A Dark Alice Kind of Week

So happy to welcome Friday this week.

The hubby has been out of town all week, leaving me to fend for myself amongst the kitties.  He’ll be back today. 🙂

Luckily, I had made a big pot of Chana Masala that fed me in the evenings, lots of veggies for salad lunches, many orders to sew up, and a whole stack of audio books to listen to.

Also:  A whole new season of “Mind of a Chef” on Netflix.

I have an upcoming order for a Wednesday Addams dress, and the client and I were ironing out the final design for it.  Of course, I had about a million ideas, ranging from the very traditional to the more “out there”:

Wednesday Addams possibilities

Wednesday Addams possibilities

Wednesday Addams Possibilities

Wednesday Addams Possibilities

I had two back-to-back Dark Alice orders, which ended up taking up the whole week, after Monday was spent cutting and most of Tuesday was spent visiting family and running errands.

Alternate Dark Alice, featuring a lower neckline

Alternate Dark Alice, featuring a lower neckline

The orders shouldn’t have taken quite as long as they did.  To be fair, the first order went smoothly.  But the second one.  The second one wasn’t cooperating, resulting in me have to entirely re-work (and re-cut) the bodice.  It just wasn’t laying correctly, and there was no other option.

This isn't the exact dress that I made, but its the same design....and I can't access the picture I took of the one this week

This isn’t the exact dress that I made, but its the same design….and I can’t access the picture I took of the one this week

So, I’m running a day behind at this point. 

Lucky for me, I was running way ahead of schedule before the set-back. 😉

Today I’ll be sewing up one last order that’s cut, and cutting a few more that are waiting.

Did you watch Project Runway this week? 

Loved the concept this week, but rather disappointed with the end results.  I had a really hard time picking a top 3, mainly because so much that walked that runway was dark and, honestly, kind of dull.  Not really a lot of new ideas. 

Which is sad, considering this is probably going to be one of the few challenges this season where they could have thought outside the box.

My top 3:

Samantha

Samantha

A bit basic, too reminiscent of the 90s, and FOR THE LOVE OF GOD GET RID OF THAT BACKPACK, but I liked the jacket and cowl neck here.  I hate those shoes something fierce.  Are those REALLY back?  Because there are, like, 5 pairs of them on the Aldo wall this season.

Emily

Emily

This was really cool, loved it with the jacket–but I wish she’d made the jacket in some other material.  It felt too…..snuggie.  Like, I’d be wearing that fabric sitting on the couch in my pj’s.  But, the jumpsuit was really cool–and I’m a gal that HATES a jumpsuit with a fierce passion normally.

Sandhya

Sandhya

I know this is weird, and I know a lot of people are going to hate it, but I think, of all the offerings, this one fit the challenge the best, and is something NEW.  It definitely appeals to the costumer in me, and maybe that’s why I like it so much.  I still love Sandhya–while they definitely gave her the whiny-edit last week, I still think she’s the one to watch this season.  She’s the only one, so far, to really show that she has something to SAY.  She really thinks about her designs, and what she wants them to be saying, and I really respond to that.

I can’t stop staring at the models toes, hanging off those shoes, and it’s FREAKING ME OUT.

I hate toes, and I hate women who wear sandals too-small for them.  GO UP A SIZE, LADIES.  There’s no shame in it.

Gahhh, toes.  *shudder*

Okay, they’re out of my direct line of sight now. 

Listening to this week:

"The Seven Dials Mystery"--Agatha Christie

“The Seven Dials Mystery”–Agatha Christie

I’m a Christie-addict.  I go through the collection and start all over.  I just don’t get tired of listening to them.

"'Salem's Lot"--Stephen King

“‘Salem’s Lot”–Stephen King

I read this back in…..high school?  Junior high?  I was a huge King fan (and Anne Rice).  I’ve been listening to a lot of the books I read back then, and it’s fun to remember the stories, but to understand them on a whole different level now.

"White Fire"--Preston & Child

“White Fire”–Preston & Child

I really enjoyed this, but I spent half the book yelling at the main character because she was SO. DAMN. STUPID.

I don’t think it’s a good thing that I was vehemently hoping she’d bite it before the end.

Well, that’ was my week–hope yours was good, and I’ll see you Monday!

Pinterest Wednesday

Another Wednesday, another installment of “stuff I pinned this week that I think is awesome”.

