Monday, May 31, 2010

Civil War Reproduction Knitting/Crochet Gift Certificate


Head over to my friend's blog, Country Musings, and vote in her sidebar poll! She is seeing if there is enough interest to do a giveaway gift certificate for her Civil War Reproduction Knitting and Crochet business. You will definately want to enter: Take a look at the gorgeous red wool shawl she made for me!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Seamstress Alert: Vogue $3.99 Pattern Sale

Somehow I stumbled upon  the Vogue Patterns website tonight. And found the most adorable vintage pattern. (above) And you'll never guess! They were having a $3.99 sale! So I nabbed it! I'm sooo excited!
Sale lasts through Monday. Definately see the Vintage Vogue section.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Interesting article on Beauty



I found this article/blog post On Beauty linked on the Homeschool Alumni Forum. Quite interesting. What is your opinon after reading?

Thursday, May 27, 2010

A Cloche

For a while I've been wanting a cloche. I have no idea if they are going in or out of style just now - but since they are vintage inspired anyhow, surely it doesn't matter too much. I usually only wear hats when working in the garden or at my summer job. (straw cowboy hat or my 1860s sunbonnet)

I've never worn a hat....like to go somewhere nice. It seems kinda scary - but I think I *might* be able to do it in a nice, quiet little cloche. What do you think? Does anyone wear 'nice' hats on a regular basis?
Also I wonder what sort of hairstyle I would need? A really low bun? Hmm.

Thoughts?

A few pretties:









Update



Sorry for the sporadic and random posts lately. I've been quite busy (though if you were to ask me, I don't know if I'd be able to tell you what with. Yeah. it's been one of those weeks.)

But - I will say that I have an exciting announcement coming (hopefully) in the next several days. I just have to put a few more things in place before I can officially tell the world about it! For a little hint, it has something to do with fashion deisgn. I can't wait!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Water Monsters and Dragons


Another humorous video short entitled 'The Water Monster: A Tragic Tale'. Flimed entirely on location at our creek last week. (not for the faint of heart :^)

We also had a fun mini-photo shoot starring a tiny modern day dragon (otherwise known as a horny toad or horned lizard) and a Scleich plastic knight. Enjoy.


The Dragon


Dragon Attacks Knight



Who do you think will win?

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Modest Fashion Source: eShakti Dresses

I made a discovery today! While on another blog, I stumbled upon a site called eShakti. Have you heard of it before? It's a simply lovely women's online clothing boutique. Besides offering adorable, affordable, (and mostly modest) fashion pieces, they also have a really neat feature to customize items to your individual fit - and even change specific elements like sleeve and skirt length. Pretty cool.

Here are a few of my favorite designs....
What do you like?
Audrey Hepburn, anyone?





They have some really cute accessories as well.






I'm so in love with their designs!!

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Summer Dress Inspiration

I've gotten really tired of seeing scads of grossly immodest summer formal and sun dresses being put forward as 'the thing' lately, so I decided to go on a quest to see if I could find some actual lovelies. I like what I found - beautiful designs and detailing. Most of these dresses are beyond my budget - but they provide some nice inspiration for future sewing projects none the less.

I love the top mesh yoke. Such a great alternative the the worn out strapless look. I've always loved white trimmed with silver. Reminds me of Regency ball gowns.


Wow. Talk about some summery inspiration. I love every bit of this dress - the scalloped ruffles, the dainty rosettes, the front tie, and the softly gathered chiffon. Lovely. The only thing I would change is the length. Wouldn't it be gorgeous with a tea-length skirt? I woul totally wear this with a big vintage 1910's garden party hat!



One of my favorite colors of all time. There are certain colors that corelate well to each person's complexion, and if you discover your colors - they can really  make your face and skin 'glow'. This is one of my colors. I LOVE to wear salmon pink. What a cute little collar on this dress! I think it would look really good with either cap sleeves or 3/4 length sleeves as well. Add some dainty white sandals - and wow.


I know. This one is almost the same. But - I had to include it because I just loved the self-fabric belt, box pleats, and boat neckline. I've come to love boat necks from my 1860's 'little girl' dresses. They are comfy and airy for summer without being immodest. Perfect.



 
I've heard that nautical stripes are very 'in' this season - and this piece does very well using the striped fabric in interesting directions  - bias on the skirt, vertical on the waistband, and horizontal on the bodice. You wouldn't think it - but it's actually pretty slimming.


The length of this dress is too short - but it might be pretty to layer over another soft longer skirt. I like the vertical ruffle detail. This woud only work on a soft, sheer fabric like the silk fabric in the one pictured.


Um - is this a sheath dress? That's what is says - but....I thought they were different. Well - anyways. What ever it may be, I love it. Color, style, belt, lace hem. Coldwater Creek always has such elegant dresses.


Another Coldwater Creek button-front. As you already know, I do love linen.

More of my favorite colors and elements. Does this remind anyone else of the print dress from 'Emma'?

Sorry this isnt' the greatest picture, but you know the one. :^)


I love the soft colors and long skirt. So classic - yet the unexpected funky pattern makes it nicely modern too.

Sorry for the rather long list of finds! I could have gone on for pages more, but....I'm off to the creek :^)









Saturday, May 15, 2010

Must-have Book for Single Ladies

I posted about this book before it was released - and now it's finally here! My copy arrived yesterday - and I already stayed up late reading. I will try to do a more thourough review once I finish.



