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Boys Suit, 1780ish

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Well, after much debate and mental blocks, I managed this almost done. Partly due to my seamstress block, general boredom and regular project apathy but also because of the color. I know historically there is a huge amount of pastel colored men's suits and more than enough acceptance in the general community for me to dress my son in pale shell pink, but... My son is autistic. If he were in full control of his faculties, I could explain how cruel the world is, and he would understand that loving pink and orange is perfectly normal but people might tease him. As it is, I have to continually have him repeat "Pink is nongendered, its a COLOR" when he tells me kids tell him its a girls color.

I didn't want to cause even further issues and confusion and the idea of someone teasing my clueless son both hurts and enrages me. But, after weeks of being dissatisfied with fabric I was looking at I found this at Hobby Lobby and it stuck. Of course this is SUCH a strange, soft s…

Niece III's Robe A La Francaise (Or something)

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Also can be titled. 'I'm DRAFTING/DRAPING BIOTCHES' or 'OMG WHY DID I THINK THIS WAS A GOOD IDE!??' Or 'Family Historical Portrait, Take Three"

18th century. Pocket Hoops, Big Hair, things embellished with the same zealous fanaticism as a 90's girl with a bedazzler. Whats not to love?

As with many things I like to have a variety of projects going on at once, at least 2 but no more than three. This is one of those projects, in addition to my first set of hoops and stays, my Niece III's dress. I recently got access to Janet Arnolds Patterns of fashion, but the idea of self drafting for an adult, combined with the added inches for my waist and a desire to have ALL THE THINGS NOW has led me to this. A tentative, still challenging but not quite sewing suicide. Heh, SEWicide.

We being with pattern; Simplicity 3725 size 4, View C.




Fireman, Fireman! Save My Skirt!!

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sac·ri·lege ˈsakrəlij/ noun violation or misuse of what is regarded as sacred. "putting ecclesiastical vestments to secular use was considered sacrilege"


There's this huge issue regarding wearing vintage clothing. Well, lots of issues but for this post it's the dreaded Altering Vintage Clothing Issue.

I am fairly slim in the wallet area, so true vintage is typically out of my reach. However, my trips to Goodwill sometimes pay off. In this instance, I found an obviously vintage novelty skirt.

Drindl, slightly faded with age but still adorable. There are two problems though. Too small, and too long.Easily fixed with some relatively inoffensive stitching, to adjust the waist and tuck up the hem.

DUNDUNDUN
The waistband was too fragile and fell to pieces under my hesitant seam ripping. Upon review the slight fading of the black has multiplied the problem. I cannot find an exact match, not to any of the colors. So how can I make a waistband?


A second problem arose. The s…

High Waisted Cheetah

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Hippy Dippy

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Wow. That was a while.

Ive been occasionally picking up my Regency Portrait stuff but Ive gained weight, which has caused me to spiral into depression and eat more which has caused more weight gain and so on and so forth. Ugh. Uzumaki

So Im in a place where Im barely 1/2 done with sisters tailcoat, done with moms dress, but have to restart mine {due to weight gain} and my sons {due to the little bugger GROWING CONSTANTLY GEEZ}. I should buckle down and get to work.

But I wont. Instead I am dreaming about next year. Ive got big plans, BIG Plans. Like, Marie Anoinette plan.



Oh yeah


Dressing My Gentleman-Ssster

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Fembot Nipple Darts

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My Trip to Disney in 2014 is well documented in my blog. Less well documented is the dresses I wore. I only have this one here of the Honey Do Dress, a fabric covered in white Daisies, bee hives and bees, and a few of my Micky Dress, as shown below. 



The Pattern I used was Butterick 6094


Absolutely a dream to work with, super easy. I love patterns like this, with a modest neckline, but a little flair to allow one to show one's creativity.

For the back of the Honey Do dress I used a blue linen facing to compliment the centers of the daisies, and on the Mickey I used two big black buttons and a red on red mickey mouse fabric from Joanns.






Actually I was quite proud of these dresses, and they were my go-to nice dresses when going out.

Then it happened. Wearing the Honey Do dress, my Honey Bunny got a weird giggly look to his face and I immediately knew.


The bust darts on this thing! I sewed them so that they ended at the nipples, which, even with a sweater makes it look like Im, er..…