Monday, August 29, 2016

Candid Lola Shots with a Tiki Chaser Dress

CAUTION:  The following post contains images of a night dress, interaction with a kitty cat and a big vent at the end. 

~ Good Morning Tiki Cat ~

I am wearing an X-tremely modified, to the point of no return, night dress made from Tina Givens Lola Dress pattern 

~ awww, give us a kiss ~

Okay, so I made it out of fabric I didn't like, sort of like a test drive for a night gown, cuz you know how it can go for TG patterns...  And right of the bat, the amount of fabric required is off.  Like saying 54" wide is needed when only 45" or less is fine.  Not to mention, you're instructed (and shown in the diagram) to cut 2 front pattern pieces on the fold.  That's after you've already cut 1 back pattern piece (which is identical to the front) on the fold.   Yeah, it was easy to spot that error.

~ what a sweetie pie, mwaaa ~

Then just looking at the pattern piece laying on the fabric, I can see there is no way the arm hole can be big enough.  The pattern piece is too wide at the bodice but way too narrow at the arm hole/ sleeve area.  I make adjustments and add longer, wider sleeves.  I also add side seam pockets.  Really? 

~ oh, and there goes the Tiki tail ~

If you want to hear more, go on...*

Monday, August 22, 2016

2 Slips,1 Dress

All Tina Givens patterns.
~ I'm wearing all handmade or secondhand stuff ~

When I finished the Violet Dress, I didn't have a slip short enough to wear with it (yet).  So I layered it over my Briare Slip/ Dress and thought it looked fine.

~ with an old abalone pin I've had around ~

Violet is made from thin linen, almost a gauze.  I placed green tulle over the center panel to change the color/ texture.   Then I accidentally melted it while ironing the pleated part with steam.  Hence the lace bits and bobs.  Worked a charm.

~ ta for now ~

Oh, I'm giving you the slip...
~  the Briare Slip/ Dress ~

Made from broadcloth and modified.  Only 1 skirt layer, pockets added, and pleats instead of ruffles.

~ neckline "embroidered" with multi-colored thread ~

~ pleated "ruffle" hem ~

~ les shoes ~

Keep going for View Two and the Latest Slip...

Monday, August 15, 2016

Champagne and Coral Dress

~ that's how the fabric was described ~

and I liked the first dress so much, I made it again.

~ Vogue 1482 ~

This time from a very thin crinkle champagne polyester with a coral cotton jacquard woven flower.  It feels like air.

~ I do believe I'm getting to be quite subtle ~

I made it in a larger size this time.  I didn't want to risk any side seams splitting when I sat down.  You know, with such a delicate fabric.  Which made it a bit longer too.

~ full flying squirrel mode ~

Of course, she demanded her very own slip to go with.  So I made one out of a mystery bundle of fabric I'd received.  I don't know exactly what the fabric is, other than a thin knit with a bit of a sheen.  Looks kinda like something that would line a bathing suit.

Anyway, it's a very plain slip and took awhile to make since I didn't have a pattern.  I had to try it on, do something, try it on, etc.  I don't even have a picture of it.  hmmm...

~ well now I have ~

Plus the obligatory shoe shot...

~ with a message? ~

And now it's time to head on over to Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like and Cherie's Shoe and Tell.  I will miss Patti and the Visibles this week.  She's moving on down the road and will be back next week in her new abode!

Linking up to Sydney Fashion Hunter too!

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Hug A Tree Dress

~ Hi, you caught me in the act! ~

It was really hot out.  And the air con was not functioning in my room at school, nor do the windows open.

So that shady tree looked real inviting...

~ mmmmm ~

The dress is a lovely cotton print made into Vogue 1400 designed by Guy Larouche.  Basically a shirt dress with a few twists.  Like no buttons, collar or cuffs; a deep front and back slit opening which I raised a bit; cargo-like front chest pockets; and side seam pockets.  Oh and peek-a-boo shoulders which I didn't even notice on the pattern until I started sewing.

~ big pockets for storing chest cargo ~

Nor will you see the peek-a-boos in my pictures either.  Apparently even the photographer missed them.  Ah well. 

I made the necklace out of bits and pieces awhile ago.

~ my dragonfly button ~

closing the back slit neckline.  I actually matched the print up somehow or other.

~ bag and shoes, shoes and bag ~

So tasteful, don't ya think?

I'm late, but still making it to Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like, and Cherie's Shoe and Tell.  See you all there!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Hey, I'm Art Again Dress

~ moi, as a cutout ~

Actually, the photo was blurry so I had to do something, you know, creative to "make it work."

~ with all its bat wing splendor ~

The dress is made from Vogue 1482 by Rachel Comey.  I tell you, it was such a unique construction and so beautifully explained, illustrated and conceived.  All done with French seams, even the diagonal inserted pocket, using 100% cotton voile.


So I'm in the Copy Room at school, courtesy of Liz.  She was a spontaneous provider of the perfect photo props and opportunities.  Thanks Liz.

~ I see London, I see ah, what rhymes with slip? ~

Do note that I had to make a slip for this dress since all my others were too long - or this dress was so much shorter!  You can see many inches of it when I sit down.   But it's so pretty I think I could even wear it on its own.  Black fake charmeuse with lace, made up as I went along.

~ my Mom's cameo ~

I love this pin...

~ but check out my new-to-me ebay shoes!!!!! ~

Talk about luv, Trippens, Happy Collection.  And I am.  The ever cool sox are from

And thanks to Sara for photo-ing on the last day of summer school.

I'll be heading on over to the Absolutely Fabulous gals when they go live:  Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine at I Will Wear What I Like, and Cherie at Shoe and Tell.  See you all then.

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