Monthly Archives: June 2012

Red

I finally sat down at the computer to go through photos today. And when I was downloading some pictures from one of my cameras, that’s when I discovered the craziest thing. There were unseen pictures on there that I took waaaaaaayyy back in March. M.A.R.C.H! Yep. Insane. I’m not even touching those March pictures right now.

Instead, I’m working on going through our Hawaii pictures. Thank goodness I didn’t take that many. So far, I’ve gone through two days. At this pace I might have them done in two weeks. Sigh.

So, it only makes sense that I’ve started a new photography project for this month: Shutter Sisters color month. Let’s see how far I can get. I get distracted so easily nowadays, I’m like a dog seeing a squirrel.

Red for #sscolormonth

Magentas and Carnation Pink

Ok…still working on Hawaii pictures. Maybe I took more than I remembered. I was just telling Alan, today, that I finished another day of photos last night. I went through close to two hundred (YEP TWO HUNDRED PHOTOS) and narrowed it down to thirty nine. THIRTY NINE! All thirty nine aren’t necessarily ones that I want to share but they are ones that I want to remember and get printed. And that was from just one day.

So, in the meantime, here are two days worth of photos for the Shutter Sisters color month project. It is pretty cool seeing the day’s color in the Flickr group.

Magenta:
Magenta for Tuesday

Another magenta for Tuesday

Carnation pink:
Carnation pink for Wednesday

I am really enjoying this photo challenge. It’s much easier to deal with one or two pictures than hundreds.

Vogue 1094

Yesterday was the color grass/forest green for Shutter Sisters color month. I knew exactly what I wanted to get a picture of, something I’ve been meaning to take a picture of for weeks. And FINALLY, here it is. The dress I made, Vogue 1094.

Forest green for Thursday

Next time, I should really take the picture when I originally wear it. That would make soooooo much more sense. Then there won’t be any procrastinating since I feel awkward whenever I take pictures of myself in clothes. Ok, that came out weird. I don’t usually pose nude. Wait. That’s not right either. I DON’T POSE NUDE AT ALL. What I mean to say is, when I’m taking pictures of myself, wearing something I’ve made, I feel all gawky and unnatural. And, yes, I do know that I take pictures of myself in our family photos but for some reason that’s different.

Neckline close-up

But anyhoo, let’s move beyond my strange hangups and talk about the dress, shall we? I cut out size 20, that’s based on my bust measurements. But recently I read about pattern ease and the finished measurements of a garment. Well, with Vogue 1094, the finished measurements for the size 20 would have been too big for me. So, I went with an 18 instead and it worked out just right.

Just right except I didn’t finish it properly. I almost finished it the way I wanted but I ran out of time. First, I forgot that I wanted to put pockets in it. I realized after I serged up the seam allowances. Ooops.

Then I didn’t add the grosgrain belt piece inside. I decided not to line the dress and you could see the belt so I left the belt out.

And, also, I didn’t do the hem quite right. I serged the hem and then folded it once and just basted it up like that, not properly sewing it down. I was so tired towards the end, that I didn’t even realize, I did the hem wrong. I was supposed to use horsehair in the hem. I realized I missed the horsehair step when I saw Nathan running around with it.

At this point I don’t even know if adding the horsehair is an option because I cut the dress length. And cut it by A LOT.

Side zipper

I’m not that tall. I’m about 5’4″. Like the last time I sewed myself a dress, I bought the correct width of fabric yet when it was time to cut it out, the fabric wasn’t wide enough for the amount I bought. So, I left out about 3″ on the hem. Then when I tried the dress on, it still felt too long to me. It was down to about my shins and I thought it wasn’t as flattering, so, I took off more to bring it up to my knees, another good 4 inches. Am I really that short that I took away like 8″ from the original hem?!

At the wedding, I was wondering if the hem was turning up and everyone could see the odd serging. But am I going to fix it? I think if I try to put the horsehair in now, the dress is going to be too short. So… so… yeah… there it sits. Basted hem. Don’t think I’ll ever finish it properly.

Speaking of the wedding, the kids looked so cute! You already saw them all fancied up.

Thought the live music was AWESOME

Cousins

But you didn’t see Alan. He looked so handsome in his suit.

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Too bad I didn’t get more pictures of Nathan in his little vest and clip on tie. He didn’t wear it for very long.

Photobooth pic

He probably was sick of it since he wore it the entire ride up to the wedding and then through the wedding.

In the kids favor bag

We weren’t planning on getting him dressed until we arrived at the church but when he saw Isabelle all dressed up he wanted to dress up too.

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Mr. Sleepy with daddy

Hey I forgot I’m missing a photo from color month. This was lime green.

Lime green on Wednesday

And now…and now….

I’m so glad I mostly finished the dress. I borrowed a dress from my friend, Bridgette, just in case I didn’t finish in time. It’s funny, I liked the dress I borrowed, but Alan said it looked like a robe. He has this thing with wrap dresses looking like robes to him.

He much preferred the dress I made even though I did wear it with a petticoat. I thought the dress looked a lot better with the petticoat. He doesn’t get why I like that style. But I do. I like the 50s silhouette. It’s curvy and feminine. That’s such a weird thing for me. Do you know I used to wear jeans and t-shirts and basically borrowed clothes from Alan at one point? Now my mom uniform is skirts and dresses.

Can you tell I’m totally stalling?

Well I am.

I told you I had weird hangup about taking pictures of myself in clothes. And this is why I’m babbling. Final picture. Me in my dress.

Vogue 1094

Have a good weekend everyone.

Project Notes
Pattern: Vogue 1094
Fabric: Slippery shiny I can’t remember what