May 24, 2015
I've got the fabric, I've got the mother, now I just have to get started.
I want to make my mother a few summer tops and, if you saw my last post, you saw the beautiful cotton floral fabric I picked up at Metro Textiles on Thursday (also above).
I have a few patterns I think will work, but I may just start by making her a simple sloper using a shirt pattern of mine. She tried on my patchwork madras shirt yesterday and the fit isn't bad. Her shoulders are much narrower of course, and her back is quite curved, but I can make those adjustments pretty easily (I think).
I want to make this this coming week and I'm asking you to hold me accountable. Once we have the sloper fitted, the top shouldn't take too long -- we're talking basic tunic/caftan shapes.
In unrelated news, I wanted to share some cool shots of cars I've seen on my most recent photo shoots. I don't own a car myself but I'd be happy to have either of these in the garage. Actually, I don't have a garage either.
Moving right along, I did something I'm not proud of recently: I went to a brick and mortar hat store and tried on straw hats. I saw a gorgeous Stetson Panama fedora for $175 but, friends, I couldn't bring myself to spend that kind of money for something that would get ruined in the rain or could blow off my head while I'm bicycle riding. Plus where do you put it when you go to a restaurant? (Hat check girls are a vanishing species.)
The part I'm not proud of is that I immediately went on Amazon and found a much, much cheaper version -- not a true Panama but still by Stetson (and straw) that cost about 1/4 the price. It arrived yesterday and I love it.
I'm thinking of this as a starter hat and if I wear it a lot this summer maybe I can rationalize spending more on a true Panama, purchased from my favorite hat store, J.J. Hat Center. BTW, they don't carry the hat I bought so it's not like it was an option.
Finally, I'm really enjoying my new iPhone. Who knew what a joy texting could be, or just checking my email on the fly? I've even joined Instagram!
In closing, what does one do with a hat like this when you need to take it off in a public place -- lay it on the floor?
Have a great day, everybody!
May 21, 2015
May 19, 2015
Would you believe that a few short years ago I couldn't have identified a hibiscus if my life depended on it? Not anymore!
Michael's oversized hibiscus print blazer is finished and you can see him model it this very minute it by simply clicking here.
May 18, 2015
May 15, 2015
May 12, 2015
May 9, 2015
May 6, 2015
Readers, I've made a decision about my wild hibiscus print fabric: I'm going to make an informal summer blazer, using Vogue 9445 (up top) from 1958.
May 3, 2015
Friends, if you're an old movie buff like I am, you're probably a fan of Mary Astor.
Mary was best known as more of a supporting player than a lead, but if you've ever seen The Maltese Falcon, Midnight, The Great Lie (for which she won an Oscar) or The Palm Beach Story, you've seen Mary Astor at her best. What better way to celebrate Mary's hundred-and-ninth birthday than with a very special round of the Internet's favorite pattern-naming game, NAME THAT PATTERN!
Labels: Name That Pattern