Archive | March, 2012

Lesson Learned

28 Mar

So, I never really did get around to snapping some awesome photographs of February’s Santa Fe dress. However, someone else did.

While out and about, exploring Savannah, Ga. on a little vacation I was approached by a quite fashionable young man who asked if he might snap some photographs of me in my Santa Fe dress, holding my brand new parasol (covered in dragons, a nod to my youth’s obsession) for his fashion blog. I must say, I felt pretty cool.

*Photo by Cedric Smith 2012

I urge you to check out his blog!

On to March’s garment, which I would say was a good effort. I wanted to make a pair of fancy shorts with a scalloped edge. What I ended up making was a pair of shorts, which are about a size to small for me. Alas, this means no photographs of me wearing them.

*I have a love of fun tights, as you can see here with my lime green/black strips.

I, unfortunately, did not make a muslin first, nor did I bother to try on the shorts prior to finishing them. I actually cut the pattern to a size bigger than my normal pant size, figuring that, since it is a junior’s pattern, it would either fit, or be too big, which is something I could fix. I’ve learned my lesson. No more assumptions in the fitting department. Time to break out the measuring tape and actually use it.

(However, I still will not be making muslins first. I get far too antsy to start and finish a project for that!) I may try my hand at some shorts again, but using a different pattern, which I happen to know fits, given I used it to make a pair of pants once before.

The shorts turned out well, regardless of the sizing issue. It was only the second time I have ever made pants with a zipper/fly. My work is not exactly that of a professional, but it is still pretty darn good!

The only other thing I’ve noted, after seeing the photographs I took is that I need to figure out how to tighten the surged stitches, as I can see the stitches through the front of the shorts.

In other news, I just finished reading, The Fault in our Stars, by John Green. It is a book about a young lady who is remarkably like myself in how she thinks and acts (except that she has cancer, and I, thankfully, do not). The boyfriend suggested I read it because of this. I suggest that you should read it, because it’s awesome. I promise you will find yourself laughing and crying.

P.S. Given my failure to post properly in February and my failed attempt at shorts in March, I am going to make a dreadfully great effort to make something great in April.

Also, I bought a canvas and some acrylic paints a while back, but have not had the guts to paint anything yet for fear of messing it up. (Canvases are quite expensive!) Any good subject ideas for a beginner would be so very much appreciated.



Not exactly a dress, but still a snazzy little creation.

4 Mar

So, first thing’s first. It is only March, and I have already slipped up…..sort of. I did in fact make a dress in February, and I have worn it twice already. I have not, however, photographed myself in it to share with the world. I promise to have the photographs of February’s dress, the Santa Fe dress, as well as March’s dress before March actually ends.

As a way to apologize for my lag time, I am going to share with you the bird-cage veil that I have created for my sister-in-law.

For this veil, I used a simple, but great tutorial by Megan of the blog Designs by Megan Turnidge (, and after only one failed attempt, I have what I think is a great and dramatic bandeau style bird-cage veil.

I used black french netting along with a large pre-assembled flower (I figured if I was good enough at making these, I could work on making my own flowers later.) as well as some mini-versions of the large flower. I was going to add some little red beads, but I thought that might be a tad too much, so I nixed that idea. I prefer the simpler look for this, I think.

I am completely confident that she will love it. Why might you ask? Well, I know this because I have fallen in love with it. It is amazing how wearing something like this can make a person feel timeless and bold! Wearing this, I feel like a movie star, not that that is something I have ever aspired to be, but it sure is great a feeling every now and again.

P.S. Off topic but, I have recently developed a love of vanilla flavored soda. It is quite delicious, and if you have not tried it, you must go out at once and do so!

Also, I really like the word snazzy (I got it from Grandma Fischer), so you are most likely going to see it used in this blog quite frequently. Maybe the word will grow on you like it did me, and let me tell you, that is not such a bad thing. It’s a great little word!