Friday, April 30, 2010

Concept shirt or Maybe she shouldn't have but she did.......

There's a lot of recycling/upcycling going on. It's something I used to do. There was this one time I turned a pair of mens pants into a dress for a teen who's mom thought we were both crazy when she asked if I could and I said, of course! It was cute, in a funky, I don't want to be like anyone else way.

Anyway, I have had this idea in my head and it took the dead line for the 2010 spring top week sponsered by Made By Rae to get me going. I'd already entered this top, but wanted to try and do another.....

Be kind, I started it last night, it didn't turn out like I wanted, I did everything wrong but, it still kinda turned out right.

This was an old long sleeve boxy sort of shirt.

Uh hum, should have thought about it being a gauzy like fabric..... I think the bias cut ruffles are fun though I am not usually a ruffley person. They also hide the fact that I made the shirt too small by tweaking it too far.... oops. Now I'm glad I did cause I love them.

Right before I grabbed Kelly so she could take photos, it started raining. This is the best we got of the back. The fabric is Ta Dot by Micheal Miller. I love it and wish I had more.

I think I'll try this again only I'll give myself a bit more time!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Silly Saga of Shirring cont....

I'm throwing in a bit of downtown Sunday too. I was asked what there is to do on a Sunday. Walk, eat and make You Know Who take silly photos of me. If this doesn't sound like fun, stop reading now.
In the Calwer Passage, I love this spot.

He spotted this on the window and because I love  him, I did what he asked.
The opera house.
Me as a monster.

How do you think that yellow one snuck in?

He said I should go in this fountian so he could take photos of me, lovely photos. I said I would, if only I'd brought a towel along.

Doesn't she look like she is still wondering how this happened?
It makes me sad.

That's what we do downtown on a Sunday.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

I Nicey Jane

So, unless you live in a cave, or don't love fabric beyond all comprehensible reason, you know about Heather Bailey's new line, Nicey Jane.  I did not expect to like this line as much as I do. None of the photos I saw really did it justice, until Jennifer sent me this link to true up with a dress Ms. Bailey made. Leave it to the designer to do it right.

I had to have this dress.

Or something close to it. Strangely enough I'd pulled out an old pattern just the week before, thinking I need to make this again only updated.....
Mom, Sherie remember this one? Yep, 1985, classic. All ya'll should have seen Kelly's lip curl when I showed her this. Too funny for words. Hopefully I have redeemed myself....

It didn't turn out exactly the way I wanted it to, but I love it all the same. If I'd taken the time to make a muslin (Lizy, do what I say not what I do) it would have been better. While trying to post this I found other photos of Ms. Bailey's dress here and here. I am thinking I may take the buttons down farther like she did. I truly hope she doesn't mind my copying her dress. It is not by any means the same. I think the front detail on hers is prettier. People will buy her pattern by the truckloads if she puts it out there. I know I'd be the first in line.

I hope everyone was out enjoying some of the blissful sunshine we had today!

Monday, April 19, 2010


So back in December I started playing with some hexagons but I didn't take it very seriously.
That's all changed.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Don't know why I fight it.

I didn't want to go.
 I so did not want to get up at 0430 get in the car and drive ride for three hours. 
My dear daughter told me to stop being silly and go.
I also realized I was too tired to stay home.  
He let me take my pillow and sleep and that made it all better.

It was worth it.

Another full day of complete relaxation in the sun.

Why fight it?

0845 we were there and he was off.

Though it seemed crowded here, this is just everyone getting up the mountain. There is so much to this area though that when he got through this, he said he was alone quite a lot of the time.

As he started up, this was the view, I am down there somewhere.

 My view wasn't quite as spectacular but it was a gorgeous day to be walking, even so early.

This town has a bit of everything and a lot of it is yummy, even if it's a bit outrageous. Jessica if I only knew whether it was a girl, I still couldn't have gotten this! Ha Ha

For lunch we met up there, see the buildings up in the middle of the photo? I rode the bergbahn up and waited in the sun.

And that is where we spent the next three hours. Eating, talking, napping and watching a wedding.

Watching the people watching the wedding.

I told him if he hadn't already married me a million years ago that I would make him marry me there.

While it was still light, we started home. This is the part about summer here that I love. When the sun is shining, and the days are long.

The tunnels that help you get down the mountain.

Looking back from where we came. If you look at the moutain just above the curve in the road you can see one of the tunnels.

The road is really windy.

There is this one curve where you can almost die, every time.

I almost lost my camera out the sun roof trying to take this. I'm still not sure how I caught it.

We made it back into town in time to make it to the opening night at the Biergarten.
Flammkuchen, yum.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Another Dress

Requested by Jessica.
Is it ok if I think it's yummy?
If I keep making dresses like this, will you all insist on an intervention?
The fabric is Joel Dewberry's Iron Work for Westminster.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Blue Elephants on Parade

Effie and Ollie Heather Bailey's pattern is just too cute. I used her Nicey Jane fabric. I love this line.

I made one, then decided to make another.
At that point a third seemed appropriate.
Charge! They were feelin sassy....

My second skirt with the elastic smocked waist. This is the most comfortable skirt ever. EVER. It's cute too. I wrote out instructions that people can pull and try. (Proud of me Jennifer? Wait until you read it first....) I've put it in the shop for a few days and them I'm sending it on to Jessica.

I particulary love this fabric smocked, the lines make it so pretty.
I made another top like this in white, but have no photographs. Yesterday was so cold; we tried but we were shaking so much not one photo was in focus. We had snow, sleet, torrential downpours, sun and lightening storms. A typical April day in Germany!