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Thursday, June 28, 2012


I got a twinfit dressform.

We'll see how useful it is but I can say that I got to hang the new dress on it:
i like more than hanging on the door, for sure.

A whole lotta ruffle!

SO, the skirt took about 10ish yards of ruffle..
Holey moley!
the jury is still out on the lace...

Wednesday, June 27, 2012


So here's one of the design dilemmas:
I am thinking of adding a ruffle to the hem of the skirt from the same material as the waistband.. but I don't know if that would be tacky/silly...
Also, should I trim this one in lace?
It kind of feels like overkill in a way.

Denim underway

This is a teaser image....

I have a few design considerations still to decide.....

Tuesday, June 26, 2012


look at me and say "Man, she's busy"
Bees pity my lack of rest!
Next dress has already begun.
It's another denim. But this time I am going to take notice of the fact that denim is too heavy for a 3 tiered skirt...
the skirt was also cut on a curve to make it fuller.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Sun? Done!

first new dress for the summer(so it's raining all day, so what?) done!
this is 100% NOT my normal color scheme, but I like it!

Friday, June 22, 2012

The new dress takes more shape

Not my normal color scheme..
This is the first skirt layer, so far I am very happy with it!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

The first sundress attempt

ended in dismal failure..
On the plus side I hadn't gotten too far yet, but the sizing was tooo small.
which makes me wonder what I am doing wrong...

Version 2 commencing!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

An exercise room!

So, the thing I've been working on as of late is to turn one of the spare rooms into a sort of exercise room.
I tore out the carpet and added a tile floor.


One of the benefits of all my remodelling

is that I am finding all sorts of stuff that was supposed to go onto my etsy shop, but instead collected dust on shelves...
Well, it's good to start taking care of that.
I have a LOT of interesting odds and ends, most of which are in terrific shape.
I also sort of reaffirmed my own desire to stick mostly to the sewing/machine side of things.
Meaning I don't really want to dabble in collectibles, unless it's stuff I actually want for myself!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

One more thing

you should know about me:
In general I loathe clothing with pockets.
I have a few dresses  I made with pockets, but those were for specific purposes(doing home improvements)
I prefer that even my aprons be sans pocket.

How do I carry multiple items?

Planning and patience.

There's no mystical/religious reason for it, it's just a matter of style.

                                                          The new dress:

The floral is the main color, the stripey for the lining and the orange for the waistband.
It's a pretty different color scheme from my norm.

The finished first doll thingy

Yeah, I know, my descriptors are a little wonky from time to time..
So this is the first new thing I've done for the doll.
Working with satin on a tiny scale requires a lot of patience.
ANd you have to do things step by step, the smart way(using fray chek  helped tremendously)

This is the pattern

I will be using to base my new dress from:
It's a fairly simple dress.
I'm going to add a few changes, like a multi-tiered skirt and lace :)

Monday, June 18, 2012

The fabric in question!

Now, I'm going to be modifying a pattern in order to do this....
So we'll see how it goes!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Next up..

As I work on yet another floor...
I am going to use a bolt of fabric given to me by the Lovely and Talented Nicole, of 'Fits all who Fit in' fame!

I am going to attempt sun dresses for both me and the doll...

I'll publish a pic of the fabric later!

Friday, June 15, 2012

The store room...

Is actually doing some storing!
These are either parts machines or machines in need of work :)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Someone asked about the figurines behind the doll shots.
These are some!

So I made a kind of diaper cover/rumba panty for the doll :)
More clothing soon to come!

Oh and I used the scrap from the denim dress to make a shopping bag, which I put up on the etsy store :D

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Trying the doll thing

Once again...
last time i  sort of sucked at it.

this time I will be more patient!

If I can convert my dresses to doll sized, that would be fun!
this is an attempt at a doll sized copy of one of my underwear sets!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The problem with

the new denim dress is not one of design, but of material.
The denim I used is too heavyweight to be as poofy as I wanted.
it doesn't bounce, it's too thick.

So, what can I do about that?
Nothing. BUT the next dress will be made with that knowledge!
Even so, the new dress isn't bad. It's just not what I wanted it to be!

I forgot!

I forgot to post this pic when I finished the purple dress!
it's the underwear set I made fo go with the dress :)

Monday, June 11, 2012


but not exactly happy...
This is the new denim dress...
now, I made a few mistakes.
I should have done the skirt a bit differently and a bit shorter...

Eh, I'll claim distraction do to working on the house...

The house...

it's actually coming along.
I have about 20 or so machines I'll be donating/recycling.

I also realized I have WAY too many cabinets.
So, some of them are going too!

I'll keep posting pictures as I turn our house into the images in my head!

Friday, June 8, 2012

Annnd the after

Keep in mind, I still have to reshelf and reorganize...

The BEFORE shots!!

Just so you know what a tragic waste of space my storage was...

This is the beginning of the new store room...
It's about 1/2 the room. WHich gives me enough space to move the rest of the crap onto this half of the room in order to work on  the rest of the floor...
The first floor is a wreck right now, but this change will do SO much good.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Down that same old road..

So, I redid more flooring in our house.
Here's the new, non-carpeted, guest bedroom!

Having finished with the upstairs. I now turn to the first floor.....
First to go: my storeroom
I know what's going to happen. I'm going to overdo it and end up sleeping for a month again...
But!!! This time I am using the knee support thing in advance. so I don't hurt myself!
I made this dress for this doll a while ago, she was sent to me by a friend :)

Monday, June 4, 2012

The man on the bridge..

If you've ever driven west across the Ross Island Bridge, coming off Barbur and heading to Powell...
you've probably seen him.

He's there most days.

And he's sort of hard to miss.

Unlike most people panhandling, who stand with dour faces and a sign, this man takes an interest in the drivers from whom he's soliciting donations.
You see, it's a stupid intersection, it's impossible to have a clear view of oncoming traffic unless you turn your car to a ridiculous angle.

Or you listen to the man.

I don't know his name, much to my chargrin I have never asked.
He's got long hair he ties back in a ponytail, and a full beard. If I had to guess, I'd say he's in his early 60s, but I am not a good judge of time in general...

I always try to have something in the glove compartment of my truck if I'm going that route, in case he's there to wave me on when the road is clear.

And he's always got a smile and a nice word, even those times where I didn't hold up my end of the bargain.
There's something noble about him, and something sad too.

Each time I see him, I think "This could be my uncle, or my father in law. How can I drive past and pretend I don't have way more than I need?"