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[[This is part of my no new clothes in 2010 resolution.]] Coming off the success of my improvised A-line skirt pattern, I decided to churn out another quick skirt (insert laughter here). I'd picked up some tweed-like material from S.C.R.A.P. for 50¢ and thought I should make a winter skirt out of it before the sunshine returned. I'm not sure exactly what the material is; it's a bit of a loose weave and almost reminds me of material used in car upholstery. It's scratchy too, so I knew I'd have to line it. With that in mind, I'd picked up... Continue »
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[[This is part of my no new clothes in 2010 resolution.]] I've finished my first full, wear-outside-the-house garment: the orange dress. The genesis of this dress was during another outing with my friend Mena. We went to an estate sale that was pretty much a bust, but I did pick up one pattern for about 50 cents. After the sale, we stopped by Stone Mountain & Daughter Fabrics and I bought 1 7/8 yards of orange stretch corduroy at $5.99 a yard. I would later find out that my fabric choice was a mistake: the suggested fabrics included pinwale corduroy,... Continue »
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via perpetua.tumblr.com Incredible (and there are more where this came from!). Continue »
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You might be thinking, "Oh! I wonder what well-respected children's magazine this critic Topham Hatt writes for?" Let me burst your media bubble: "SIR" TOPHAM HATT IS A CHARACTER IN THE SHOW! It's like quoting Yoda to sell The Phantom... Continue »
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Just got through with all that plotzing, and the next hunk of the story is a head-scratcher. First of all, Gandalf leads his trusted peers to the woods and proclaims that he's not going in there with "you people". He YP'd them! His own crew! "It is no use arguing. I have, as I told you, some pressing business away south; and I am already late through bothering with you people. We may meet again before all is over, and then again of course we may not." Who called this mission to order? Gandalf. And he's ditching the crew. Sup... Continue »
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I'm not a huge fan of resolutions, but the start of a new year does offer a nice motivation to start a new goal. And I'm almost afraid to put this in writing, but since no one is reading this blog anyway, here goes: For the next year, I resolve to not purchase any brand new clothing for myself. All clothing I purchase will be vintage, thrifted or sewn myself. Here's the truth: I'm a little afraid that I'm going to fail, or this goal will lead to some sort of scarring heartbreak over the Anthropologie dress that got away.... Continue »
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Let's see... Quick compose, definitely awesome for it's quickness (and nifty help box): Default blog quick-look, because anything with sparklines is +1000 in my book: Custom color schemes from images? Way awesome: And since I didn't get around to praising this when it came out, the newish insert images dialog: All of those things! Continue »