Wednesday, August 24, 2011

picklin' party

~Kg and I spent date-nite makin' pickles. We used great grandam Bertie's basic recipe but we made some new combinations. I am so lovin' the fresh thyme we added, thanks to inspiration from a favorite local interior Mexican joint; El Meson. We used red very pretty! we made carrots and onions for tacos because I am am totally addicted to the pickled red onions on these local shrimp tacos. We also made pickled green beans...yum! who'd a thunk a green bean pickled could ad so much to my salad????not this crazy lass. Any ~who it was fun and we cracked open a jar last week( a wee bit early admittedly)They were well received. I am ready to make more!!! Pickles are so fun because you really feel like you have done something special but simple. I love the fun of waiting and then the reward of tangy goodness you can add to like everything.

Monday, August 8, 2011

...the 'dre dress and stuff

I made his dress as the mock up for a pattern alteration for my sweet friend, ~dre. I used some fabric my bro-enlaw saved from the garbage....and i just lalalalalove it so it is mine!
The specs for the dress~
*dress is for waiting tables in at a high end casual dining establishment here in austin.
*dress has to have a sleave and be either grey or black.
*dress must have deep pocket for moleskin book, wine key and pen.

~We decided to use this, my boat neck dress as the basic pattern and just alter it for our needs. I brought the neck line in to cover bra straps...we are not gonna wait tables in a strapless bra.
I added 2 super deep pockets (i think this is waht is so awesome)
I also lengthened the hem a tiny bit and the sleeve just a touch.
we are gonna make a reversible obi to wear with both the grey and black dress. I will share the finished dresses.

Here is the obi on the boat neck

~Other things I wanted to share...
made this my new favorite skirt I wear it like all the time. It is cut on the bias with a high waisted thick elastic
waist band. The fabric is a sheer lawn cotton and a total vintage piece that I cannot even remember from whence it came.....ho hum. I like to wear it with a mini strapless dress that functions as a little slip under the sheer skirt. Would love to wear it with some of that hot shape wear I have been spying out there!
Also made (and sold ...sorry) this little cocktail dress. This is also made from small vintage fabric pieces I had, The top is trippy shrooms and the bottom is a Toulouse-Lautrec print repeated.... amazing. I a gonna be repeating this pattern because it is new. I like the drappy, slightly side boob revealing, tank combined with the high waisted mini pencil-ish skirt on the bottom.
lastly wanted to show you that Stacy colored in my roses ...we are moving along beautifully and I am pleased as a peach! almost done...maybe