one day ~

and then stayed for two weeks, so far.


~ then the day-glo, spray-painted writing on the sidewalk arrived ~

All I can decipher is the OK and the arrows bracketing it going in opposite directions.  This appeared between the dumpster parked on the street and our front door.


~ The piece de resistance is across the street ~

Has been there for days.  ...body bags?

Am I the only normal thing in the neighborhood these days?

I mean, let's look at this scene again, all right in front of my front door.

~ Is there a message here? ~

nah, I didn't think so either, but it was a great backdrop for my screaming coral colored clothes.

~ Tina Givens Greta Dress and Pants pattern ~


~ Trippen Vivienne shoes from ebay ~


Speaking of which, I'll be trippin' on over to Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like, and Cherie's Shoe and Tell when they all go live.   See you there.

Still hanging in there photo-ing daily on my MeMadeMay'17 page and pinterest board.  Check it all out.


Sunday, May 7, 2017

Taking it for a Spin


my new Rorschach Dress


~ Watch It Now ~

~ vroom-vroom ~

~ ok, here's the overdress ~
~ and the underdress ~


~ the full Rorschach effect ~


~ and the best for last, Dr. Martens from ebay ~

details of MeMadeMay'17:

I'll be trotting on over to Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like and Cherie's Shoe and Tell when they go live.

You can check out what I've worn so far in May on my MeMadeMay'17 page and/or my pinterest board of the same name, here.


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