Monthly Archives: June 2012

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sofie

sofie

teresa

theresa

both in front of the Blue Scorcher Bakery in June.

Sofie may come out this weekend to make a duct tape dress form.  With duct tape given to me by theresa, no less.  I need to find adequate instruction, but I am sure there are tons of tutorials out there.

dresses!

Well, I finally found a way to take pictures of myself, and so I can post pictures of the dresses that I have been making this summer. The pictures are not very good, unfortunately, because I lack anything resembling a tripod and have been hanging my camera on a safety pin jammed into my windowsill and taking “interval shots.” If I ever want to photograph anything below my knees, I will face problems, but for right now, this is sufficient.

First, my circus-y t-shirt dress:

t-shirt dress

One of the joys of doing cool things in high school is that you end up with a plethora of t-shirts that you never wear. Looking for a way to utilize or dispose of some of them, I hit upon the idea of making a dress out of them! I made this before my sewing machine was functional, so I had to sew the entire thing by hand. The skirt is made of three National Ocean Sciences Bowl t-shirts and one random purple t-shirt from who-knows where, and the bodice is my t-shirt from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Summer Seminar. I made mismatched sleeves and decorative but-not-particularly-sturdy pocket, and even a sewn-in sash to help support the weight of the skirt.

t-shirt dress

t-shirt dress

The purple sleeve is unfortunately folded oddly in these pictures, but I had taken so many of them by the time I realized that I decided I didn’t care.

And then there’s this dress…

flowery dress

I started making this dress three years ago, sewed it all up exactly according to the instructions, basted in the zipper . . . and then tried it on and realized it didn’t fit very well. I was terribly upset and lost all interest in finishing it, but the other day I finally sewed in the zipper, shortened the hem, added snaps to the cuff, and put ties on the back, all in time to wear to a solstice party!

flowery dress

It still doesn’t fit perfectly; there’s too much extra fabric under the arms, and the quilting cotton is really stiff. Nor will it stand up to much washing, since I didn’t zigzag the seams or anything. But, after all these years of disappointment, I am really very pleased with it.

Just for good measure, here’s a picture of me wearing clothes today and wondering if the camera is ever going to hurry and up and take the picture:

an outfit

generation gap

We are a mother-daughter tag team of clothing enthusiasts who have decided to jump in the fray with a style and sewing blog. Plan is to have some of our personal outfits on here, as well as a smattering of Portland and Astoria street stylings. (If I ever spot a killer outfit in the country, I will post it here, too!)

Here’s Alice after an early June shopping trip at Funkytown Vintage in Portland. She scored this breathtaking cotton poppy blouse, as well as a very very old silk vest that has a few years of dignity left. There will be a photo of that on another day…

It was really great to see Jeffrey at Funkytown after all these years. His shop is really awesome, 4707 SE Hawthorne.

Floral explosion:

stay tuned for some street styles next!

— Shannon