Monday, May 30, 2011

Summer Stuff

Hey there! Gosh, things've been crazy lately! I left Humboldt county (*tear*) and moved back to Newcastle for the summer. I'll be moving again in August to Chico where I'll be going to school to get my Crops, Horticulture and Land Management degree. Weeee! I can hardly wait.

I'm working at The Tin Thimble over the summer and am so excited about everything thats coming up. We're hosting our first ever Fashion Week (July 12th-17th for those of you who are local and want to come check it out), and our 2nd annual fashion show will be held Sunday, July 17th. More details coming soon. I am so lucky that I love my job and I wake up before work ready and excited to go. I've planned Home Ec classes for June and July and am really looking forward to teaching them. In June the students will be making a pillowcase, tote bag, wallet and an adorable party garland.

In July, they'll be learning how to make coasters, an apron, appliqued hand towels and a kitchen rug. It's SO nice to be back at work and feeling useful again, haha. To my local readers: you should all come in and check out the shop! We just got  a TON of vintage fabrics out on the shelves, the class schedule is full and summer projects are calling. 

Friday, May 6, 2011

Handmade Cynthia Rowley 2250 in Vintage Stripe

It's done! Hallelujah. This is the Dress from Hell. Now that it's done and I can actually wear it, I'll give it a nicer name. The Sun Umbrella Dress. Made with a Cynthia Rowley and vintage fabric. The fabric is a medium weight cotton canvas with big 1"-2" stripes. It reminds me of an umbrella you would see on the beach. It ties in the back and because I passionately despise invisible zippers, the closure is a button and loop set up. 

Photos by Marie Clark of Permanent Glimpse Photography.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

A Rapido Hola

Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone!

This holiday seems to be a big hit in college towns...tequila, beer, margaritas oh and actual mexican food too. Silly college students. Anyway, I spent my day finishing *duhn* *duhn* *duhn* The Dress from Hell. And the good news is....IT'S DONE! Here's a little sneak peak. I'll take photos soon and make a new post, so keep your eyes out! 

I was feeling a wee bit home sick the other day and found myself making something that always reminds me of my mom and my grandma, homemade popcorn. Yep, real butter and salt and the whole nine yards. Delicious. Made me feel better right away.

While sitting at my desk today working on the Dress from Hell, I actually pulled out the manual for my sewing machine (which I have never done). My sewing machine originally belonged to my Great Aunt Charlotte and I inherited it about 5 years ago. The manual says it was printed in 1973, so that would make the manual and my machine 38 years old. I don't think Charlotte ever in all her years of sewing cracked open the manual. There is not a dog-ear, or a smudge or a torn page. Apparently my Aunt and I share more than just our love of sewing, we share personality traits. Perhaps, stubbornness? Determination? The inability to make things simple and just read the freakin' manual?

I guess I like to color coordinate things. It wasn't on purpose I swear. And yeah, the little box sitting on the window sill is the same chartreuse-y color. I do love that color though. 

Remember, the reveal of Handmade Summer Wardrobe Fashion Show piece # 5 coming soon! Check back!