Thursday, August 21, 2014

Another Dress Down!

Good day my fellow intraweb travelers!

Summer is almost gone here in the Northwest and the days are slowly cooling down and taking a turn towards Fall. 

With things winding down, I finally had a chance to finish the little girls Regency dress.  They came over Friday night and finally saw the dress in full and tried it on to make sure everything fit right.  I had been fretting for a weeks that the sleeves on the dress wouldn't fit.  The little girl loved the dress.  She had the biggest smile on her face and the dress fit perfectly.

This dress was made from the Sense and Sensibility Girls Regency Dress pattern.  This is the first dress I have made from this pattern and I must say I was very happy with how easy this dress went together.  After the family went home I got word that the elder daughter now wants a dress made, along with their brother!

I'm so excited that this dress worked and so proud of myself and how well my skills are improving.

Until the next dress, enjoy the dog days!

Love & Lollipops,

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Summer Heat!

Good day intrawebs!

We are in the midst of a summer heat wave here in the Portland area.  Day after day of sweltering 90 plus degree weather beating down on us.  Yeah, I know what some of you might think "really?  90 degree weather...that's nothing!".  For us hippies up here, it's quite the shock.  We are use to, and spoiled by out mild weather all year long.  Sure we get lots of rain here in the Northwest, but usually its never too hot or too cold. 

I'm going to say it...I can't wait for fall to be here!  Thank goodness for air conditioning.

Due to this heat wave over this week, I've decided to take break, relax, and not do any sewing until next week.  It is too bloody hot to do anything but sleep.

Next week, I'll be back in the groove and starting a new dress with a new pattern I just received as a belated birthday present.  I will be trying out the Ladies Regency Bib Front Gown from Laughing Moon Mercantile .  So far, I've heard good things about the pattern and seems rather simple to use.

Until I start that new project.  Here are a few pictures from the Swan Island Dahlia Farm Picnic with The Oregon Regency Society.

Here is my roommate in a dress I made for her
Back of her dress.

I hope you all enjoy the remaining days of summer!  Until the next update....

Love & Lollipops

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Dahlia Farm Picnic

It is time for another lovely picnic with the Oregon Regency Society.

This will be the second year the ORS has had a picnic at the Swan Island Dahlia FarmSwan Island Dahlias is the largest and leading dahlia grower in the United States.  Located in the town of Canby, in the rich soil of the Willamette Valley of Oregon.  The farm was originally located in Portland, Oregon, with some buildings on Swan Island, which is where the farm’s name was derived from.  There was also a roadside stand in Sellwood, a suburb of Portland, so the business was known as both Swan Island Dahlias and Portland Dahlia Gardens at that time. Swan Island Dahlias was moved to Canby, Oregon on rented land in the 1940’s.  Around 1953, twenty acres of farmland was purchased in Canby, and the business was relocated to its present site.

Last year I was unable to attend due to scheduling issues (because it was my birthday!).  This year is a perfect time, not near any birthdays or other whoop-dee-doo.  My roomate Rebecca will be joining me this year as well in a lovely floral print dress I made for her (though she did all the tough work...aka...putting the sleeves in the dress).  Pictures will soon follow after the picnic.

I hope you all are enjoying your weekends and the great warm weather (if you're in the northern hemisphere) of summer.

Love & Lollipops

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

My First Commission!!!

Good day intrawebs!!

We are midsummer here in Portland and the heat is sticking with us like two fat thighs! lol 

Two weeks ago was the 7th Annual Pittock Mansion Picnic with the Oregon Regency Society.  Fun times were had by all!  It was lovely company and many good laughs.  Here are some pictures!

Here are 2 of my good friends wearing dresses I made.

Here is most of the group of people who showed up to the picnic.

You can visit The Oregon Regency Society on Facebook to check out more photos.

On another note.... I've finally taken my first commission dress~!!! WOOOO!!!

I'm making a girls dress that is a pink explosion of beauty.  This 10 year old picked out the fabric, ribbon, and buttons all on her own.  She did a great job and has been super exited each step of the way.  Here are a couple pictures of the progress.

Fabric is a pink cotton butterfly print.

I am using the Sense & Sensibility girls pattern
Two little short sleeves of cuteness
All pleats are places in the back of the dress.

Last thing left on this dress is to put in the hook and eyes and hem the dress.  This should be finished and ready for her to wear this weekend at the Dahlia Picnic with the ORS!

Time to get back to the sewing board.  Have a great night!

Love & Lollipops