Re:Fashion Season 2 on Bluprint!

Re:Fashion Season 2 on Bluprint!

Also known as The Extra Season, also known as The Season We Do Things To Rob. See evidence above.

Re:Fashion Season 2 is now live on Bluprint! I am so enormously proud of, and in love with, the crew that makes this happen. They are the most collaborative, supportive, fine group of humans that we've had the honor to work with. I hope you enjoy what we've created together... 

I'll be highlighting all 6 looks over the summer, with plenty of lovely pics for the sewing minded to ogle! OOOO I DO LIKE TO OGLE A SEAM! Til then, if you get your Sewing TV through Bluprint, you can catch the series here.

Happy sewing, my friends!


Rob Is Right, Or: We're Starting a YouTube Channel

I was going to title this post "A Love Letter To My Husband" but OOOOOO WOULD HE EVER HATE THAT HERALD! We're not the kind of couple that posts mushy sentences on social media about anniversaries, or Valentine's Day, or any whathaveyou occasion of love. And since this post is about giving him props, I suppose dubbing it in such a way that would make him squeamish would be a bit bratty of me.

(so I'll just put my original instinct in the introductory paragraph instead)

But we like nothing more than being near each other. Now, because he will read this and call me out IRL, I will admit that yes, I get a little stir crazy sometimes with our nightly rhythm of Netflix & Chill. Especially when we're on a binge of some realistic, excellently executed drama, where my mind wanders to fashion and Rob has to tell me why a character just exploded or something. Still, on the evenings when one of us is bachelor-ed for rehearsal or work, or even when both of us are out together at a shindig, it requires the instant remedy of at least three nights in, side by side.

Which is exactly why I shouldn't have fought Rob so long on starting a YouTube channel. He's been gently nudging me towards videos for about 5 years now. (This might be an exaggeration, but I don't *think* that's MarcyMath™️.) The nudging turned to full-on unrelenting badgering at the start of the New Year.

After several months of hashing out ideas, under my severe and loud protest, I finally gave in last week and shot some things. And had to admit to Rob (because we always admit when we are wrong) that it was THE MOST FUN EVER, hugely because it offers the bonus of the two of us getting to play together, which is my most favorite thing in the world.

My main protest was wanting everything to be perfect, and not understanding how to accomplish that. I mean. WHAT IS YOUTUBE?! What should videos be? With the blog, I've got the gameplan. Pictures. Ramblings. Done. This'll be a learning curve of what works and what doesn't, and it won't be perfect. After all, it's just us and some equipment. It'll be a minute before we're ready to go--we're accumulating some content so that we're not scrambling to get stuff up, but at the moment there are a few Bluprint trailers up so that we have a landing page visible...you can go on and be the first subscriber if ya like ;) We've got ideas that I think will be fun...but if there's something you're itching to watch, holler at me. I'm all ears.

You may be thinking right about now, I've rambled my way completely off course in this sneak attack love letter. But imma bring it back around, and say the thing that is a load bearing wall in the construct of any relationship: Rob, you were right. 


Complicating Simplicity 8456

Complicating Simplicity 8456

I don't know if it's here to stay or just visiting till June, but the warm weather showed UP and that means OUTSIDE PHOTOS WITH MOUTH OPEN AND NONSTOP MOVEMENT

Complicating Simplicity 8456

Complicating Simplicity 8456

Seriously, Rob is such a good sport about this. We're babysitting a kitteh this week, and she comes with a private common area nestled between battered brick buildings. The first thing Rob asked was if I wanted to take some photos.


I am obviously a lucky gal. But! There are some issues to address about this dress, as my luck ran out in my tinkering. This pattern, Simplicity 8456, is actually a slip/crinoline/petticoat vintage reprint. Of course I wanted her as a maxi dress. I made my usual tweak of raising the waist 1 1/4", but I didn't account for the lace panels that were meant to live at the top of the bodice. So I had to recreate a lower waist to get the bodice up to a level of decency. In fact, I think if I would've left the waistline as patterned, omitting the lace insets, it would have worked out perfectly! 

Raising the neckline on the fly meant she was also too tight across the center front panel. Luckily, I'd cut the CF panel as two, because I wanted to get some print mirroring in that jammie. Sadly, I'd only given myself 3/8ths SA. So I reduced the seam allowance to next to nothing, opening the seam up across the widest part of my bust to create some more breathing room...

Which ripple effect-ed into the side front gaping. Threw a dart in to fix that. Then cut a lining. *Tried* to mimic everything I did on the outer bodice, without actually taking that finished bodice apart. I went a little off in my assessment here and there, as that lining is TIGHT! The dress hung & felt great pre-lining (so great I boogied in it) but walking towards Kitteh's house with this dress on proved my teeny ta-tas need a little more room than the lining is currently permitting. Next up: cutting the lining down into a facing. No muss, no fuss, no self imposed binding.  

Complicating Simplicity 8456

(Yes, my bracelet is cracked, she was dropped by a fellow high-key performer on her very first outing. I glued her and refuse to give her up.)

The cotton sateen hails from my beloved janky store in NY's garment district. I was on the fence about it, when a customer sidled up to me and said, you want me to help you with your life? GET THAT. This delightful guy had already made several pairs of long shorts out of this. IF ONLY Rob would rock this crazyface print! I'd make him those technicolor shorts in a HEARTBEAT!

I took my dapper dude's advice, and overbought. So the shorts could still happen.

Complicating Simplicity 8456

I mean, could you imagine us in matching outfits in this print?! We would stop traffic! Help a girl out, wouldja? What say you? Let me know if you'd like to see us as a matched set...I'll read your thoughts out loud to the man and see if I can convince him. OH IT WOULD BE SO GOOD.