Sunday, February 21, 2010

A warm, sunny dress

Last weekend Georgians received about 3-4" of snow. This weekend it is a sunny 65F. Typical Georgia weather!

The warm weather was inspired me to work on spring dresses. Thus I sewed away into the wee hours of the morning finishing buttonholes on this little ditty:

My computer is having a rough day upload-wise, so I'll post more detailed pictures later.

Half of this dress is a copy of a vintage dress I owned. It was a cute dress, and it fit me like a dream, but had very unflattering pin tucks all along the top of the skirt. The tucks had much the same effect as rib knit--something that has never looked good on me. So I carefully de-constructed the dress and made a pattern out of the bodice. I used the pattern for this dress, and whipped up a slightly-gathered one-piece skirt to go with it.

The skirt is lined with white muslin with lace sewn along the hem. I used some old purple buttons that I bought at an estate sale awhile back as I thought they complimented the color scheme nicely.

I am quite pleased with the finished product, and plan to make another in the near future.

Have a happy day!

Friday, February 19, 2010


This morning Skylar and I took a trip up to my favorite place in Georgia: Cleveland. The goal? To pick out two baby Nigora goats.

Nigora goats are a cross between the Nigerian Dwarf and Angora breeds. The result is a small (about pygmy goat size) animal with lovely fiber. I selected two bucks--one cream with blue eyes and the other black with white splotches. Both very, very darling!

I have about 5 weeks to prepare a pen and read up on proper goat (particularly angora) care. I am excited to learn more about harvesting and washing fiber, as well.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The slacker returns...

Though I have been stitching away all winter, I have completely neglected to post anything up on my poor blog--mainly because I have been too lazy to take pictures.

I'm not going to apologize, though, because I think I needed a break from blogging for a while. :)

This winter I finished a darling 50's "man-tailored" jacket in a magenta/brown/black plaid flannel (so cute!), a mod 60's wiggle dress in a cute chartreuse cotton floral with rick-rack accents, a darling wool pencil skirt, a beautiful satiny blouse with plenty of ruffles and bound buttonholes, and a lovely 40's evening dress with a flouncy peplum in black stretch satin. I'm going to try and do a post for each of these in the upcoming weeks, as well as my current projects (lots of dresses for the spring!).

I hope everyone has enjoyed a peaceful winter season. Happy sewing!