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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Sewing Review: Butterick B5209

Ok, let's just start off by saying that I LOVE THIS PATTERN.

Butterick B5209 is a fabulously casual pattern from 1947 with 2 variations. Dress A is a haltertop while dress B has a back piece with sleeves.  This review is for dress B only.

Construction: I would say this is pretty beginner friendly. You get to use gathers all over this place which is really fun and forgiving. The top is fully lined, my only issue was closing up 2 of the seams at the very end of the bodice construction. It definitely involved some seam ripping!

The Fit: Um. Amazing. I wouldn't want to alter a thing on this dress. The waist could come in just a bit if I really wanted something fitted but I prefer these casual dresses a bit more relaxed. I love the sleeves! They're so perfect.

Attack of the poodles!
The Fabric: Ok, can we talk about this incredible fabric?!? Green and pink palm leaves...Ughhh I LOVE IT. The print immediately reminded me of some swanky Cuban, Copa Cabana-esque nightclub from the forties, with palm trees everywhere and rich wallpaper. But I digress... it's just a nice light cotton. I used plain white cotton for the lining with the exception of the sleeves (I used the main fabric there).

One thing I want to point out is that you will definitely need all of your suggested fabric here if you want to line your dress with the main fabric. I got away with only 3 yards here, with enough left over to line the sleeves and to make hidden pockets but there really wasn't much to spare.

 Alterations: The only thing I added was hidden pockets. The side zipper meant that they are a bit low, roughly 8" from the waist, but I love having them!

I will absolutely be making many, many more of these. The halter version is adorable too and might be fun for summer. Depending on your fabric choice, you could really change the tone of the look dramatically!

As a side note, I wore this out on my fake birthday with the Hubby (we don't get many days off together so we celebrated about 2 weeks early). We had a lovely time and I found a great vintage shop with wonderful jewelry. Then a delicious dinner on the patio of Martini's, one of our favorites,  in the sunshine.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Florida Trip: Last Day

Our last day at the parks was beautiful and so much fun. We spent the morning at Magic Kingdom...

Crane = still there. At least the sun was shining!

I'll never get tired of this sign.

Tiki Room in the distance.

Treehouse ropes

Explorer Brent

Water buckets.

Gorgeous river and lush greenery

Nothing like ice cream on Main Street!
Remember that foot injury from a few days ago. Oh, it got BAD this day. I was hobbling around, trying to hide it (unsuccessfully) from Brent. Also, I had apparently been having too much fun because I burst a blood vessel in my eye! Oh, I was struggling. We took the boat over to the Polynesian around noon for some rest....
View of the new bungalows.

More bungalows

What a sight for sore eyes (er... feet?)! We relaxed near the Tambu lounge for a while.. sipping on cocktails and resting my foot. I do like the renovations to the upstairs area.

Fabulous lights and bamboo.

Yes! My mother and I LOVE these little cheddar cheese crackers. They were our go-to snack in Disneyland but we couldn't find them ANYWHERE throughout this trip. Finally, I came across them on our last day.

Despite my pains, I still wanted to see Hollywood Studios one more time. We hobbled over... slowly.
We had a drink at the Tune In Lounge. One of my absolute favorite places anywhere.


Wonderful kitsch.

I can never seem to get a good shot of these zebras.

Watching some classic tv.

Gotta love the Muppets!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Sewing Review: Vogue V8875

My only resolution this year was to get back into sewing. I have dabbled in it over the years but never really took the time to learn proper techniques or how to use commercial patterns. After a few weeks of researching, I invested in the Babylock Amelia machine, perfect for my beginner needs.

This pattern was probably my fourth or fifth garment of the year but I thought it was a good place to start since, this one actually turned out terribly! Well, I'm somewhat happy with the final product but... oy!

Vogue V8875 has two patterns, a pencil dress with a scoop neck and sleeves, and a gorgeous tied overcoat. This review is just for the dress.

Finished, finally!

As you can see, I was happy enough with the finished result that I wore it out to a lovely outing at the zoo. I went with a really soft plaid fabric, which I love! The dress is extremely comfortable and the fabric makes it a great transitional piece. But sadly, I will probably never make this dress again...

Construction: The problem started right away for me... a very confusing and challenging slash and cut technique to make the look of those front AND back darts. Now, let's not blame the pattern here... I'm taking full responsibility for just not really knowing the technique. After at least 3 tries on EACH part, it finally looked acceptable (not perfect by any means).

Other than that, the rest of the construction was fine and took about 1.5 days. I didn't have enough fabric so the plaids don't match up everywhere.

sidenote: this picture was taken in the Elephant Passageway which is so beautiful.. it reminds me of Animal Kindgom:)

The Fit: GI-GANTIC. I made the smallest size which, according to the measurements on the envelope, would almost fit, with some ease. I've made other Vogue patterns in the same size that were close to fitting so this was a bit surprising. Oh and when I say "big", we're talking probably 3 inches on each side and a skirt that almost touched the ground! After taking out both side seams and hacking off excess fabric, the dress came closer to fitting. It's certainly not perfect and oh my... let's not even talk about how the inside looks now! But, the fabric is just so lovely... I've worn it several times and will continue to use it as a comfy casual dress throughout the summer. I've since bought more of this fabric and hope to find another pattern for it soon.

Alterations: Other than my sizing issue, the only change I made to the pattern was making a back zip instead of a side zip.

The zoo was a blast! Here is the warm and fabulous tropical room with some colorful parrots. We ended the day with dinner at the Tiki Bar.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Floriday Trip Days 6 and 7: Magic Kindgom and Hollywood Studios

Our day at Magic Kingdom was really chilly and rainy. To add to the problems, I had hurt my foot a few days earlier and it was really bothering me. We got there at the park opening and rode a bunch of rides before the crowds set in... but we left for a much needed nap a few hours later. We had lunch at the resort... I got some kids' mac and cheese... why is it so satisfying?

Can we talk about this? Excuse me, but there's a GIANT CRANE sticking out of the castle. Ugly. Construction was everywhere during this trip but this was just a bit ridiculous. All of the hub was basically covered up as well, including the Partners Statue. Sigh. And those clouds! All day, I tell you.
Now, we still had a fun time, really the only ride that was down was Splash Mountain, which is too bad because it's Brent's favorite.
Tiki! Adventureland really is beautiful.

Ok... after a somewhat restful day, we were feeling much better for Hollywood Studios the next morning!

Sigh... I think this is just a FastPass kiosk now. It used to have the coolest Hollywood memorabilia.

Remember that giant crane sticking out of the castle? Yea, this is probably even worse. Half of a Sorcerer's Hat?! But this didn't really bother me as much because I'm excited about its departure... never liked that thing.

Pretty colors.

Chinese Theater.

Dinosaur Gertie! Oooh I hope she stays... the entire Echo Lake area is so charming.

Prime Time. Love. Decor inspiration everywhere.

This picture! Look at my smile!

Mermaid fountain.

Toy Story Midway Mania queue


Inside One Man's Dream: I really loved everything about this old Bambi poster. The colors, the fonts, and of course the animations.

Scale model of Adventureland.

SciFi Dine In. A must for every trip. The food is alright but the atmosphere can't be beat.

Great colors and lettering inside.

Brent in our conver-table.

Outside the restaurant


Brent and Bill. Sigh.

Hollywood Studios closed around 7 or 8 so we took the boat over to EPCOT for the evening.

Brent and the pickle tree (Germany pavilion)

 And here are some pretty pictures of Spaceship Earth with palm trees and lights:

It was a really wonderful day, did I mention that I let us sleep in?! I'm so kind...