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Today was pretty much a bust in the sewing department. Every have one of those days where nothing every really turns out right? Yeah, thats my day. So I spent a few hours hanging out with this would-be awesome pair of bloomers: brown cotton and a lime green lace ruffle. When I reached the waistband, which is the last thing I do, I realized that I had sewn the lace ruffly bit to the HIP, instead of the calf. ARGH!!! Okay, enough of that, they are totally unsalvageable due to the finishing I had already done to the rest of the seams.

So then I tried my hand at turning an awesome pair of stretchy gray pinstripe pants, replete with vinyl buckles, into a pair of shorts. I ended up cutting off about three inches too much, so they are tight, and short, and show off my knees too much for comfort. Maybe I can do something with the waistband later…geez. So that was my whole day, apart from having a fantastic breakfast at The Dish in Ballard, our new regular restaurant for morning much time. They serve you coffee while you are waiting for your seat (a wait that can be considerable), how can you go wrong with that? Decent coffee, even, no Folgers here. And after that a quick stop at the thrift store, and the fabric store, but then thats it. Really really.

Anyway, here are a few things I finished BEFORE today. They are a set, and look best when worn together. 🙂

The overskirt is made of flat cotton, with a pattern of bats, cats, stars and moons, and a mottled brown/orange background. My DH took a scan of one of the bats and printed me an bigger copy of it, and I used that to do the embroidery on the waistband. The buttons came off of the music appreciation jacket.

I also used the bat pattern to make these bat appliques for the net underskirt.

Here is the net skirt, sans overskirt. I put the appliques on so that you can wear it with just a pair of leggings, for a different look.

I put wide cotton knit waistbands on both, because I think they are super comfy and look better on than a gathered waistband. I really enjoyed the embroidery process. I did a lot of the bat appliques at this months SPON meeting. I also got to fly a plane that day!

The delightful Don the Pilot flew down from Everett and gave a bunch of us rides, and even let each of us steer the aircraft for a time during the flight. It was one at a time, so he must have given between eight and ten rides I think. Holy awesomeness! Thanks again Don!

PS- He said I was the best at flying. Nerves of steel, thats me! Haha…

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Hello!

Well, its the moment I’ve all been waiting for- my shop on Etsy is finally, officially, irretrievably, fantastically open! I’ve been planning this for about a month now, and after meeting my initial ready items goal I have done some serious slacking off. Naughty me. So I’ve got to get my self back in gear, and back in front of my sewing machine.

Here is a little preview of some of the fine wares I am offering. For more pictures and info you can visit BrownButton.

This is a great little number that I made with my HTB in mind, but it ended up nicely unisex.

Next up is a reclaimed tshirt- I reclaimed it from the boring pile, and added it to the awesome pile!

And lastly a fairly simple little vest made out of this rocking broadcloth that has musical notes and instruments all over it. This is really comfy, as I only added three buttons at the top, so you can eat lunch and not feel tied up afterwards.

There you go, a little sample of what is to come. Its so exciting! There are some really great artisans on Etsy, I’m proud to be among their ranks, in a way. By this time next year I hope to be able to say that, and mean it. Hooray for success!

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Hello!

Today has been a pretty productive day for me. I did a lot of work in preparation for my shop opening on ETSY, on July 1st. Not as much as I could have done, given that I whipped through my goals like nobodies business, and had plenty of time for wasting on the internet.

On a high note- I found the ring I am going to get my fiancée for his wedding ring! I am 100% sure about this one, as it will be a customized ring from a jewelry artisan on ETSY. I can’t post the link or a picture just yet, as darling fiancée reads this blog. But soon, I promise, you will see the beauty!

Speaking of the wedding, I am making my own dress, from scratch, pretty much. It will be a corset top, a puffy tea length skirt and a little bolero/shrug thing, as well as a miniature top hat. All in cabernet, apple green and burnt orange. Yummy. So the corset top is made from a drastically redesigned patter from Simplicity, I think. Redrafted with the help of my future sister in law. This is the final version, after several mockups were made. Not in the wedding fabric, though. Essentially a final mockup.

The front has a simple sweetheart neckline.

The bottom has a dropped waist, which we straightened to create a smoother line.

The back was a modesty flap (not sure what else to call that flap that goes behind the lacing.

The entire thing will be boned with steel boning, and will not have a busk. It will not be a shaping corset, by any means. I happen to like my organs right where they are.

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