Monday, November 25, 2013

Puffed Sleeves and a Ponytail

We were experiencing a bit of an Indian summer here when I took these pictures! Short sleeves during the day were perfectly sensible, like, three days ago... this is unfortunately no longer the case. Winter is well and truly here (at least until we have a random 70-degree day in January. It usually happens... it gives me the strength to carry on through the rest of the winter.) I like dressing for cold weather, but I am kind of a weenie and don't like actually experiencing the cold weather.

Blouse: Modcloth
Shoes: Modcloth
Skirt: Made by me from a pattern I altered

This is my last hurrah of warm-weather clothes, my sweet summer children. Winter is coming.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Wallpaper Skirt

Lately I've found myself drawn to fabric that looks like old wallpaper. I thought that this was beautiful when I first bought it, and then, as I was sewing the hem, I thought, "Well goodness, this looks like wallpaper in a Victorian bordello." For a second this perturbed me, but then I decided that I liked it all the more for this and happily finished hemming, and then proceeded to wear this skirt all the time.
I added the bow to this blouse when I first paired it with the skirt, and it has been living there happily ever since.

I had admired these shoes for a while on ModCloth, and then ended up finding them at a local factory outlet store for $15 less! Hooray hooray!
(Also, say hi to Calliope the Cat!)

Blouse: TJ Maxx
Skirt: Made by me, fabric from Hancock Fabrics
Shoes: Factory Connection, but you can find them here.
Ribbon: The Paper Sandbox on Etsy

Monday, November 11, 2013

Harvest Queen

Autumn is here and it's beautiful! (It's been here for a while, but it's just so pretty that I can't stop talking about it!) All this fall loveliness is having a pretty strong effect on my sartorial choices. Brown isn't usually a color I gravitate towards, but lately I really seem to like it... Especially when it's pretty and coppery like this dress fabric!
My lovely sister Gwendolyn took these photos for me at a farm down the road from us. This pretty cornfield looked like a perfect background for this autumney ensemble, so we parked the car on the side of the road and took some pictures. Mercifully, we were not chased off by any angry land owners with shotguns.

I made this dress from this vintage McCall's pattern. The sleeves were a headache to put on the dress, but I'm very happy with how it turned out! The fabric is from a vintage sari I purchased on eBay. The portion of the fabric that makes the back of the bodice was originally intended to be the front, but I wasn't paying good enough attention to what I was cutting out and realized too late that I had cut out the wrong piece. Fortunately, I'm a little obsessed with how that fabric looks on the back, and I figured out something else to do with the bodice, so hooray, hooray!

Dress: McCall's Pattern 4551
 Shoes: by Chelsea Crew, found on eBay
Necklace: Queen of Rags
Hair ornament: I have no idea!

I would just like to give a shout-out to Kentucky for being really, really good at autumn. IT IS SO, SO PRETTY HERE! Y'all should come and visit. =]

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Clothes to Craft In

This is the kind of outfit that makes me feel like I should be making something--I think it's the Oxford shirt. They make a person feel industrious.

Also, MY SMOCK MATCHES MY CRAFTING OUTFIT!!! What a lovely coincidence. I shall craft all the day. I have Christmas ornaments to work on!

I got the skirt and blouse at The Nitty Gritty yesterday--the whole outfit cost $10! I got the smock there as well, several weeks ago.
What do YOU like to wear when you craft? Do you have designated outfits? 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Halloween Costume: Briar Rose from "Sleeping Beauty"

I love love LOVE Disney Princesses and their wonderful hair and outfits and songs and affinity for woodland creatures, but so far in my life I have never dressed up as one for Halloween! I've been trying to create a perfect Mary Poppins costume for the past 3 Halloweens now, but time always gets away from me and I end up having to search through my closet and costume boxes to see what backup costume I can put together. This year, I put together a Briar Rose costume!! She is one of my very favorite princesses, and I think her movie is the most beautiful Disney movie of all time!

I even found a woodland creature lurking around the apartment! =]

Blouse: my Gramma's from the 1940s
Corset: Borrowed from mah besfrand, who bought it at Pop's Resale & Vintage
Skirt: Made by me (fabric from Wal-Mart, of all places!)
Wig: eBay, styled by me

I hope your Halloween was full of lots of treats and dress-up!