Saturday, August 1, 2015


~ I'm wearing an original Mel/ Mz. Baggs creation ~

I hope she doesn't mind that I altered it a bit to fit, then added some bits and pieces here and there, you know, because I could.  I thought of it as a collaboration even though it maybe wasn't technically.  But that's what I'm saying anyway.

~ the ensemble complete ~
There was no way that tiny black silk top was gonna fit me as is, but luckily it had three 1" tucks on each side.  So I opened them up from the bust down, which added more than enough width for me to wear it.  I was like, this will look so cool with those transparent trousers I just made. 

~ I was a hit in class today ~
But you know, a short crop top over transparent pants, uh, nah.  Adding another layer of transparency was just the ticket and I had exactly enough left over from the pants.  So I zig-zagged that baby around the hem of the top.  Poifect.  Then I needed a little something on top of the top for better proportions.  On went another bit of scrap around the sleeve hem.

I'm wearing some old suede clogs that I had spilled salsa on. I covered the mess with roses cut from Mom's old sweatshirt.

~ say goodbye Mz Baggs ~
Mz Baggs covered with a piece of black netting in an attempt to look more mysterious...

Thursday, July 30, 2015

1st Annual World-Wide 40+ Bloggess Meet-Up

 And I was there with all the schtarrs!

~ and constantly hounded by the paparazzi (photo by Mel) ~

Hence forth, I hid out behind the camera to catch the likes of:

~ the Marvelous Melanie of Bag and A Beret ~
~ extra Sassy Sheila of Ephemera ~
~ Lovely Louisa of Damselfly's Delights ~
~ Amazing Anne of Spy Girl next to the Madcap Mother of Terrific Tami of Thrift Shop Commando ~
~ the Pretty Perky Patti of Not Dead Yet Style and moi undercover  (photo by Mel) ~
~ not to mention my Terrific True Love wearing his Stand Tall Kaftan made by moi  (photo by Mel) ~
~ me, Melanie and Anne dancing in the street (photo by unknown bloggess) ~

ooo, ooo and then there were the separated-at-birth twin artifacts made by Melanie and given to Anne and me.  Sublime, ain't it?  (photo by Patti).

As you can see I only took 4 pictures (eek) so thank goodness for everyone else.  And thank you a zillion times over Suzanne, Sue and Melanie for the Grandest Bloggess Meet Up on the Planet!  Mwwwaaa!  For a real overview of the entire event visit Sheila of Ephemera ... or for a one of a kind view, see each participants take on their own blog:

Suzanne (Toronto) -- Suzanne Carillo
Sue (Vancouver) – A Colourful Canvas
Melanie (Vancouver) Bag And A Beret 
Patti (Florida) –  Not Dead Yet Style 
Sylvia (Singapore) 40+Style
Greetje (Netherlands) – No Fear of Fashion
Trina (Utah) – Tea Time With Trina
Tami (California)Thrift Shop Commando
Sheila (Victoria)Ephemera
pao (Chicago) – Project Minima 
Ally (New York) Shybiker
Louisa (Vancouver) Damselfly’s Delights
Anne (LA)Spy Girl  
Shawna (Victoria) The Director Of Awesome
Tiina (London)Elegance Revisited
Jodi (Vancouver) – Day 2 Day Wear
Wendra – The Looking Glass
Tracey (Vancouver)Fashion Forward 40
Chloe (Vancouver) – Fat Rabbit’s Delight

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The Most Awesome Unflattering Dress, Yes!

I worked long and hard on this one, ladies.  From an Issey Miyake pattern, so you know what I mean.

~ oh, where do I start...~

Well, the shoes and socks certainly add a little je ne sais quois, now don't they?

~ real close up ~

It's summery looking.  And middle-aged preggo-looking.  But I do love the fabrics I put together.  That's yellow polka dot voile (so soft and thin), turquoise printed cotton, and turquoise tulle overlaid,   I had the last two pieces in my stash.

~ a bit more unflattery ~

~ and awesomeness of design ~

Korean peasant dress meets futuristic apocalyptic fashion, maybe...
Back pieces also from my stash, including the embroidered tablecloth.  The piece beneath that is actually pale gray chevrons, but you can't really make it out.

Oh, don't forget the secret socks...

~ they say 'STAY AWAY FROM A88HOLES' on the vamp ~

Just between you and me, eh?

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Back on Track with Dr. Who Coat

...and Trippens to boot, oh my!   So, let's get it on, shall we?

 Those in the know, know, the Dr. Who iconography
~ on the back of my big coat collar ~
I mean there's the tardis, cyborgs, daleks, woo-whee.  A little bit goes a long way.

The whole she-bang
Check out that big 'ole button, man.

Magic made from another Tina Givens pattern
My second Jules coat pattern, modified, of course.  No ruffles, cuffs added, collar reshaped, and not sewed with exposed seams.  

And here's the fabric collage I sewed on the inside of the coat where a label would be.
Whatever could it be/ mean?  

To see my Back on Track Dress and Dream Trippens, keep on going...

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


~ photo bombed by True Love ~

~ good thing the photo's blurry ~

or this dress will knock your eyes out.  If that fails, there's always my pickle kickers...(isn't that what Melaine calls pointy-toed shoes?)

~ whoa ~

It's another pattern from Tina Givens, the Greta dress, which I modified by eliminating the welted pocket and adding two hanging ones instead.  I also raised the neckline, adding a contrast facing on the outside; lengthened the sleeves, adding a contrast trim and pleat with button.  Oh, and I eliminated 20" of skirt width due to the amount of fabric I had available.

~ with pockets to go-go ~

Lastly, here's my Tina Givens Becca coat overlaying everything.  It's corduroy and works well in the overly air conditioned room where the painting class is held.   Too bad you can't see more of it here, it's a lovely design, both front and back.

~ be still my heart ~

Thanks to Elaine, who photo-ed everything.  I wouldn't be here weekly without her!

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