Saturday, May 20, 2017

Me Made May {Week 3}

Oh, deary me! I nearly neglected this week's me-made summary!

Here are Momma & me on Mother's day. I'm wearing my birthday dress from last year. {With newly thrifted $2 vintage heels!}

Cap sleeved top from Debbie Bliss Beach Belles booklet 

Vintage border print sheet skirt {new make} & knit Simple Vest from Debbie Bliss Amalfi booklet. 

The Sunshine Frock! Dottie Angel {Simplicity 1080} made from vintage fabric which my Mema gave me.

Potty over Beatrix Potter Dress
{New make}
But you know all about it already.πŸ˜‰
{Or see previous post if you do not.}

Another Dottie Angel frock! This one is made of fine wale corduroy with pretty pink roses from Hobby Lobby. With the trusty wellies on a rainy day!

Cable & blackberry tank from Debbie Bliss Fez book.

I can't believe I've made it this far without a repeat yet! Maybe I will make it. {But if I don't & have to do an outfit repeat that's ok too.} πŸ˜‰ 

♡Michelle πŸ“

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Potty over Beatrix Potter Dress

I've made a lot of quirky & kitschy dresses in my time. But this one may be my favorite  {or should I say favourite?} 😊 The prettiest of pastels...and all of our beloved characters from the imagination & paintbrush of Miss Potter. 

My sweet sister Kelsey recently got this vintage Peter Rabbit doll for me at a garage sale! 😍 Isn't he the sweetest? And in this pic you can see a closer look at the skirt fabric of my dress.

Photos of me taken by my wee leetle rabbit Abbey. πŸ’•πŸ°πŸ‘―

I know what I'll be wearing on July 28th! πŸ˜‰

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Me Made May {Week 2}

Here are this week's me-made outfits!

Record player print dress

Boatneck sweater with Bow from Debbie Bliss' Beach Belles booklet 

La Robe de Macaron πŸ’• 

Hey doll! Matroyskaprint dress. 
This is the only new make this week.

Pastel Victory Jumper 

Nautical vintage blouse 

Beachy striped dress 


I'm starting to run out of me-made things now! I'm hoping to be able to make it the whole month without repeating anything. I better get crackin'! πŸ˜‰ This week was pretty busy so I was only able to make one dress. Hopefully next week will be more productive. 😊

πŸ’• Michelle πŸ“

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Me Made May {Week 1}

This merry month of May I'm joining in with oodles of other makers in wearing something I've made every day for Me Made May. {#mmmay17} It's been lots of fun so far! Here are the outfits I wore this week {except for Monday, the 1st because I cheated that day & stayed in sweatpants & a Shopkins t-shirt because I didn't decide to join in the me-made merriment until after I'd gotten dressed for the day. And I was far too comfortable to change. πŸ˜†}

Tuesday was this groovy remake of a 60s housedress. 

Wednesday was a cabled cardi from Debbie Bliss' Land Girl booklet.

Thursday was a pastel Parisian Print frock. These lovely fabric were Waverly Inspirations from Walmart. 

Friday was a pinafore made from some lovely vintage fabric remnants. 

And today {Saturday} is a Fairisle yoke sweater also from the Debbie Bliss Land Girl booklet. 

Thursday & Friday's looks were both made the day before they were worn so this little challenge is definitely helping my sewing game. {And helping me work through my stash which is always a very good thing. πŸ˜‰}

I can hardly wait to decide what to wear & make next week!


What are you working on?
πŸ’• Michelle πŸ“

Monday, May 1, 2017

My aqua obsession

I'm sure everyone has that amazing vintage truck or car that they're in love with. You know that one that sits parked permanently somewhere & you practically give yourself a strained neck ogling it every time you drive past in your lame, non-vintage, but sensible vehicle. {Or is that just me?}

Well, this awesome aqua truck is my dreamboat! While my {brave} friend Kat & I were galavanting around with her camera I mentioned my obession with love for the fabulous Ford. She screeched to a halt when I pointed it out & pulled in. She & I marched up to the open shop door of the assumed owner. {Though I may have been sheepishly trailing a step or two behind her being of a more shy nature.πŸ˜†} We asked permission to take pics by the vintage vehicle {slightly shouting to make up for the fact that they were wearing earplugs for their work} & they had no problem with it. They probably thought we were nuts, but oh well. πŸ˜‰ I've gotten a bit used to that.

My outfit matched just too perfectly!
I made my dress from a vintage sheet which I purchased from The Lavender Housewife. My aqua Hunter wellies were a Christmas gift from Momma & Dad. {Pro tip: If you wear women's size 7 1/2 shoe you can fit into the kids size 5 Hunter wellies!}

Well now, you know you have an obession with a color when you have a sewing machine that color. πŸ˜† I think Astrid rather enjoyed stitching up this frock. πŸ˜‰

Needless to say I was so excited that smiling was not a problem at all for these pics.

