Sunday, July 24, 2011

Virtual Porch Sale 7/24-8/14

 I just created a new Treasury, a collection in honor of my virtual porch sale which begins today 7/24 and ends 8/14. Everything in my bargain section, the Ol' Five & Dime is 50% off, or $2.50 and $5 respectively.

It's just too dern hot to have a real porch sale, am I right?

Stay cool, friends! I'm tipping my virtual glass of lemonade to you!

The Good Twin

Double Take

I just love it when I can get Good Twin into some Bad Twin digs.

I just listed this Oscar de La Renta for Swirl dress in my shop.
It's got bold, almost neon, embroidered flowers on black texture striped cotton. 
Gorgeous either way you see it.

But especially from the back!

I got a head cold this weekend and I barely left the couch yesterday. I hate being sick in the summer.
Good Twin and my sister-in-law Jenny Brown kept me good twitter company. Today I feel some clarity returning. Thank goodness. 

Got a few new items listed in the shop!

And a few shots of listings to come... see below.


Sweet belt!

I hear it's cold down under. This baby will keep you warn!

Linen and my two favorite colors : mustard and slate grey.

Vintage from France. Can't wait to model this for you!

Cropped ladies button up.

Cotton high waisted shorts.

Striped hooded cover up or jammy jams. 
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Friday, July 22, 2011


There comes a time in every woman's life where the shops just don't have what they are looking for. 

That's not the time to give in and take what they have to offer. It's the perfect time to get Sewfisticated!!
Here's the step by step process of me making my first handmade dress. 

Lambert’s Plaza
735 Morrissey Boulevard
Dorchester, MA 02122-3406
Phone: (617) 825-2949
Monday-Saturday 10AM – 8PM
Sunday 12Noon – 6PM

Sewfisticated has three locations in the Boston area. They have everything you need but you'll leave with so much more because it's so cheap. I had Good Twin on the phone helping me to choose the fabric. It was a hard choice. 

I bought this outrageously adorable 40's pattern from Midvale Cottage on Etsy. She had this one stocked alongside hundreds of equally stunning patterns. It was only minutes after I opened the carefully preserved  envelope and started to lay out the pieces that I had a problem. I found I was missing some pieces.
I expressed my total desperation with Midvale Cottage!

 Then I read the directions.

Sun Dress: cut parts 1,2, and 4 through preforations; discard upper half.

I put my tail between my legs and wrote an apology to Midvale. She was so sweet and supportive in her response telling me that older patterns sometimes assume that you are capable of making things like belts and facings and that it was a normal practice to have to cut out one pattern piece from another. 

 I vowed to follow all the directions after that. Following the directions were not so simple.  The general instructions held the key. They pretty much looked blank to me.

My copy of Vogue Sewing, an encyclopedia of sewing, and You Tube tutorials kept me from quitting before I even started. 

000 indicates fold. 
Had to try that one twice before I got it right. 

My first gathers. Now that I can make my own ruffles - watch out wardrobe - custom ruffles all around!

Basted the binding. 

Bound buttonholes are awesome. They are a great looking alternative to a sewn buttonhole and not actually that difficult. I depended on my hand sewing skills here. 
The buttonhole above was a test run.
The one below is finished. 
If you look closely you can see where I "stitched the ditch."
( you can also see sleepy Winnie the cat)

Pockets are key. 

Luckily I bought more than enough fabric so I didn't have to master the art of piecing my binding, I just cut a continuous strip. I took a practice shot at a mitered corner and then I reinforced the neck of my dress. 

Some handy work...I'm more confident stitching by hand and it made me really connect with the dress. 

The commitment cut! Is there a such thing as too short??


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Get used to this look 'cause it ain't ever coming off.


oh! I forgot! I need some killer shoes to go with this...

help me choose! (click the pictures for links)
Jesse James Jake's Blonde Strappy Leather Platforms
Crazy Lace Vintage Cut out Booties

Sweet Clothes of Mine Lemon Espadrilles 

Jessica Stark Weather  Red Green and Gold cork sandals

Saturday, July 2, 2011

A treasure of a chest (A shop preview)

After a very long hiatus, I am returning to the blog. Since I last wrote here I was wed, I honeymooned and have been nursing our very sick cat, Louis, back to health. I had lots of plans to share wedding and honeymoon photos right away, but Mags beat me to the punch. In addition I'm waiting until we get our wonderful photographer Chelsea's photos to do an official hobo wedding blog post. For all those reasons, I decided to just get back to it with a good ol' fashioned shop preview.

Last weekend I visited one of my favorite flea markets in Columbus, NJ with Jessica of La Bestia (my friend and favorite shopping buddy who has, BTW, the best taste in the world and a head full vintage knowledge). There I purchased this real treasure of a chest:

Inside this unassuming box is a bounty of other treasures from the Columbus Farmer's Market Fleas: An 80s does 30s floral print maxi dress, a worn metal tray with turquoise and rust colored paint, a leather visor with tooled stars, a leather corset belt, a tiny little suede purse with rabbit fur trim and tassel, a pair of woven leather oxford flats, a shortie corn cob pipe, an antique English porcelain ashtray with gorgeous chrysanthemum blooms, a set of choo choo train cookie cutters and a wood produce box from the 1910s or 20s.

 I'm photographing these items and some other recent finds for the shop this afternoon and they'll all be there for sale this holiday weekend.

Stay tuned, friends! I'll also be sharing some of my favorite honeymoon photos this week, along with some of the heirloom-quality wedding gifts Brian and I received. See you soon and thanks for reading!


Friday, July 1, 2011

Hey Sister, Go Sister, SEW Sister!

I've been sewing a lot recently. 

More like I've been in the sewing room a lot recently, deep in thought, crouching over what I am trying to sew together.  I'm a pro at the crafter's crouch: squatting, squinting and debating long enough for my feet fall asleep and my knees to feel like outstretched rubber bands. I convinced myself I was doing something wrong.      

I wanted someone to tell me, "this is how you do it."

So, I signed up for a sewing class and I showed up with a bone to pick. I took it so serious that I was early! Then, I sat alone for over twenty minutes until another student came in the room and I mistook her for the teacher. The teacher eventually showed up, over a half an hour late, with no apology. I introduced myself and my project and I asked her what I was missing. She had the gall to tell me, "It's your's. So how ever you choose to make it, it will be great."


Quickly I figured out that the hardest part of the class was going to be finding the right question to ask( in between all the gib gab). Although the gib gab was good and I did a lot of Etsy talk. I told them about my vintage sales and handed out business my card. Both my business card and my Etsy shop banner were designed by cartoonist Box Brown( I told him it isn't the bunnies I'm trying to sell, its the HUMP)! 

Our last class came and went. I thought I would have revamped my entire Humpastuff line. Those peeping toms over at Regretsy, who don't craft anything but comments, did a feature on my shop. Of all the comments, one really made sense. There have been NO Humpastuff Plush sales (deep breath...all life is a work in progress). My most daring Humpastuff Erotic Plush, Yes She Can Can, has 13,926 hits. She's a rock star! 

Humpastuff gets the views but I'm in it to win it here. I want to create something that people want to take home.  My classmates were a good test market: older, younger, cat lady, church lady, mother and bartender all thought my lewd pillows were a hit. It took a lot of grooming but I do declare to have brought sophistication to my punk Humpastuffs! 

The beginning of a new generation. 

He's got a big ego, he can back it up.

Shaggin Wagon

Not a shy bone in their body. 

Leave a comment! I could use the feedback. 

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