Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sun Frock in November

I finally finished my version of the Sun Frock for the sew-along Miss Dixie O'Dare was hosting. I had planned on sewing this dress weeks ago, but it seems like I've been on a merry-go-round of sickness and colds. All my tutoring students are sick and have been generous enough to share their germs with me. Yeah.....Not fun. I'm finally over the latest cold, so I worked well into the evening to finish the dress on Friday. It had it's first outing on Saturday to Port Hope for antique shopping and coffee. It was a lovely day and I picked up some great new hats that you will probably see over the next few weeks. 

The dress itself wasn't too hard to construct. I don't do a lot of 1940's patterns, so it was a bit of a change for me, but it went fairly smoothly. Well, it went smoothly until I had a final try-on and realized it didn't fit right. The waist fit well, but it gaped oddly around the neckline. I moved and angled the straps, which seems to have helped. My weight keeps going up and down with my health issues (I likely have a genetic immune/endocrine system disorder), so clothes have been fitting me oddly lately. I think may have changed sizes since I cut out the pieces a month ago.  Oh well, I fixed it for now. I may change it again before summer if it still doesn't sit right.

It's far too cold for sun dresses in Canada at the moment, so I paired it with a pair of thermal tights, boots, jacket, and a 1930's hat. I had on a thick wool coat too, but I took it off for the photos. I tried to be summery by the beach, but brrrrr it was cold!

She's a little wrinkled after being worn all day, but I threw the dress on Mabel (my dress form) and took a few shots. The lighting is not the best, but hopefully you can better see the purple trim and the cute purple vintage buttons on the back. I had to buy the trim, but everything else was from my stash. It was great to use up some of my fabric that had been sitting around for a while. 

I hope everyone had a great weekend!

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Photoshoots, Craft Shows and Coffee

Apologizes for my lack of posting/video making. I seem to be in this terrible cycle of getting sick, working overtime to catch up, then getting sick again from working too hard! The last few weeks have been very busy, but I'm hoping now I can catch my breath and get back to normal. 

As I mentioned a few posts ago, I finally bought an autofocus lens. I am quite impressed with how much it is helping with my photography (yes, being able to focus seems to be important. Go figure!). I took it out for a practice spin and got some adorable shots of Britt and her new puppy, Neeka. I won't bore you with tons of photos, but here is one of my favourites:

Of course the reason for the new lens was not to take puppy photos, but rather so that I could get some better quality photos for my Etsy shop. I've been working hard to create more items and was booked to attend a craft show last weekend. Well the craft show was a total bust (I only sold one piece!) despite my careful planning. however that left even more for the online part of my business. Britt was kind enough to model for me again, and we spent a full day shooting the new items. I've added over 30 new items to the shop. Here is a preview of a few of them:

(It's a young Buster Keaton in the photoframe, just in case your were wondering)

There's even more over on my Etsy shop, but those were some of my favourites. 

The organza snowflake scarves, which I shared a sneak peak of a couple weeks ago, are now available in the shop. We normally go for a 1920's look for the photos, so it was fun to experiment with a more "pin-up" styling with the scarves. They have this great midcentury vibe to them, but they would also work for an ethereal 1910s/1920s style. There is a bunch of different sizes and colours available, and they start at only $10CAD (or approx $7.50 USD)! I have plans on adding a bunch more dresses and capes, but my serger is having some issues at the moment so there might be a bit of a delay before I can finish them.

Ok, done with the shameless self promotion!

What else have I been up to? Well due to my cold, most of the time I've been emulating this lady:

November is an excellent time for snuggling under a warm blanket with a good book, especially when one is under the weather.

I have managed to get out a few times for coffee with friends. I don't normally eat anything sugary, but I even treated myself to some pumpkin pie (it's been a long few weeks!).

 I also tried out a new nail polish colour. I haven't been able to use nail polish for years due to my chemical sensitivity, but I found a water-based nail polish at a local eco-store that I can acutally use! There's a few companies that make water-based nail polish, but this particular one is by "Piggy Paint". I have a purple one, a red one, and a mint green one so far. The purple was nice for a change, but mint green is still my favourite.

I tried to get some outfit photos when I was out, but it started raining (and my friend doesn't know how to take a photo without chopping off my feet....), so I just have this quick snap I took when I got home. Everything in my outfit is me-made and 1930's inspired. I cut one of the blouses meant for the shop too wide at the neckline, so this striped beauty made it into my wardrobe. I really love it. Once I have more time on my hands, I really need to make some garments for my own closet. Things are starting to get a little threadbare!
I hope everyone is having a great weekend and staying warm now that winter is fast approaching.

