Saturday, March 26, 2016

Ah, Spring!

I got out the cottons for a "Brooklyn" inspired skirt. You remember it.
Sunny and sweet.
 I don't usually make reproductions and this isn't one. But I do love the bright optimistic take on Summer this movie employed and took my palette from there. Truthfully, this movie is great but I have watched MANY a terrible flick for the color combos. Sometimes you just want to be washed over by technicolor.
 I had this Butterick pattern, which many of you already have and tweaked it.
This pocket is a quick sew and really fun.
I used the skirt portion of the pattern and added a grosgrain waistband, also shortened  it by 2"

Pocket tweak, contrast lining and knot detail.

Thought I was smiling, Ha!
I love to use the bottom halves of dress patterns for skirts. I do it all the time, it never disappoints.
I will probably wear this skirt with a cute tee and flat sandals, a lace collar blouse is a little too lamb for this mutton.

I was blissfully ironing away and reached for the water bottle to refill the reservoir and reached for the wrong bottle. Just like in a movie where the protagonist reaches for a bottle and instead grabs poison. That never happens, you say...
  I filled the iron with Best Press. The pricey sizing that works a treat but is not for the iron. I filled it to the brim, because Rowenta has started leaking. (What's that Rowenta? Why do I have a shotgun? Why are we going behind the shed?) And now the sewing room is redolent with the nominally pleasant smell of Spring... or starch.
Let this be a lesson to us all.

Ever Your Thimble Servant
Miss Brilliantine

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Crimson Cinderella Wars

I had my yearly pilgrimage to see the Oscar costumes at FIDM. The museum does a wonderful job of displaying the costumes and there is a nice assortment. That means there is just a smattering of your favorites. Whichever those might be. I'll let them speak for themselves.......with captions.
Lovely in person, which is not always true of a costume meant to be photographed.

Step Mother and sisters, who wouldn't want to be evil if  so well dressed?

The back view, because I know someone is already making it-you're welcome.

Crimson Peak, a movie too scaredy for this cat, but wow!

I love the clasped hands!

The pair on the left is an original in the FIDM collection, the pair on the right are the ones copied for the film.

In the words of Ralph Wiggum, "I'm a Star Wars!"

D'oh! Rey! Me!
The Danish Girl, you can really see how big the dude is. Oh Eddie, you so pretty.

The Winner!

This movie was great and the costumes, wonderful post war wear!

Brooklyn- she looked like a sunny day, I'm inspired.

Some nice natural form Thomas Hardy action.
 I have to say, I've been inspired by the sunny, punchy candy colors of Brooklyn. I'm well on my way to making a skirt or two in happy color ways. El Nino has left us in the lurch (worst boyfriend ever) and Spring keeps on trying to come in like a lamb. I'm mining the stash for colorful cottons. I'll post.

Every Your Thimble Servant,
Miss Brilliantine