No lie, I’m pretty busy, so let’s get this started:

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“Andrej Glusgold”

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Cult Party Kei

Cult Party Kei

1942 Couple

1942 Couple

"Rodney Smith"

“Rodney Smith”

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Elle Magazine

Elle Magazine

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This just makes me happy

This just makes me happy

Lately

It’s been busy-busy-busy around here with orders.

The garden is still going–though a little heat-affected. 

Cucumbers and basil are thriving.

Pesto is in the near future.

I’ve been working on some really fun new projects, and can’t wait until I have some things to share!

Until then, I’ve added a few new items to the shop lately–trying to get things photographed and listed slowly–one a day.

Prepping for the Endless Nights Vampire Ball as well as Halloween!  (and some fun bits here and there)

Striped Bustle

Striped Bustle

Velveteen Capelet

Velveteen Capelet

Floral Tunic

Floral Tunic

Velveteen Capelet

Velveteen Capelet

And, because I was a TOTAL slacker (blog-wise, at least) Friday, I have my Project Runway favorites today, too!

I was SHOCKED at the win for the week.  I like Amanda’s look–it’s in my top 3, actually–but I felt like it wasn’t polished enough for the win.

It was like Emilio’s hardware store challenge bikini and Wendy’s grocery store bikini had a Cyber-Punk-Goth baby….but done better than either.

That probably doesn’t make sense anywhere BUT my head.

On with my picks!

Amanda

Amanda

I really do love the IDEA of this dress.  The fact that she had to rely so heavily on the muslin under-lining should have taken it out of the running for the win, though.

Samantha

Samantha

Love the top–really cool technique.  I just wish the top had been extended into a dress. I really wasn’t diggin’ on the film strip usage.  Though, it is kind of jellyfish-y….and I do love me some “Princess Jellyfish”….

Kristine

Kristine

Kristine’s would have been my pick for the win.  I really like the usage of the letters.  The bust bothers me, but I love the letters SO MUCH.

Did you watch?  What did you think?  Are the judges totally smoking WAY MORE crack than usual this year?

Embroidered, Embellished, Pinterest Favorites

Things have started taking off in the shop this week.

Working-working-working!

Orders rolling in–early birds for Halloween are my favorites.

When things start taking off, and I start getting so busy, I always find myself getting enamored with techniques that force me to slow down.  That invite me to take that comfy seat and grab a cup of milky tea.

Embroidered Pan Collar by The House that Lars Built

Embroidered Pan Collar by The House that Lars Built

Hand-detailing suddenly obsesses me.

Valentino Resort 2015

Valentino Resort 2015

Anything that forces one to slow down, to take their time, to focus and to relax.

Embroidered tent dress

Embroidered tent dress

Hand-work, ahhhhh–always relaxing.

Embroidered, re-purposed bag

Embroidered, re-purposed bag

Am I crazy?

1920s Party Dress

1920s Party Dress

I thought I’d share some of my favorite embroidered and beaded beauties on the Pinterest Wednesday.

Vintage cardigan

Vintage cardigan

What calms you in times of stress and busy-busy-busy?

White on white--lovely!

White on white–lovely!

Beaded chiffon

Beaded chiffon

1890 Wedding Gown from the V&A Collection

1890 Wedding Gown from the V&A Collection

Vintage skirt detailing

Vintage skirt detailing

1800s muslin embroidered gown--*swoon*

1800s muslin embroidered gown–*swoon*

This Week

I spent most of this week thinking it was a day ahead, until yesterday when I inexplicably switched to thinking it was a day past.

That pretty much sums it up.

Orders have started rolling in for Halloween, Burning Man and miscellaneous events, so I’ve been working on those.

As well as sneaking in some fun bits in between–like this Star Wars ruffle skirt:

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The garden has been exploding with the last of the summer squash and TONS OF CUCUMBERS, prompting a canning session (and another to come this weekend):

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I lost one of the Summer Squash Pickle jars…..first ever to just crack in the canner.  :/  But, one casualty isn’t so bad.  Especially considering I’m always amazed that every single one doesn’t explode or turn black.

Side note:  One of the best sounds in the world are the “pings!” of sealing jars after a looooooong day of canning.

As I was checking (the endless) online things I do each morning before heading into the studio, I remembered–NEW SEASON OF PROJECT RUNWAY STARTED LAST NIGHT!!!  Is there anything better than remembering that your ALL-TIME-FAVORITE show has started a new season and you get to watch it?  Not for this gal.  At least not on a Friday morning.  (I don’t have cable, so watch the episodes the day after online)

I won’t bore you with my thoughts and ideas (besides, I can’t hold a candle to Tom & Lorenzo’s re-caps), but I WILL share my top 3 of the night:

Char

Char

Love-Love-LOVE this top (and a good circle skirt is ALWAYS a winner in my book).  The draping in the shirt is lovely, and I would totally wear this.  The shirt really sells it.  Plus, Char is just pretty kick-ass so far.  Gotta love a designer from DETROIT.

