• self made inventory

    I decided that I had better take some inventory of my self made clothes before September rolls around so I’m not just sewing willy-nilly and end up with no bottoms or something like that, and it’s a good thing I did because I have no bottoms! Though I do mostly wear dresses, that would surely make for an awkward September.

    Here are my tops, pretty heavy on the sleeveless only one with longer sleeves which also happens to be the only knit top in the bunch. I have plans (and fabric) for a helen cartography print top from my line as soon as my dad and I get time to print it up, but I definitely need to try to incorporate some sleeved shirts and maybe a bit more knit.

    The dresses are looking in better shape and they don’t require the bottoms that I haven’t made so that’s nice. I’m thinking about making another Mociun inspired dress since it’s easy to wear and easy to make as well as a studio dress I’m working on coming up with at the moment.

    Jackets I probably won’t need too much but I have 2 3/4 sleeved lightweight ones for layering. The first is a Built By Wendy plaid number, the second is from my Advanced Flat Pattern class a few years ago. I would really like to add a blazer to this collection, but we’ll if there’s time for that.

    I was also tagged by Zoe of So Zo… for a little game of 8 questions so here goes on that.

    1. If you had to choose a famous person to be your new best friend, who would it be and why?
    Ummmm…….can I come back to this one? I have absolutely no idea, I know that’s lame but it’s the truth!

    2. What proportion of your wardrobe is handmade?
    Well as you can see from above, not much! I don’t have that many clothes in general though so I would say about 25%. I have a sad wardrobe situation.

    3. Where would you live, if money, jobs and responsibilities were taken out of the equation?
    This is hard, I think we would try out a few different places. I would like to live somewhere on a coast with sea storms and harbors and Luke would like to live in the Netherlands. There’s always New York what with me being in fashion and Luke in art, but that place stresses me out so bad.

    4. Describe the weirdest or most horrendous place you’ve worked.
    Worst place I’ve worked was hands down Nordstrom on Michigan Avenue. I am a horrible sales person people! I am too shy and feel awful selling people a $150 workout shirt made by some huge company in China. I spent way too much time hiding in the bathroom, fitting rooms and getting water and as little time on the sales floor as I could. I would get anxious the entire day every day before I worked.

    5. What is your favourite sewing technique or part of a garment to sew?
    Haha this is so bad, but sewing is actually my least favorite part of the designing/patterning/sewing process, but out of all the sewing techniques, I would say understitching paired with grading seams, clipping and notching is one of my favorite things because so many people ignore this step and it really really really makes a garment look professionally done. I also really enjoy making 1/8″ french seams and roll hems.

    6. Which sewer out there do you envy the most?
    I’m not sure on this one. I definitely envy Svetlana the seamstress at work because she’s the most amazing seamstress I’ve ever met, I mean she can sew an entire organza wedding dress in 2 days but I think this means blogging seamstress. In that case I don’t know a lot of them, but I definitely envy Zoe for her ability to not only make a TON of awesome clothes, but to also start all these fun projects rolling.

    7. Do you collect anything?
    I collect 2 main things, vintage pyrex and vintage things with bees on them, particurally honey pots. I need to stop collecting pyrex because I’m running out of places to put them and things to put in them. I do use my entire collection, minus the placesetting for 8 that I’m afraid will break with daily use. I don’t see an end in site to the bee collection though, good things are harder to come by than vintage pyrex so it’s a slower growing collection. I’m a bit specific in these collections in the fact that I refuse to buy them on ebay, I must find them while out and about at antique places, it just feels like cheating to me otherwise.

    8. What’s your personal motto?
    “The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.” Sherlock Holmes says this to Watson at one point during The Hound of the Baskervilles which is one of my all time favorite books.

    [I’m supposed to tag 8 people but I don’t think I know 8 people to tag, so if you’re reading this, you may consider yourselved tagged, but let me know so I can read your answers!]

  • trouser time


    I just found this blog post over on Burda Style all about non-traditional (or edgy as they like to say) trousers. I’ve designed and made plenty of pants for models but I’ve never made pants for myself. Now that I know there are cute trouser patterns readily available, I may give it a go!

