Wednesday, May 28, 2014


I decided to use up the possibly my-favorite-in-the-whole-world fabric to make a tank top.

It looked lovely against the window.

The tuck I made at the neckline.

Lastly a look at my progress on what will be a very long project. See this post near the end to view previous steps. This piece is 1/4 of the total pattern pieces (1/2 of the back of this simple top) but I was able to begin to cut out the reverse applique, and I love how it looks as well as the texture. Maybe the badly focused picture beneath will give you some idea....maybe :)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Books 2014

Books I have read-2014
-Decline and Fall-Evelyn Waugh
-England, England -Julian Barnes
-The History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters-Julian Barnes
-Flowers for Algernon
-Round Ireland with a Fridge-Tony Hawks

Spring Happies

Things I am wanting to do this spring!

- Start a dorm room herb garden on my window sill:
-Make edible cookie dough: super raw foodie link:

NYC : just pictures

On the way, we stopped at beauteous Elizabeth Park in Connecticut.

Brother's weird tree pull-ups..

 Some drawing at the hotel..

The next day- finished product!

Outside grandmother's...

 Inside grandmother's...

New York wanderings. A church which turned out to be Episcopal (no little confusion as it appeared to be a Catholic Church.)

A market, one of the countless in NYC.

Central Park!

A good trip!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Packing for NYC Weekend

For driving up: this floral shirt and these Express purple jeans, all thrifted. With flip flops!

 For Sunday - I made the skirt (possibly the best fabric ever! and thrifted shirt. With Mass sandals!

For drive home: My Core Curriculum t-shirt, thrifted sweater, and thrifted sweatpants cum obligatory yet useless ankle zipper -with flip-flops.

(Eek - I didn't realize this was so blurry.)


On Thursday, I finished up the black linen shorts, using this tutorial from Cotton and Curls. I had to add and subtract a little creatively...but I loved how they turned out! Here I am marking a line to cut off QUITE a bit from the hem..I love how the blue chalk looked on the black linen.

A peek at the elastic waistband- there is only elastic in the back.

Voila! The whole shebang before hemming.

A look at the front. Can you see the side panels I had to put in?


And the finished product!

What I wore while I sewed. I love the color of this L.L. Bean shirt- it matches the front of our house. I altered the pants myself to make them skinnier, also using a tutorial from C&C.

My hair was wildly curly today - love humid, rainy days!

This is sort of a sneak peek at my next post...except for the sneaker, disregard it. The POINT is that I went through my fabric scraps and cooked up another project.... Be SO excited!