Friday, August 2, 2013

Now I don't know what to do with myself

I've been wanting to try new embellishment techniques, so I've started stenciling a collection based on "Ya no Sé Qué Hacer Conmigo" by El Cuarteto de Nos. 





Here's my representation of "Ya tuve que ir obligado a misa":

Church of Saint Margarita summer camp 2013

I stenciled the letters and traced and painted the chalice onto a thrifted tee.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

More Patterns





They've both been cut out, but have all their pieces.

The library rules are as follows:
  • You must have a blog or be a member of LSG to borrow a pattern.
  • You have two weeks from receiving the pattern to trace it and offer it for someone else to borrow.
    • I may offer a two-week extension if needed.
  • I will mail to anywhere, but it will be in the slow mail.
  • I will only send each person one pattern at a time.
  • What you do with the tracing after two weeks is your own business.
  • Feel free to use these rules or change them for your blog, I won't tell you what to do in your own home.
  • Leave a comment below to claim a pattern.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

More From My Collection

This one has too much ease to be useful to me, check out the finished bust measurements:



It's cut to an 18, and seems to have all its pieces.

The library rules are as follows:
  • You must have a blog or be a member of LSG to borrow a pattern.
  • You have two weeks from receiving the pattern to trace it and offer it for someone else to borrow.
    • I may offer a two-week extension if needed.
  • I will mail to anywhere, but it will be in the slow mail.
  • I will only send each person one pattern at a time.
  • What you do with the tracing after two weeks is your own business.
  • Feel free to use these rules or change them for your blog, I won't tell you what to do in your own home.
  • Leave a comment below to claim a pattern.

The Vintage Pattern Lending Library is Now Open!

I've decided to forge ahead with my latest crazy idea.

The library rules are as follows:

  • You must have a blog or be a member of LSG to borrow a pattern.
  • You have two weeks from receiving the pattern to trace it and offer it for someone else to borrow.
    • I may offer a two-week extension if needed.
  • I will mail to anywhere, but it will be in the slow mail.
  • I will only send each person one pattern at a time.
  • What you do with the tracing after two weeks is your own business.
  • Feel free to use these rules or change them for your blog, I won't tell you what to do in your own home.
  • Leave a comment below to claim a pattern.
I have three mail-order patterns I got in a lot that I'll never use, as they don't suit my figure. They're all uncut, and seem to have all their pieces.






No size chart for this one:




Sunday, June 16, 2013

The Ethics of Tracing

          The other day I had what I thought was a wonderful idea. A lending library for vintage patterns, where you would receive a pattern, trace it and send it to another seamstress, much like any library. It seemed to me that patterns would be on the same moral ground as used books, that is, acceptable to most sensible people.
               I wanted to broach this subject to my sewing group when I realized they aren't truly comparable. When I give away a book, I don't retain the right to use it at the same time as everyone else- I give it up entirely. But tracing a pattern allows me continued use, which seems ethically squirmy even if it's harmless.

Readers, what do you think? Would a lending library be ethical? Would you use one?

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Accidental Ralph Lauren

I bought two nearly identical dresses when I was visiting family in Oregon, but only photographed one.
I did my standard removal of shoulder pads and sleeves, and hemming.


 Seriously!?



The downstairs neighbor says the white dress is Ralph Lauren. Oops. In my defense, it was super fugly. She also brought me her matching pillowcase (!) to make a bolero.