At the Movies

Ahh, summertime. I love the lazy days of summer and have spent the past 10 days enjoying Miss L and our more relaxed schedule.

Today was a movie day, thanks to a 60 percent chance of rain. “Mirror, Mirror” finally made it to the $2 theater near us, so it was the perfect remedy to a rainy day.

It’s just an OK movie but the costumes! Oh, the costumes! The late Eiko Ishioka (who won an Academy Award for Bram Stoker’s Dracula) just blew me away with her over-the-top designs. The textures, the details, the colors — total eye candy. I also spied some familiar fabrics.

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Being a total fabric addict, I had to hop on Google to find pictures to back up my discovery: That’s quilting fabric! One dress was definitely from the Kaffe Collective and there was another featuring motifs from Pillow & Maxfield’s Gypsy Bandana Line. On closer look, I saw that Patty Young’s Andalucia was used for the skirt on the same costume.

My fabric geekiness knows no bounds.


Bag Lady Returns

I haven’t been blogging much lately but I have been sewing. I guess it’s a trade off sometimes and I’m certainly enjoying the productivity.

I’ve been itching to make the Pink Chalk Mail Sack ever since I saw Kathy Mack carrying one around Market. I love the styling and the cross-body handle is especially appealing to me. The hardest part was deciding what fabrics to use! Ultimately I decided to sew it with the bright, fun Gypsy Bandana by Pillow & Maxfield for Michael Miller Fabrics.

Can you say “Yummy!”? Totally loving how it turned out. I did substitute fusible fleece for the interfacing recommended for the bag exterior, mostly because I had it on hand and prefer a little softer feel sometimes.

In retrospect, I wish I’d used a smaller print for the bag yoke and handles but I can live with this combination. It’s a nice size, very generous, and I like that there are plenty of pockets I can fill with all my necessities.