It’s been a crazy year and I nearly lost all my Sewjo except for a few projects which I posted on Instagram…. I did sew a fair bit, but not very much for myself. I’m happy to get my selfish sewing groove back on and I have a few new projects I’ll be sharing soon.
This past years projects probably deserve their own posts each, but it’s been awhile since I’ve made them and I can’t remember all the details. Honestly, I’m way too lazy for all that work. I’m happy just to be writing one post.
I made this 1700’s dress from some vintage poplin for Gigi’s class pageant. I’d say it was overkill for a ten minute presentation!
Yes, a wedding dress remodel of the first wedding dress I ever made eight years ago. This bridal gown remodel was for the youngest sister of the original bride! Liz wanted me to remove the short sleeves and empire waist, then create a natural waist with a strapless bodice and alter a lovely long sleeved top which she wore over the dress. Done! She was stunningly beautiful, as was her sister Maria when she got married eight years ago. Maria is still gorgeous too!
….. and I’ll throw a corset in there I made in my costuming class. I will say corset making is hard!!…
A crazy dress I sewed For Germany’s Next Top Model. All that work and like 100 yards of tulle, and Heidi Klum decided it just wasn’t right. That’s show biz ! See all the chaos in the room there? That’s a typical costuming workshop. Anything but glamorous.
I should probably mention my epic divorce I’m going through to my husband of 26 years. With many a night sitting on my porch crying into my mason jar glass of bourbon, listening to Tammy Wynette and Johnny Cash, it’s a wonder I did anything this year. I will say that divorce with kids still at home is really hard, and I don’t wish it on anyone. But there really was no other choice for me, as it had gotten to a place that if I was to ever have any self respect left, I had no choice but to do it.
As a result of all that turmoil, I lost almost twenty pounds (silver linings?) so none of my old clothes fit anymore. I was wearing Levi’s and a black or a striped turtleneck all winter. Many of my hand made clothes had been stolen on last year’s trip to Rome, and the others no longer fit, so I was imposing a minimalist lifestyle upon myself for several months. But I’m a seamstress, and I LOVE clothes, so that was short lived! The life of the ascetic is not for me. Bring on the fabric! And I’ve been slowly taking things in.
So here we are now in the middle of summer and I need to add some colour back into my wardrobe. I recently took a trip to the South of Spain and Portugal with my two younger daughters. I rediscovered my love of Flamenco in Jerez, so expect to see some Flamenco outfits in the future as Lily and I are taking Flamenco lessons.
I also met up with Marta of Do Guincho while I was in Lisbon. Just talking with her and spending time together talking about sewing and our days as bloggers seemed to reinvigorate my feelings for resorting my blog. Marta turned me on to some great fabric shops in Portugal and our girls got along well! We had a lovely time visiting with them and I hope we stay in touch. It’s really amazing how one can make friends from such a solitary pursuit as blogging, but I’m grateful for the friends and acquaintances I’ve made over the years. And I hope to make more!
At Guincho Beach in Lisbon with Marta. Marta’s outfit is completely handmade and my skirt was the first thing I made for myself in 2019.