Book description from the website:
You spend your time pining away for your one true love and suddenly…you’re married and it is a lot more than you bargained for. Now is the hour you should be preparing to be a wife—to be a help meet.

Being a good help meet starts long before marriage. It is a mindset, a learned habit, a way of life established as a young unmarried girl—or at least that’s the way it should be. It is the older women who have experienced the joys of a good marriage whom God has appointed to pass along his instructions. That is what Debi Pearl has done in this new book.

Preparing To Be A Help Meet also contains six sweet love stories written by wives sharing their experiences about how God taught them to be the help meets they are today.

What does a good guy really look for in a girl?

Are you a Dreamer, Servant or Go-to Gal?

Do you know what to pray for your man-to-be?

Should you tell a guy you like him?

How can you know God’s will in choosing a husband?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Hopechest Finds 2- My #1 Most Invaluable Kitchen Gadget

 Yes - it's the spatula. But not just any spatula. Seriously. This is the handiest little thing in the entire kitchen. The beveleded sharp edge is great because there will be no breaking of delicate items (like cookies) - it slides right under them much easier than usual spatulas. It also chops/cuts to and extent - and I even use it for washing dishes (works great for scraping off burned eggs - and other pleasant things....)
I know it sounds stupid to get excited about a little kitchen tool - but I use 'my little spatula' every time I cook. Actually it's not mine - it's Mom's secondhand find. I don't actually have one in my hopechest yet. But I will - I spotted one in the Lehmans catalog.
Here is what the descriptions says: Mixes, serves, scrapes, turns, drains, removes and chops. The secret is the special angled, slotted and sharpened working end. Some of our employees can't make a meal without using it at least once - it even accompanies them to the table.

So - there you have it. My favorite kitchen item and part of future hopechest stash. Do you have a favorite??

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Two Linen Dresses

Make way for two new retro-inspired linen dresses!

The first is a different version (for myself) of the blue taffeta roses dress that I posted about earlier this spring. This time the fabric is a sunny yellow linen/rayon blend - with a crisp, lovely hand. It's trimmed in fabric roses of dusky pink and vibrant periwinkle blue.










For the second dress I actually used a vintage 70's pattern:



I really liked the way it turned out - and I am planning do to lots more versions of this pattern. For myself, I want to make a housedress in a bright mod calico.
You'll notice I did change the neckline just a bit.

This version in periwinkle blue irish linen, trimmed with natural linen.
(althougth it looks yellow next to the blue!)

I think this would look super cute with a pair of mary jane heels.



Monday, May 10, 2010

Interesting fashion trends...

Good morning! I wanted to share a couple of lovely skirts and dresses from  Newport News Jeanology Collection...

I completely adore this skirt!



Both these dresses look so comfortable and versatile!


I love the fact they are all quite modest! I just wish the price tag was a little more modest. *grin*
 Do you like them?

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Humorous Medieval Video Shorts



I welcome you to watch  a couple of little few-minute 'movies' my siblings and I put together with some dear friends who were visiting this winter. We think them quite humorous. :^) In fact - we had a blast filming and acting.

--- Click HERE for the videos. ---

The first is a Lord of the Rings spoof of various scenes from the Fellowship of the Ring. (I apologize for the poor video quality on this one) To clear up any confusion, scenes are as follows:
1. The Hobbits encounter a Black Rider in the wood (with a twist)
2. Aragorn does battle with Uruk-Hai
3. Legolas and Gimli do battle with Uruk-Hai
4. Uruk Hai charging through the woods
5.Black Riders doing a River Dance (Irish line dancing) routine.
(gather your brothers to watch these - they will appreciate the battle scenes. :^)

The second is a "medieval adventure' story titled 'The Princess and the Vagabonds'.
A tale of a Princess and her attendants who get attacked by a band of ruthless vagabonds. Will the fearless Sir Cameron come to the rescue? You'll have to watch to find out...

Who do I play, you ask? Well, in LotR, I play the Nazgul in the first scene, and an orc in the Legolas and Gimli battle. I filmed parts of LotR, and Princess and the Vagabonds entirely.


This is one of the scenes we tried to recreate - except we needed a few more orcs. :^)

Let me know what you thought! (yes - they are supposed to be ridiculously silly)





Wedding Dress #3 - to keep or not to keep? (help!)

I have a dilemma. I need help. This third vintage wedding dress (would you say late forties or early fifties?) is completely lovely - and IT FITS ME. Pefectly. (believe me, it's rare to find a dress that really truly fits short-waisted me!) It's not too tight - very comfortable in fact. So - all this makes me reluctanct to put it up for sell on Etsy - but....on the other hand WHY should I keep it? I *want* it, but there isn't actually any good *reason* to hang on to the dress. IF I get married someday - this wouldn't be the dress I would wear. Yes its pretty, yes it's vintage. But it's not what I would choose.
So - your opinion. To keep or not to keep?


I adore this appliqued lace on the satin skirt!

The netting and shaped lace on the neckline are just so classy. And I love the little satin 'necklace' too.

I believe this length is called a 'chapel train', right?
At least - this is what I found when I googled it:

Sweep Train - the shortest train, just sweeps the floor
Chapel Train - the most popular train, extends 3 to 4-feet behind gown
Court Train - extends 1 foot
Semi-Cathedral Train - stretches 4 to 6 feet
Cathedral Train - extends past 6 to 8 feet
Royal Cathedral Train - extends 10 feet or more
Watteau Train - this train starts at the shoulder blades and reaches the hemline of the gown (similar to a cape).




So - what do you think? Keep? Or not?

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