|My sewing themed Laurel!|
|I made my barrette a few years ago with some pretty aqua lace and tiny black beads.|
April 30th, at about a quarter to midnight I was on my labtop frantically trying to learn the nouonces of flickr. I was one of the procrastinators, uploading photos for the Colette Laurel Challenge on the night they were due. It was a wild night. After so many years as a fan, I finally know what it must feel like to be a contestant on Project Runway. The night was rife with last minute photoshoots, quickly sewn hems, and tears… many tears.
|This is the expression procrastinators make...|
To make matters worse, our internet connection decided to come in and out that night, so I had to re-upload all the images to flickr after I had already named, tagged, and described them. I think I hit my lowest moment around 11:45 at night, when the internet quit again and none of my photos of this "Sewing Laurel" were on flickr. I had a little cry, and then bucked-up and got the job done.
It was all sooo worth it in the end because the challenge was really fun and I love my dress. It is just awesome to see everyone's different interpretations of the pattern. Who knew there were so many ways to do one dress? I was truly inspired.
|I found a cool old bottle on the forest floor, I am going to use it in our wedding next spring.|
My Laurel has self-designed cotton voile fabric for the bottom section, a beautiful sheer swiss dot fabric on the bodice, black lace sleeves, a dark navy underlining, and light aqua bias tape trim around the neckline. The fabric I designed is sewing themed - it has little pins and needles stuck in a latticey-lacy geometric type pattern.
|It's hard to see in this photo, but the pins are a light blue color.|
This was my first time printing fabric from Spoonflower. I think it printed pretty nicely, I had intended the skirt to be more of a dark-rich black but I think it printed grey because it was on voile - not quite sure. I would definitely print fabric from them again - I love having that amount of freedom/control.
We took pictures again at Maquoketa Caves State Park. The flowers were just starting to bloom and everything was starting to turn green - it was magical. I saw some of my favorite wild Iowa plants.
|These are Jack in the Pulpits - one of my favorite wild plants to find.|
|I found a little snail|
|I love the tiny scallops on the edge of the lace sleeves.|
I'm not really sure what my next sewing project will be. I have been dreaming about polka-dotted shorts and Hepburn-inspired cigarette pants. Definitely something that takes advantage of this nice warm weather!