Sunday, April 23, 2017

Some Clothes Without Me

Yes, here's 3 dresses I've recently made that have yet to be pictured avec moi.

So here they are pictured without me: 

~ Tina Givens' Sam Dress ~

~ made in rayon challis ~

~ with contrasting striped neckline tie ~

I don't really see me wearing this as is.  It's a little to a-line skimpy for me.  I mean without layers somewhere, over, under.  Or as a nightgown.  We'll see.

~ same pattern, lots of modifications ~

~ in black and beige striped georgette ~

~ added shoulder/ sleeve cap ruffle ~

~ added hem piece with selvedge edges & side ties ~

I like this one much more, but I also made it a size larger along with all the mods to go under a specific dress.

This dress:
~ a wrap dress made from Simple Modern Sewing ~

~ using linen designed by Tina Givens ~

~ can also be worn open and center tied ~

~ luv the print and colorway ~

But the fabric itself is rather coarse, which is why I wanted to make something soft to wear underneath so none of it would touch my skin.  The Sam pattern fit the bill.  I think the striped one looks great with the Rorschach print.

There's more, but that's enough for one post, don't ya think?

Can I join the party of Visibles at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style without being in my new clothes?  Let's see what happens.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

It's About Time

... I came From Out of the Blue

~ it was a cold and dreary day ~

~ but I stood out up to it ~

~ in all Blue, Bay-bee ~

Yeah, well here's some more.

~ now in Black and Blue for a cold, whilst sunny, day ~

~ to do some stealth book borrowing ~

~ I say, isn't that the Tardis? ~

~ unwrapped for brunch ~

~ showing Black and Blue shoes and sox ~

And then some:

~ on yet another day, inside ~

~ with more blue and black shoes and sox ~

 Oh, oh, but look what just came in the mail...

~ Hieronymus Bosch, Garden of Earthly Delights, Doc Marten Boots from ebay!! ~

oh. my.

The details:  
  • The blue monstrosity is made from a Vogue Issey Miyake pattern 2128 that I enlarged way too much.  Plus it's made out of double knit, which is what it suggested, but no.  yuck.  
  • The  BBD (big black dress) is from a free pattern off the internet which also recommended a knit.  I had some black from a mystery bundle and used it.  I added the blue parts (scraps from the Miyake) and also made it a few inches longer. 
  • In the first ensemble I'm wearing my fingerless gloves made a la Alabama Chanin.
  • All boots/ shoes are from ebay.
  • All sox are from sockdreams.

More to come another day.  I've been sewing up a storm, I tell you.  

Saturday, March 11, 2017

I got nothing.

~ painting by Adrian Waggoner ~

It's not that I haven't been sewing.  I have.  A lot.  I even have some pictures.

But I don't like them.                                                                  Nope.

So you haven't seen any...                                                          

I seem to be all discombobulated.  Is that a word?  I guess so, spell-check didn't light up.

I've been going to a zillion workshops the last couple months.  My ceus (what are they?) Continuing Education Units for my LCPC (License Clinical Professional Councilor) are due by the end of the month.  I was thinking of just letting my accreditations go...but no.

So far it's been: 
  • Cleansing the Collective Unconscious Post-Election 
  • Soul-tending
  • If Not Now, When?
  • Further Explorations of Consciousness
  • Narcissism and The Mana Personality

to put it in a nutshell.  hehheh.   I just signed up for whatever was there until I had my total.   and then stopped.

I get to turn 65 in a few months.  So does my True Love.  So there's that.  Social Security, Medicare, applications, decisions, and if there will be any by the time POTUS gets done with it.

My sewing:  
  • I've done an Issey Miyake top and skirt.  I don't know if I really like it.  I guess I think I should.  The fabric's weird.  
  • What else?  Oh, I made a black and blue knit turtle neck dress based on a free pattern from the internet.  I guess it's okay.  I've worn it twice.   
  • I made a gray twill crop top, Leola by Tina Givens to go with my Phoebe pants of the same fabric.
  • Also a blue/gray stretch mesh print long tank top to wear underneath it.   It's fine.  
  • I made the Sam Shirt/Dress by Tina Givens from some springy rayon fabric.  I'm not totally sure about it.  
  • I made 3 other pieces that were wadders, but not my fault.  I was pattern testing and the patterns weren't really test-able yet.
  • I think there's a few others, but I can't remember them now... 

Okay then,
Over and out.

Monday, February 20, 2017

You Move Me.

I've been shifting and sifting.

  • Have you seen this?
oonaballoona | by marcy harriell | All This Useless Beauty
~ All This Useless Beauty ~

Just click on the photo title to read it.  Yes.

  • And this.


If the embedded video doesn't work for you, just click on the link below...,Prabal-Gurung-Women-s-Autumn-Winter-2017-18-collection-in-New-York-.html#.WKswYX-YLoK

  • Even Cleveland lists a few good, thought-provoking things at the end of her imaginary outfit post, here.  Be sure to click on each one, I'm telling ya.  It's at the end of her post.

