Tomorrow is my Grandma’s 98th birthday! My parents are travelling to see her, so they’ll help us to Skype later this afternoon or tomorrow. And I’m hoping to visit her soon. But can you believe it? She always has a positive outlook (which was a conscious decision she made years ago–we discussed it when her pain started getting worse), and she’s made lots of friends at the facility where she’s been living for the past few years. I love her so much. Here’s a photo I took when she was just settling into her new home after living independently for many years. She loved to stitch, and she traveled to teach needlework all over the world, so it was difficult for her to give it up as she aged. I know she still misses it; we talk about it a lot.
Beyond that, I’m trying to get outside as much as I can–at every opportunity–to enjoy this beautiful spring weather. It’s too early for spring, but it’s here!
Here’s a little sewing inspiration for your weekend. This Hide-and-Seek Dress sewn by Rachel is just stunning, isn’t it? I also love the gold color blocking on the dress on the right, which might inspire a Building Block Dress if you’re looking for some ideas.
I mentioned that I’m planning to make my Lisette B6464 kimono jacket in denim, and these two images are inspiring me right now. I think I might add simple pockets to the pattern, just for fun!
Here are a couple of fun weekend projects for the kids. I was telling S about one of my favorite projects when I was her age. My mom and I made three bears from felt, and we constructed a small house for them. She loved that idea and wants to try something similar, so maybe we’ll try the felt cats.
All this texture from Burberry is just so beautiful! Do you look for texture when you shop for fabric and when you get dressed? I think it’s a great way to make clothes more interesting.
Meanwhile, my sleeve obsession continues. Hey, I just noticed that the Building Block Dress book teaches you how to make views B and D, below, and I’m going to try view G sometime soon, just for the fun of it. Maybe I’ll do a tutorial for it. Also, did you catch Shelley’s big “hem everything” post on the blog this week? She’ll be back next week with another post about hemming knits.
- Oh, so much to share this week! First of all, in light of International Women’s Day on Wednesday, I appreciated these articles on raising confident girls and how important middle school is to that end.
- Many of my favorite New Yorker cartoons over the years have come from Bob Mankoff. I’ll miss him.
- The minimalist trend is big, and it’s held a very long appeal for me. But I have to agree with a lot of what this article says, too. the movement, and the implications around it, don’t really sit well with me for many of these same reasons.
- I mentioned the Georgia O’Keefe show a month or two ago, and after reading this I want to see it even more!
- This lovely sentiment from the recently deceased Emmanuelle Khanh: “I want to make clothes that a woman doesn’t throw out because they become part of her life, part of her memories of when she wore them. The thing that touches me most is when someone says, ‘I bought your coat 10 years ago and I still have it; now my daughter borrows it.’”
- On my “if only” list of libraries to visit: Karl Lagerfeld’s home. (He also has a very nice bookstore which I love to browse when I’m in Paris.)
- Such a smart idea and a great way to help a busy community. Overflowing trash cans are a real problem in NYC.
- I’ve been shopping at some of these stores in Madrid and think it’s such a great idea to eliminate packaging as much as possible. It’s basically a return to the idea of a general store, right?
We’ll be back next week with Shelley’s post about hemming knits, as well as a tutorial on adding a side vent to your sewing projects. And lots more, as usual. Have a great weekend!