Thursday, August 27, 2015

2015-2016 Academic Year Hiatus -- with a twist!


  From September 2015 until May 2016, I am officially on academic hiatus! A few things to note:

1. For the past two years, I've been just completely shutting down the shop AND this blog, but this year, I've decided to go with a bit of a twist... shut down the shop, of course, but keep the blog updated with (hopefully) weekly or bi-weekly posts. So keep coming back for some great posts, like the results of some summer projects that didn't make it on the blog yet, or tips and tricks for sewing and crafting! 

2. In addition to this, I will be more than happy to discuss custom order designs throughout the school year, but please note that I will not be able to return to my sewing studio until the end of May 2016. In any case, please continue to contact me through my email (address in the "Contact Me" page) or through my Etsy shop! 

3. And last but not least, thank you so much for a great summer of sewing, and I look forward to next year's offerings!  

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Italian Finds: Plaid Tirolese Dirndl

   The last of my Tirolese Italian finds is this lovely plaid dirndl. It's quite lovely, though for the sake of Oktoberfest, I'll be adding an apron to jazz things up a bit.



I really like the look and fit. It's very well suited to my figure; thus, I am happy. 


I love how the skirt is flowy and pleated without being frumpy. --cue touristy voice-- "Oh, I can just imagine Heidi running around in this dress..." 

--cue Austrians who make a racket off the tourist dirndl business-- 

"JA THAT'S JUST WHAT WE WANTED YOU TO SAY JA." 




Nota bene: The buttons seem to be an after-market thing. Like, somebody got it, didn't like the fact that the front only closed with snaps, and put in their own buttons/button holes. The fact that the button thread colors aren't consistent and there are unusable snaps on the inside of the dress opening kinda betrays this. 

You cheap Austrian dirndl manufacturers. You should have put the buttons in yourself. 

"NO BUT WE HAVE LITTLE OLD AUSTRIAN WOMEN IN THE TYROL MOUNTAINS MAKING THESE JA?" 

no. just. no. 


The back is really cool, too-- the bodice has the plaid matched and cut on the bias. REALLY cool. 


Plus, velvet ribbon. Tourists dig velvet ribbons down the backs of their dirndls. 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Italian Finds: Wool Tirolese Jacket

This is my favorite of the finds from the Tirolese booth-- my beautiful vintage Austrian jacket. There is so much detail and fine craftsmanship packed into this single piece of awesomeness...



For example, just look at it. The bone buttons. The pocket details. The collar awesomeness. 



Here's a closer look at the machine-embroidery on the collar... AND the cool bone buttons. 

Bone. Buttons. 

Austrians be like, 

"JA WE WILL PUT BONES ON THIS JACKET AND IT WILL BE BEAUTIFUL JA TOURISTS WILL DIG IT AND THEN THINK WE WEAR THIS STUFF ALL THE TIME JA."

"BECAUSE OF THE BONES. JA." 

Actually, no. But seriously. The bone buttons are cool. 


They're even on the back and edge the cuffs. 


LOOK AT THAT BACK DETAIL. So incredible. 


Yeah. It's my favorite thing, pretty much, ever. 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Italian Finds: Tirolese Wool Dirndl

One of the most exciting things about my Italian finds at that hallowed street bazaar was finding the Tirolese --vintage Austrian-- booth. Had I had more money, I would have cleaned them out. They had coats and dirndls and lederhosen and suits and yeah. I could go on. At any rate, I did pick up a few things... the first two of which I'm going to show you today. 



Introducing my beautiful, linen-and-wool dirndl, and the lace-insertion blouse underneath it!


Nota bene: those aren't button holes. For the longest time, I just assumed they were, until my mother and I examined it closer and found out that they're a design detail. So, like, 

"JA WE WILL MAKE THIS DIRNDL LOOK LIKE IT HAS MISSING BUTTONS AND IT WILL DRIVE PEOPLE CRAZY BUT JA IT WILL BE WONDERFUL"

 Austrian logic. I love it.


It fits me like a dream... even though I didn't try it on before I bought it. I just guessed. For the record, I wasn't going to try anything on while at a foreign street bazaar... yeah. 


Here's the sleeves of the blouse. Oh, funny thing: the bodice of the blouse is a ribbed tee shirt knit, while the sleeves are cotton, lace, and flax. And whatever those weird button things are. 

But hey. I love it.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Finally Completed: Star Wars Old Republic Jedi Robes

 In case you're wondering why I said finally completed in the post title, here's why: I started these robes three years ago. Here's proof of my procrastination. I'm usually not one of those people who starts something, packs it away, then procrastinates over it for years. USUALLY. But this one was started in the flush of a Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic fan frenzy and I never really had a reason to finish off the other pieces of the assemble.

  Well, until now. Come December, I'm going to saddle up to that ticket office and ask the attendant which movie they think I want to see. If they say "Star Wars, duh", then my mission will be complete.



I lurrrrvveesss them. 


The pants look stupid not on me, but they're meant to be tucked into my brown riding boots for a suitably-Star-Warsy look. 


And yeah. I've got fingerless gloves to wear with it, and hope to pick up at least a plastic lightsaber from Target or somewhere to finish off the look. Eventually, I hope to add a long over robe, but that's not essential at this time. Perhaps when I make a Clone Wars era set of robes, I'll make an over robe that will be compatible with both. For now... I love my Old Republic robes.