Sofia the First: Reverse Applique Knit Dress

My little 3-year-old Ami is obsessed with princesses, mermaids, and evil queens/witches (she was Maleficent for Halloween!).  Her wish for Christmas…..to look like her favorite princess, Sofia the First.  She’s even growing her hair out to look more like Sofia. My guideline for our family Christmas gifts is: Something you want, something you need, something to wear… and something to read.  The something to wear is always my favorite …

A Maleficent Halloween

“Before the sun sets on her sixteenth birthday, she shall prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and die!” the evil fairy Maleficent,  Sleeping Beauty    “There’s only going to be one scary witch this Halloween and that’s ma ma ma…… Maleficent!”  My youngest Ami has been going around telling this to everyone she’s seen all week!  My kids love this holiday, just like their mama, …

Briar Rose Skater Dress + Travel Packing

Ami took a lovely 2 hour nap on Friday and I was able to whip this little dress up just in time for our trip to Minnesota for my grandmother’s funeral.  The kids and I are leaving this afternoon.  Vic is staying home for work but we’ll be traveling with my Mom and Dad  and my sister’s family so it should be a pretty relaxing trip.  It’s also Ami’s first time on …

Halloween Sewing Plans + Costumes Past

  I LOVE Halloween!  It’s my favorite holiday of the year- I love a good excuse to dress up.  Growing up our costumes were always handmade by my mom, who was quite the seamstress.  I went as a butterfly, a black cat, Sleeping Beauty & Rapunzel (my yarn wig was awesome!).  In High school I started making my own costumes, mostly thrifted , ranging from George Sand(my favorite French writer), Isaac Asimov (I …

Inside Out- Fashion Revolution Day

Today is Fashion Revolution Day-April 24!  If you haven’t heard of it already it’s a global campaign to raise awareness and  standards in the fashion industry after the horrible factory tragedy in Bangladesh that took the lives of over 1000 garment workers and injured many more.  I’ve taken the fashion revolution pledge over at Things for Boys– go sign up! Also check out Behind the Hedgerow’s post! One of the …

Papiers a la Mode Exhibit

Last week for the New Years holidays we had a girl’s day out visit to The Baker Museum at Artis-Naples in Naples, FL.   My mother Diane, my niece Paige and my daughter Amelie & I went to see the exhibit Papiers a la Mode: The Exquisite Art of Isabelle de Borchgrave.  I have been waiting to see this since it opened in late September, if you’re local this exhibit is a must see!  Go see it now since this is the last week (it closes on the 12th of January).  Sadly the museum doesn’t allow photography and the gift shop isn’t open yet which was a disappointment, but still worth the visit.

Papiers a la Mode Exhibit
Papiers a la Mode at Artis Naples

The exhibit was so awe-inspiring!  The show consists  of over fifty period costumes, inspired recreations of the last 300 years of fashion all meticulously crafted out of paper.   The accompanying video shows Isabelle and her team of artists as they paint, cut, crumble and pleat paper to transform it into clothing.  The process of creating is just as interesting as the final pieces.  The creations are simply amazing, the transparent lace and fine detail of the embellishments was breathtaking.  My favorites were a piece inspired by Paul Poiret, the 19th century walking dresses and the extravagant gowns from the  Elizabethan and Georgian periods.  My own style tends to be a little more modern/minimal but this exhibit made me long to embroider and embellish.  My daughter loved the sculpted paper flowers and shoes.

photography credits: © Alain Speltdoorn and ©Andreas von Einsiedel

Since I couldn’t take any photos I added a board on my pinterest profile to show off more of the pieces I loved.  You can view it here!

One of the really lovely parts of this museum is the Children’s room.  This dedicated children’s art space offers weekend classes and programs and has tables set up for the kids to make art based on the current exhibit.  Ami had a blast picking out buttons, cutting paper and glueing together her collage!  They also had a pop-up costume book, Fashion a la Mode, by Isabelle de Borchgrave that I need to get!  Here’s Ami’s inspired art!

Ami's artwork

What’s in a Name?

Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday weekend! So lovely having everyone home here. My husband Vic took two weeks vacation, which is a first, and my son is out of pre-k for his winter break.   Today I’m going to relax a little, visit the in-laws with the family (our Sunday ritual) and hopefully get some sewing time in.  Thanks to everyone who’s started following my new blog! …