Friday, October 14, 2011

It's our Anniversary! (7th, that is)

Well, officially yesterday was our anniversary. We were married on Friday, Oct. 13, 2004. It was a dreary, rainy day and the sun came out when we were taking photos after the ceremony. Funny thing is yesterday was a dreary, rainy day and the sun came out at about the same time it did 7 years ago. How amazing is that?

We decided a while back to do the celebrate thing for our anniversary this weekend. We gave each other little things yesterday. Bill gave me a very touching card that I've re-read at least 10 times since getting it and 35 little post it notes with "Love You" written on them posted all over the house. I gave him an e-card, a Cthulhu cup cozy (hand crocheted by the lovely Jade Bartlett) for him to take to work for a laugh, and a real card.  Otherwise it was a fairly normal evening in our house... dinner, family time, unwind after kids are in bed, etc. Today I woke to find a love note written on the storm door in dry erase marker from Bill and I gave him his other, sweeter, present when he got home from work. I used this tutorial and template download to make it. He loved it. Here it is:

DIY anniversary gift 52 Things I Love About You

DIY anniversary gift 52 Things I Love About You

DIY anniversary gift 52 Things I Love About You

DIY anniversary gift 52 Things I Love About You

Here's the other gift I gave him:

Cthulhu Cup Cozy
Photo courtesy of Heather Brooks.

A Cthulhu Cozy! Ha!

Bill will give me my other gift this weekend. I can't wait! Tomorrow we are going to have dinner at El Dorado and after dinner we will go to the "Ghosts of Sotterly" performance at Sotterly Plantation. Sunday we will wake up late after enjoying an evening without the kids.

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Sewing: Gypsy Costume

Today I'm working on a commissioned jacket for a client so I'm going to post up a costume I made last month for a fairy/gypsy party at a friend's house.

The underskirt and overskirt were made with no patterns. Just winged it. The peasant blouse I self drafted a pattern for. The turban was made from 2 shirts I never wear (brown t-shirt for the turban, and the roses came from a halter I never wear). I added a vintage button to the center of the roses on the turban for a little glitz. The shawl is one I knit in January.  Altogether the costume cost me $7 for the bangle bracelets on my right hand. The red fabric is from a window scarf that I no longer use (lots of yardage there!) and the green fabric was some I had purchased at least 15 years ago with intentions of making a dress that never happened. Still have a couple yards left over of it.

Monday, October 03, 2011

Sewing: Vintage Strawberry Sorbetto

I've been very busy with the sewing machine lately. Here's the most recent thing to get finished:

Another item for my fall wardrobe. I used Colette Patterns' free Sorbetto tank to make a shell I could layer all fall and then again in spring. I cut the pattern in a size 12, based on my high bust measurement and then FBA'd it to death (2.5 inches to each side). I used Queen of the Flies' post to help me with my pattern adjustments.

The fabric is a vintage 1950's cotton that I purchased from Selvedge Shop and the trim is purchased single fold bias tape in dark brown. I'm so happy with how it turned out! Off my body it kind of has odd shaping, but on me it is PERFECT!

It was a little chilly out, so this is as much as I'm going to expose to show the detail on the tank. It's hard to see, but I didn't hem the bottom as instructed as I wanted it a little longer, so I just used the bias tape to finish the bottom like the neckline and armholes.
Colette Patterns Fall Palette Challenge