Monday, June 29, 2015

Harvest Ball Dress: A Vintage Dress Sneak Peek!


Pardon the cell phone pictures, but that's all you get for now! Here's a sneak peek at a gorgeous gown from the 1950s-'60s that my mother and I inherited from a sweet old lady (God rest her soul) who recently passed away. We also got other vintage gowns from her as well, so keep an eye out. This one needed a bit of work, so I set about fixing it. 


Here it is again, off of me and in a pile of lovely tulle and chiffon. Exciting, isn't it? I'm hoping to have pictures of it up shortly. I'm going to wear it to a dance my college hosts every year at the beginning of the school year. Looking forward to contra dancing in this beauty! 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Italian Finds: Lovely Lace!


This week, I have some lovely lace to share! I believe it is machine done, but I could been entirely wrong. 


Like some of the other pieces, this lace appears to have been pulled off of a garment or something. 


It will make the perfect finishing touch on an heirloom piece, that's for sure! 


And now, a word from Mr. Bennet. 


"No lace. No lace, Mrs. Bennet, I beg you!" 

Despite what poor Mr. Bennet has to say, I still have more lace to share. He's just going to have to put up with it... 

If anyone has any information whatsoever about the techniques or design on this piece, please do comment! I would love to learn more about my little "Italian Finds!"

Monday, June 22, 2015

Stash Challenge 2015 Minor Update!

Just wanted to pop by and give a little update on the 'stash... already, without having sewn much, the stash has gone down!


If you remember the first post a few weeks ago, this is a big improvement! My mum and I looked through it and sorted out the fabric we actually wanted. That being done, however, let's see how much of it I can turn into costumes and such before the summer is out... 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Italian Finds: Rosy Tablecloth!


We're back to the tablecloths this week! I have another machine-embroidered piece to show off. 


There are lots of little details on this one, like French knots, clusters of roses, and bunches of cornflowers. This center corner detail gives you a good idea of the colors and motif for this piece. 


This is a detail on the center border design... I love the little ferns! 


And lastly, of course, we have a detail from an edge corner. 

 If anyone has any information whatsoever about the techniques or design on this piece, please do comment! I would love to learn more about my little "Italian Finds!"

Monday, June 15, 2015

Nifty Tricks: Post-it Note Wall Organization

With all my various projects, assignments, and whatnot going on in my life, I realized that I needed a more efficient way of organizing my time than just countless to-do lists or a disorderly bulletin board. I found myself using sticky notes on the wall space around my bulletin board, so I decided to remove it and just pop the sticky notes on the bare wall. Then, I realized I needed more of a system than a cluster of notes on the wall. 

Washi tape to the rescue! 


I divided accordingly; shop, shop blog, writing blog, as well as a "NEEDED AND UGENT" for the immediately necessary and "NEEDED BUT NOT URGENT" for the, well, not urgent. 


It helps to be able to reposition notes according to necessity and urgency... 


...and I really like the idea of being able to take notes down and visibly see all my "to-do" list dwindle. 

It's a really nice system, one that's been working out for me so far. I think I'm going to implement it at school in my dorm. Just thought I'd share my handy life-organization nifty trick. 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Italian Finds: Embroidered Lawn Snippet!


This week instead of a finished product, I present to you a snippet of lawn. It looks like it was cut from a garment or something. Not complaining that something was evidently destroyed, because I now have a wonderful piece of fabric for heirloom sewing. 


It appears to be machine embroidered. 


The little flower motif reverses with each row. 


I'm very much looking forward to making something beautiful with this fabric!  

If anyone has any information whatsoever about the techniques or design on this piece, please do comment! I would love to learn more about my little "Italian Finds!"

Monday, June 8, 2015

"Tea and Shoot" Dress Diary, Two

Girls are so fickle. I changed the pattern for my tea dress to this one, because, well, I'm fickle. It's a really lovely pattern with so many beautiful lines, and I loved it the first time I made it. This time around, I'm so glad I pulled it out again. Absolutely lovely.


I centered some lovely lace on the bodice inset and used a ROTARY CUTTER to cut it perfectly. Wow. I'm old-fashioned, and I've never done that on one of my own projects before... 


Here's the assembled bodice... I just love, love the lines of this dress. 


...the skirt fabrics waiting for assembly... 


...and the attached bodice and skirt, waiting for needed handsewing. 


And you, dear hat? How shall I finish you off? I was thinking cream lace for the crown, finished off with baby's breath and yellow/pink roses from Hobby Lobby. What think you? 

Unfortunately, you all won't see the finished dress until the actual Tea and Shoot, which is in late September. I will post pictures as soon as I am able. 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Italian Finds: Embroidered Lace Doily!


This week, we have not a tablecloth but a lovely doily with beautiful lace edging and embroidered details! 


It's simply scrumptious... 


Detail on the little embroidered edge flower. 


...and of the edge lace, which is exquisite. 

If anyone has any information whatsoever about the techniques or design on this piece, please do comment! I would love to learn more about my little "Italian Finds!"

Monday, June 1, 2015

"Tea and Shoot" Dress Diary, One


So, every year my beautiful college hosts a Downton-Abbey-esque tea party on the front lawn in which is it necessary for the participants to wear a hat. Everyone dresses up, much tea is had, and an archery contest is held for the spectator's delight.  


Last year, I transferred into the college and so was totally unprepared and had no idea what to wear. I scrapped together a dress and borrowed a hat from one of the lovely ladies. This year, however, I am determined to be dressed my absolute best. So, in my typical fashion, I'm planning my outfit months in advance! 


All I have now to show for it is a pile of assorted fabrics, a lovely pattern, and some lace. Always the lace. 

And the hat? 



It needs doing over. But oh, I'm so looking forward to that.