Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Old Bed Sheets

 Whew! It's been a hot summer for far!

Between the scorching temperatures and a heat-related flare-up of my cfs/me, I've been dressing up very little over the last few months. Even just existing is difficult in this heat. Did I mention I'm not a summer person? 

I was scrolling back through my photos and I realized the last two times I got properly dressed and took outfit photos I was wearing bedsheets. I mean that literally. This fantastic dress and the skirt in the pictures below were both made from old bed sheets. While the Victorian era through to the 1930's are "my eras", I do love a funky 1960s/1970s floral print. Both fabrics are also thin cotton/poly blends that breath well and aren't too heavy in this oppressive heat.

This summery dress was made from a 17th century chemise tutorial. I shortened the sleeves (there wouldn't have been enough material for long sleeves anyways) and added elastic along the bottom to puff them out. This has been one of my go-to pieces this summer. It is so comfy and fun! I've paired the dress with a belt, boots, and some blue floral earrings. 

The outfit below is also me-made. The blouse was made by me many years ago from some vintage fabric. The skirt is a true circle skirt with an elastic-belting waistband. I love using thick belt elastic for waistbands on full skirts. It's quick and easy to sew, plus it provides a very sturdy waistband that fits both snugly and comfortably. 

It's been a fairly uneventful summer. Mostly just me sitting around wishing it wasn't so hot and feeling awful. In my better moments, I've been working towards simplifying my life a bit more (using stuff up, reorganizing, decluttering, and finishing some long-standing projects). With my health issues I really am limited in terms of how much I can do in a day. I'm hoping by reworking things, everything will flow smoother and more efficiently allowing me to spend more of my limited time on things I love doing (like maybe some more youtube videos and sewing!). It's still a work in progress.   

Currently I am nursing a sore hand/wrist (tweaked it while cleaning...)  and wistfully thinking about fall.  
Anyone else longing for autumn? I am craving knit-wear, hot beverages, sweet apples, crisp air, and colourful leaves. *sigh* Only a few more weeks to go....

I hope everyone is having a good week,

That's All.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

1923 Jumper and Proper Undergarments (or lack there of...)

Outfits have been ... um.... "interesting" this month. Our washing machine broke about a month and a half ago and the replacement machine arrived damaged. It has taken over a month to get a replacement (argh!), so my outfits have gotten more "creative" as the month has gone by...

However, I just finished knitting myself a new sweater so at least I managed one cute outfit this week! This sweater was from a 1923 pattern and knit in one of the softest yarns I have ever felt. It's glorious. I paired it with a me-made skirt and a pair of 1920's style heels. 

At a risk of TMI: I'm not wearing a bra with this sweater and wow does it make a difference! Instead of wearing a modern bra, I just wore a fitted cami underneath the sweater. The change in silhouette is major and the sweater looks a lot more flattering. If you can avoid wearing a bra (or wear something more compressing like a sports-bra), it makes 1920's clothing fit much better! I'm surprised it took me so long to figure this out since I was already aware of how undergarments do have a major impact on how clothing fits. Vintage/antique style undergarments are shaped very differently and very much alter the final silhouette of a look.

Here is the original pattern illustration:

Nothing much else new to report. I've spent most of the last month going to doctors appointments, which have all turned out fairly well. I'm starting some new supplements and medications to hopefully further improve my health, but I have already seen slight improvements with some of the changes I've already made. I've also made a lot of soap. Soap making is fun.

Overall, things have been pretty good. I'm finally starting to make some slow but steady progress on a number of life fronts, and am hopeful about this continuing. I may even finally be able to get my Etsy shop whipped back into shape! (Oh my poor little neglected shop...)  

I hope everyone is having a good week,

That's All.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Shawl Time

Whhaaaattt?! Two blogs posts within a few weeks? Yes, I know it's shocking. Haha, I've been terrible at updating lately but I'm trying to get back into the swing of things.

These photos were mainly taken for my Ravelry so I would have better photos of the shawl I finished for Christmas, but I thought they were cute enough to share here too. The skirt I am wearing is me-made and the shawl was knit from the Haruni shawl pattern (it's a free pattern on Ravelry). I always have a hard time pairing this skirt with anything but black, so I was super excited when I realized I could now also pair it with my Haruni shawl. 

