Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Allure of the Stripe

Something about stripes.......they make a strong  statement and they draw the line down towards the feet, making you appear slimmer and longer.

I just made a small lot of these ADORABLE black and white striped Sampants!
Ive got Small through Extra Large listed on Etsy, and I have two each of most sizes.
I'll repost the extras as they sell.
These are made of the good stuff - the nice heavier weight cotton lycra that holds its shape and lasts a long time.
Im always on the lookout for this heavier weight stretch cotton.. I don't buy in bulk, so its hit or miss when it comes to finding this fabric.I just happened to be at the fabric store at the same time they were unloading the truck.

Get em while they're hot!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day To The Men Who Nurture!!!

My son is doing one fine job. Ive watched him take care of Ivy - and you can tell when someone is genuinely into what they are doing. Im very proud!

Having come from a home where the dad was broken and the theme of the house was chaos and mayhem, I appreciate every effort on a man's part to find that place for the love of a child. You dont have to be perfect, but you do have to play with them and lead them and give them hugs. You can make mistakes - everyone does - you dont even have to like those kids all the time (I think this is impossible - who likes everyone all the time?????????) But you have to genuinely love them. That will show in the long run. That will be remembered in the end.
 Happy Fathers' Day!

Friday, June 17, 2011


 I woke up this morning and jumped out of bed full of life and energy and a touch of narcissism. Thats right - bonafide narcissism. My favorite word of the day. Usually I putter around for a while making coffee and answering emails and being a facebook friend. But not today. I donned some makeup and curled my hair.  Matthew James (you'll know him soon enough) said that I'm going for that 50's housewife kind of thing. I think he may be right. And this isn't so bad before coffee and a big birthday (we'll just say I'm 37 and leave it at that - because I say so. Don't argue with me). In truth, I had some clients coming over - so I do like to make a good appearance, but this morning was just different.

I don't know what happened. The moon is done with being full? Jupiter and Saturn collided?  The dish ran away with the spoon?

I never celebrate my birthday. I don't enjoy my birthday. I would just as soon forget about my day of birth. I don't know why. I don't say anything to anyone.  Sometimes the day is great. Sometimes its lonely.  I love to be remembered, but I feel no need to talk about it or announce it or remind anyone about it. It usually embarrasses me to have a fuss made. So what has changed?

I just don't know.
         Hmmmmmmmmmm. Its puzzling, int it.
So what should I do for my birthday?
I'll have a 25% off sale!
For my birthday, I'm having a 25% off sale in my Etsy shop. Thats right - 25% off.  I'd go higher, but I have to eat. Thats only fair. Ive never had a sale where I marked everything off 25%. And its making me HAPPY! Patterns and custom goods will be excluded from the sale, but there is a lot of fun stuff in there!

Please enter this code at checkout: HAPPYBIRTHDAYTOME
This will automatically take 25% off of your Etsy purchase. Pretty neat, huh!

So there ya go........hope you see something that you've lusted for and cant justify right now. I wish I had more sizes, but this is what I have left after my festivals and events over the last 4 weeks. When it moves out the door, there is room to make more! (yes, Jeanette, that's your vest in the mirror - I'm finishing it up!)
 Ive got a couple sword bags that I'll put in the shop. Vintage trims and drapery velvet make a lush bag to carry your dance sword or your gym clothes in - I dragged mine through the U.K three times (before the sword ban).Maybe its just the thing you've been looking for!
 Now that my Fluffie Rufflie Dance Pant pattern tutorial is up, I'll just put the finishing touches on the FR Pantaloons, and then I can focus on finishing some custom orders and new merchandise. I had talked a lot about teaching sewing lessons at one time, but my patterns ate up my life there for a while. So keep checking in - Ive got some ideas that I will throw out there. I think you'll like what I have in mind and I know we can have fun with it!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Wedding Porn Inspiration

Weddings are personal matters and mark the beginning of a new or continuing direction in your life. You don't have to wear the classic wedding dress. You can really wear whatever you want these days.You can have a joke with it or take it seriously, But its nice to think that symbolically you would honor this moment with a special outfit of some kind. Something. on the images if you cant see the whole effect. :)
Whether you make it yourself, hire someone to make it, have a family member or a friend make it, get it from the thrift store, or buy it off the rack: make it mean something. Make it special. Even if you are having fun with it: Its a big deal.
Here are some fun images that I snagged off the interwebbs: enjoy!