weekly inspiration

06.17.12 | weekly inspiration

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  • This tutorial from Steph on removing excess back-thigh fabric on pants is so helpful!
  • Beautiful shoe scans from 1939-1941. Drool worthy!
  • I love these easy, homemade pickles recipes (no canning required for those of us who don’t know how!).
  • A thoughtful discussion on the merits and pitfalls of .pdf sewing patterns.
  • Have I shared a link to Mid Century Menu with you yet? I think not. Go check it out. You won’t be disappointed!

weekly Instagram photos (my username is “elegantmusings”).

Hello, friends! Not a whole lot to talk about this week–it’s been a busy time for me! Happily busy, though. For which I am grateful. Now I’m just trying to get some sewing squeezed in before the new week really and truly starts. But so many ideas (and *ahem* deviations from my original summer plans…) are floating through my head right now. But my lack of serious sewing time this weekend really only has me to blame: SH and I have been spending a lot of time enjoying the sunshine and mild weather riding around on his motorcycle. (Hence the snapshot above of me with my new helmet!) But my summer clothes won’t sew themselves! hehe!

Have a lovely rest of the weekend!

June 17, 2012 · 10 lovely thoughts
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06.10.12 | weekly inspiration

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  • Ever want to try hemstitching? There is a great tutorial from the Coletterie blog.
  • A lovely example of a WWII era dress sporting a propaganda print.
  • I’m really quite happy it’s summer right now (all my favorite sundresses can be worn!), but this cute outfit with it’s autumny colors and cape is making me wish just a tiny bit it were fall!
  • I love this collection of 1940s summer snapshots. So many gorgeous vintage looks to inspire this summer!
  • Faced with rain? Take some inspiration on classy vintage rainwear looks over at Couture Allure.

06.10.12 | the week in snapshots

weekly Instagram photos (my username is “elegantmusings”).

Hello, friends! Seems I disappeared again toward the end of the week, eh? Right smack in the middle of the week I developed some weird ailment, that while it didn’t have me totally down, meant I had to take a trip to the doctor’s (not my favorite thing to do) and found myself really sleepy for a few days. I seem to be on the mend though from this Mystery Illness (yay!)–just in time for the weekend and spending some time with SH at some local events, soaking up the sunshine.

I want to say a big thank you regarding your enthusiastic response to the launch of the Pattern Grading 101 series! I am so excited many of you are curious about this and are eager to learn more. The first technical post won’t be up until next week, but I can’ wait to share some of the tips and tricks I’ve picked up over the years. I think LBC put it best about how pattern grading can revolutionize your sewing toolkit: “. I don’t want to sound hyperbolic, but it has honestly been one of the most empowering things I’ve learned in the past . . . I don’t know how long.” I was fortunate enough to learn about grading just as I was beginning to seriously sew with vintage patterns (about age 17/18), and it opened my world to a lot of new possibilities as I was no longer tied to the numbers on the pattern envelope! Which might be a bad thing considering how many vintage patterns I have… *ahem*

Enough rambling about pattern grading… I have a feeling that I shall do plenty of that in the next month over the course of the series! Hope y’all are having a lovely, sun-filled weekend!

June 10, 2012 · 17 lovely thoughts
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06.03.12 | weekly inspiration

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  • Tasia shows how to finish the lining and zipper edge on a dress. It’s specifically for her new Cambie dress, but could easily be applied to other patterns!
  • A great, easy tutorial for adding a cute, vintage-style skirt drape to a dress.
  • Peter shared some thoughts on how to approach a flea market.
  • Some good tips Tasha compiled on how to get yourself out of a crafting slump.
  • I simply adore this beautiful 1940s green suit Johanna made!

Hello, friends! How has your week gone? I’ve been busy with all sorts of things, including starting to help write twice-weekly columns for the Coletterie blog. The first post I helped out with–a roundup of creative links–is already up, and there is another coming this week. I’m rather excited to be doing this as Colette Patterns is a company I have enjoyed helping in the past with various things, and you know I love the patterns too!

I’ve also been doing a bit of sewing–on that 1940s playsuit I posted in my summer sewing list earlier in the week. With the weather being as warm as it has been, I couldn’t help but start with something that looked cool and comfortable to wear! The midriff top is done (hence the snapshot above), but the rest of it is on a bit of standstill. I ended up having enough fabric for shorts and a skirt (although I’m a bit concerned about how sheer the fabric is for shorts, so those are still being debated), so I cut out the skirt and started on that. If you look at the pattern image, the gathering is centered in the front and back, and the sides are left smooth. Despite having a skirt with this exact gather pattern, this skirt was not flattering at all! I spent some quality time with my seam ripper the other evening and am just going to gather it all the way across. Hopefully that will remedy the problem!