That's All.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

A Puuurrrrfect Halloween

Happy Halloween! I've been fighting a cold on-and-off for the last couples weeks, but luckily I was well enough just in time to celebrate. My friend, Britt, and I always watch a movie and hand out candy. This year was my turn to pick the film and we ended up watching "The Princess and the Pirate". I love 1940s Bob Hope movies! It wasn't really a "Halloween" movie, but Britt was dressed as a pirate so we decided to just go with the pirate theme. She put a lot of work into her costume! I, on the other hand, picked out my outfit the night before from pieces in my closet. I think we both looked pretty good!

 I dressed up as a witches familiar. My costume was going to be 1910s inspired, but the hemline of the dress makes it look a bit more 1950s than intended. Oh well, I was quite pleased with the outfit regardless. The look was "black cat" inspired, but I played with it a fair amount. I didn't want solid black, so I paired my "web" dress with a sheer red skirt (worn as a dress) and a cute pair of tights. I tied my pearls to resemble a collar and leash.  

We went to pick up some coffee for the night, and stopped by the woods to take some photos. It was cold, but we had so much fun!

Britt's pirate costume:


Of course every witch's familiar needs a witch:

Aggie was not amused. I thought she looked adorable, but she didn't seem to share my sentiment. Continuing my theme of last minute costumes, I made her hat on Halloween morning. It only took about 5 minutes and was all scrap material. I found it much too amusing. 

I hope everyone who celebrates had a great time yesterday. I can't wait to see everyone else's costumes!

That's All.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

French Costumes (1912)

Women and Puppets (Marionette) 

River Fantasy Costume 

Birdcage Dress

Versailles Garden



I just adore these Edwardian costume ideas! I'm not really sure which is my favourite. The "river fantasy" would be easy to replicate, but I quite fancy the Versailles Garden or the Birdcage dress too. 

My own costume this year will be much less exciting, although even with Halloween fast approaching, I'm still undecided as to what to wear. I have a few ideas, but I don't think I will make up my mind until the day. I'm just handing out candy, so I don't want to spend too much time/money on my costume. Hopefully next year I will have a fancy Halloween party to justify a more extravagant costume! 

That's All

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Vintage Shopping

 Hello everyone! I've been stuck in bed with a nasty cold for the last couple weeks, but I'm finally on the mend. I haven't posted any Youtube videos because, with my cold, I was not a pretty sight! My normal video schedule should resume this week (tip of the week on Monday, and longer tutorial on Thursday). I also bought my first autofocus lens for my DSLR, so expect lots of outfit photos and just random photos of anything vintage-y I want to share. And yes, I've had the camera for 8 years and have been manually focusing the whole time (or opting to use my cheap point and shoot instead). I feel kind of silly for not buying a proper lens earlier.... 

I've been super busy catching up with everything I fell behind on while I was sick. I did take today off though, and went for my annual shopping trip to Toronto with Britt. I bought a cute vintage coat, a vintage style cloche, and Britt bought me a couple awesome vintage garments for Christmas. I can't wait until I can share them! For now, here was my outfit for the trip:

The dress is from a 1930's pattern, and both the blouse and dress were constructed from vintage fabric. I paired it with my new grey glass pearls, and Alfred, my faux fur stole I made a few years ago (if you look close, you can see his little face!).

I actually changed my footwear to a comfy pair of boots and added a coat before we left. It was much too cold to go without (it snowed today!), and even comfy flats are not good for a lot of walking.
Britt and I on the train
We started the day with coffee, just outside of Union station:

Of course we needed another by mid afternoon!

As I mentioned, I've been busy this week catching up on all the things I couldn't do when I was sick. This includes working on a lot of new clothing for the shop. I been making a ton of organza snowflake scarves for winter, and working on developing some more clothing designs. 

I've also been testing out my "new" 1920's hair clips. Aren't they awesome!? I used them to do my hair today for the trip, and the results looked great and lasted all day. I bought these clips cheap because they were damaged, bent out of shape, and rusted. A little steel wool, pair of pliers, and 30 minutes and I had them back to near original condition! I love the look these give. It's a perfectly authentic 1920's wave and super easy to do. There is also no need to worry about heat damage (unlike marcel waving with a curling iron). I plan on posting a Youtube video showing how they work, but for now here is a quick snap taken first thing in the morning (after sleeping with them in all night):

I have a busy couple weeks coming up. I'm planning on filling my shop with a ton on new clothing, as well as preparing merchandise for my booth local Christmas Market (anything that isn't sold will then also be available on my Etsy!). I'm also going to be filming a bunch of youtube videos, so next time I get sick there will be a nice little buffer of videos I can continue to roll out! Also the room makeover continues. My studio space is almost done, but I'm moving some of my stuff into my bedroom (and vice versa), which has turned into a mini bedroom makeover as well! Yikes! I better get working on all those things!

I hope everyone is having a great weekend!

That's All.