Tuesday, June 30, 2015


So, I did make a drop-in-the-ocean kind of dent in my alterations pile.

I turned this dress

Into this skirt.

I took the small "bodice" off the skirt. I was just intending to "hem" the ruffle left by the fabric above the elastic shirring, but instead I added elastic after taking out some of the elastic shirring that had come un-sewn. Of course I made the elastic too tight, so it hurt my back/insides/waist, and after months of procrastinating I fixed that, easily of course for all that stalling.

I have more recently produced the below skirt which is also a dress-to-skirt alteration although a bit more complicated and less satisfying since I have to cover this waist treatment with a belt.

 I cut the top off the dress (it was basically a sack), stitched the lining to the skirt (I left an opening on the top for the elastic, but now I realize I should have done it the way instructed for the below skirt), and sewed below that seam to make a casing.

Then I altered a skirt that I had made. I took about 20" out of it, and it is much more flattering now. I do not know if I ever posted about this skirt or not, but here is the tutorial. Imagine the possibilities! Airy silk, long maxi, pouf-y velvet.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Art Festival

I attended an art fair/festival with my grandparents one week-end recently. We went together last year also. So. much. fun. and. family time. I think we should officially make it a tradition since we all enjoy it so.

I cannot post photos of all of my purchases due to some of them being gifts (although I do not think that my sisters read my blog, but it would be my luck if they did read it and saw photos of presents!), but here are my goodies. Some of my favorite booths from previous years were not there, but I found plenty of new ones.

One day I will make an effort and post good photos, one day.

 Glass earrings
 Resin necklace. This was my favorite shop; I walked in, looked around for a few minutes, laughed and said, "I love everything!" All of it kind of looked liked colored, shimmering dewdrops.
Mosaic necklace.
Adorable little baby pottery vases. You cannot hardly tell from the "artsy" iPhone photo, but the one on the left is light green and the one on the right is soft blue.

Monday, June 22, 2015

More Vintage Patterns

More vintage patterns! The first and last two I bought on eBay. The middle one I bought on Etsy. Some of the eBay patterns were only a few dollars but do not expect that as it is probably a rare occurrences! And look at how tiny! I think all mine are 12 or 14 and since 14 has a 24" waist, I assume 12 has a 22" waist. I am not that small in the waist, but I do not think making the patterns a little bit larger could be that difficult. I probably need to copy them on sturdier paper, such as packing paper, anyway.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The 100 Foot Journey

I had heard about and read a little about this movie. Then my family bought it, and I thought I would get around to watching it eventually. After my sister got back from overseas, we had to catch her up on all the movies she missed (Cinderella, Despicable Me II), so she and my little sisters started watching it. I came downstairs to print something thinking I might watch it/watch some of it. I was drawn right in.

I really do not have much beyond fangirling to do. The movie was by no means grand. But it was totes preshcakes (sorry, I told you I did not have anything lucid and deep to say). The start is dramatic, France is pretty, Indian guys are handsome ('specially if they have dimples), the main girl's dresses are adorable and copycat-able, the Indian family is hilarious, the story is simple and sweet and flowed smoothly, and Hassan is adorable in everything. Happy? Watch it.

Monday, June 8, 2015


Last month I placed and received my first Twice order. The company had a 40% off offer for first time shoppers (I would suggest waiting until this offer re-occurs; it is going on right now on 5/24). I have noticed that I sometimes shop in color themes, not intentionally (nor would I recommend doing it intentionally as you might miss out on other colors).

 Yes, I will be re-fashioning this jacket; I did not pay attention to size which is fine, but I usually intentionally buy bigger sizes; this time I was surprised.

This was a Clothes Mentor purchase. I am trying to buy better shoes and get rid of super high heels. Unfortunately the white shoes hurt pretty bad. They are Coach, so I want to try to sell them on ebay.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

The Music Man

We went and saw two high school/middle school theater productions in the past few weeks. One was Pride and Prejudice which I must say was rather mediocre, especially in light of the second production. I do not think the story lends itself well to play format anyway though.

The other performance was The Music Man. I had heard of the movie, but opted out of joining my family to see it as I wanted to spend my coveted evening working productively (which miraculously I did), and because I did not know the story. But when my family came home they were effusive. I have a habit of missing the really brilliant high school plays (I am still furious with myself for missing two performances when I was in high school; the home-school theater glory days it seemed until now).

The next evening we went out to dinner, and I brought up the musical. Mom said one of my sisters wanted to see it again. So my three little sisters piled into my car, and we claimed a front and central view. I am so glad I could see it. We knew several of the principle actors, and they did such a good job. The whole performance was just darling. I had heard of a few of the song titles, and perhaps part of one of the songs before.

I soon ordered the movie and Broadway soundtrack from the library, and the ladies of the family watched the movie together. I preferred the little people's version, but I still enjoyed the movie and would like to see it on Broadway (with a younger, handsomer music man).

Anyway, I have a new song to add to my scanty repertoire of songs which I like: "Goodnight My Someone"

Monday, June 1, 2015

Vintage Buys

I mentioned in a previous post that I ordered a vintage pattern.

Here is the pattern sleeve. I cannot find a date, but the ebay listed stated 1940's. All the pieces are pre-cut, yay! The pattern is just one (too small) size, but I think I can enlarge it fairly easily.

Look at those neckline and waistline details!

I bought these 1960's sterling silver earrings on etsy. They are so elegant. I think I want to wait until I have the proper new outfit with which to wear them. I will also try to polish them with baking soda.