Friday, July 23, 2010

Ben Backstay was our bo'sun...

and I am a very merry girl!
Remember this fabric?

It is now a sailor skirt. I loved HH's suggestion of a sailor dress but I had 4 one yard pieces of this fabric and wasn't sure if I could weasel a dress out of it. I also don't know if it is a color I want near my face. So I compromised.

I used Built By Wendy's A line skirt pattern from Sew U as my base and the Sailor in Bermuda tutorial on BurdaStyle. I rotated the darts on the skirt front out into the waistline. Not sure if that is how I was supposed to do it but that is what I did so I could put in the sailor front. It wasn't all that difficult but it did require some thought as there are a few different pieces and the tutorial just gives you the basic pattern shapes and no instruction as to how to put them all together. You wind up with a good amount of layers in the side seams. I also did not line this skirt (sorry, mom) as I wanted it to be a summer skirt and I was dealing with enough pattern pieces already. I also hate inserting linings. I think I may try out the vintage route and not line my garments but make myself a little trousseau of slips to wear under it all. Easier sewing all around, n'est-ce pas?
An attempt at a close up for more detail


I was really surprised at how well Berteau behaved for the photos. He looks good in all the pictures. I on the other hand look only so so. On the walk back to the house he decided to he wanted to be a pin up model.

This is actually kind of the image I see in my head every time I walk him. Except there is more wrappage of the leash, more falling over, and lots more skirt going up.

and then he sat on my foot. He likes doing this for some reason.

When I got home I decided this outfit needed some jewelry and remembered that I had this fish necklace.

I had a great idea for the image I wanted but trying to take pictures of your self that involve close ups and a more specific idea don't really work.

This is more of what I had in mind except with the fish being the only thing in focus and everything else blurred out. Instead I just got a picture of my cleavage. I will be the art director and model if someone else could be the photographer. Luckily I know lots of photographers. Unfortunately that would involve even less regular blogging on my part. Oh well! off to make friends with my tripod!

13 comments:

Tilly said...

LOVE this skirt!! It's just... wow... amazing!

Jana@Weekend Vintage said...

Lovely skirt!
Jana

Lisette said...

I have a fabric of a similar print but I unfortunately have only half a yard :( NO sailor skirt for me (although I've already made one so I've gone and contradicted myself.)
But yes, I love anything nautical, and so your skirt and necklace are fabulous!
And your dog is cute too.

Jo said...

Very cute! What a perfect use of that fabric!

Susannah said...

Oh, so much fun! I love the buttons and the contrast ribbon detail. And the print, of course!

Miss Dandy said...

Saw you on Sew Retro! Your sailor skirt is truly FAB!!!

Tasia said...

Ohh cute! I found your blog through Sew Retro, this skirt is adorable!
Making friends with your tripod just takes a little practice - and a steady surface to prop it up on. If you have a mini-tripod like me, that is. Most of my pics are self-timed! You get real good at running and posing after a while :)

Melbourne Belle said...

I also followed you over here from Sew Retro. I am loving this skirt. I think I will add it to my "to sew" list.

Zoe said...

So cute! well done, you look great in it x

A Homely Heroine said...

The skirt is excellent, well done! You look great in it too, especially with the dog and the fish accesories : )

~Sherry~ said...

Gorgeous skirt - I'm loving sailor fronts at the moment, and your fabric is perfect!

Sarah said...

Oh, I just LOVE this skirt!! Fantastic!

I'm delighted that you've decided to join The Hepburn Hepburn Project! Yay! I love to have sewing buddies :)

Miss Cleary aka Joie Chaos said...

Love the skirt! My pit Mickey sits on my feet all the time too! I laugh because it is like he always wants his own little seat not on the ground.