Monday, July 18, 2011

weekend dresses and a good ol' ramble

i had a pretty busy weekend full of fancy dress! on friday we got to celebrate tyler reaching god (or alcoholic) status as they unveiled his plate on the wall at the flying saucer!
we all dressed up and made a big deal out of it, which meant new dress for me! i used advance 6394 for the second time, 

which turned out to be a really easy and really nice dress to make! 

i got the fabric from a market a while back.... and the zipper i had just laying around in my stash. i drunkenly kept referring to it as my 'slut zipper,' which is probably i sign i should not be wearing this while drinking. things could get dangerous for my modesty.
i got the whole of fabric bolt for like, $5 or something incredible like that, which makes the dress way better than if i had paid full price! saturday we were both a little hung over so nothing happened.... i could tell i was gonna be hungover when i was looking at my camera on the way home and the only photos that weren't blurry were things like this. awkward dancing and using tyler's tie like a dance partner while our friend lee watched us with the most judgmental faces known to man.
but then on sunday when we were all feeling tip top again, my most wonderful aunt carol retired from the texas film commission, so everyone threw her a big party and dubbed her queen of the film commission. here she is arriving in style in a 1962 rolls royce. the guy picked up up early so we got to ride around in it a little bit. it. was. AMAZING.
the thing about our family is, we are all pretty much the same person, but with different quirks and different ages. while my sister and i were standing around waiting for carol to arrive, one of her friends came up and said "oh you must be relatives of carol's!" and we told her yes, and she said "yeah, you have that same.... thing about you that she does!" apparently that 'thing' is being a gaudy, over dressed red head. i LOVE that it is that recognizable of a trait! so, for this i made a dress out of mccalls 8449....
and then just added a little skirt to it. 

i loooooooove the collar on this thing, and the little strap detail in the back. 

i will make this again probably 1,000 more times. i used a new fabric that i got last week at a closing joann's. i originally planned on using the inside of the fabric, but last minute decided the right side would be better... and i was right. 
oh yeah! and before i end this.... i also was super productive today and started a facebook campaign with tyler! we have this incredible chain of book stores here called half priced books. maybe you have one where you live? if you don't, you are missing out! last week they opend a new store so tyler and i went and i got a TON of great new books! 


they always have great craft, sewing and fashion books and they are always super cheap! well, earlier this year we moved to a house on the south side of town, and you know how many book stores we have? 
not one single book store on this entire side of town. isn't that disgusting???? bleh! so, we spoke to a manager at one of the other stores, and they told us that when they were figuring out where to open this newest location, it was between the southside and the location they chose (very very north)
but we lost. obviously. SO we started this facebook campaign, because we figured if it worked to get betty white on snl, it could maybe bring us a book store! so, if you find yourself on facebook, even if you aren't in SA, like our page! it might help!


  1. damn those are fantastic dresses! <3

  2. I love these dresses, especially the 2nd one with the back detailing. You spunky thing. Oh, and I wish I could flick through your books, tres fabulous!

  3. thanks ladies :) once again i waited until i had already worn these to photograph them...i promise they look better not wrinkly!!!

  4. I LOVE your dresses, especially the green one...what a great pattern, I'm seriously going to try and hunt it down for myself ;o)

  5. These are great! I especially love the green one with all of that lovely piping.

  6. Both dressed really beautiful, you are very talented and detail of the dresses make them very original, love, love, love!