Sunday, April 11, 2010


Some days, all I can think about is what I'm going to make next, or how I'm going to proceed on a current project.

And then some days, all I can do is think about sewing. As in, I think about it a lot and somehow never actually get anything done. Oops!

Part of the problem is, as I've shared before, that I do not enjoy sewing as such. I like thinking about sewing, imagining what I'll make, planning, picking fabrics, problem-solving, occasionally even fitting initial patterns, and wearing the finished product. There's a significant gap between most of that and the final item--the entire construction process is not something I do for the joy of it.

So on days like today where I just finished a project (new chemise--photos to come) and haven't yet decided what to do next, it's soooo much easier to curl up in one corner of the couch with coffee and the celtic music station that Gwendolyn created for me on Pandora and...not sew.

Yep. Not sewing. Just thinking about it. That counts, right?

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Regency Exhibition Ball 2010

Saturday March 27, 2010
Lansing, Michigan

Last Saturday saw my friends and I once again at the Central United Methodist Church in downtown Lansing for yet another ball. This time, though, there was a distinct lack of hoopskirts--it was the fourth annual Regency Exhibition Ball, sponsored by The Dressmaker's Shop.

From left to right above: Krista, Gwendolyn, Mike, me, and Julie. Mike and Gwendolyn and I traveled together, as is our custom, to Mike's parents' house, where we spent the day getting ready for the ball. This included Mike finishing his ultimate pair of Regency pants, emergency washing of Gwendolyn's dress when it was discovered that her aging cat had appropriated it unbeknowst to her, and lots of time with the curling iron for anyone of the female persuasion.

Pretty much an obligatory shot at trio events these days...

The ball was fun, as always, though I did find myself quoting Mrs. Jennings a la Sense & Sensibility (1995), "I do wish Lady Charteris would limit her invitation list...I do not know when I have been so warm!" But, it would seem that good times were had by all despite the lack of elbow room.

And, just because I love you guys, and I know you'll all appreciate this.