My sister is also visiting this week–which is always a lot of fun! We have a few things planned to do, but I think the main idea is to also relax a bit and catch up. She didn’t get to come down to visit us last summer when we were still in Florida, and despite having had a couple visits in between now and then, she had been swamped with her thesis paper prior to graduation last month. So for the first time in a long, long time we’re actually able to have a homework/school-free visit!

Have a lovely rest-of-the-weekend! I shall be back tomorrow with some inspiration.

June 3, 2012 · 6 lovely thoughts
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05.26.12 | weekly inspirationweekly visual moodboard | be sure to click on the image to view picture sources.

A few random photos from Instagram this week (my username is “elegantmusings”).

I just wanted to say a big thank you for all the sweet comments about my new ‘do! Oddly enough, I’ve been wearing my hair down almost daily since I cut the bangs; I think for so long I pulled it up or back because my front section annoyingly got in my face. Now that’s not a problem, I’m rediscovering styles that don’t involve a whole lot of fuss! Although the other day I did a high bun and the look was quite fetchingly-quirky with the bangs.

Now for the winner of the third day of the vintage pattern giveaway:


Congratulations and I’ll be sending you an email shortly! Thank you to everyone who entered this series of giveaways; I’m hoping to hold a few more throughout the summer, so stay tuned!

I’m off to enjoy the remainder of a nice, long weekend with my sweetheart. As is typical for us on a holiday weekend like this, there is lots of time spent lounging around, grilling yummy things and eating fresh blackberries I picked up at Trader Joe’s on Friday (a summer treat!). But in the middle of all this holiday cooking and relaxing, I hope that fellow American readers will remember to take a moment to remember the reason we get a 3 day weekend the end of each May: in memorial to the nation’s fallen service members. Have a lovely rest of your weekend, friends!

May 27, 2012 · 5 lovely thoughts
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05.20.12 | weekly favoritesweekly visual moodboard | be sure to click on the image to view picture sources.

  • My friend (and former FL thrifting partner) Eileen shared some great tips on thrifting.
  • I need to keep this list of roadtrip essentials handy next time we find ourselves on a long car drive.
  • Peter (and his astute readers) weigh in on the “new” revival of the classic pin up.
  • Charlotte weighed in on the topic of why she wears vintage.
  • Mena shared some yummy images of 1940s fabrics.
  • Gorgeous 1958 dresses on the Couture Allure blog!
  • On the Coletterie blog, Sarai asked what readers do when “taste and body don’t match?”.

05.20.12 | gardening
05.20.12 | gardening

Basil and Oregano plants–they’ve grown a lot in the past month!

Happy weekend, friends! I can’t believe how quickly May is flying by–and doesn’t look like it’s going to slow down any time soon ’round these parts. This week has been a lot of writing rather than doing on my part–emails always seem to pile up when I’m gone for a few days, and I’m trying to dig out from underneath that. I’m also trying to get back on a blogging schedule now that Maverick is needing less supervision and can actually be trusted on his own for periods of time (though not long–he usually finds something to get into and try to eat! You would not believe what I’ve pulled out of this animal’s mouth in the past few weeks…). So hopefully June will find me on more of an even keel with blogging and bringing you some fun things tutorial-wise!

05.20.12 | gardening

The sad Cilantro…

It’s also been quite rainy here the past week, which has been good for the herbs I planted last month! Although the Thyme isn’t looking too well, and I think I might move it elsewhere so it doesn’t get so much rain (since I read Thyme likes it rather dry). Oh, and a question for all you green thumb types: can you tell me what might be causing these spots on my Cilantro? It’s growing quite well, but I’m not sure why it’s got these little spots. We have it in a natural potting soil mix (my dad mixes his own soil to avoid a lot of the chemical additives in commercial potting mixes, so he gave me a bunch of that!), but I suspect it might still be missing a fertilizer Cilantro (and not the other plants) need. Any help would be appreciated–I can’t seem to find much online and I’d like to start using it in my cooking!

Hope you have a lovely rest of your weekend! I’m off to spend it with SH since he had to work yesterday (boo!), and we could both use a bit of R&R.

May 20, 2012 · 17 lovely thoughts
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