Posts Tagged ‘clothing’

summer clothes

 Have I ever gone so long without posting? Hmmm.
Lately I just have no words. It’s true.

I have been sewing though. I started with a couple skirts: The first is a great print "Home Sewing is Easy"
 which reverses to  tiny high heels. I hadn’t planned on a reversible skirt, but I wanted the black piping around the edges, so I found the other print in my stash. I like it.  A clerk at the grocery said it looked "so happy".
Then, this skirt from a reversible fabric that I found on my trip to Victoria a few months back.   To finish it, I simply turned the edges to the right side and used a fancy stitch on the machine, and added grosgrain ribbon for the waistband and ties. 
Next, I made two dresses.       The first was a groovy grey and black architectural print, with a bias bodice and straight skirt. Made from Butterick 8520    which I found out was missing the skirt pieces so I borrowed some from another pattern. I love the high neck, but I’m sad that I couldn’t ever look as carefree as the model. 
The second  with two sizes of tiny rickrack (estate sale find!) around the neckline  of the paint-by-number bird print. I put big pockets in the side seams, narrowed down the skirt panels so that it wasn’t so full, and eliminated the collar from  McCall’s 3034 . It would be perfect if I had the waist in that drawing. 
Lastly I made two pair of pants from current patterns. Black and white seersucker  ( it looks grey ) with piping at the pockets  made from Vogue 2907 which I narrowed the leg to make it straight. . Then a tiny black and white check   pair from Vogue 7481 which I like the fit of ( yay! )  Complete with fake pocket flaps on the behind. 

I’ve made a few other things, but this is getting to be a picture laden post, so maybe I’ll do this again sooner. 

I have a week of quiet while the Richard’s are gone to Bonneville. I plan to get lots of sewing done, especially since we are not having the sunny summer that everywhere else is experiencing.

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 Our little road trip was sweet and short.  Hard to believe that just one night and two days felt like so much longer – it was just what we needed, I think.

Sunday we resumed driving, just a little farther east on Hwy 84, and on a (oops! )side road we saw a bunch of wild turkeys! When we drove back by, they were in the trees, but I didn’t get a picture. One Tom and a dozen hens – when we stopped he started strutting around and fanned his tail. 

      We then crossed the river back into Washington, and the first stop was the Stonehenge war memorial at Maryhill. This was dedicated in 1918, and erected to honor local soldiers who lost their lives in WW1.     

Then it was on to the Maryhill Museum of Art. What a surprise in the middle of nowhere. They house a large collection of Rodin sculptures and sketches, along with the amazing collection: Theatre` de la Mode. I took a few pictures, but here’s a lot more.      If this is interesting – you should click the museum link above, then click through to the link for this exhibit, and on to the 5 minute audio tour to hear more detail. 

These clothes were made during the forites, when materials were in short supply post-war. All of the top designers participated in making pieces in one third scale. These fit 27" wire mannequins, and were exact down to every detail. There were miniature hats, bags, and  shoes as well, and a total of nine sets to showcase them in. The museum owns most of them and puts three sets on display each year. Encouraging me to return. 

The other thing I was fascinated by were these two photographs:    The first, which is a

 shot of two men pedaling a electricity generating bicycle in a basement that powered this:  There were several teams that worked round the clock so that Paris women could still get their hair coiffed in fancy salons when there was little power to spare.  I couldn’t quit staring at them. 

Then we hit the road heading back west, to pick up Sunny and get home. Just in time for a hell of a storm, that killed the power for a few hours and blew relentlessly until early this morning.
Now, it’s a quiet week. I plan to get some sewing done. 

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last one. I promise.

 I know its November, but I thought I’d share one more scary thing:

  I am grateful that though we moved to the sticks, this type of creativity is not the norm around here. eewwwww. Think about it.  Okay, maybe not.

Today I did go and order the carpet, a short grey shag for both bedrooms. The installation date is the 20th, so I have a good two plus weeks to get the painting done.  

Last night we watched “Freedom Writers” – I was suprised at how much I liked it. I was half expecting it to be just too sappy, but it was well done, and yes, heartwarming. 
Oh, and no candy-takers last night.

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