Archive for January, 2011

One year ago today this bit the dust

In a terrible house fire that burned my brother and his wife and kids out of their house.

Since everyone was fine, and today the house is rebuilt and they’ve added another member to the family, I can lament the loss of this guy,


Christmas dress 2009,


which only took forever because I finished every inner seam with bias tape.


The poor little girl this was made for also mourned its passing and asked if I couldn’t make a new one, since it was, after all, the twirliest dress in the world?

Maybe I can…


I got new glasses! And then more new glasses

Finally got lenses put into these white beauties, just in time for Christmas.

white frames

I love them: the shape, the white, the detailed arms. Really, the teeny gems are my least favorite part, you know, for every day.

white frames

white frames arms

Still, I’ve been wearing them every day. They’re a nice break from the red ones that were my regulars.

Then Mister and I popped into the Antiquarian’s Delight while in Philadelphia to find something for my sister. Beelined for the Barbara Blau Collectibles’ booth – she’s been my hookup for vintage glasses for about 10 years now – and while he was deciding on earrings for my sister, I noticed a pair of black frames that weren’t there last summer.

black frames side

Thanks to Barbara’s nudge, I walked out with them too.

black frames

Looking around: Alice + Olivia

Inspiration abounds. Two staples and a frou-frou dress that’s not *too* fancy. I don’t have the approximatly $350 a piece though, so I wonder how I could approximate them myself?

This vintage Vogue might get at the shape of this cocoon top above. It’s short still but could lengthen.


The white underdress looks pretty simple: tank top attached to skirt. Like this maybe?

The overdress in gray silk (chiffon?) has more complicated sleeves which I’ve seen in a vintage Vogue pattern from my stash.

Then this infinity knit cardigan. Remains a mystery still.

I’ve bought Alice + Olivia patterns before and love them. Wore one of their skirt patterns in three or four versions one summer. Unrelated: Might have eye now on this dress.

I need this kind of new project like I need a hole in the head

Already committed to making new couch pillows for my mother for Christmas. It’s *all* she wanted.

Dying to bang out this Cynthia Rowley now that I’m invited to a wedding in Salem, Mass., in September.

But I don’t know anything about sewing for boys, and my favorite one has a birthday at the end of Feb.

Also, some of his best shirts disappeared from his parents’ basement.

Do I SewAlong or not? It looks like such fun.


I think I will let the fabric decide. If good stuff shows up, I’m in. If not, no way.

As you read this, I am watching this

Naturally, I want Martha’s dress.

Thank you, in-laws. What a gorgeous Christmas gift!

Dear old friend

my singer my friend

When can I see you again?

Take ratty silver sweater set; make silver shrug

christmas dress finished!

The little shrug used to be a Tommy Hilfiger sweater set in white and silver.

sweater silver

sweater silver tag

Who knows what I spilled on it?

sweater silver gross

Or how the undershirt turned pink?

sweater silver inside

I turned it into a shrug for the Christmas dress, using the little included pattern.

shrug pattern

The long sleeves, once cut off and opened up, provided the last of the fabric for the four piece little jacket.

shrug from sleeves