Saturday, May 23, 2015

Getting better.

Warm weather is coming. Going "down the shore" very soon. My new living space is beginning to come together and I'm actually excited to sew again. I've also got a nice new job that pays well and I have myself a wonderful new boyfriend <3 My divorce should be final with a month or two. Things are getting better.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Hiatus Update

I know I don't have a lot of readers, but here's what has happened:

My husband of 10 years left me in January. He preferred another woman over me and expected me to move out of our lovely apartment and move back to my dad's house. BUT....since we had an invested marriage, it didn't work that way. Fortunately, I had a friend who let me stay with her. For a while, I lived between the two places. My husband was upset that we had to "share" the apartment, but my name was on the lease and I had every right to be there. On the days I stayed there, he had to stay with his girlfriend.

When my husband told me "the news", I never felt so low in my life. I wanted to die. I checked myself into a hospital. Meanwhile, he bangs his new girlfriend ON OUR BED. While I'm in the hospital. He tells me "I dreaded you coming home!" when I come home.

Unfortunately, he prevented me from taking two different jobs so I was unemployed. He expected me to leave with no job. It took me a couple months to get on my feet, but I eventually did with the help of family. I now have a job and a great new place in a better part of the city. I can walk EVERYWHERE! I have a couple "boyfriends" -- I refused to sit back and wallow. I always thought I was the "wrong" one, but there is nothing wrong with me! My ex had me brainwashed and emotionally abused into thinking I was mentally ill all this time.

I've never been happier.

Thursday, February 12, 2015


I'm taking a hiatus from sewing for a while. My life has been turned upside down and until it gets back on track I won't have time to do anything. I've created a tumblr full of vintage goodness. Please follow me there!

My Tumblr

Also feel free to follow my Instagram @amy__lola (two underscores!)

My FB, is barely in use anymore and I have made it private for now.

I shall return -- maybe in a few months.

Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Dress #2 -- Decades Of Style 3007 (1930s Button Dress)

Well, looks like my sewing is moving along ok right now! I attempted the Decades of Style 1930s Button Dress to much success!

This was NOT an easy pattern. Intermediate skills AT LEAST are required to make this/make sense of the instructions. There are lots of clipped corners and twisting the fabric "just so" to make sure it is lined up and no open holes or wonk The hardest part was definitely the bodice back:

Those points were a challenge for me. But I somehow ended up sewing them perfectly, along with the ties. I used linen so my ties kind of don't sit perfectly flat, but that's ok. Also, the sleeves "bell" out, but I kind of like that silhouette.

I'm also not too crazy about all those gathers across the back seam there, but it's ok. I can't see them so I won't worry too Kinda like how I forget I have a couple bad tattoos on my back! I also added 4 inches to the hem. I had made this dress previously and I remember it was too short for my aesthetic.

With this dress being somewhat complicated, I have NO IDEA how I managed to make it in December or 2008. Then, I only had THREE MONTHS of sewing under my belt. Unfortunately, I deconstructed my original creations a while ago so I can't properly compare, but here is the only photo of it that I have:

Made in the same exact navy blue linen and red buttons! I really like my newest version, though. I will gladly wear this next time I go out with wool tights and my black Merrell "heels."

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Dress #1 -- Simplicity 6092 (1973)

First make of 2015! It's a fun 70s-does-50s style from 1973:

I made it very similar to the packaging since I had leftover pink-and-white polka dot fabric -- except I made the collar and cuffs black! I love that contrast and it gives it more of a 50s look.

I made no alterations other than widening the armholes. No idea why, but I have found early 70s patterns to have TINY armholes! I'm also using my new tripod for the first time in these photos (so as not to bother my husband!) I still think I might need to bring it up a bit higher.

Overall, this was an easy-ish make and pretty straightforward.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Dress of the Century: 1970-1979

Let's continue the series of catalog pages with one of my very favorite decades for fashion: The 1970s!











Anxiously awaiting a 1970s Fashion Sourcebook to be released February 28!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Morrissey Handbag

Ok, I am a Morrissey lover and have been since 1987. So I made a purse IN HIS IMAGE because he is the only man I love other than my husband:

I made it from Simplicity 4751 -- a 1954 purse pattern. The fabric I bought at Spoonflower. I really didn't think they would actually have "Morrissey fabric", but lo and behold....

Already been asked if it was an "Elvis" bag. Ugh. Lol.