It's going to be a long couple weeks of medical appointments, so I've been distracting myself with lots of knitting. All the appointments are fairly routine but there is quite a few of them and going to a hospital is always a bit nerve wracking. I started a new lace shawl to keep me occupied and am thinking about also casting on a new 1930's sweater. 

I hope everyone is having a great week!

That's All.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Out and About

Hello everyone! I'm back with another outfit post. I've been making more of an effort to get dressed up on the few occasions I'm outside. I've been dealing with a bit of a cfs/me flare-up, so lately most of my time has been spent inside the house (at least I have some fun new pajamas to wear!). When I do get out for a bit, I'm trying to make the most of it! For Sunday coffee, I decided to go with a late 1910's / early 1920's look. This is the kind of vintage look that I feel doesn't look particularly "vintage" despite the fact that the sweater was knit from a 1918 pattern. The skirt was made-by-me, and I paired it with my faithful ol' boots and beret. 

"It's so cold out here! Can I go inside yet?!"

And here is the inspiration for my outfit: 
 Tehehe. It always amuses me to edit myself into the catalog pages to see how well I would fit. My hat really should have been pulled down over my forehead instead of pushed back, but overall I think I did ok!

In other news, my Etsy shop was featured on the wonderful blog "The Pretty and the Kitsch" a couple months back and I just realized I completely forgot to link to the post here. I did a full interview about my shop, sewing, my sources of inspiration, etc. You can check out the post here but I would recommend also checking out the rest of Emily's wonderful blog while you are there! If you are plus size, she recently did a great roundup of vintage sewing and fashion resources (including my shop!).

Speaking on my shop, expect a big update/overhaul in about a month or two. I was hoping to get a bunch of new listings up last month, but health-wise I haven't been the best. My wonderful friend Britt has offered to come over and help with my inventory/reorganization, which has to be done before I can work on sewing, which is so generous of her. With her help, I should be able to get everything back on track and finally get some new listings up! I have some new evening gown designs I want to try but I'm also planning on focusing more on lounge-wear. I wear a lot of lounge-wear at the moment and would love to be able to offer more vintage-inspired pieces for people like me who can't always dress-to-the-nines!

My YouTube channel was also recently was featured on Karolina ┼╗ebrowska's video "30+ Vintage Youtubers You Should Watch". I was so thrilled to be featured and it was great finding a few new channels to add to my subscription list (although I'm already terribly behind on my YouTube viewing!). I was going to embed the video here, but she listed even more in the description so I've just linked it here so you can get the full list.

I hope everyone is having a great week!

That's All.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Baby, it's cold outside!

 Why, hello there! It's been a while. 

I feel like I haven't blogged in forever. There's been a number of reasons for that (fatigue, terrible weather for photo-taking, lack of time or motivation, etc) but I didn't really realize how much I missed taking outfit photos until today! I'd forgotten how much I enjoy playing around with my camera, and having my bff snapping the pictures and making me laugh certainly upped the fun level. 

But golly, it was cold outside! 

I've been rather lax in my dressing lately, so I decided a theme was needed. I flipped through Eaton's Fall and Winter Catalogue 1920-21 for inspiration, and attempted an outfit similar to those that could have been purchased through the catalog.

Here are my inspiration images:

And here is what I came up with:

The faux fur coat is a vintage piece, as is the clutch. My boots were purchased many years ago at Soft-Moc, and my gloves are from a small boutique that sadly is no longer around. 

  The hat was purchased from a dollar-store, with the intention to refashion it into something a bit more vintage. I cut the brim down (finishing the raw edges with bias tape) and added a scarf + vintage brooch. The earrings are also me-made from some pendants from a craft-store. 
For a dress, I went with a brown velvet dress (refashioned from a velvet pant-suit) with a turquoise ribbon worn as a belt. While "1920's dresses" usually make one think of dropped waists, from the catalog images you can see that in the early 1920's a higher, natural waist-line was still quite popular. 

(It was so cold taking these photos! Did I mention it was cold?!)

I wish I had some news to report or something interesting to talk about, but basically my life for the last month has just been a marathon of doctors appointments which are sadly quite routine for me now. Hopefully in the next month or two I will have time/energy for something more exciting. 

I hope everyone is staying cosy and warm this winter. In that theme, I will leave you with a picture of the egg-cosy I knit a few weeks ago:

That's All.