Saturday, March 2, 2013

Inspired by: Olympia Le-Tan

What do you get when you mix a holiday in Austria, with The Sound of Music, a little bit of Red Riding Hood and lederhosen? You get Olympia Le-Tan's fall-winter 2013 RTW collection.  This collection immediately stood out to me, probably because of my tendency to drift towards clothing that could double as a costume. Her collection is even called "Schnitzel with Noodles," how adorable! These looks take me back to when I was lucky enough to be cast as Liesl in our community theater's production of The Sound of Music.  While I understand why the fall shows are in the spring, it makes it difficult to get excited about warmer weather when all I can picture is me frolicking around in the chilly mountains of Austria wearing wool capes, knitted sweaters, and cozy knee highs.  Also how charming are her books turned into clutches, do I spy a future DIY project, or you can purchase one for a mere $1,200. I hope you enjoy this collection as much as I did and please check out the rest of the collection here

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Saturday Night Swing Dancing

This past Saturday I went swing dancing, and there was an incredible turn out of almost 320 people!  Turns out these swing dances are totally radioactive and that's the word from the bird! And if you don't believe me I'll give ya a knuckle-sandwich! Okay, I'm officially done using the square terminology of the 1950's. It's just so hard to resist! While the large number of people meant a little less dance floor and a couple stepped on toes it was completely worth it to see that many people out swing dancing.  Hopefully this means more than just two dances a month and an upgrade to a larger dance hall.  About my outfit; half the fun of going dancing is dressing the part and that means wearing a dress with a full skirt, tossing on some lipstick, and creating a couple pin curls in your hair.  I made this dress last summer and its about time it had some action on the dance floor.  For the next dance I've been working on  a little green number, just in time for St. Patrick's day! 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

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Jillian makes things: Beauty and the Beast edition

It comes as no surprise that my love for all things Disney has only increased since childhood. (I mean I love it so much I decided to live and work there).  During one of my many Tumblr browsing sessions I came across an amazing dress made out of Little Mermaid sheets.

I thought to myself, "Genius! I must go thrift shopping immediately in search of Disney sheets!" As luck would have it, I found some lovely Beauty and the Beast curtains featuring Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts and Chip.  I decided to make a skirt out of them and here is the finished product and best of all...the skirt has pockets!  

 And here it is in action! Yes that is me, scaring Belle. She asked if we could trade outfits and  I gave her a 100% yes.  I would take that beautiful yellow ball gown off her hands and wear it everyday of my life.  Sadly, we didn't end up trading. Maybe next time!

The pattern I used was Easy: Stitch 'n Save M5686, and I just adapted it to be a skirt instead of a dress!  Hope you enjoy!