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  • First Sewaholic Pattern
    on Mar 20, 2013 in sewing shirts linen
    My new fabulous yard offers a plethora of wonderful backgrounds for blog photos.  Observe the antique shed. Could look urban or rustic.  Very versatile. Next we have this lovely wood fence with accompanying...what is that called anyway...
  • Have Dress, Will Travel
    on Mar 17, 2013 in travel sewing dresses linen
    As Gus so aptly pointed out, most of my "recent" entries have started with "I know it's been a long time..."  Yes, I have once again fallen off the blogosphere.  And once again I reemerge, hopefully to stay.  Back in September 2012...
  • Pinterest Pots
    on Mar 16, 2013 in fabric garden
    Big news from 3 months ago...we got engaged!  In a beautiful historic park.  Other big news...we moved! To a beautiful historic home facing said historic park.  So naturally, I wanted to begin a little herb garden.  And what do h...
  • Multi-Tasking
    on Sep 3, 2012 in dresses ambition shirts
    I'm trying something new this fall: multiple projects at once.  I've been inspired by Hurricane Isaac - during whom I made a little mental back up plan for prolonged sewing outages: cut all pieces for the next few projects.  The outage (tha...
  • Presents from Egypt
    on Aug 31, 2012 in fabric dresses
    Over the summer, Gus went on a whirlwind adventure to Egypt - touring the pyramids, the white desert, the Nile.  While sleeping in a dorm at my summer job, I awoke to a text from him at 4:30am - a picture of his head in front of the Sphinx. ...
  • Navy Blue Licorice
    on Aug 28, 2012
    So yes, it's been quite a while since I've posted.  Between a job change, a summer away from home, and a broken sewing machine, both sewing and blogging have been on hold.  And now here I am, off work for Hurricane Isaac... hoping I can fin...
  • Yellow Polka Dot Blouse
    on Mar 2, 2012 in silk shirts colette
    Pattern: CrepeFabric: Silk, $9/ydButtons: VintageCost: $20The photo above has some crazy light...but I kind of like it.This garment is a synthesis of firsts. Components:1. First Colette Pattern ever purchased... now almost two years ago. My first a...
  • A Long Plaid Coming...
    on Feb 26, 2012 in plaid shirts colette
    I must say... my blogging has gotten away from me! Between a job change, traveling for work, and Mardi Gras... I haven't had time to sew a thing. (And am now secretly glad I didn't post my "sewing resolutions" back in January... I'd be in deep wate...
  • Poncho Ambitions
    on Dec 27, 2011 in ambition
    Source: google.com via Elizabeth on PinterestIt was love at first site...this Etro poncho and me. A different color at Neiman Marcus, but just as elegant. A heavenly silk wool blend. So fabulous with a chunky belt. I think I will try to make one.
  • Thanksgiving Day at the Races!
    on Nov 26, 2011 in dresses refashion
    This Thanksgiving we participated in the New Orleans tradition of dressing up and going to Opening Day at the Races. While others focused on hat construction, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to test my refashion prowess.Awhile ago, I snagge...
  • Infinity Banana
    on Oct 16, 2011 in sewing dresses jersey
    Yikes! It's been a while since I've posted. Sorry. Life.Good news, though! I made my first article of clothing for another person! Soul sister of mine, S, professed a deep love of my Palindrome Dress, so I made her a variation... here's how it we...
  • National Sewing Month Pledge: Sewing Machine MaintenanceI'm still trapped on Martha's Vineyard... I say "trapped" because it's been cold and raining, until today. Which is sunny and beautiful, but I woke up with a head cold. FOILED.Tucked into my cozy New England bed, I discovered from xoJane that Septe...
  • How Tropical Storm Lee Thwarted My Plaid Ambitions
    on Sep 8, 2011 in sss11 sewing skirts dresses
    Self Stitched September Day 1!!! Blue plaid flannel Anda dress. One of my first successful projects. Vintage belt. As you can see from the background, I'm at work here.And now for the story of why this is the only Self Stitched September photo I h...
  • Plaid Ambitions: A Pencil Skirt is More Complicated Than It Appears
    on Aug 30, 2011 in plaid sss11 sewing skirts
    I was about to write a blog post about my Self-Stitched-September 2011 inventory, when I realized how pitiful my self-made-stash really is. So rather than dilly-dally counting what I've got, I jumped into making a few more wearables. I was so satis...
  • Suddenly Sorbetto: How I Made a Work Appropriate Shirt in 3 Hours
    on Aug 25, 2011 in sewing cotton shirts
    I was catching up on my Google Reader, when I noticed that fabulous Shawnta of Peace, Love, and Namaste had added the Self-Stitched-September '11 button to her side bar. GASP! It was just this time last year when I started getting serious about s...
  • A Tale of Four Purses: How I Finally Made A Clutch
    on Aug 24, 2011 in sewing cotton bags mistakes
    I've been uber busy traveling for work and pleasure and haven't had a lot of time to sew lately. A couple weeks back I had a hankerin' for a sew-fix and decided to try a small purse - what I perceived to be a quick, satisfying project. I made a cou...
  • Tutorial: Hand Washing Silk
    on Aug 21, 2011 in fabric silk
  • Silk and Bathtubs: Trip to NYC
    on Aug 18, 2011 in travel shopping fabric
    Just a few days ago, I returned from an amazing trip to NYC. Gus and I were there to attend a wedding... but many other antics ensued! Here are some highlights. WE STAYED IN AN ANTIQUE TENEMENT BUILDING No, no. Not a cool historic hotel. Mere...
  • Tailoring Vintage By the Seat of My Pants
    on Aug 6, 2011 in vintage tailoring music baton rouge
    Well, doesn't he look snazzy! Yes ma'am, that's my man. Replete in a vintage, blue and tan jacket.THE STORYOnce or twice a year, the Mid-City Merchant's District in Baton Rouge hosts a block party (it's more like a two mile stretch of road party) c...
  • Mail Bag: Garment Tags
    on Aug 3, 2011 in sewing
    Lovely! From NameMaker. They take a little time to come in the mail, but branding my wares is worth it. They come in many shapes and sizes. Super handy: on the website they have a cross hatch of all the different color combinations - so you can se...