Sunday, April 8, 2018

Exercise That!

~ And I did. ~

~ Yeah, I finally got off my tush ~

... and started an exercise regime a year ago on April 1.  No kidding.

~ In fact, this is one of my exercise ensembles ~

Except for the shoes, of course.  Then I wear my silver, flat soled, slip-on, Trippens. 

This is all old stuff, just never worn together before.  A Tina Givens Olivia Tunic Pattern made out of really stretchy thin jersey knit and a Tina Givens Phoebe Pants Pattern made out of embellished corduroy.

But here's the really good news:  After one year of exercising regularly, with no change in my diet, I lost 11 lbs.  Otherwise I'm sure I would have gain weight.  Which is one of the things I've been doing each year as I get older.  
(Tell me about it.)  

But even cooler are all the inches I've lost.  In comparing the measurements taken a year ago, to today's --- I've lost .5" from biceps, 2" from bust, 2" from waist, 2.5" from hips, 2.5" from thighs and a whopping 7.5" from abdomen!

Of course, no one notices because of the way I dress.  But that's not the point.  I am committed.  So what's your story?

~ Oh, and here's my shoes from ebay ~

I'll be off to Patti's and the Visibles and Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like and Cherie's Shoe and Tell, when they go live.  See you there!

~ the end ~


Sunday, March 18, 2018

I Made Something Really Cool!

~ or so I think ~

~ and I totally match the backyard too ~

I saw this dress on pinterest from the Santa Fe Dry Goods Store (it's no longer there) and wanted to make something similar.

So I looked through my pattern stash for a straight up and down type dress to make it with.  I found the Sewing Workshop Collection's Veranda Dress which had a few more interesting details to it.

I made several changes to the pattern: 
  • used a double fused knit I had because I liked the print (pattern called for linen)
  • shorten the length by 6"?!  (I am 5'5", so...)
  • lowered the arm holes by 2-3 inches so I could wear it as a jumper
  • cut the back neckline the same as the front because I wanted to be able to wear it with front as back or vice versa.
  • made it button all the way down (rather than just to waistline)
  • raised the pocket height by 5-6" and moved them to center side (again so I could wear the dress either front or back ways
  • added straps attached at shoulders hanging down to mid arm, then attached a 2" buckle to it.  Another strap attached to the buckle to wrap around the arm allowing the leftover strap to hang down freely.

~ see? ~

I'm wearing the "back" in front now.  I could also wear it as a coat, vest thingy, opened.

~ close up of the sleeve straps ~

~ and the panel that goes down the back (in this case) ~

~ and loverly shoes from ebay, bay-bee ~

~ A classic, don't you think? ~

I'll soon be at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style, then Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like and finally Cherie's Shoe and Tell when they all go live.  Hope to see you all there!

ooo, ooo, I forgot to mention, I'm wearing my 20 minute start-to-finish stretch mesh dress underneath.  I posted about it here.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Wearing the Green and Gray

for my workout today.

~ yep. ~

When I walked in, two women seated there said they were reviewing.  

"Reviewing what?" I said.  
"You," was their reply.  
"She makes everything she wears."  
"I know and look, everything is matching."  
"This doesn't really match," I said.  
"Yes, but, it reaallly goes together well," was the response.

~  awww ~

While I was standing on the front porch getting my photo taken, the mail lady came up the stairs and said:

"ah, so there's some of the shoes I'm always delivering."
"yes, yes, they are.  Used, but looking brand new."
"Regardless, new to you."  And it's so nice to put a face to all those packages."

~ awwww ~

(Hey, I've got dialogue in my post.) Meanwhile, I made both of these things awhile ago and hadn't had them photographed.  The dress is a light-weight cotton knit from New Look 6525 that's a breeze to make.  The pants are from the Sewing Workshop Trio pattern that I changed up a little bit.  They're made from cotton sateen.   It's the second make for both of these patterns. 

~ and the ebay shoes via our friendly mail lady ~

With that, I'm off to Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style, Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like and Cherie's Shoe and Tell.  Hope to see you all there!

Monday, February 26, 2018

Sage and Decay...

toward the end of February.

~ Welcome to my garden ~

~ I'm wearing a Tina Givens Olivia tunic pattern that strayed...  ~

when I made it way too small, like baby-doll small.  I had to cut it in half, straight up the center front and center back, to make room for some other possibilities.   I like how it turned out though.

Using what fabric scraps I had left, I did things I wouldn't have thought of otherwise.

~ like adding a 12" wide strip of fabric down the back ~

with a large center box pleat at the neckline.

Since I had cut out all the original pattern pieces at the start, I had the minimum of leftovers to play with.

~ this is what I come up with for the front ~

I only had one piece 10" wide that was 3/4 of the length of the front part of the tunic.  And 2 smaller pieces of that width that tapered off into odd shaped triangles.  I used those for the upper part and then let them wrap around the neckline and shoulders however they may.  voila.  You can see the back of the "collar" in the back view.  Pretty cool, huh?

~ the side view gathers and cuts are from the original pattern ~

~ as is that big ole pocket ~

I did add the draw string to tighten it up a bit, and the sleeve cuffs. What looks like faded flannel, is actually a very light-weight knit.

That bit of black ruffle you can see peaking out is from an organza camisole I made ages ago.

The silk dupioni harem pants are a deviation from Sandra Betzina's Vogue 1355 that you can see me wearing here.

And finally, the grand finale
~  my Trippens from ebay ~

I'm running on over to Patti's and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style before it's too late.  Then Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like and Cherie's Shoe and Tell.  Hope to see you all there!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

From TG Pattern to Rundholz Dress

~ Yes! ~

While I had started on yet another Tina Givens Serena Dress pattern that I know doesn't quite work out, I have allowed for her errors to make my previous dresses into something unique.  The first is here, the second here.

What I like the most about them is the suggestion to use two different fabrics that don't normally go together:  linen and jersey knit.  And for each dress I just so happened to have the corresponding colors for each fabric pair.

This time, however, as I started out with the browns I was thinking it might end up boring.  Then I stumbled across a picture of a Rundholz dress that looked like a rougher version of TG's pattern.  hmmm.  I don't know which came first.  But I do luv Rundholz style - which is way beyond anything I could ever afford.

~ Rundholz Dress ~

and for comparison, here's what TG's dress is supposed to look like according to the pattern picture.

~ TG Serena pattern ~

This seemed to give me the freedom to treat the "making" of the dress like an art project.  By that I mean paying attention to what was happening and not doing things by rote.  Taking my time so I could notice things, possibilities.  Nothing had to be a certain way.  If something came out differently than what I might have expected, I would consider it as is, or other what ifs.

~ stretching out and standing tall ~

It was so much fun to make.  And I did things differently than the other two.  There's little surprises and neat details that make so much sense to me.

~ I can move all over ~
Watch me now...

~ wasn't that a triple sow cow? ~

~ les boots from ebay ~

I'll be gallivanting around with Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style, then there's Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like, and Cherie's Shoe and Tell.  Come on by when they go live.

But for extra credit, I've got something else to show ya...

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