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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.

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The past few days have been a whirlwind of travel, snow, sisters, skirts, showers, and finally for me, sun!

I am so excited to finally be enjoying some beautiful real live sunshine, as it has been a bit dismal January for the Elle Street Inn. But now! A delightful full-fledged dose of vitamin D.

During the whirlwind, my sisters continued to be my little minions of creativity and cleanliness. We polished the Inn top to bottom in preparation for the shower today! They must have felt like little Cinderella’s. Oh dear. But we did make it a sunny spic & span slice of home, and hopefully a spot full of bunting, festoons and navy blue cheer. After the cleaning frenzy, we made the sweetest little favors. The favorite tea of the sweet couple is “Lady Grey”, and conveniently for us, the Twining’s version is a crisp beautiful blue. These are the raw materials.

For each favor we’d attach a flag & label to each tea-bag with a shiny red staple. Almost forty staples later… Ta-da!

I have to say these are some of the most enjoyable little favs I’ve ever done. I am certainly looking forward to the next time I can use this snaky idea. Imagine what you could do for Valentine’s Day party! Perhaps a Chai or English Breakfast (Red) with a English Afternoon (Pink), tied into little parcels with cream chiffon and a little rosette?

Speaking of Valentines Day. I’ve promised you all some vintage vals. So. Here you are. If I were you…I’d print this out 6 to a page, clip with edged sheers, and hand stitch with pink thread to brown paper. Write a sweet message on the back and throw into a pink envelope.

The Graphics Fairy

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My dear sisters are here on holiday! We’ll be posting pics & quotes from our adventures. TJs & silk flowers may make an appearance in the next pages! Who can resist mango, while snipping chiffon?

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As promised here are the shoes I’ve renovated. They all had lovely potential before, but just needed some true appreciation and zazz. So, they have each been given zazz and a bit of love. I’m off to find more shoes tomorrow to further invigorate.

These little Valentine’s Day set have such a sweet Victorian, I think they are the prettiest little things ever. Who doesn’t like a little cream grosgrain bow draping over the side of their red pump??

This camel pair, are quite delicate. Only fitting to use a simple chiffon ribbon to accentuate the petite nature of the shoe. Besides, I’m convinced every basic shoe needs just a bit of zip.

& then of course, there are the little Black Beauties which I’ve been crowing about for two months. Finally decided to go with the black silk instead of an accent of another broach. Just love these.

The detail of the bow, in case you were just dying to look a bit closer.

Today will be sewing more on another little romantic lawn skirt, making pasta (with my new pasta maker, thanks Mum!), and some shopping. Busy bee. Perhaps I’ll have something to report tomorrow if I don’t get too excited along the way (and fail to document appropriately).

Ps. 25 days or so till Valentine’s Day!! I can’t wait 🙂 Got this darling image from the Graphics Fairy. Ohhhh my! Just LOVE all the images she’s shared, for us all to enjoy!

The Graphics Fairy

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Aren’t these the most beautiful shoes you’ve ever seen? These are my favs from the current shoe offering. I must say, after reading blog after blog and seeing cute adorable little flats with precious little bows and flowers, who isn’t just dying to make some at home? In my little shop, I try to stick with the traditional and ever versatile bow. But, who can resist a little flower or bit of silk?

Here is a lovely tutorial from Ms. Jewel Box Ballerina on how to make it yourself. Enjoy! I’ll post pics of my endeavors tomorrow.

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Well ladies. It’s done 🙂 Here is a pretty snap of it’s fluffy loveliness:

The green is the most delicate sweet pattern, and the chiffon is a soft olive. Detail of the fabric:

I really must find a non-blue dress form someday. But for now, make do 🙂 I mentioned last time general steps for making this skirt, but here’s a more detailed tutorial on

“How to whip and snip a curtain into a fluffy little skirt”

1. Measure curtain to 1.5x around your waist (i.e. wrap fabric once around you, then wrap 1/2 around again).
2. Snip length.

(Leave in all casings, and seams)

Chiffon piece
3. Seal edges of chiffon by hair-spraying each edge. Wait to dry. Trim edges, so there are now lose treads &c.

4. Measure chiffon to the same length as skirt.
5. Fold chiffon as shown, and hem both tiers of the underlay.

6. Pin & sew to finished edge of curtain. Iron smooth.

7. Snip any unneeded material and bind seam.
8. Sew up the back (i.e. fold your skirt in half — right sides together — stitch up the unfinished seam). Be careful to sew all the way around the existing casing, so you don’t lose the home for your waistband.
9. Iron smooth.

10. Insert elastic through waistband casing. I usually measure the elastic by holding a piece snugly around my waist, and adding two inches.

11. Adjust elastic to be evenly smooth around skirt.
12. Stitch casing closed.
13. Primp, admire and adore.

This little sweet thing turned out great. For wearing out and about, I’d wear it with a little white tee, draping beads and throw a little vintage lace belt around it, or maybe a brown leather belt. Flats, wedges or boots. MmMmmm. Glam glam.

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If you’re like me, once Christmas is behind us, I immediately forget about the endless months of winter before me, and instead plan my spring wardrobe! In this case, I really am just preparing my little heart for Fashion Week in Feb. & I saw a perfectly LOVELY little romantic skirt on Aerie.com. Do y’all look on aerie for clothing? I usually don’t, but you may want to check it out. They really have some very sweet (less woodsy) pieces.

Here is one that I determined to mimic. Though with everything, I think that it was my idea first and they stole it! Haha. But here, it worked great. I had that fabulously thrifted green cotton print (recall my FINAL FIND, in Thrifting: P2), and was looking for a little skirt to whip it into. SO. Here is in the inspiration, complements of Aerie.com:

So. Few changes to the pic.
1. I added a few extra tips of chiffon underneath the calico to give it a shimmy look
2. Didn’t LOoooove the smocked option, so I did a simple casing and threaded in the wide elastic.
3. Lined with white muslin.

Here are some snaps of the initial fabric pieces:

More steps and completed pics to come.

And…posted this little friend on the lovely “Its a Hodgepodge Life.” Love her sweet site & button 🙂

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