Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Agfa Isolette V

Okay, I had to brag about it, my new baby, little Agfa Isolette V.  She is a medium format, 120 film (like the very pricey Hasselblad) pocket camera.  You see, I have another mad hobby and it is vintage stuff- Barbies, furniture, clocks and cameras.  She is minty perfect with her sweet leather case, combimeter, flash and INSTRUCTIONS!  Wow!  She's only about 60 years old and will be tested tomorrow at a photo shoot with an international makeup artist, Dick Page. 

Don't worry, this isn't going to become "SewandShootBarbie", I just had to share this one little bit of wonder.

Friday, September 9, 2011

New Inspiration/ Fall 2011

My closet is full of tailored suits, fitted jackets on one side, fitted trousers of varying widths with pencil skirts on the other...I'm getting a bit too predictable.  Don't get me wrong, I believe in those classic, great fitting styles, but I have a yearning for something new, flowing, easy and fun.  I've been seeing so many fall collections that are just too young for me, but there is a trend that I think can work for my age and body type.
This look is next on my list

I can't wait to get this one done, love the fur peplum

I have the fabric for this one

There's something about this that I just love

I have a vintage pattern that will be perfect for this

Great fabric will make this look like a million dollars

Love this

Friday, September 2, 2011

Black Lace, Taupe Lining

The wedding is tomorrow and the dress is finished.  I worked on it in brief time periods, but finally it is ready to wear.  Although the pattern is quite simple, I did give a lot of thought to working with lace  as I've never done it before.  The biggest consideration was how to construct the bodice with its seams and darts while keeping the lace edge across the upper front.  Finally worked that out by doing three layers of fabric, the lace, underlining and lining.  The skirt was done following the pattern instructions.  I thought about doing a narrow belt with a bow, but it looks nice in its simplest form.  I really love the pockets, they're in the side seams and are made of the taupe lining so they can't be seen.  I can't wait to wear it!  Dancing anyone?

I don't remember if I mentioned it, but I chose the lace at Mood in N.Y., it's rather heavy and I love the open pattern, sort of gives a black and white effect to the dress that adds an interesting texture to the look.  I don't want to look nude underneath.

Interestingly enough, the dress can look casual or dressy, I thought this would be a one event dress, but I think I'll get a bit of wear out of it.

"Who's copying who?"
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