Thursday, February 26, 2009

Can I Make This Dress?

I am in love with this dress by Jason Wu (yes, the famous inaugural dress designer) as featured in the Elle January shops. However, the $3,000 price tag makes me think that it might be a tad too much for an Easter dress to wear to church. Ya' think?

I think I owned a $3,000 car once...

I am wondering if this dress can be made. What do you think? Any similar patterns out there?

On the path...

Monday, February 23, 2009

Another Giveaway...

Just a quick note to let you all know that there is a great "clean" giveaway on The Domestick Chick's blog. Check it out and leave a comment. You may want to bookmark this blog for future reference. It makes me want to get organized, purge and have a saner day. There are also great tips and coupon swaps if you're interested. Tell TDC I said "hi".

Staying on the path...

Friday, February 20, 2009

"When 'tis fair, be sure to take your greatcoat with you."

I am sure Benjamin Franklin was talking about a really great coat. I wouldn't want to be without mine. Now that the weather is warming up (oh yes, to a balmy 26 degrees), I finally put the finishing touches on my new wool coat.

Oh, yes I did.

I have a heavy down jacket for the sub-zero days but ended up having to give away my absolute favorite wool coat to a good friend as it didn't fit anymore. I think my rib cage expanded and will not go back down since having Ava. Hm.

Undaunted, I ran across this pattern during a 99 cent sale and kept coming back to it. The clincher was when I found this gorgeous rust colored wool ... on sale. How can a girl pass that up. Paired with chocolate brown lining, I just had to give it a try. Voila!

Okay, so I have to pin the lapels down until they settle into place and I modified the sleeves to be full length, but other than that, this coat really was a snap. I am not so scared of clothing patterns anymore. If I can make a coat, then the sky's the limit, right?

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Ready For Spring

I am so inspired by Jenny's blog, her designs and the way she can put together stylish outfits with ease (I seem to have a harder time). She just picked out some Toast outfits and I love this one. It really gets me in the spring mood and gives me a strong desire to whip out my Spring/Summer Simplicity patterns.

That said, I just completed a winter project (yes, I know it's almost March). I can't believe I did this, but I think I have reached a new sewing peak. It's not perfect but it's nearly and I'm going to share it with you all as soon as I can grab a shower and get some photos!

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Hey, I Have a Follower!

I had no idea I had any official followers, but I guess I do. If you want to become an official follower of my blog, please click on the "Follow This Blog" next to my followers widget. Thanks, Sarah!

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My First Socks!

I am very proud and excited indeed to post my very first pair of socks! What fun they are too; bright coral and orange to perk up anyone on a cold February morning. These socks went to my good friend, Marjana, for her birthday. She said she loved them so I am very happy.

Many thanks to Pneuma for her guidance on knitting with sport-weight yarn and working out the gauge issue (always a problem for me). She was so very sweet and helpful when I threw her an email a while back. Pneuma, I am now ready to knit those hunting socks for my hubby after doing these! Of course, hunting season for him is already over, but now I have all year to knit up that birthday gift for him. Right?

My favorite part of these socks are the cheerful pom-poms on the ends. These aren't very functional (unless you are a tennis player) but Marjana wears comfy house shoes/socks in the winter so I thought I would add to her collection.

Stay tuned for more knitty goodness. I just can't keep away from the yarn lately. My sewing machine is getting a much-needed rest after the last big project.

Keeping on that path...

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day!

I hope everyone got the chance to celebrate their loved ones on Saturday. I know we sure did. We spent a whole day celebrating LOVE - we have so much in this family. Wishing you a love-ly 2009.

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