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The perfect hem

Today I’m hemming up the final hem on two of the dresses. I find the way to achieve a perfect hem… is to anchor in the color blocking (the additional strip of alternate colored material), and then hand sew it in place, thereby making a truly invisible and ultimately breathtaking hem (which no one will fully appreciate, except for me, the designer).

So I hem and hem, one whip stitch every centimeter, and little by little the dress turns from a myriad of blue crepeback satin pieces into a gorgeous party dress, fit for the perfect summer wedding.

In other news, I’ve acquired some little baby bumpers and quilt. Aren’t they precious!? Baby T will be sliding into his new home, here in the guest room — the beautiful yellow room, I’ve been perpetually organizing and outfitting for months. So yellow and green (aqua, robin’s egg blue etc.) will be the colors of choice no matter the gender. But by golly I’m so eager to find out!

Busy weekend of parties and festivities coming up, then family visits, and finally Babymoon!

Oh what a delightful Friday it was!

I sewed until my little fingers were numb, and my baby belly was sore (how that happens, I have NO idea). As I was finishing up for the day, my sweetheart brought up a package we’d gotten in the mail. Not expecting anything, I was quite excited. What is better than a Friday parcel…from a dear friend?

To my delight, this was inside.

A preciously sweet bib — how appropriate considering his debut yesterday — and a perfectly gorgeous handmade aqua and chocolate baby coverlet. I wish I could capture how sooooooft and cuddly this coverlet is! It has velour, flannel, and a few squares of [southern] seersucker. If the baby is a boy, he’s getting a pair of seersucker pants to match his father’s (and now, this beautiful coverlet!).

What a dear friend, and how tremendously kind to just whip up this charming [and oh-so-Mrs.T] gift. Such blessings of friendship, family, and now this precious baby are quite humbling. Mrs. T has much to be grateful for!

SP11 Dress Batch Update:
Cruising along, and enjoying the measurement minefields. I can’t wait to meet the women who will be wearing the dresses — all I have for some are a few inches scratched onto a piece of paper. The mystery is unfolding a bit each day. Another disobedient zipper is installed, and more hand-sewing piles up as linings and hems appear. The colorblocking (french with royal navy blue…oh la la) has an absolutely amazing effect on me. The bride selected it — little knowing it would be one of the hottest trends this summer. She’s a visionary, what can I say?



Has the summer been as sweet to you as to me?

Our dear little tenant moved in 1 May, into the green room — and what a delight it has been! The rooms of the “Inn” are filling up and my goodness it has been a blessing in many ways. Now we just have to negotiate the proper cool air ventilation tactics for the upstairs in this seasoned row-home.

Another new tenant that we’re excited about will be joining us in September. Preparations are in full swing, and it’s going to be a full summer of procurement!

What we have so far for our dear “little t” — a little jumper his father wore on the way home from the hospital, and a little pair of booties that I wore. This will be the first grandbaby on both sides, and my goodness he’s* in danger of being loved to death by grandparents, aunties, uncles and cousins, not to mention his adoring parents.

You may be wondering about the blue bliss bridesmaid dresses! They are coming along at a breathtaking pace. Each day another part is stitched into place, becoming part of a beautiful day in July when two sweethearts covenant before the Lord and friends.
Here are some bodices, sitting in a row, waiting to be nipped, turned and pressed. I will not reveal full pictures of the dresses till the wedding has gone off. Must leave a little suspense.

As my beautiful belly gets bigger it’s harder to wrangle fabric (snipping, stitching, stooping), so I’ve been pushing to finish at an early date. Then I hope to make a few of those flirty skirts & flowy tanks to accommodate my belly and this oppressive heat. BUT. No sewing for me or Baby until these dresses are D.O.N.E. 🙂

You may be asking about the nursery. Well, I’ve just finally found my theme. Thankfully! Hedgehogs and birdies. My husband was not surprised that birds made the cut. I’ll post more in the coming days.

Best wishes for a sweet Friday for you all — hope it proves to be as pleasant as mine promises to be!

