Where I’ve Been

Or, rather, what I’ve been up to, since where I’ve been (the studio and the garden) hasn’t really changed.

I’ve been sewing up a few shirts for a friend’s order (that blue jersey is one of my FAVORITE fabrics of all-time.  I made myself a shirt with it, and it’s just sooooooo comfy and soft!):

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Turning a big ol’ stack:

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Into a bunch of these:

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And sewing up a pair of shorts (WHAAAAT?  I never sew shorts!):

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The shirts and the shorts are being made for a soon (I hope) shoot I have in the works with one of my amazingly talented model-friends.  Just a low-key shoot, probably along the lakefront.  I’m in love with the shirts, and want to have a whole slew of them up in the shops soon–but they just look so lackluster on the dress forms!  They change dramatically when on a human form.  Also–a great excuse to get out of the studio and go have some FUN!

I have a number of shoots in the works right now–can’t wait to get going on them all!

Happy Monday–I know it’s not the norm to enjoy a Monday, but I always kind of do (don’t smack me).  It always feels a little like a fresh start, and I have an extra bounce in my step as I go about planning the week.

Behind The Scenes

Yesterday was a BLAST!

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New friends were made, old friends were enjoyed, and so much laughter ensued that my cheeks STILL hurt today.

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I feel so happy with how it all came together–my vision feels realized!

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I even remembered to snap behind the scenes photos throughout the day–no small feat for me.

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It all came together so well, and while I was exhausted by the end, it was so worth it.

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Now comes the hardest part–the waiting for the final images!

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But I’ll be patient, I promise.

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Until I see what is sure to be amazing photography by Underexposed Photography, I’ll flip through the bits I snapped and remember how much FUN was had.

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I’m already itching for the next shoot!

Models:  Erica Boss & Amber Carollo

Make Up:  Laurin Edmonson Hart

Hair:  Peggy West

Clothing & Accessories:  Trapped In Time Designs

This Week

As mentioned, I’ve been sewing like a mad-woman, getting ready for Sunday’s (SUNDAY!!!) shoot.

I’ve not snapped too many photos.

Well, I have, but I can’t share them all.  I’m hell-bent on creating a video of the process of putting this shoot together, so I’m hoarding images I’ve been taking.  It’ll be more of a slideshow set to music….but I’m calling it a video.  I might even call it a MOVIE.  A FILM.  I’ll be a Filmmaker, and pick up smoking again.

Or I’ll just make a slideshow to music and call it a day.

Probably the latter.  I’m tired.

So, anyway.  Sewing!  This:

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Turned into This:

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And This is technically from last week, but it was in my pictures folder so HERE:

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Also:  the giraffe dress has shipped off to its new home!

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I’ll miss it.  *sniffle*

Shhhhh

It’s been awfully quiet around here lately.  I wish I could say it was because I’ve been doing exciting and fabulous things….but, really, it’s just been a lot of sewing and painting.

I did manage to sew up a few things for myself that have been in constant rotation.  These oversize t-shirt style tops are pretty much my go-to for the summer (and, MAN, summer is here in the South!):

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I also ordered a ton of jewelry, both on etsy and forever21 online, so I’ve been playing with new necklaces and earrings.

I rarely buy anything new for myself, and it’s even MORE rare for me to sew anything for myself.

Of course, I was WILDLY optimistic in my cutting out of things for myself and still have 3 entire skirts that need to be sewn–but those will have to wait for evening and weekend work.  Orders and photo shoots come first. 😉

Speaking of shoots–I finished up the second painting for the upcoming shoot:

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AND I found a good deal on the PERFECT SHOES for the models:

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Luckily the model who will be in the red pair has the same size foot as I….so those will most likely end up in my closet.

Off to package the weekend orders, hit USPS and then SEW-SEW-SEW!  Have a fabulous Monday, my friends!

TnT Tuesday

 

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It’s sunny and warm today, making me think of tunic dresses and summer.

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This giraffe print is one of my favorite finds–though I only found enough of the fabric (it was a remnant) for one dress.

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Tunic dresses are great for spring and summer.  Worn with or without a belt. With or without a pair of capri leggings.

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Perfect for long beach walks, summer festivals & backyard BBQs.

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This one can be found here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/126929190/tunic-tunic-dress-tunic-pink-dress-pink?ref=shop_home_active_14

Model: Nancyjane ( http://www.modelmayhem.com/2403245 )

This Week

You may have noticed that my shops are all on vacation this week.  Only a temporary hiatus while I catch up on orders and regroup a bit.  I expect to be back up and running in a couple of weeks.

As mentioned, I’m using this time to catch up on orders.  But FIRST, I had to complete the doll pairing for my nieces:

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A red chiffon skirt/dress (shown as a dress since is so LOOOOOOONG):

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A couple of sparkly cowl-neck tunics flew off to the UK:

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An Alice dress is in the works for a lucky actress:

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And a striped tunic, bustle and military hat came off the machines, too:

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All-in-all, a productive week so far.  Hope yours is going well, too!

TnT Tuesday

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I love these crop tops.

I have a couple myself, and need to make a few more.

I’m a huge fan of layering, you see.

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A friend once laughed at me, when I lamented having had a hard time figuring out what to wear one day–this is back when I had an office job.

He said–“What do you mean?  All you do is:  tank top, t-shirt, cardigan, and GO!”.

Which hit it on the head.  That really nails down my clothing–tank top, top over that and cardigan, if the second top has short or no sleeves.

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Which is why these are a great wardrobe addition for me.  Tank top (possible two in contrasting colors) and crop top.  Done.  Comfortable, easy to wear, and goes with anything.

I have a few new fabrics to make some of these out of–wild prints!  PRINTS!  I never use wild prints, so I’m excited to get making them.  Once my stack of orders is diminished, that is.

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You can find this one here on etsy: https://www.etsy.com/listing/97690622/shirt-crop-top-womens-shirt-cowl-neck

Photographer: Underexposed Photography (https://www.facebook.com/brittsmithphoto)
Model: Amber Carollo http://www.modelmayhem.com/2598688#

TnT Tuesday

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I love this black and gold striped fabric.

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Sadly, I haven’t been able to find it for some time now.

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Made into a stunning bustier (which I loooooove).  I’ve made these for a few years now.  This is the last of the line, until I can magically acquire more fabric (fingers crossed).

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Lined in black twill.

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Flexible boning sewn into the lining.

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Grommets and a modesty panel in back.

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So pretty with formal as well as casual looks.

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bust: 29-32 inches
waist: 25-28 inches

You can find it here:  https://www.etsy.com/listing/120370309/bustier-corset-striped-corset-gothic?ref=shop_home_active_6

(also listed in my rebelsmarket and artfire shops)

Modeled by the ever-beautiful NancyJane  ( http://www.modelmayhem.com/2403245 )

Hair and Make Up by Amanda Bravender
For inquiries: http://www.ahbweddingandevents.com

Just In

New fabrics arrived over the weekend, and I can now create ruffle leggings in white as well as red.  (in addition to the cream, black, blue, and multi that are ALREADY offered)  Capri or full-length!  Send me a msg if interested as I don’t have the new color options listed in any of the shops yet.

Happy Monday!

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