Alexander

Alexander

I know this one will be controversial.  The fabrics aren’t my favorite to go together–I would have loved to see that neck done in a solid rather than the Hawaiian Granny Floral.  But I really like the cut to this, and how it flowed.  Go figure, I like the tent dress. 😉

Carrie

Carrie

I was surprised this one didn’t make it into the top 3.  I think it was more interesting than at least one that DID make it.  I’ll be interested to see what Carrie does this season–I think she has an interesting set of ideas, and I’m a sucker for a gal with day-glo hair.  This is really architectural and interesting.  A few less cut-outs would suit it better to my taste, but I think it’s a really good use of the print.

My favorite of the season (even though I really did NOT like her runway look) is Sandhya so far.  That’s liable to change once we really get everyone’s aesthetic and personalities in play, but Sandhya has an amazing body of work, a point of view/voice, and she’s just really sweet.  She’s got skills, and I hope those bitches don’t knock her around too much.

Happy weekend!

Pinterest Wednesday

I have a few orders in and a stack of stuff to sew up, so let’s do this!

My favorite finds on Pinterest this week (credited and linked where able):

"Blackie" --Emmanuel Bobbie

“Blackie” –Emmanuel Bobbie

Gaultier

Gaultier

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Chloe Prefall 2013

Chloe Prefall 2013

Abandoned Chateau Clochard

Abandoned Chateau Clochard

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Dior

Dior

Elie Saab

Elie Saab

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**As always, I’ve credited where possible.  If I’ve missed something or linked incorrectly, please let me know.  I claim no rights to these images, nor have I had any hand in creating them.  I just love them.

This Week

It’s raining and dreary and I’ve gotten my errands done for the day. 

Sewing a new bustle on my 1946 machine

Sewing a new bustle on my 1946 machine

A mug of coffee (or two), a quick post, and then it’s off to the studio to get to work!

Some of the fabrics I've been playing with

Some of the fabrics I’ve been playing with

I’ve cut a lot out this week, and sewn up a few things.

A soft little floral number--totally not the normal style of print I use, but something about it called out to me at the Fabric Store the other day!

A soft little floral number–totally not the normal style of print I use, but something about it called out to me at the Fabric Store the other day!

I should have photographed more….but…..I’m lazy, and it’s raining!

A bustle, about to get some grommets

A bustle, about to get some grommets

I guess that means a photo-shoot with my dress form this weekend.

We got a little portable record player last weekend, and I've been loving it!

We got a little portable record player last weekend, and I’ve been loving it!

As mentioned, I ran some errands today (which, sadly, is a Big Thing, as I rarely leave the house these days–unless it’s to the Post or the Fabric Store).  I snuck in a trip to the thrift store–which is one of my favorite places.

This gigantic wall hanging came home with me today--it's a batik image on fabric that has been mounted and framed.  I'd been admiring it for awhile, and bought it spur-of-the-moment today.  I love it!

This gigantic wall hanging came home with me today–it’s a batik image on fabric that has been mounted and framed. I’d been admiring it for awhile, and bought it spur-of-the-moment today. I love it!

I snagged some great stuff–tons of records, patterns, pictures….

The garden is in full swing, and I planted a few new things this past weekend–and they’re already popping up!

We’ll be canning this weekend–the first time for Hubby, so should be a good time! 

Hope you have a beautiful weekend–what are your plans?

Pinterest Wednesday

Still feeling a wee bit sick, and so the week has kind of been zipping past me, while I feel like I’ve been puttering around in a fog.

Ideas have been coming along, and I realized that I need to start building up stock for Halloween (and the Endless Nights Vampire Ball).

But that’s all besides the point!  It’s time for my weekly favorite pins!

--Gabriel Pacheco

–Gabriel Pacheco

Amazing necklaces!  (source unknown)

Amazing necklaces! (source unknown)

I'm still loving flowy, beautiful dresses for summer

I’m still loving flowy, beautiful dresses for summer

"Stay Forever"--Parvana Photography

“Stay Forever”–Parvana Photography

Vintage young woman--she manages to make that gigantic bow look perfect

Vintage young woman–she manages to make that gigantic bow look perfect

I need this door handle.

