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I've had this package of corkboard tiles around for ages, knowing I was going to do something with them, but not knowing what. Well, I was hit with inspiration the other day. Maybe it just happened, maybe it was the 100 Happy Days project that got me thinking about happy things, but it hit me!
There are two street artists in Paris that never fail to put a smile on my face. I used to go on 'hunting' trips to find new (new to me) work by them. They are just so happy and carefree. Mesnager has always been my favourite, with his free-spirited, dancing figures, but I already put his artwork on a bag which is in my sewing room. Next favourite? Nemo! He does silhouettes of a man in a suit just...relaxing, having fun, stopping to appreciate life! I have a signature Nemo red umbrella on my Mesnager bag, but Nemo deserves his own project. I needed to brighten up my sewing closet a bit and he always puts a smile on my face. So I found a picture on my computer of some of his work and started painting!
Did some random designs on the other corkboards, just for fun, and I wanted him to stand out :)
Still doing #100HappyDays (instagram : nmresendes)! What am I saying, it is only 4 days in. I don't give up that easily! Yesterday was this one, thought it was appropriate to share here!
I just love working with vintage patterns. I don't do it nearly enough, but I feel like, this much along, I'm able to adjust the patterns so that they actually fit. Unlike some of my earlier attempts where everything always came out too big! I have a perfect skirt in my mind and I'm going to start with this pattern, though it probably won't look anything like it in the end! It is going to be very slightly shorter, I won't be wearing a petticoat underneath it, I'm adding a placket and buttons going up the front, adding pockets, and probably some belt loops on the waistband. I'm making it out of a lovely brown linen I bought.
I was at a chamber concert yesterday and I'm afraid it was totally lost on me, all I was doing was figuring out pattern changes and measurements in my head! I'm hoping this skirt will work for my upcoming trip. I have a unrealistic dream of looking like Audrey Hepburn while backpacking through Croatia ;)
Orginally, I skipped over this because I saw the banner 'Can you be happy for 100 days', and I figured that was a massive improbabilty for me, so I didn't even bother. But, it has been a few years since I've attempted a photo project and I've been coerced into it ;) It doesn't have to be high art, just simple things that make you happy. I have fleeting moments of happiness at least once a day, right? Don't answer that! Can't hurt to attempt it! I won't bombard you with all the pictures. Maybe once a week? Maybe I'll just post them on instagram ( http://instagram.com/nmresendes ). We will see! I figured, it can't hurt to have reminders of things that made us happy, and it can't hurt to search out moments of happiness. Even if the catalyst for action is a photo project, the effect still can't be bad!
Today seemed as good a day as any to start. I don't imagine it'll ever be easy! Besides....I happened to have balloons. Balloons should make everyone happy.
Anyone want to join the challenge with me?
It's a shame that I'm sort of on the fence about this dress, because I love the fabric and I have been keeping it around for ages. It is a plaid, some metallic threads, super stretchy, but fairly thin and with a beautiful drape. I had a lot of it, so I wanted to make something with a big skirt because the drape was so great. But the dress? Eh. It turned out well (technique-wise), but I'm not sure it is my style....I mean....HELLO the pleats end RIGHT at my hips, as if they need to be accentuated. Meh. And the top isn't terribly tight, but because the fabric is so thin, it looks like it. I had to add an extra panel to the inside of the front so my belly-button ring didn't make an ugly bump in the fabric (the joys of making your own clothing, lol, adding piercing protection layers!).
I don't know, it is just a weird pattern for me and I don't know if it is terribly flattering. Maybe I'll find a jacket or sweater that looks cute to wear with it. Like so many of the things I make, it'll probably retire into the back of my closet. But maybe by the time it is warm enough to wear it, it will have grown on me (or I will have lost 5 pounds). Something. I spent so long lining up the plaids that I would hate for it to be for naught! Maybe I'm just having a low self-esteem moment :P That happens.
Meh. Just seems more balanced that I share successes and failures!
You know, the other part of my life that I have to live through to have money to buy fabric and travel!
Part of the set that we were filming a commercial. A warehouse in east Boston all decked out. I've been working for the past 3 weeks for this one job, a commercial for a Brasilian company, and it is exhausting (and slightly life-consuming). I even stayed at a hostel in up there for a few nights because I was just so beat and we didn't have any days off! But as hectic as it was, it was kind of fun to be on something big budget for a change -since I never work on movies, this doesn't happen often! Some big names too, which is cool (bragging rights in the industry, it seems: 'Oh yea, I worked on the last *insertbignamehere* job, didn't you?' People are so annoying.). We even had Colleen Atwood for wardrobe...that is just amazing. (You know, and other people the rest of you have heard of, lol, but as far as awards go, she is the biggest!)
