After my poor showing at the 2012 Seersucker Social, I decided to step up my game for the DC Tweed Ride over the weekend. This is the best outfit I’ve managed to put together for these vintage-themed rides. I decided not to go crazy trying to make something and chose to use the options already in my wardrobe. I sorely wanted to wear my cape from last year, but felt I should mix it up.
I wore a black matte and satin jersey dress from Burda 9-2003-134 dress that I made back in 2007. The coat is a vintage opera coat from 100 percent cashmere. It’s a garment that I couldn’t leave behind in the shop. It needed to be ‘saved’ by me. Someone who would love and appreciate it like no one else. LOL. Yes. That’s seriously what I told myself when I purchased it. The orange and black feather fascinator is borrowed from my friend Liz and the glasses are actually prescription from zennioptical.com.
This year, Liz borrowed from me again and wore my coat dress from Burda 2-2009-101. It’s interesting. This is one of the most complimented garments I own despite my fit issues. It was perfect for the ride topped with a thrifted fur cape and prescription glasses from coastal.com. Because Liz has a smaller head, she’s able to get away with wearing vintage hats. I on the other hand (with a ginormous head) am stuck with fasinators.
I’m sure Trena will tell you all about her look(s) soon enough. Let’s just say I am 120 percent in love with her hat(s).
I think this may be my last ride for a while. I love the concept. I like getting out. I really love seeing the District and how other people interpret vintage style. It’s a fashion lover’s dream! But, it’s gotten very popular with hundreds of participants. I find myself stressed out on the ride because with too many people, we’re not good at sharing the road. I want these rides to also be advocacy for biking. And, it’s not bike advocacy when drivers are annoyed that we’re hogging the road and not obeying traffic lights, etc. en masse. Pair that with one vegetarian option (*salad*) out of five meals after a two-hour ride and you’ve got one hungry, salty, cyclist.
Ooo! Love it? From ebay, custom mini license plates for your bike. Except, I broke mine on the way home to Baltimore :stinkface:. Maybe my next one will be Miss Celie.
I love that bag I’m holding. Sigrid was kind enough to accept delivery of it for me when I went to the Netherlands. It’s Basil and hooks on my bike rack. I use it *all* the time. These crazy old lady sunglasses are also prescription from zennioptical.com
Here’s a recent (like made in the last two mornings before work) sewing project. I was asked to show some of my clothes in an internationally themed fashion show this weekend that I’m helping with through work. I said sure. Then, I was asked to make a couple more things. I went looking for the EASIEST pattern I could find and decided on this 8-2002-113 from BWOF with some wax print fabric from last summer’s trip to Ghana.** I was very clear that I’m not a designer and that these are made from patterns.
It’s so adorable on that the girl modeling it this weekend bought it from me. She’s getting it tonight so I thought I would snap a quick pic. I have to tell you I didn’t charge enough (I was surprised she asked) and now I kind of want to keep it for myself. Oh well!
I’ll try and post more about it after the weekend. But, it’s generally an a- line, off-shoulder dress with a wide obi-style belt to nip in the waist and elastic at the top to create the ruffle look. Oh, and it has POCKETS!
She’s wearing a Vintage Vogue blouse and I’m wearing is 9-2003-104 BWOFthat I made last year
Here’s Trena and I at our ‘Embassy Party’ last night (refer to podcast below). Said party served no alcohol and more importantly, had no food. They talked about the imported marble from Italy and China and all I wanted was a handful of nuts. I drove 1.5 hours in DC traffic and braved protesters and Secret Service and they can’t even give me a carrot? You cannot do that to be after work. I mean 7 to 9! Doesn’t that automatically mean you have to feed people something? I owe Trena another Embassy Party.
But, I am wearing my plaid glasses from Zennioptical.com. I’m obsessed people. $16 for Burberry-like plaid prescription glasses! I’ve decided I can have as many glasses as I like at this price. Trena says I don’t buy jewelry so these can be my accessories!
Trena and I were together over the weekend and taped a new podcast. Without new BWOFs to guide us, we just decided to free associate, because that’s how we roll.
Listen on Podbean, where you can also ‘add’ to iTunes along the right.
My pants were a mini-fiasco. The lining was so tight my legs looked like sausage in casing. I’ve since:1. Made the needed alterations to the pattern (huge protruding seat, down one size in the waist and up two through the legs, and another sway back adjustment)
2. Made the drive of shame to Joanns late late at night for supplies
3. Have new lining and fashion fabric cut out and partly sewn.
I should be finished by this weekend. I’m also working at breakneck speed to take off Friday and turn this weekend into a four day sewing weekend!
So, in lieu of pants (or photos of the alterations) I will distract you from my non-muslin making stupidity with photos the staff photographer took of me last week at two different events in clothes I’ve made.
There is a thread on PatternReview.com about actually wearing the clothes you make. Now, I know it was in the beginners section. But, I have ALWAYS worn everything I made. I wish I had a camera 10 years ago to see what they actually looked like — wonky seams and all. Maybe my mom will weigh in on that one. I was so excited to have something new to put on, I wore it *gladly*.
I am 100 percent in love with this dress now that it’s in the amazing coral and brown, poly jersery, chain link print from Gorgeous Fabrics. It’s a little busy, but I love it. While I like the black version fine, this suits me far better. Plus, all kinks worked out in this edition.
I am not however in love with how I look without makeup. But, I went swimming this morning and well, it’s Sunday……
Best of all, I went all matchy matchy. Took my time, double cut, etc. and lookit!!! My seams match up.
This time I omitted the zipper completely. The fabric had enough stretch to accomodate my broad shoulders. Plus I widened and lengthed the tie and cuffs.
I do think I’m going to take a few inches off the bottom. But, that can wait.
This is about my fourth excursion with medical paper for tracing. I had been using grid/ pattern interfacing for the past 10 years. But, I read about this online and bought three rolls. It’s definitely cheaper. I do love that I shouldn’t run out anytime soon. I would buy 10 yards of the other stuff at a time and always run out at the worst times.
I’m going to do the Dolman WOF dress in this coral and brown knit from Gorgeous Things. I hesitated because I thought it might be heavy for summer and I love it so much that I want it to work.
I’m going to be doing some careful cutting to try my best to match up prints.
The fabric is 60 inches wide, but it’s still not wide enough to accomodate the front on on double fabric. So, I have to cut out the front pieces twice. Also, as you can see, I’m pushing it with the back too.
My hope is to have this cut out by the end of the weekend and sewn within two weeks.