Monday, October 8, 2012

The BIG Yard Sale

My dearest husband and I went to a very massive yard sale this past weekend--one that stretched from Alabama all the way to Tennessee!  We definitely didn't cover that much ground, but in the little bit of distance we traveled through the north Georgia mountains we found tons of wonderful treasures and fantastic bargains. :)  Needless to say, it was quite an enjoyable adventure!  

Here are some pictures of our journey and a few of the things we found:


 The back of our car after two stops (it was already a bit full of junk, lol).

Lovely scenery! 

Some lace--a butt-ton of it for 25 cents! 

A good stash of stuff from one stop.  Power Rangers costume for my siblings, a paper parasol, really cute retro food chopper, some old hankies, some lovely vintage fabric, a Lady Remington razor that is in near perfect condition, and a couple Pokemon cups. :)  That was a good stop. 

Isn't this cool?? 

I looooove this.  Can't decide whether to keep it or put it up on Etsy.

Bought this lovely Le Baron watch at a flea market along the way.  It looks very 60's to me.  Works great, too! 

So pretty!  This was up near Tennessee. 


Little Evvie was very active all day.  I think she had fun.

Our trunk by the end of the day: 

Yes.  It was marvelous. :)


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Maternity Coat: Muslin #2

*Sorry about the shoddy lighting and photography. ;) *

I spent most of my morning yesterday making up a second muslin of my maternity coat design.  Really loving how it has turned out, with only a few exceptions.

First exception: The shoulders are too wide.  I need to take about an inch or so off of the shoulder edge.  See how low the sleeve hangs?  Speaking of the sleeve, I am also going to widen it so that it doesn't taper quite so much to the wrist.  Right now it fits my arm a little too perfectly to be comfortable as a coat sleeve.

I haven't put in the second sleeve because I am going to experiment with shortening the shoulder on this side and see what happens. ;)  

The back neck has two pleats.  They look pulled in this photo, but that is just because my dress form has funkily-shaped shoulders and a super wide neck.  The back fits me perfectly--I am not going to make any changes there.  

I decided to do a collar with a separate collar stand.  However I think my collar stand is too tall.  I might hack off about a half-an-inch or so. 

I have basted the seam allowance around the edges, though it is hard to see.  I will also be taking the collar in a little at the front edges.

So there you have it!  I am pleased thus far.  :)  I asked my husband what he thought about it and he said it looked like "One of those old fashioned dresses."  Aha--exactly what I was going for!  My design is very Regency-era inspired.  

 Once I make a few final tweaks to the pattern I will be ready to cut into my wonderful dusty rose twill and get started!

Have a lovely day,

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Working on the coat: Some great tutorials!

So I've been working on a second muslin of my little pregnancy coat. :D  It is looking good so far!  I am about to dash out the door, so I don't have time to post pics just yet, however I do want to share with you a couple tutorials I found online and utilized in the drafting of my coat pattern--one for drafting sleeves and one for drafting collars.  

Good stuff!

Have a lovely day!