Friday, July 11, 2014

Beetlejuice Suit

So, imagine this. But like, in a cheaper, thinnish poly satin from Walmart way, stripes a little less that an inch in diameter. I got like, five yards in REALLY wide roll. You know what I see when I see black and white stripes??

Hiya, Babes

Oh yeah. Beetlejuice. :D

So of course I tell myself, "No Holly you can't make a Beetlejuice suit. It'd look more like this: 

Than This: 

PLUS. Im Plus sized. AND the stripes are too thin. ALSO EVEN if I made a suit it'd have to be vintage. And that involves not only a huge amount of work, with horse hair and pad stitching and so many layers to keep the shape, it ALSO means a pencil skirt. (On account of, because) 

Too many reasons why it would be a bad idea. 

So I bought all five yards and am looking at vintage suit patterns. 

... So sue me. :D

1950s Womens Suit Pattern Advance 8031 Two Piece by paneenjerez, $40.00

1950s Womens Suit Pattern Advance 6978 Two Piece by paneenjerez, $40.00

1940s Womens Suit Pattern Simplicity 4769 Pleated by paneenjerez, $10.00
Vintage 1950s Two Piece Suit Dress Pattern by downthestreet, $15.00

1940s Dress Pattern McCall 7188 Womens Two Piece by paneenjerez, $75.00

Of course these are just pipe dreams, suits which are hard to get ahold of. 

Here are some which are available now: 


Or go the way of Gertie...


Friday, July 4, 2014

Hair Today, Hair Tomorrow

Okay! So all last week when I went to work (Thats four days of work on account of the free, fourth of July Friday) I did my hair up in vintage style. I also took some pictures!

So the first two are of Sunday night, the night I actually managed to put my hair up without losing all feeling in my arms or collapsing from heat exhaustion!

The very next day, Monday, I wore my Bike Dress, with my favorite heels, and a black loose knit cardigan.

So Very Pleased!!

My Favorite Heels!!!!

The very next day I wore my favorite dress, the Wedding-Dress-In-An-Everyday-Way. 

And the next day, in my Off-The-Rack American Shirtdress. Very happy to wear this one too, because I was able to rock out my leopard print fur belt and....

THESE FABULOUS AMAZING SHOES!!! OMG!!!! They fit like a dream and are gorgeous!!!!

After work that day I actually had to have a visit with my Doctor......

And on Thursday, I wore another off-the-rack, a jungle print shirtdress. By that time the hair was getting a little difficult, but I managed it. :)

So very happy that I managed all week with the style. Now I'm contemplating wearing a different one next week, but geez! I've never taken so many selfies in my LIFE!!


Sunday, June 29, 2014


So, finally corralled my sister into taking a quick photo shoot of me in the backyard, whilst Toby ran wild and polluted his pool with dirt and grass and whoknowswhatelse to the left of me. 

This first dress I made using this really cool bike fabric I found at, shocker, Goodwill, and it was a jagged pain in my tailbone I tell you. First I had a neat, narrow trim of black bias tape around the neckline and hem, but as I was sewing it, the 1987 (Literally the date printed on the fabric) bike strewn cotton RIPPED on me. 

And that wasn't the last time! It did it three times total, but I was determined to sew the dress. Problem was, by the time I was finished with it, the neat black bias tape was all wonky and crooked and begged pitifully for mercy. Magnanimously, I cut it off and retried with a bright yellow.   Here is it. 

(Also, I've been practicing my victory rolls. This particular set is actually just to see how long they stay in my hair, but then I used the opportunity to not look like a big Walmart-frequenting disaster for my shoot. Because usually I am. :D ) 

The next two dresses in line I already wrote about, I think, but didn't photograph. Its a really nice, basic block which really does nothing for me without the proper accessories, but still, have to document it. This particular print is navy blue, with white polka dots and tiny red flowers with grey stems. Cuz, why not? (Another goodwill find)

Hoooomagawd, So at this time I turned my head and freaked out because something was flying near me and landed on my shoulder. It was a butterfly! He was gorgeous but I screamed anyway, on account of, well, FLYINGTHINGONMYSHOULDERHOLYHELLWHATISIT- oh a butterfly. 

Anyway, I held still for a minute and he visited again! Lookit him!!! PRETTY!

...does this make me a Disney Princess?? 

Anyway. More photos.

Now at this point I realized my hair was still pinned up in the back and I let those locks loose baybee. Whoosh! 

Last dress is not done and frankly needs A LOT MOAR WORK. Which is why is goes in a pile in my closet. Ugh. Anyway, here it is just for funsies. 

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Interesting Goodwill Find


But first------->


I went back to Goodwill yesterday, just as a quick stop form work and I though, "Okay, Holly. Just look. A twenty minute jaunt through the sheets and curtains and then put it out of your mind."

And BOOM! Right on the end of the rack. The sari I had put back and mourned over.


Now I have four. :)

I'm actually going to cut this one first, because its not too dear and also more opaque than the others. 

In other news. 

Look what I found:  

I don't know it looks a little Vampire Bride to me.... 

Ve Vank to Suck Your....Pepsi ;)
But in a 1960's way. So mybe....?

You know her dress is pink? It really is.

Anyway, I have no clue what to do with it but I couldn't pass it up, not at half price.

Cuz I uh... I have a problem.