Lace Dress: Altered Couture from Vintage Lace and New Lace

Friday night I had an undeniable urge to pull out the sewing machine and make something.  I had not really done any sewing in awhile, due to moving things around between the shop and Jason’s and the apartment.  Seems I have stuff everywhere!  In addition, I dealt with my taxes this past week, and let’s just say that dealing with a house sale, especially since I got stuck with paying the taxes on the gain (my ex did not have to pay taxes on his part since he could claim the house as a primary residence), I ended up really, really needing a positive outlet for my energy.  We won’t even talk about how someone ignored upkeep on a property, and that led to lots of equity loss.

Two things I have learned from previous choices and mistakes.  1) Givers have to set boundaries, because takers don’t have any.  2) I am done with people who promise things but then forget what they said once a commitment is in place.  True character is just that: truthful.

So I put on my happy face and said I was thankful for what I DID get from that old house.  Four beautiful, wonderful children who have memories of playing together in that sweet yard.  Lots of life experience.  At least some financial gain from the sale!  There’s more, but let’s get back to the sewing machine.

I pulled out my stash of fabric.  I had forgotten just how many treasures I’d tucked away while the sewing machine was put up and out of sight!  With dozens of pieces of lace and a few deconstructed garments, I ended up with a very sweet dress.  One of my friends said it was “Victorian with a modern twist.”  Another friend said, “It is so YOU!”  A visitor to the shop asked if I would teach classes on deconstructing and reconstructing clothes.  I guess you could say I am pleased with the outcome.

Saturday at the shop. It was a really productive day there. Bright sunny days bright out shoppers!

Long vintage doily over right hip.
Many, many pieces of lace! Behind me is a favorite piece of floral fabric I have hanging in the shop.
Ties from another dress work well on the back of this dress. The elasticized panel was taken out of yet another dress.

As I plan on closing the shop for good, I look ahead to having private studio space.  A dream world, if you will.  My Etsy shop will grow and evolve as more elaborate pieces are added to vintage images and small collected items. The thought of having workshops in a private studio is very enticing!

That is all for now. Stay tuned for garden photos!

Enjoy this day!
Lynn

Vladimir and the Dress

Vladimir was not in a dress.  So don’t think that!  Vladimir does indeed like to get in the middle of whatever is going on, but no, he was not in the dress.  Actually, yesterday I got some really good photos of Vladimir sitting in the window, the sun making his eyes look like beautiful yellow-green marbles!

The temperature was good out — not too cold, so I opened a window. Vladimir went directly to the screened window to look out and listen to the sounds of neighbors coming and going.

The dress came later in the day, when I got out during my lunch break and stopped into a little antique store. It is an adorable altered piece of clothing, but the down side is that there is no way to actually wear it without putting in a zipper or buttons. It is completely closed at the bust/waist, as in no way to put it on, and too narrow to slip over the head. I did consider buying it and altering it more, but since I already have several projects under way, I will work on my own. I was told this was made specifically for a window display in a little consignment shop. It is indeed lovely, and I hope we can all get some inspiration from it!

Enjoy this day!

Lynn

Tire-Changing Clothes

No, I am not the one changing the tire.  But I am getting four new tires after work today.  And this is my tire-changing outfit.  So I can sit in the lobby and surf on my iPad.

Jeans by Old Navy.
Jeans by Old Navy.
This vest was an awesome Millard Fillmore jacket that became even more awesome when I took the sleeves out.
This vest was an awesome Millard Fillmore jacket that became even more awesome when I took the sleeves out.
Cowl neck sweater by Conspiracy.
Cowl neck sweater by Conspiracy.
Boots by Merona.
Boots by Merona.

Enjoy this day!
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Converted Evening Gown to Prom Dress or Steampunk Gown

Dear Dress Lovers,

Recently I had an idea.  I saw a long, plain, black evening gown for a few dollars.  The skirt on the dress was just straight, but had some fullness, and it was a nice satiny material.  As-is it was, uh, boring, but it had good “bones,” so to speak, especially the way the top laced up in the back, giving it a corseted look.  I bought it.
When I got it home, I worked on the lower part of the gown, tucking and stitching in various places to give this full, gathered-up look.  The dress had some netting that was torn in several places and had come loose on one side.  First I mended all the holes.  Hey!  A stitched-up look is only more goth!  I reattached the loose side of netting.  It was okay, but it looked too intact.  Too neat.  So I picked up the scissors, held my breath, and began cutting.  I sliced up through the netting from bottom to top in several places.  I trimmed pieces that looked too long.  Ahh, now this time it was perfect to me!

Jason was kind enough to take some pictures for me to use for the store and ads.  So here are a few of the photos.  We both have several photo editing programs that we use to get various effects.I hope to one day design an album cover.  He is helping me with a CD of my original songs, but that is another post for another time.  And actually it is HIS music that needs to be out there for the world to hear!

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Photo editor used to make the netting a glorious purple but give the rest a black and white look.

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A meme!

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You have seen this one already…

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I love this one!

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I love that you can see part of the yard that I have been playing in. We call it Lynnwood. The huge group of mushrooms came from The Scrap Exchange. Love it! I will share soon about how I want to do the yard. I love the trees and how it feels like a magical forest. Reminds me of where I grew up!

 

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That is all for now.  I do expect to do more of these dresses.  I am ALWAYS shopping for the shop.  I scout around.  I am a picker.  I look for what has the vibe of my shop.  People have heard of me now and they bring me things to buy or to have for the shop.  People cleaning out estates have heard of me.   They bring me lots to offer a price on.  Oh, the joy of buying 100 pieces at a time and sitting in the shop going through it all!

I have performers coming in, and I try to buy what I would want to wear if I worked in front of people.  I love modest things, but I love edgy things.  I think these converted gowns would make awesome prom dresses.  They are fun and attractive but not too revealing.  I just know that I am doing what I love, what truly makes my heart sing.  Add to that our music, and I am very fulfilled right now.  I have to work on continuing to heal.  A quarter of a century is a lot to let go of.  I am learning to keep very close to me the things that were beautiful, and to love myself for being strong enough to leave and build a new life.

Enjoy this day!

Lynn