Saturday, February 18, 2012

Maybe not...

I've reconsidered the dots. When I put on the muslin for some photos, and saw the results, I thought, "really?" Now, I don't care about necessarily looking, "sexy," but I also don't want to look as defiantly un-pretty, un-cute, or un-cool as this
It doesn't do much, does it? Obviously the muslin lacks any great draping qualities, but even with a better flow, this bodice wouldn't actually be improving my general appearance in anyway, would it. So forget it. I did try it with the little bow as well, but the end result was similarly whatevs. In the meantime can I gave a whoop whoop to my knight in shining armor; the British version of Migraliev. This stuff has changed my life. I have a migraine right now, and I'm sitting up, typing and thinking, and not crying and throwing up. I feel like I've been given my life back.
Gratuitous fish shot. Yesterday I made a tough executive decision to have our tomato clown fish removed from the tank. She was pretty, and had a tough and flinty personality that made me think she was the Rosalind Russell or our particular tank; but alas, she kicked the crap out of our other fish, even the ones with poisonous spines. So she had to go...

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Vintage Dots

I'm using Butterwick 5707 for the polka dots. I muslined the bodice, and I think it will be interesting, it totally outside of my zone, and only one smidge on the good side of the chic / frumpy divide. The skirt is ridiculously long, and will be shortened to mid-knee. The bodice seems to fit, but the arms don't drape well in the muslin, I'm assuming that will be fixed in the actual rayon fabric. I went on PR to find any reviews of this dress, and found one, , which was helpful (and a great dress) but also got me thinking about how little I use Patternreview anymore. All I ever look at these days are the posts about Burda Style / WOF, so I can get a jump on the line drawings. I hope the PR site gets a major refresh soon, it looks horribly dated, especially compared to Ravelry, which I think is basically the best crafting forum site out there.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Upcycle/Freecycle/Recycle

I live an incredibly unsustainable life. My part-time home of Jackson,WY is freezing; and everyone who lives here spends a fortune creating a little bubble of warmth to get them through the winter. When I'm not there I seem to be on a plane going somewhere else, so I am certainly part of the problem. Bummer if you like to classify yourself as "green." So, one very small resolution is to limit some of the worst damage. I'm not a consumer; I don't have any interest in that Sex in the City / Best Buy kind of shopping. This can be a problem actually, because I never have the right shoes or bag for any occasion. Fabric production is one of the most environmentally unfriendly industries out there. Even "sustainable" fabrics like bamboo are mostly smoke and mirrors. The only truly sustainable alternative is buying existing fabric that in some tiny way limits the further production of "new."
I picked up these fabrics at the Rose Bowl this weekend. The polka dots are some kind of 50s ish rayon, with a great matte look, and a slubby texture. Love it! I got 4.5 yards of a fairly narrow width for $16. The green is a Hawaiian Barkcloth, with that fantastic spongy texture, 2 yards for $6. The yellow is also vintage Hawaiian, not barkcloth, but it does that that textured feel that Gertie referenced in her Bombshell class
Interestingly, the vendor had these great vintage lengths mingled up with a whole bunch of modern crap, and the modern crap was priced more or less the same. Now, I never normally would have bought these color ways. But I think that's another interesting facet of "buying old." You have to work with what you find, and what you find is probably outside of your "zone."
The last two pictures are of my first re-purposed garment. The fabric is lovely Pendleton plaid, that was salvaged from a librarian skirt I found in a Salvation Army in Santa Fe. The pattern was a 1960s mod mini that came from the same thrift. I'm really, really happy with this skirt. I made a cute little patch pocket (with flap) that I lined (the lining fabric was also salvaged from the original skirt). It is super cute, and warm, and it didn't make the world a worse place in any way. Cheers!