*No gender yet, but soon we’re hoping to find out. I use “he” in the general mankind terms 🙂

The month of May is a Bridal Shower whirlwind for Mrs. T. I adore these showers, such a enjoyable time of party dresses, girly food, wrapped gifts and of course…the blushing future bride.

When not sewing the gorgeous blue bridesmaid dresses, I have sewn up a few little aprons for the future wives. My philosophy: one cannot properly bake, cook or kitch w/o the perfect personality tailored apron. I try to create & gift that perfect apron. It really is a fun challenge. Do I know them well enough to make the perfect one? I do try 🙂

Here are some snaps of the apron creation process. This one really created itself. I just kept fluffing, adding sheer bits, and sewing on rosettes.

The hand selected material. Chiffon and cotton print.

Notions of notions. Buttons, chiffon scraps, grosgrain ribbon.

Rosette detail. Love rosette clusters. Apron wouldn’t be complete without them.

Finished product, smiling in all is creamy glory.

Doesn’t this time of year make you desire everything to be fresh, green and growing?

After laboring over which color to paint the master bed (putty or greenish?), my husband and I decided to go with a celery sage green — and Behr happened to have exactly what we wanted, aptly named “sanctuary.”

Early Saturday, we collected the paint, moved furniture to the center of the room, and proceeded to coat the walls in the most perfect green you’ve ever seen.

For once, I remembered to document the pre-green state:

Then we painted, and painted and painted. Rehung the art, threw a fresh splash of white shiny paint on the window trim, and after spent about the next four hours admiring the glorious finished work.




All in all, I’m quite proud of the result. Next on the list — finish the guest bedroom. I’m excited about making the “Yellow Room” into another sanctuary of sweet colors and beautiful things.

Love me a cafe au lait w/ french pressed coffee — sitting next to me in a cheery yellow cup right now.

This spring I was asked to sew bridesmaid dresses for a wedding. And, SUCH pretty dresses they will be! A rich summery marine blue with a hint of french blue round the hem & waist. Completely unique, but ridiculously gorgeous. The color blocking is extremely flashy this season, and I’m delighted to be creating such magnificent dresses 🙂

Rough Schedule of Events:
1. Some retro girly ideas

2. & then the approved concept.

3.Procured fabric.
4.Snipped first bodice in medium size to gauge pattern sizing.

5.Timed process, 1 complete bodice (pattern trim to complete seams = 3 hrs)

Well on our way to completing the prettiest bridesmaid dresses of the season.

Now that the Inn is quite situated and in a routine of menus & cleanliness, we’re taking tenants for the summer. To be specific, we have one room and can only accommodate one female tenant (she must bear no cats, we have enough strays already). I couldn’t bear to give up my yellow guest room (where to put sisters, dear parents, wonderful in-laws, stray friends and various siblings?), but the little green room (formerly my project nook) was perfect for those seeking summer lodging.

Saturday morning, in the spirit of my dear parents — who every Saturday I can remember would be up early, coffee in hand, at 7A surveying the crazy endeavor of the day, having already been at the mart gathering materials. Complete execution before dinner was essential!

We did likewise and thanks to my sweetheart were able to move the entire contents out of the room before 11. To the unfortunate bed of the yellow room.

Furniture moved out.
Wooden daybed brought from the basement, painted and distressed. I think distressing using a crisp white base is about the classiest thing you can do for an old house.

Lighting fixture repaired.
Quilts, curtains and artwork arranged and hung.



Little chair and small table assigned duties as nightstand and desk.

Jar of pansies perched to add the last touch.

And so, the “Green Room” is ready.

If you would like to distress a little piece — here are some quick steps to transforming it.

Distressing a normal wood/metal furniture:
1. Wipe down with damp rag
2. Lightly sand with grain of wood using small grit sandpaper
3. Paint using shiny white spray paint
4. Let stand 1 hour
5. Lightly sand all over to prepare for 2nd coat
6. Sand ALL edges to remove paint complete to see wood beneath
7. Paint 2nd coat
8. Sand edges to ensure dark wood can be seen through white paint.
9. Optional: Pound a few dents w/ hammer to add the final authentic distressed look