Monday, September 21, 2015

Let's Play Catch Up!

September is moving along like a rocket and dragging me right along with it! Whoosh! Let me catch you up to speed (busy, bUsY, BUSY)! 

You know that Tiffany-blue cocktail dress with the white sequin mesh overlay I made for a client back in May? I was commissioned to make another, this one for a fuller-figured young woman: 


Labor Day weekend, I took my youngest daughter and niece to Bristol Ren Faire in Kenosha, Wisconsin (smack between Chicago and Milwaukee, if you've never been there). There were many firsts on this trip: It was our first time at Bristol; it was our first time as patrons to a show; it was our first time paying to get in a Faire; it was our first time dressing and undressing in a Faire parking lot; and it was our first time buying handcrafted goods rather than bartering for wares. Because the Beautiful Hubs, the kids, and I were merchants at Faire, we never had these experiences - I'm so glad we finally did! 

~On our way!~
~Hello, Chicago!~
~Helping Roxane into her corset~
~Me, Jo, and Maive~
~Cathy generously spritzing me and Roxy with a wonderful peppermint spray!~

There were costumes to make for our Bristol visit, and as any Ren merchant and devoted Renny patron knows, cotton is your friend! It hovered around 90F all Labor Day weekend. Smokin'! Don't hate 'cause I'm a wimpy northerner with hot chocolate running through my veins. Anyway, isn't it supposed to be, like, -10F in Wisconsin this time of year? *gigglesnort*

The girls told me what they wanted, they picked out their material, and I made our costumes light and easy (for construction photos, please visit my Flicker page).  

~Gettin'r done!~

We girls spent our last full day of vacation in Milwaukee at the Milwaukee Art Museum. My daughter is an Art History major and she wanted to see the museum's Van Gogh to Pollock exhibit. The museum itself is a work of art and it sits right on Lake Michigan - beautiful, beautiful! We had a wonderful day, and I loved Milwaukee. There will be another visit and there will be some serious beer tasting. After all, Milwaukee is the beer capital of the world! 

~Milwaukee Bay, Lake Michigan~
~Milwaukee Museum of Art~
~The skywalk over N. Museum & N. Lincoln Memorial Drives~
~One of the museum's gallery corridors~
~Museum's atrium~

Current projects include altering a department store cocktail dress (it needs to be taken in at the bust, the shoulder straps adjusted, the zipper sewn in correctly, and the chiffon overskirts re-aligned across the derrière) and finishing a dress from the mid-1910s that I started about a month ago but put it to the side to work on other projects...

Can you believe the first day of Fall is two days away? Countdown - forty days until Halloween!  

Blessing, my dear friends, and happy sewing!

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