Saturday, June 02, 2007

Wardrobe Refashion #1

OK. This one was a bit of a cheat.

Although, it didn't start out that way!

I bought this vintage dress in Greensboro in 1985 and was never able to wear it because it was too small to begin with. But, I loved the lines of the dress and hoped to get around to copying day. I also thought the sweet embroidery was delightful.

Well, I came across the dress in the storage unit and it was dirty, musty and needed a lot of love. It was also now several sizes too large for me!

I decided to prep it for a recon job but the thing was so dirty that I did what one should absolutely never do to a vintage rayon garment - I chucked it in the wash!

Actually, I turned it inside out, tucked it carefully in a lingerie bag and ran it on gentle, figuring the thing would either disintegrate or shrink to the size of a Barbie dress. Then I hung it to air dry.

As it dried, I noticed that it not only looked a great deal better but it also looked to be my size!

The darn thing actually fits!

The embroidery is a bit puffier than it had been but the fabric is not at all distorted and the dress fits with absolutely no other alterations!

I even have the original belt!

Friday, June 01, 2007

My Two-Month Pledge at Wardrobe Refashion

The Pledge

I, JennySlash, pledge that I shall abstain from the purchase of "new" manufactured items of clothing, for the period of 2 months. I pledge that I shall refashion, renovate, recycle preloved items for myself with my own hands in fabric, yarn or other medium for the term of my contract. I pledge that I will share the love and post a photo of my refashioned, renovated, recycled, crafted or created item of clothing on the Wardrobe Refashion blog, so that others may share the joy that thriftiness brings! Signed, JennySlash.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

A Couple of Pics of the National Cathedral

Here's a view of a portion of the interior of the Cathedral's West End.

(I'm afraid these pics are a bit fuzzy but I was using TonyP's camera and I'm not used to working with a digital.)

When we arrived at the Cathedral, they were still clearing out after a big diocesan event - consecrating a new bishop coadjutor, I believe. (It was a good thing that we didn't arrive any earlier because the place was jammed with choristers and clergy and the chapels on the lower level had been pressed into service as changing rooms and vesting rooms!)
The camera lighting was still on when we went inside, which accounts for the brighter than usual look to the crossing in front of the choir. I took advantage of the lighting to grab a shot of the slender lines of the rood screen.

Some Sight-Seeing

Over Memorial Day Weekend, TonyP and I spent a few days in Washington, D.C. - which just so happens to be one of our favorite destinations.

We decided to stay Downtown and do a little sight-seeing so I finally had a chance to show TonyP the National Cathedral. We also lobby-surfed the Willard, promenaded Pennsylvania Avenue and dined at the Occidental Grill.

Not to worry - we managed to work in a few museums!

There's a fascinating show at the Corcoran called "Modernism: Designing a New World, 1914-1939". (The ticket is a bit pricey but students get in for $10, so bring your student ID!) It's a very interesting and thought-provoking exhibit. "Modernism" runs through July 29, 2007.

We also stopped in at the Renwick Gallery where the entire ground floor is featuring "From the Ground Up: Renwick Craft Invitational 2007" which showcases the work of Beth Cavener Stichter, Jocelyn Chateauvert, Paula Bartron and Beth Lipman. The work is stunning. "From the Ground Up" runs through July 22, 2007.

Not surprisingly, I spent entirely too much time in the book/souvenir shops and I came home with three more things to add to my Summer reading: American Gothic by Thomas Hoving, a Taschen book on Mondrian and a somewhat denser read by Charles Freeman, The Closing of the Western Mind.

It was a very Washingtonian weekend and I promise to post pics as soon as possible!

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

More Recycling

Last week, we donated the old Sundance to Habitat for Humanity.

Freed up a lot of space in the driveway but it's always tough to let go of a car, even one that needs more work and attention than one can spare at the time.