Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Vacationing in New York

It has been a long time since I posted pictures of a finished garment.  Time gets away from me when I am in the sewing room!  And then there was that trip to New York . . .

Here is my idea of the perfect summer outfit.  I love it so much, I wore it again my first week back in California.  

Two vintage reproductions in one!

I am so used to carrying layers around with me in the Bay Area.  So for my first few days in New York, I brought a cardigan with me everywhere I went.  Clearly, it was not necessary.  But in my heavily air-conditioned office, the cardi was definitely a good idea.

Oh, and look at my “new” shoes!  Not only did Peter generously open his home to me during my New York stay, he also gave me these vintage shoes!  Since they happen to match this outfit, I thought it only fitting to wear them as soon as I got back home.

Miraculously, the arch of the shoe fits my foot, which actually feels odd.  I am so used to my foot arching high above the actual shoe I am not sure what to do with all that extra support.

These shoes seem to be my lucky charm . . . because three different chihuahuas showed up for the photo shoot!  And this is what happens to my face when I see a cute dog (don’t tell Tino!).

Isabella likes to play hard to get.  Part of it certainly had to do with the grooming van parked outside her house containing her brother, Rufus.  I don't think she was looking forward to her turn.

And soon after, Diego and Paloma came trotting by. 

Good outfit day, good doggie day!  Now I just need to catch up with all that paperwork covering my desk . . . but it would be so much more fun to play with my new fabric!!

Bustier:  Made by me, Simplicity 1426
Skirt:  Made by me, Butterick 4792
Ring:  Grandfather’s school ring
Shoes:  Gift from Peter
Cardigan:  Old Navy
Earrings:  Shadows


  1. wonderful outfit and mix of fabric. perfect for summer

  2. Beautiful photo shoot, and that dress is so perfectly you! Score on the shoes!

  3. If they can hear at a pitch beyond our range, it only follows that they can speak at said pitch.

    Clearly 2 of your NYC fans shared your celebrity status on "the network", and what a network it is. Within days of your cross-continent return, they are seeking you out in large numbers.

    I'm writing a treatment for "Chihauhau's of the Corn" - there's a role in it for you if you can connect me with an agent.

  4. Just gorgeous, Laura Mae! I adore that poppy fabric and wish I could find some!

  5. great outfit and those shoes are fab! they match so many things you already have.

  6. Genius coordination of fabric patterns. I love it!

  7. OMG, no wonder I couldn't find those shoes yesterday. Harrumph!

    1. Cathy, darling, you know very well you would never manage to squeeze your feet in my shoes!

  8. Cute idea to mix prints and extend bodice to waist. This gives me the idea to make tops from some of the vintage sundress patterns.

  9. Absolutely gorgeous mix of patterns!

    ♥ Jessica

  10. The patterns from the 1900's would be beautiful lounge wear in the appropriate fabric, with heeled fluffy boudoir slippers.