Bugging out!

My very dear friend Johanna just turned the big 3-0 and I had to miss her big birthday party which was a big bummer, it sounded like quote the hoo-rah. To make up for missing out on the fun I wanted to make her a fun dress, and I remember her mentioning a while back that she wanted to make a bug dress, as in a dress with insect print all over it. I thought that actually sounded really cool! I found the perfect cotton bug print, its black on a cream background, from far away you can’t tell they are bugs so in my mind that tones it down a bit and makes it less hokey. After making my plaid Lisette dress I decided that would be a great dress for the print, its simple and fairly straight forward and its an easy dress to wear.

The bug were printed on an angle so I had to be precise about the way I cut the pieces so that they would line up straight. It wasn’t too big of a task but I can see that this would be taxing on a complicated garment. Luckily this one only had about 5 pieces.

I followed the same steps as I did with my plaid version, I made a zipper down the back as opposed to the side zipper, and I eliminated the facings and just used bias tape. She and I are more or less the same size so I based the measurements and fittings to myself, and in the end it fit her like a glove!

Lisette 2059- Blue flowers

I have actually worn this dress A LOT, I just haven’t sat down and had a chance to post it until now. This is another Lisette dress (junkie I tell ya) and it is probably the most comfortable dress I own. I made this in March when it was still chilly and wore it with boots and a cardigan, and now it is transitioning nicely into the 90+ degree weather.

There’s really not a whole lot to this one, it is literally two panels sewn together with a little bit of gathering at the neck line and binding around the arm holes and the neck, and then a self belt to tie it up. Done! I used a super duper soft knit, it is so light and breezy.  I don’t think knits were actually a recommended fabric, but as you know I am a fabric recommendation rebel, it turned out great in this instance. 

This dress is simple, QUICK and can be made up in all sorts of fabric. I’ll most likely revisit this one. Everytime I wear people are like oh my goodness! You MADE that! you are so talented. And I’m like oh stop… no go on! 

If they only knew! hee hee!

I’m baaaaaaack… and need another vacation!

I have been a bit m.i.a. the past month, but I am back and have many pictures from my vacation and my Colette Hazel dress to share. My whole family lives in NYC and I try to go up once a year to visit them. This year my cousin got married so my Mom and I flew up for the wedding, which was awesome btw! My cousin is Catholic and his new wife is Jewish so they had a ceremony with both a Rabbi and a Priest at a golf course country club and they did all the Jewish traditions, like the smashing of the glass and dancing the horah. I have never been to a Jewish wedding before, so I got a big kick watching all the guys lift my cousin up in a chair and toss him around!

My trip started off with a bang, or rather a “yeyeyeyeye!!” rebel call when I met the Turtleman in the airport. He was on my flight to New York because he was on the Today Show last week. If you aren’t familiar with the Turtleman, he is featured on Animal Planet and lives in Kentucky where he dives into muddy ponds and catches giant snapping turtles that can take your fingers off. He has an infamous rebel yell which I immediately recognized as I was sitting at our gate. He was very friendly as you can see, and he insisted we take a live action shot. He swept me right off my feet!

While I was in New York, I had a little “me” time and took the metro down to Grand Central and did a little shopping. I stopped at Times Square and met Elmo himself. He was a little creepy, but I am a sucker for pictures with weirdos dressed in costumes (I am one of those weirdos myself!)

One of my favorite parts of the trip was finally finding Mood Fabrics (featured on Project Runway, my addiction) in the fashion district down on W 37th St, which was HUGE!!  I was totally overwhelmed, you take an elevator up and you walk in to three floors stacked to the ceiling with fabric, notions and trim, anything you could imagine. I even found a section of alpaca fabric, it was so soft but potentially itchy at the same time. Out of this world! I could have gone completely crazy but most of the fabric was pretty expensive (for me at least) starting at about $14 a yard. I also had to fit everything in my carry on so I only bought 2.5 yards of some sweet plaid cotton. Boring, yes I know but I had to pick something and get out of there before I spent 4 hours walking around drooling at things.

While in Manhatten, I met up my buddy Matt from high School who moved up there about 2 years ago for a great job in an accounting firm. He took me around the East Village and St. Marks which is the more hipster scene area with secret basement bars with hidden clubs behind fake telephone booths that have “mixology” bars. We also went by Korean Town, or K-Town as its called up there. He had lots of great stories and it was good to catch up with him. Here we are in K-town, obviously he towered over me and everyone else in the vicinity!

For the last part of our trip, I went to Atlantic City with my Mom and my Aunt Ida. We took the old people bus up there and got vouchers to gamble and eat dinner, along with a movie to watch on the way there and back. Atlantic City is on the Jersey Shore and was featured on an episode of Sex and the City, it totally lived up to its name! Tons of casinos and people watching, airbrush t-shirts and fortune tellers all around. It was a gorgeous day, we did a lot of shopping and walked around the boardwalk and enjoyed the ocean. Atlantis City was full of knock off designer bags which I took full advantage of. Here are some of the pictures we took, and check out my finished Colette Hazel dress. I had some issues with the sizing on this one, and I think the straps ended up being a tad short, but I made work. I think its a little billowy in the front, but I absolutely love the pockets and the stripe detail on the bodice.

And check out these little gems, only in Atlantic City can you find some gold “I heart Slots” grandma sneakers. They also had a bingo version as well.

Ok, I will now wrap up my novel of a post and close with the fact that I now need a vacation from my vacation. I am pooped! If you need me I’ll be at the pool chillaxin with my dawg.