Sunday, August 28, 2011

"Take Me to Hawaii" Dress!


Hello my beautiful readers!  So this is my Lonsdale dress from Tasia's sew along.




While I was shopping for fabric for this dress I came across a blue rayon that I thought would be perfect for a 1940s style play suit.  Then I had to remind myself that I was shopping for the sew along and not for fabric that would be perfect for a pattern I didn't even have.  This happens almost every time that  I go fabric shopping.  BUT, this time the fabric would also work for my intended project.  (Happiness!)



The whole while that I was working on this dress, it appeared to me that I needed to where it in Hawaii.  Really, wouldn't you readers have the same thoughts?  It was so light and airy, and the print was meant to be worn on a beautiful island.  Well friends, as I was checking the last of Tasia's posts, I noticed another blogger had posted this.  That's right, I will be wearing this dress in Hawaii!  (Now don't worry, I don't go around stalking bloggers and planing vacations around where they reside.  Cherie and I have actually been friends since high school).



You may have noticed that I'm a little late in finishing my dress for the sew along.  Well, I was only able finish my dress this weekend because my dearest was out of town.  (He keeps me from sewing more than he knows).  I was delighted that I was able to finish it while he was gone.  However, this meant that I was out again to take my own pictures with the self timer.  They didn't turn out as great as this previous post - but I think that was because the park was insanely busy.  There is just something about holding a pose for ten seconds as a family of six goes by on there bikes, followed by Mr. Tri-athlete on his twenty mile jog, and then the couple that thinks the bike path is lovers lane.  Yikes - note to self, next time find a more secluded spot for photos.

I'm pulling aside the willow branches so you can see my face :)
There are many other wonderful versions of this dress.  Please stop by Tasia's blog to view the rest!
This was one of those more awkward poses to hold as a slew of people passed by.
I would love to know from those of you who put self portraits of yourself on your blogs - do you take your own photos or do you have someone help you out?  Any advice for doing the ol' self-timer bit?

Live the moment, love life!
Annabelle

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Sears Plain & Fancy Knitting - Free Vintage Patterns!



I just have to start out by saying that I love Tuesday nights (trust me, I realize that I am posting this on Wednesday).  Tuesdays delight me because I have the chance to go to my favorite yarn shop and knit with all of my knitting friends.  It was less than a year ago (actually about the time I started this blog) that I stumbled upon these wonderful ladies.


Weekly they share their wisdom on life (I am one of the younger ones in the group), stash advice and knitting tips.  They are even sweet enough to point me in the direction of vintage patterns, as they know this is something that I am a bit obsessed with at the moment.


Their most recent tip lead me to the Sears Plain & Fancy knitting book.  It's a 50+ page book with knitting patterns.  I can't find a date anywhere, but my best guess says twenties or early thirties.  Since it will probably be a year before I knit up anything from this wonderful book, and I am much too eager to wait a year to share this information with you, I needed to write this post and get the information out.  Clicking on the link should bring you to a website full of knitting resources - you will want to click on the Sears Plain & Fancy Knitting (eBook).

I hope you enjoy these patterns.  Please do tell me if you happen to knit any of them up.  I can't wait to try one for myself.

Do any of you have a wonderful group in your life, like my little knitting group?  I would love to hear all about it.

Live the moment, love life!
Annabelle