Just to give an excuse for not posting any sewing related things. I've been run ragged. I finished something before this job started, and the job is almost at an end, so maybe I'll get around to that soon! And hopefully start something new! I have today off as well, a snow day :) Just like back in school! Hope everyone out there is doing well!
P.S. Hostelling International - Boston :: Great place, highly recommend if you are looking for somewhere in the area!
Listen to that fireplace roar
If I could do a photoshoot of this dress it would be curled up next to a fire cradling some hot tea/chocolate/toddy and just being all cozy warm. This fabric is so toasty, soft, and comfortable! Unfortunately, I don't have a fireplace and this isn't a photoshoot (obviously, I couldn't even get my pictures in focus!), but I can still dream about it :)
This is a lot like a dress I made last year, except the sleeves are longer and have cuffs. But basically the same. I should really make a pattern for it. I like the idea of having basic bodice patterns for necklines that I like that I can adjust to make different dresses or shirts. You'll probably notice a similar top on at least a few other dresses I've made so far. The cuffs are something a copied off a gap shirt I had years ago, a tube about 6 inches long (ends up about 2.5"-3"), doubled over so that there aren't any seams near the wrist, and serged to the bottom of the sleeve, another element I've used previously; so comfortable!
Strangely, though this fabric is a really thick jersey/sweater fabric, it is CLINGY. Not in a 'I made the dress to tight' sort of way, but it just hangs strangely or something. LUCKILY....I just bought the most gorgeous slip from the recently-defunct Farr West. I don't know if it isn't something that is widely known about me, or maybe just to some unlucky people who happen to bring up the topic in conversation, but I'm slightly obsessed with lingerie. Seriously obsessed, actually, and I've been wanting something of theirs for ages. All it took was hearing that they were closing down for me to run frantically to my credit cards and buy something. So glad I did because this is one of the most gorgeous things that I own! And a slip is always useful. Totally justified purchase. And I'm going to share it, just because 1)it is awesome, 2)I got it on sale, 3) this was an amazing indie brand that had been around for decades and was based where I am from in California (totally irrelevant, but I like it!) and it is very sad that they went out of business. My dress form and a hanger will be modeling them for you, since it is quite see-through...
Well, I hope everyone had lovely holidays! It was so nice to have some time off and do things like see movies, sleep, sew, cook....just live in general. Back to work on Monday though! Thought I would get this dress posted before I disappear, I've got another one just about finished as well, but I'll probably be non-existant for a while (can you tell I'm looking forward to work?). So I guess I'll see you guys (the world) again in a few weeks. Keep your fingers crossed that the weather doesn't kick out another storm like this last one. That would really make the commute unpleasant!
Oh, but hey, speaking of lingerie, I'm going to be working with a Victoria Secret model on the next shoot. I have no idea what it is for, but that should be interesting at least! Oh, and a(n American) football player....but I care about football much less, lol. Catch you guys on the flip side!
Post about the Albert Khan gardens in Paris. Such a fantastc garden!
I wish I could combine my blogs without losing everything. Oh well! Happy New Year everyone!
Babe, you sure did treat me nice
Well, I make a 'Christmas' dress almost every year....more like just a red dress this year though, since I never actually wore it. I mostly made it just because I like red.
I chose this pattern because it was lined and jersey. This red fabric is GORGEOUS (I'm going to take a picture of it close up) and I always assumed it was 'stretchy', though I learned....not that much. But it is a burned out/lace type fabric, so it needed to be lined. Not many jersey patterns come with lining and I'm sometimes just too lazy to change a pattern to have a lining.
Even not totally jersey-stretch, it worked out. A bit tight. I think it would be much more comfortable in a stretchier fabric, but it isn't bad. I made a couple of changes, I didn't topstitch around the neckline, and I adjusted the sleeves to not be so puffy. The dress looks 80's enough without the puffy shoulders.
Not much else to say about it, it is a pretty simple dress.
Flattering style dress though, with the ruching and the sweetheart neckline (I think it would have shown up better if I had topstitched). I would definitely make this pattern again, nice to show off some pretty jersey if you have some (without having to buy too much of it)! The dress has a crossover front option that is really cute too.
Now....if only I could find somewhere to wear it....Story of my life.