I need this door handle.

 

**As always, I’ve credited where possible.  If I’ve missed something or linked incorrectly, please let me know.  I claim no rights to these images, nor have I had any hand in creating them.  I just love them. 😉

These Are A Few…

I’m a little under the weather today, and fuzzy in the head from lack of sleep, so I thought I’d share some of my favorite things that I’ve found on Etsy lately.  I know Etsy has been flooded with mass-produced and overseas junk lately, and I’ve heard a lot of grumbling about it.  But, if you spend just a little extra time (and use “handmade” as a search term), you can still support artisans and artists like myself!  (and get a kick ass, unique product at the same time)

Enjoy!

Jinkx Monsoon as Little Edie a'la RuPaul's Drag Race Season 5

Jinkx Monsoon as Little Edie a’la RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 5–by ChadSellComics

Flower Garden Bee Ring--bu Kira Ferrer.  I have a pair of earrings from this shop that I wear at least 4 days a week--beautiful craftmanship, and a fabulous shop!

Flower Garden Bee Ring–by Kira Ferrer. I have a pair of earrings from this shop that I wear at least 4 days a week–beautiful craftsmanship, and a fabulous shop!

 

"Kimi" by CheeseBeforeBedtime.  I absolutely love the idea of embroidery on canvas.  One of those "Now, why didn't I think of THAT?" ideas.  Thank god for creative folk!

“Kimi” by CheeseBeforeBedtime. I absolutely love the idea of embroidery on canvas. One of those “Now, why didn’t I think of THAT?” ideas. Thank god for creative folk!

Colour it yourself screenprint art by Summersville.  I love to color--I always have.  This strikes both the kid and the adult in me!

Colour it yourself screenprint art by Summersville. I love to color–I always have. This strikes both the kid and the adult in me!

Fox Necklace by KapKaDesigns.  I just found this today, and had to share!

Fox Necklace by KapKaDesigns. I just found this today, and had to share!

Copper Magnifying Glass by Bayou Glass Arts.  I LOVE THESE!  These are made by a friend of mine, and I've used them in shows, as well as gifted a few of her items to family.  I have a number of her pieces and love each one--so much to love in her shop!

Copper Magnifying Glass by Bayou Glass Arts. I LOVE THESE! These are made by a friend of mine, and I’ve used them in shows, as well as gifted a few of her items to family. I have a number of her pieces and love each one–so much to love in her shop!

Bohemian Feathers by Joanna Jagoda.  I have this pair, actually--that's how much I love them!  Jagoda's shop is packed full of fabulous, and I have 5 of her pieces--love them all!

Bohemian Feathers by Joanna Jagoda. I have this pair, actually–that’s how much I love them! Jagoda’s shop is packed full of fabulous, and I have 5 of her pieces–love them all!

"Sarah" by tushtush.  I have a special love of portraits of women, and this one would be such a great addition to my collection.  Really, I'm not sure why I haven't ordered it already...

“Sarah” by tushtush. I have a special love of portraits of women, and this one would be such a great addition to my collection. Really, I’m not sure why I haven’t ordered it already…

 

 

Lately

At least it’s Friday.

I was up most of the night.  For no reason, other than I do that sometimes.  I wake up in the middle of the night, and proceed to worry and think and brainstorm and toss and turn and stay awake for hours.

I felt like someone poked me in the back twice, when no one was around, this morning.

And then an old, broken, and unplugged surge protector started making horrible, loud, long beeps.

So, it’s been…..interesting around the ol’ household this morning.

I’ve been sewing away over the week, and slowly editing images from Monday’s shoot.

I’ve made ruffle leggings (now on their way to Austin, TX), a couple of child’s capelets (headed to Alberta, Canada) and a bustier (on it’s way to IL) for customer orders.

I’ve sewed up dresses and bustles and bustiers for listing in the shop.

And, as mentioned, I’ve been editing images from Monday’s little shoot–and listing the new items in all THREE of my shops (Etsy, ArtFire, & RebelsMarket).

A little peek:

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Model:  Amberleighhh  (https://www.facebook.com/modelamberleighhh)

These are my absolute favorite tops right now.  I wear one almost every day, layered with a tank top.  So comfy, and easy to wear.  I hope I’m not the only person in the world who likes them….though then I’d have a LOT to choose from…..

I still have quite a few images to edit and more new items to get listed, but I’m only doing one per day.  To save my brain.

While all this sewing has been happening, I’ve been listening to:

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The Dead Room

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Happy almost-weekend!