    On another semi-related note, I’ve decided to take part in Self-Stitched-September run by the lovely Zoe of So, Zo… where the basic concept is that you wear only things you’ve made (with some exceptions of course) for the month of September. I’ve got a long way to go to make this happen because while I do sew a lot of clothes, they are mostly for other people so this will definitely be a challenge for me! Check it out, maybe you’ll want to join up!?

  • summer dreamin’

    summer dreamin'

    Summer is in full swing now and I’m dreaming of beach days and road trips. Here are a few things on my summer dreamin’ list.

    [a] cursive design scallop necklace : perfect for pairing with summer dresses or fancyin’ up shorts and a t-shirt. I love the sunny yellow beads against the neutral scallop.

    [b] minnetonka red kilty mocs : the kilty mocs are my ultimate go to shoe. They’re super cute and super comfortable. I’ve always been a mocs person, I’m on my 6th pair in as many years, and now it’s time for pair 7.

    [c] cambridge satchel company’s 14″ satchel : love love love! Blind embossed with my initials, it looks like it would fit everything I need + a little extra room.

    [d] posters of the wpa “see america” reprint : Luke is from Idaho/California and, for a period of time in his 20’s, was both a cowboy and a blacksmith in Montana. We have the most amazing iron table he made with no welds and a beautiful wooden top, but that’s besides the point. I think this would be cute in our apartment.

    [e] four corners dark 35mm film : I’ve got a few 35mm cameras and keeping them full with film from the drugstore is pretty hard but $20 for 16 rolls of 36 exposures is pretty hard to beat.

  • my dream(ish) socks

    Well I’m back from the Northwoods. I thought I would start with a finished object post as I have taken about 270ish photos between digital and film and need to sort through those. Most of them were of nesting bald eagles, nesting loons and the occasional muskrat, but there’s a few other things mixed in there.

    So these socks. I started them back in, oh, November 2007. It happens to the best of us, I know. They were stressing me out sitting in my apartment, unfinished, taunting me, but in the relaxing air of the woods, I finished these up stress free. Knitting goes much faster when you’re swinging on a log swing facing the river watching deer wander through the state forest on the opposite bank.

    Pattern : Priscilla’s Dream Socks [ravelry]
    Yarn : Regia 4ply
    Needles : us 1
    Start Date : November 2007
    Finish : May 31, 2010

    The first sock has a few mistakes, mostly due to the fact that I knit it over about 3 years and it turned out a bit large. The second sock turned out great and fits perfectly. I would definitely use this pattern if I ever find myself feeling a bit crazy and needing to knit tiny gauge socks. It’ll probably be a while though.

  • a garment for sleeping

    Since I’m turning 28 in June, I’ve been having the idea that I need to step up my wardrobe a bit, including the garments I sleep in. Something about being 28 is affecting me like the years before haven’t, it’s very odd. Suddenly I need to sleep in nicer looking garments I guess. Also this is my new haircut looking totally full of bedhead. Can’t tell if I like it or not.

    I made this sleeping garment from Simplicity 3778 and used some “assorted fibers” fabric from Vogue. I decided to throw in some piping from fabric I had laying around to sort of make things a bit more exciting. The buttons down the front may have been a mistake, they have a super long shank, so I feel like they stand off the garment in a strange fashion. The shoulders on this pattern also seem extremely wide, so I have a bit of gaping in the front neckline. I didn’t really feel like making a muslin for this though so that’s what I get.

    As for the “sleeping garment” names, I have an unnatural aversion to most terms used to describe these garments. Pajamas is alright, but in my head refers to a 2 piece set that is more casual or maybe just made out of jersey and nightgown just sounds bizarre to me; I think my Grandma VanDahm used to use that word a lot. Seems to refer to floorlength things also.

    I have to admit, I got a little help on this garment. In the form of a cat. Ahhh she’s so cute I can’t even handle her little paw licking. What a little meowface.