Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Portugal 2012: Part 1

This summer, my parents and I vacationed in Portugal, running it nearly from tip to tip! It was a great vacation, and truly, Portugal is overlooked as a tourist destination. It has great beaches, natural parks, waterfalls, Roman ruins, architecture that spans the ages, quirky museums, folk art and music, and a super quaint atmosphere! Also, the country has some really great modern infrastructure too, which makes a timeless, almost magical environment.

747 (:

We traveled with the German airline Lufthansa, honestly one of the best we've ever been on. We did a stopover in Frankfurt, Germany, so we could stretch our legs for a few hours. Finally, we arrived in Lisbon, Portugal!

It feels nice to rent a luxury car! A big change from the clunker I drive at home, lol

Leaving the airport

The Vasco Da Gama Bridge--its huge!!

The chapparal landscape as we drive down south
 We leave the airport and drive to the south, our destination being Albufeira, Portugal, where we will enjoy the beach and the nightlife for a week.

via google.com

Albufeira is located between Portimao and Faro.

Dry and scruffy! And look how busy this major highway is!! Its almost empty :o
The lush tropical landscape as we drive into Albufeira!

Monday, October 22, 2012

18th Century Petticoat Revisited

The brown petticoat I made from a sheet from my 18th century undergarments post, sadly, ripped. I wore my Chemise a la Reine outfitted as The Ghost of Christmas Past to school on the day before Winter break--merely by swapping out the pink sash with a red and gold cashmere one, and adding a festive crown of garland. At the end of the day, I noticed that the left hand side of the back panel of my petticoat had several large horizontal rips--perhaps someone or myself stepped on it with too much force.

Being that during summer break I had a lot of time to flex my sewing muscles, I picked apart the petticoat, leaving two panels (a front and a terribly ripped back) and their respective waistbands (set aside for now). I cut off the ripped half of the back panel, and sewed in a new panel. However, I figured since I already had the skirt's seams undone, I might as well make it wider--my original petticoat didn't have as much "fluff" and "bootylishisness" as I desired. So, I doubled the petticoat in width, adding a huge panel the same width as the original width of the petticoat. I sewed it all up, repleated it, and made a new waistband--slightly wider in case one of my friends needed to wear it or something, or to accommodate a future false rump.


A nice shot of my butt. Yup, professional photographer, yours truly...

Sorry these photos are so blurry and the petticoat is so wrinkly!!

On the other hand, look how tan my back is!! These shots were taken right at the end of the summer.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

DIY Inspiration Sunday: Embroidered Jeans

So for this week's DIY inspiration, I'm linking to Kara's blog Sprinkles in Springs, where she does a tutorial for embroidered western-inspired jeans, based off of a look from Free People. I haven't bought jeans in years (I'm more of a pants/corduroy girl), but now I'm itching to get a dark-washed pair just so that I can try this out! Thanks, Kara!

Tutorial at http://sprinklesinsprings.com/2012/10/free-people-inspired-diy-embroidered-jeans.html

Beautiful!!

Vintage Inspired Black Polka Dot Chiffon Dress

Since my mom:
1. Tolerates my sewing and how every time I sew the carpet gets covered in little bits of thread
2. Buys most of my sewing material
3. Helps me fit garments and offers constructive criticism
4. Loves me

I decided to return the favor and sew a dress for her. I let her pick out the pattern and the fabric, but I took some creative liberty with the pattern instructions to give the dress a really nice look. The pattern she picked was McCall's 6557

She picked view C, the one the model is wearing.
Personally, I would choose to do view B, with the cutout back, but I understand that it would've been a little too youthful for my mom. However, I used the skirt length from view A, the shortest length, since my mom's on the petite side.

She was inspired by the pattern envelope and picked out a sheer, lightweight black chiffon with delicate, small white polka dots. We decided not to do the contrasting waistband, but instead go for a mature, vintage-y look.



I loved the full circle skirt, and thought it very flattering on my mom. The dress involved a fair bit of hand sewing, as I hand sewed the zipper in and blind hemmed the skirt (so that the fabric could maintain it's swishy-ness!). The pattern instructions said to stitch across the front wrap part of the bodice, but because of aesthetics and the fabric, I stitched through the lining to catch all the layers of the bodice fabric. It did look nice!

In my grandparents' house

The pearl necklace she's wearing is the one she wore on her wedding day!



And Now I Can Blog Again!

I'm sure the blogosphere has noted my absence (yeah right!!) being that the last time I blogged was before I went on vacation! But, after a nice trip to Portugal in August and a bevy of blog-worthy photos, my computer was having a hard time uploading these photos from my camera!!

I have recently just got all the pictures on my computer, so prepare yourselves for a deluge of blog posts in the the next few days (:

In the meantime, I've started college (love it), made new friends (love them), and grown as a seamstress (now all seams must be finished!). I'm glad all my readers are still out there, it is the blogging community that continues to inspire me even on my lowest of days!

How about a nice photo of me and our rented Alpha Romeo Giulietta?