Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Blog Feature - Millinery Marvels

I'm honored to have been featured in the craft blog "Elephunk's Trunk", in their Millinery Marvels series. Please click here to read it!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Miss Indigo Blue Treasury Challenge

As a Washington native, I'm very proud of the newly crowned Miss Exotic World, Miss Indigo Blue from Seattle! The Burlesque Etsy team, of which I am a member, has hosted a challenge for Miss Indigo Blue inspired designs, and we're honored to have the Queen herself be our judge!

Click here to see the treasury, with all the competing items!

Click here to see my brand new mini-tricorn!!

Wish me luck, as she'll be reviewing the entries this weekend!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Dress for Lara

I just finished this dress for Lara, which is made out of some gorgeous Nigerian blockprint cotton she gave to me to re-purpose. Well, I almost finished it, because it still needs its zipper, which I'll pick up next time I'm at a fabric store!

This is the fabric and it's finishing from before - I wish I had snapped a photo of the actual dress! It would have been a great before and after!

I used Vogue pattern #8469, which I had gotten on impulse during at 10 patterns for $10 sale at JoAnns. It's in their "Very Easy Vogue" line, and I thought it was simple and straightforward in it's construction. There's a bit of handsewing, though, in the slip-stitching of the midriff lining and armhole lining, so it took a bit longer than I had expected.

I ended up using some seafoam lining I had on hand, and I think it makes for a cute color combination. Since the cotton is so stiff, I used a really lightweight woven interfacing on the midriff.

Used my new double needle for the first time!! Two needles, two spools, one bobbin - easy and a clean finish! What's not to love?!

I'm looking forward to putting the zipper in, and giving the dress to Lara - though really I just can't wait for her to wear it!

I have a new hat being photographed by Charlie Bones this weekend, and I'm so looking forward to seeing the images!!! And of course, sharing them with you.

Happy Fourth of July!