Archive for October, 2010

Anise hyssop will take some care

I got my anise hyssop at the Master Gardener organic plant sale, and forked over all the $$$ for it because it’s perennial. Since I don’t want to spend again and since the line there was a mile long last spring, I’m trying hard to keep this guy going in my Zone 5 winter so I’ll see him again next year.

Delay pruning of your anise hyssop if you live in a cold climate.

Provide additional winter protection to your plant and do not disturb the leafless stems on the plant until spring.

Cut back the stems with your pruners to 6 inches above the ground in early spring.

He’s totally prairie. Thank you


Melted my dress front, bodice.

s 2360 bodice melted

Iron too hot.

Maybe can be saved.

With lots of topstitching

s 2360 bodice melted topstitched

Can you tell?!?!?!

Just a muslin…

Time for a brooch.

Peter, this had your name on it

I hope it fits you.

M 4503 hair

I was so excited to find it I couldn’t wait to go home to take a proper photo. Ripped the sucker out of the Unique Thrift Store bag and slapped it on the car seat next to me.

M 4503

The pockets and topstitching and back vent needed to be loved by someone like you. Or actually you.

The pants (or shorts) are slim, but not too slim.

M 4503

M 4503 back

It’s in the mail to you.

There was a present for me, too.

B 3221

B 3221 dress back

Putting away a garden, vol. 1

I planted lots of perennials this year, hoping to keep them going. So this year, I can’t dump out the dirt. Logged some of the pots to remember what’s in each next spring.

Long box: Lemon thyme, Cuban oregano (which probably won’t work in this cold climate) and Greek oregano.

skinny box

cuban oregano in skinny box

oregano in skinny box

This random dude popped up too. Don’t know what he is though.


The little tower has


Globe thistles in the top

thistles in tower top

Flax (hurting a little) in the middle
flax in tower middle

And coral bells in the bottom
coral bells in tower bottom

The broken pot has chives and spicy oregano I’m sort of babysitting for friends who moved away, and snapdragons.

chives and oregano and snapdragons

And this is supposed to be red lobelia, but I already cut it.

red lobelia

Round one, complete. Round two to come.

Weekend of wedding

And I cheated both days wearing ready-made dresses. My handmade purple silk was just too much for this party. No time to come up with anything new. What a waste of a sewing opp.

It’s ok. One was thrifted. Both had pockets.

Since there are no dresses to talk about, I’ll keep looking at some of the flowers.

orchids three


Orchids are totally better than gerbers. But both are pretty stinking happy.

Wearable muslin in progress

This dress falls under the manifesto. Simple, V-necked, cap sleeves, waist to it.

And it looks adorable. Also, its small pieces should let me cut it out from old giant silk dresses I find everywhere at the thrifts — the front and back alone would fit on old full sleeves.

So I started a version from some old red synthetic stuff I bought at Gaffney’s years and years ago. Discovered that I used said chunk for binding or something, so it’s missing a triangle.

dress s 2360 tight fit

Let me tell you that took some careful cutting including much repositioning and some profanity. I ended up folding the selvedges into the center fold to have enough fold to cut on.

dress s 2360 close fit

I’m making the short sleeved version, V-neck of course, without any fuss on it.

If the dress works on me, I have some ideas…

Voila: New dress from old dress

I love it.

dress front

And it jives with the manifesto. It’s something I will wear. Longs for tights.

Had I to do this refashion over again, I’d have taken more time to figure out the front closure to maintain it.

dress V-neck

But there was so little fabric left for facings, I ended up sewing it shut and doing a one-piece facing. My head will still jam through without much trouble because the V-neck is roomy enough.

I would not bother with a zipper. I’d also try a keyhole sort of closure on the back, too.

Zipped knits? Sounds like disaster.

I had to put the darts back. Tried some elastic shaping across the back but it was not to be.