I've been hard at work on Vogue 8766 for a while. My usual timeline for a project is one weekend: if I can't finish it in 48 hours, is it really worth it? I was being tested this time because everything went wrong. I didn't have a zipper. I didn't have enough lining. My hem wasn't going to hang right because of the fabric weight. I didn't order enough horsehair for the hem and had to adjust the order before she sent it out. Oy. All in all, I think this took a week and a half. That still isn't bad in the grand scheme of things, but to someone who loves a quickie project, that was forever.
Anyway, spoiler alert, it's done now. I actually finished it a couple days ago, and if you follow me on Instagram, you'd know that. (If you follow me, I apologize, a lot of these pictures are from my feed.) So here she is, in all her horsehair glory!
I took these pictures for my mom. Because she gave me the wool, I figured she wanted to know what I was doing with it! It's a gorgeous fabric and I know it wasn't cheap. However, the lining is; it's from Denver Fabrics. I only lined the bodice. There just wasn't enough for a skirt in the lining. Whoops.
My Bernina is still inserting invisible zippers wonderfully, thank you for asking!
|That cat? He wants to know why I'm posing like a weirdo. He also ate right through my leftover horsehair braid, so that's cool.|
Circle skirt! Not only is this a true circle skirt but I sewed 3" horsehair braid into the hem. It's wonderful! I bought the braid at Moxie Milliner and used Gertie's tutorial to insert it. Oh my god, I want horsehair in every dress I own. I wore it to work and felt so fancy and vintagey!
|I keep my Little Mermaid movie posters in the bathroom. Don't you?|
Here's a better look at how I wore the dress: with a green cardigan and belt, both from Target. The Mary Janes in the above photos are also from Target--the Isaac Mizrahi line, circa fall 2006. RIP, that was an awesome line and I wish they'd never killed it.
I got a ton of compliments on my dress! This is definitely a cake project: I can use frosting to dress it different ways. The wool is a really natural color with little hints of blue, black, and green, and god knows I have enough cardigans to wear with it!
A note on the dress itself: it was so easy. I combined the bodice of view D and the skirt of view F. I find that I rarely make the views as they're described, taking a little off or adding a little to it. That's the best thing about sewing, right? Much like science, things are whatever we want them to be. I did find the shoulders to be a bit big, and if I make this again, I'll take those in.
Hmm, what else is going on?
I wore my peplum top today! With these awesome pink pants, and a black cardigan, not shown. The pants stole the show but I love my peplum. I think another one is in order.
I ordered this Liberty from Purl Soho. This is the Wiltshire Berry print, and I'm such an idiot; I was looking for this everywhere. No one had it in the right colors, or if they did, they didn't have the right yardage. Duh, Purl Soho carries Liberty, Emily. I used some of my tax return--what didn't replenish my savings account after the move--to buy it. It's so buttery and soft! I don't know what I'll make with it yet--a shirt dress? I have two yards. I also purchased Colette's Cinnamon slipdress to make a slip to go under it, maybe in green or light pink, whatever I end up making.
I don't have a picture, but I'm also drowning in gardening things over here. I have so many seeds I've lost track (more are on the way), and now I've expanded to bulbs: ranunculus, peony, lily of the valley, begonias, and anemones. Gardening friends, is this normal? I've been reading everything on the subject and no one says you spend like a lunatic, but no one says you don't, either. Also, if anyone wants to share some advice, I'm interested!
What are you up to? I promise to stop by more often; things have been so busy lately! Happy Valentine's Day! I'm off to eat homemade chocolate ice cream!