Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Summer PJ's

Although Summer is almost half over for most of North America, it seems to be just beginning where I live.  So I figured I better get prepared in case we actually get some nice super hot scorching weather and make a nice cool set of pj's.

I made this top with a remnant I had from this awesome vintage 1974 pattern.

This was one of the very first vintage patterns I ever bought.  I made View C and just cut it off short.

Then I just happened to have some undies that I had already made, so now I have a cute little set!

So bring it on Summer!  I'm ready for you!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Olsen Twins Wedding Dress

Have you see the wedding gown that Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen designed for their friend Molly Fishkin?

The internet was all atwitter about it last week because these ladies are all such arbiters of amazing style (I've never heard of Molly Fishkin before but I think she's a Hollywood stylist).

Now, every bride is of course beautiful, but I have to say, I was expecting something...more.  I mean, just look at Mary-Kate (I think that's which one it is.  They aren't identical twins but I still have a hard time telling them apart.).  She looks absolutely stunning.

This gown though seems rather plain and medieval looking to me.

What would you do if your friend insisted on designing your wedding gown?  Could you say no?  What if you don't like it?

Would you ever say no to the Olsen Twins style advice?  What would you do?  Leave a comment below~

Monday, July 28, 2014

Movie Monday - a Chanel Fitting

Seriously!  How does this man consistently come up with so many incredible designs every season?!?!?

Did you know that he designs 7-8 shows a year just for Chanel (plus all the accessories).  Then he also designs for other labels too!  Plus he comes up with the advertising concepts and often is the photographer.

On top of that he still manages to find time to do other little things like paint masterpieces, guest edit magazine articles, publish books, and create installation art pieces.  You can find a breakdown of some of his work HERE.

Whew, I'm exhausted just thinking about it all!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Moon and Star Bracelet

Got some scrap fabric and a bracelet you never wear? Then today's refashion project is just the thing for you!

Here's what you need to cover your own bracelet:

-Bracelet or bangle
-remnant of cotton

1) Cut a strip of fabric 1/2".  I didn't have the full width of my fabric left over so I just tied some strips together.  If you have the full 45" width one strip should be enough.

 2) Place your bracelet in front of it at the halfway point of your strip of fabric and tie.  Then follow the instructions below~

 Pull tightly.  After a few knots you'll begin to notice that you'll be getting a lovely spiral rib forming.

At the end just knot your fabric twice and snip any ends.

That's it!  I like it much better now and can see myself wearing it with my hippie dippy weekend outfits easily.  This is a very basic macramé knot but in a new medium other than hemp it has a new life.  Have you ever tried macramé knots with other materials?  Leave a comment.

You can check out some of my other macramé pieces HERE.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tell a Tale - Austenland

I read a few dud books lately so instead of telling you about how bad they are I thought I'd tell you about a cute movie I saw recently, that's based on a book (that I haven't read).

Synopsis (from For as long as she can remember, Jane Hayes (Keri Russel) has treasured the writings of the author behind such literary classics as Emma and Pride & Prejudice.  For years, Jane has been stashing away funds in the hopes that someday she would be able to afford a trip to Austenland - a place where the die-hard fan can be completely immersed in the elegant world of the beloved author.  When Jane finally manages to save up enough, she excitedly packs her bags and books a room.

Upon arriving, Jane quickly discovers that Austenland is everything she had ever imagined.  Every detail is exquisite, save for one small exception:  Jane's limited funds mean that she can't enjoy the same luxury experience as other, wealthier bachelorettes who currently populate Austenland, but she decides to make the most of her trip regardless.  Later, when Jane falls into a romance with a dashing young servant, a lifetime of dreams suddenly begin to come true.

Review: This is a very cute movie.  I don't think there's any other word for it.  Keri Russel is very sweet and charming and you can't help but root for this poor sheltered bird.  Of course, with Jennifer Coolidge as her sidekick you know there will be at least a few laugh out loud moments.

This is a great girls night movie,  you have period costumes, a love triangle, beautiful countryside, Jane Austen references galore, and more than a few handsome men~

I didn't really think I'd like it but I was bored and I needed a break from Battlestar Gallactica on Netflix so I chose this movie, and I'm so glad I did.  If you like Keri Russel in Waitress then I think you'll also enjoy this film.

I haven't read the book, I imagine it must be from the  "Chic Lit" genre which I steered away from a few years ago, but as a movie I can handle it.

Have you read this book or seen the movie?  What did you think?  Did you know that there are actually Jane Austen tours that you can take?  Would you ever immerse yourself in Austenland?  Leave a comment below~


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