  • The response from Lyn of Accidental Icon to commentor, Marlena's question about fashion consumption and inequality is at the end of her Fashion Body+Desire post.

  • Relax and enjoy the overthetop satire of Braindead on netflix (or wherever you can get it).  Of course CBS cancelled it after 1 season...

  • a poem:
But, think of winter, oh this secret
retreat of the earth where
in the bold withdrawal of sap
courage gathers among the dead,
courage for future springs,
where below the rigidity
imagination unfolds,
where the outworn green of past summer days
turns into new inspiration
and into the mirror of what will be...

Someone told me it was by Rilke, then someone else said Rumi.  I don't know...but it moves me.

  • So, how's it going for you? 

I'm going over to Patti's Not Dead Yet Style, before it's too late.  Come on by.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Must Wear for the Women's March

~ a hand-made Pussyhat ~

Yeah, I was one of the 250,000 who marched downtown Chicago on a sunny, 60 degree day.

~ it started in Grant Park ~

 those multi-colored teeny dots are people, people!

~ see? ~

~ 300+ acres nestled between Lake Michigan and Downtown Chicago ~

The 50,000 that were expected soon grew 3x that and the march part was cancelled.   Apparently no one told the participants, or, they didn't care.  People started leaving the park and took to the streets and the original march route.

~ spilling across Michigan Ave. and down Jackson Blvd.~

~ only the L was moving, the buses and cars were stopped in their tracks ~

~ everyone was friendly ~

~ no one was harassed or arrested ~

~ not even these rowdy folks! ~

~ can you find me? ~

~ I'm the one with the pink hat and the lady bag ~

~ yeah, I'm walking to the beat ~

~ and I'm following this sign ~
 source for most pix;
others as noted,
or they're mine.

Being that I'm so Visible and Fashionably dressed, I'm heading on over to join Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style and Catherine's I Will Wear What I Want, dagnabit, when they go live.  Oh, oh, I have a hat on so I'm off to join Judith and her Hat Attack!  Hope to see all of you there!

*This just in:  U.S. cities & worldwide totals of 1-21-17 march attendance


Monday, January 16, 2017

It's a new year.

~ Buddha with mudra of greeting, prayer & respect ~ *

And it's time I get back

to simplifying my consumption and accumulation of stuff (especially clothes) 

the statement that started me on Project Minima over six years ago.

I haven't been shopping in stores for clothing during that whole time. 

That includes thrift stores.  I don't miss it at all.  I make or refashion everything I wear.  I started to buy shoes from ebay about the second or third year in.  And I buy funky sox online when they're on sale once or twice a year.    I don't go into clothing stores for anything, not even to look.  nah.  In fact, I really don't go into stores at all.  The ambiance (if you can call it that) is so jarring.  Too much stimulation:  noise, people, signage, lights, stuff.  My True Love does the grocery shopping.  Thank goodness he prefers it that way.

One place where I've been completely out of control

is buying fabric and sewing patterns.  Yes, it's true, I buy them on drastic sale and online.  But still.  I have enough of a stash for several lifetimes.

So I stopped cold turkey on 1-1-17.  I unsubscribed to mailing lists, etc.  If I don't look, I'm not tempted, and then not interested.

I'd like to refine what I already have.

Maybe reappraise my "style" as I, and my body, have changed over the last six years. See what still works, refashion what doesn't.   Do some repairing, if need be.

I have a desire to find some piece I like, that works for me, and then do it over and over for awhile.  Whether it's a certain pattern or a certain combination of clothing.  Like my series of tablecloth dresses from way back when (click on label from sidebar to see those posts).   Or like Michele Oka Doner's one dress in many fabrics.  Or like Spotty Dogs Social Club's evolution of Tina Givens patterns into her own daily uniform.

Yeah, I don't want more, I want better.  

And I can do that.  

Without buying a thing.

Cheers to All!

*the first image posted on 5-31-11, entitled Prequel

Monday, January 9, 2017

Deep Velvet & The 3 Tops

First Showing:

~ me freezing ~

Yeah, it's a sunny day and 6 below zero again.   So we'll be quick.

I made this deep blue velvet kimono (they call it that on the pattern, Shelley) Simplicity 4134 and self-drafted the skirt a couple months ago. 

~ SEE? ~
And I can't find anything to wear with it!  This is my third attempt at making a shirt/ top/ blouse for it.

~ Okay, that's it, I'm going inside ~

But wait, let me show you each and every one of the 3 Tops I labored over.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Kimono on the Cityscapes

~ Yes, here we all are ~

The Kimono is from Koos of Vogue patterns 1493
and the Dress is from The Sewing Workshop Collection Cityscapes pattern.

I made the dress awhile ago and never wore it in public.  The original pattern calls for a jumper to go over it.  I tried, but it didn't work out at all.  But when I finished the Kimono and tried it on over the dress, I liked the vibe, especially with the dusty pink boots

~ I mean I'm having a flashback, man ~

~ check out that sleeve action ~

Okay, now this is something you don't see everyday.  In fact, this is something you never see on the likes of me.  Totally XXX rated.

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