The only thing that could've made this experience better was if they had told me to just go ahead & take the truck home with me. πŸ˜‰ Hey, I can dream can't I?!

And dream I do.

This post is the last of my wonderful Kat photos so far. But never fear we have plans. Let's just say they involve my nieces.  *dances like a dork with excitement*

I plan to take part in Me Made May {#mmmay} this lovely month as well so that should provide plenty of fodder for my crafty shenanigans. 

Michelle πŸ“ 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

La Robe de Macaron

Mmm French macarons! πŸ˜‹

What's not to love about these adorable little bites of deliciousness? Though they're tricky lil things! I've tried to make them two times now & they haven't turned out well either time. Maybe I oughta give it another go & the 3rd time will be the charm.

When Kat & I were traveling around looking for photo ops we thought a bakery would be perfect for this frock. (See previous post for back story.} We stopped in at Le Bakery on the Square in Washington & bought some yummy cake balls, a very sprinkled cookie, and a cuppa {much needed} coffee. They graciously allowed us to snap a few pics in their charming establishment. One of the friendly gals working there insisted on letting me hold their display macarons for a photo prop! So thoughtful. 😊

They had so many yummy things it was hard to choose. {I'll take one of those & those & those...} πŸ˜‰

I purchased the fabric for this dress at Walmart on clearance. You truly never know what gems they'll have in their fabric department. This fabric was Daisy Kingdom brand which made me really happy to know that they're still kickin' & putting out such adorableness just like they did in the 90s when Mom would make my younger sister & me coordinating dresses & pinafores.

These pics with the polkadotty cardi & lavender tights were taken on an earlier {chillier} day by my longsuffering sister Aimee.

I lined it completely with aqua colored fabric because the macaron or macaroon fabric is very light.

I wore my banana colored jellies from Sunjellies with this dress.
{By the way I'm NOT being paid to feature Sunjellies. I'm just fangirling. Though I certainly wouldn't say no to freebies...I just think I'll need a bigger following before that ever happens. Ha!}

La robe de macaron served as my Easter dress this year too! My grandma even thought they were easter eggs when she first saw it. {Then she thouht they were hamburgers.} And when my dad first saw it he said "Oh, coffee beans?!" *sigh* πŸ˜’ At least that gal in the bakery knew what they were right off the bat. Bless her.

Don't you just love all the pastels this time of the year? πŸ’•πŸ’—πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ’• I think Spring might be my favorite...just don't tell the other seasons. πŸ˜‰ I always feel at my best in the Springtime. {Apart from allergies...but they make a pill for that now so...}πŸ˜†

I hope you're enjoying the April showers & flowers and that you all had a lovely Easter, m'dears! ☔πŸŒ·πŸ’•
"Life is worth the living just because He lives!" 
Michelle πŸ“ 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Sweet Victory

This post has been close to two years in the making. I started this sweater back in the Spring of 2015. {You can see just a snippet of it in this blog post  when I settled on this sweet pastel color sceme.} For one reason or the other it got put on the back burner & then eventually practically forgotten until a friend on Instagram tagged me in a post in early January this year asking if I had any ufos {unfinished objects} to share. So I dug into the deepest recesses of my closet & found a bag containing the completed back & partial front of this poor sweater. Suitably ashamed of myself I ended up finishing it in February & was waiting for a good opportunity to get some pics taken in it. 

Then just the other day my friend Kat asked me if I'd be willing to play model for her while she practiced taking some "senior picture" style pics to prepare for an upcoming photo shoot she's doing. I said sure & told her how I'd been thinking of asking her if she'd be interested in taking pics for my blog. Perfect timing, right? 

So, I grabbed a few of my recent makes & we drove hither & yon taking pics by a vintage truck, in a bakery {1st changing in their bathroom, bless them}, by some silos, & then finally on the way home we found what we had been searching for the entire time - a beautiful magnolia tree, all in bloom, with the sun just so, & in the yard of a {sadly} abandoned farmhouse.

I decided to style it modern rather than trying to recreate a more authentic 1940s look. The scalloped edge of these shortalls were perfect for my kitschy country girl look.

Paired perfectly with my just-peachy peach jellies. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

{Whenever I attempted a serious senior photo-y face it would always end in laughter. Sorry Kat. πŸ˜‚}

I'll share pics of the other makes in future posts, but I wanted to showcase my sweet Victory Jumper 1st since it had waited so patiently to make its debut. It's a 1940s WW2 Era British pattern {hence the name, obvs} & intended to be made in red, white, & blue, but I couldn't help but play with the color scheme & go for pastels. 《I used Knit Picks Comfy Fingering in Flamingo{2}, Seafoam{2}, & White{1} and sizes 2 & 3 straight knitting needles.》

We had *such* a great time I can't wait to do it again sometime. I'll have to whip something up real quick-like so we can! πŸ˜„ 

Michelle πŸ“