Monday, June 27, 2016

The Luella, Oprah & Tessa Ensemble, Live

This Just In from Pao-land: 

 I am fit to sew again

and that makes me sew happy!

~ fresh off the sewing machine just this week ~

Well... actually, the top was made last summer.  But... I made the slip/ dress and pants this week.

~ doesn't my yard sale bag go with everything? ~

When I made the Luella top out of green plaid linen, I still had enough left over to squeeze out the Oprah pants.

~ caught in the act of pushing up my reading glasses ~

But it was the addition of the stretch mesh Tessa slip/ dress that made my heart sing.  

~ wild thing ~

Yea, she makes everything groovy. 

All clothes are modified from Tina Givens Patterns:  Luella Tunic, Oprah Pants and Tessa Slip/ Dress.

~ hairclip from Suzanne Carillo received at the Vancouver Blogger Meet-up ~

What I'm attempting to show off here is my graying hair.  I've (finally!) got a bit of a streak going at my temples that usually gets covered up by my overlying hair.  But with the aid of Suzanne's loverly hairclip, voila.

And finally,

~ les Blowfish shoes from ebay ~

I'm showing up at the ever-visible Patti and the Visibles @ Not Dead Yet Style.  Annes, 52 Pick-up Completion grande finale can't be missed.  Also Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like and Cherie's Shoe and Tell when they go live.  Hope to see you all everywhere!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

The Last Tablecloth Dress

Although I didn't know that at the time...

~ Hi, I'm having a delightful time in the neighborhood ~

It was a lovely day, weather-wise.  And I'm wearing one of the last of a series of tablecloth dresses I made based on Marcy Tilton's French house dress pattern, Vogue 8813.  In fact, this series really took off on Pinterest last year or so when I started them.  Something like 5,000 pins each...  And I didn't even have a pinterest page or whatever.

~ back view ~

This was one of the few (only?) that used one tablecloth for the entire dress.  All the others combined at least 3 to make a dress and that was the fun part - auditioning cloths to see which ones worked best together.

~ I just luv this dress ~

And it's so nice to bring them all out every summer.  Loverly old linen dresses that can be thrown in the wash and come out looking even better than ever.  Somehow I never got around to getting this one photo-ed with me in it.  So here we are.  Thanks Sara.

~ with Crocs from e-bay ~

Hopping on over to the famous Patti and the Visibles of Not Dead Yet StyleThen Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like and Cherie's Shoe and TellCome on by.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Lovely Day in the Neighborhood Dress

~ Just hanging out with my new Buddy ~

That's the name of the pink beauty parked at the curb.  No, it's not really mine.  I'm just pretending.

Think anybody will mind if I move in a little closer?...

~ ahhh, sweet ~

Oh yea, it's about the clothes.  I made this awhile ago and never got it photo-ed, etc.  The dress is from a Mizono pattern, Vogue 1410.  The dress is cool, because it buttons up inside at the side seams so it can be worn ankle length, knee length or as a tunic.  The bolero is a very modified version from Simplicity 4192.  I just picked up that lovely light mauve coach purse at my neighborhood yard sale for $4.

~ and I'm off...  ~

But first, a parting shot of my new-to-me Trippen sandals from ebay. 

~ woo-hoo! ~ Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style,  Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like, and Cherie's Shoe and Tell.  Plus, I think I have some neutral and black going on in there for Anne's 52: Pick me up.  Yea.  That about covers it.  See you there!

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Too Much of a Good Thing Dress

That's certainly the case here.

~ Where should I start? ~

Maybe slathering coral on coral is a tad over done?  uhuh.  Plus, I look ginourmous it, more than usual.  Well enough about that.

These were made B.S. (before shoulder).

I saw my Sports Medicine Specialist last week, finally.  After doing some office-y tests and talking to me, he said I WAS DOING TOO MUCH SEWING WITH BAD POSTURE (I know Mom).    He referred me to physical therapy to get my shoulder, upper back muscles stronger (2-3 times a week for a month +).  And to stop with the anti-inflammatory 2x daily (I thought it was pain meds!) using them only as needed.

Well, easier said then done.  Turns out my new insurance doesn't cover physical therapy.  Oh no, that's not true.  If I pay $250 each and every time I visit a physical therapist, they'll pay what's left over.  nah.  On the other hand, I immediately stopped taking the meds with no problem.  Until the 3rd day, when my arm to hand was like a one-way freeway of pulsating something or others that dead ended in numbness. I'm back on them again.

Meanwhile the Doc recommended a you-tube video with stretches using a band for my scapula dyskinesis (abnormal movement of the shoulder blade).   We've ordered the stretch bands from Amazon...

I'm going to show up for Visible Monday at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style even though it's Tuesday.  And Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like, (even though I'm not).  And let's just forget the shoes this time.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

I Am Cute Dresses

~ yep, you heard that right ~

The gray cotton with silver mesh overlay dress is made from one of the first Japanese sewing books that was translated into English, I Am Cute Dresses.  And that's my peace sign necklace worn way back in the 60s.  Hey, I'm in my 60s now too.  hmmm...

Underneath is my Ode to a Grecian Slip, self-drafted from a bit of black chiffon I had on hand.   Worn cuz I'm feeling the dress is too short for me now.  Both items were made in the beginning days of Project Minima. 

~ a quick cat nap? ~

Wearing the Lotus Shirt/ Jacket/ Duster from Tina Givens Patterns over top as it was chilly here on the last day of school.

~ close up of my hand-made fasteners ~

~ and those cute shoes and sox ~

Hope I'm not too late for Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet StyleAnd I've got it nailed for Anne's 52 Pick me up: gray, yea!  Then off to Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like, but of course.  And Cherie's Shoe and Tell.  Hope to see you all there.

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