Friday, November 25, 2011

The Duaflex Lives

A while back, I found this camera at the old-fashioned flea market for $5. I had to clean it up a bit and re-spool some film to fit, but I finally got the pictures from it developed and it works!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Mohonk Mountain House

For a two day company retreat, we went to the Mohonk Mountain House. I was still tired from being sick but I did manage to go walking in the woods for a bit. I didn't feel like bothering with my DSLR, but I took some pictures with my basic point-and-shoot (and a few with my Holga that I haven't gotten developed yet).

The hotel

There were a lot of these covered seats along the trails

I saw a deer!

This one is probably my favorite picture, the lighting was gorgeous and it reminds me a bit of a Tor Lundvall painting

...and there's some more pictures on flickr

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Hospitals aren't fun

Well, I recently returned home after a four day stay in the hospital due to a pretty nasty infection. I'd never had to stay overnight before so that four days was an unpleasant surprise. I also missed Halloween entirely, which was a letdown. Regardless, things seem to be getting back to normal. I have definitely been feeling a lot more introspective than usual, though, and it's a bit frustrating since now I want to make some life improvements but I'm still run down and tired all the time. Here's hoping my motivation will hold out until I feel fully recovered!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

McCall Pattern Catalog, January 1925

This one is probably the most fragile of my vintage magazines, the corners on the spine seem to shatter a bit more every time I take it out. At least so far it hasn't damaged the illustrations, just some of the text.


Left side

Right Side

(apologies for the slightly crooked photos, it's a bit to large for the scanner)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Ladurée, in New York!

I love macarons, so I've waiting impatiently since I heard Ladurée was opening it's first US location in New York. And now they're finally open! I went this morning since I didn't want to have to wait until after the holiday weekend, hoping the line wouldn't be too bad so early in the day. Well, there was long line but at least it stayed entirely within the store - opening day apparently had a line that went outside. I bought a set of three tins of tea (Earl Grey, Melange Ladurée, Lapsung Souchong) and box of eight macarons (orange blossom, rose, lemon, pistachio, salted caramel, coconut, vanilla and chocolate).

So far, I've only had the vanilla and coconut macarons and they were quite good. I still have another six flavors to go, plus the tea, but I'm sure I'll be back.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


My grandmother grew up in Weston, VT and we used to go there every summer when I was a kid. Even though she no longer lives there, she still owns the house and I usually stop by when I go up to visit my parents in the fall.

I took this picture last year
mill museum

The Weston Playhouse posted a set of photos from the flood, this one is taken from pretty much the same place.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

More Holga

Picked up some photos from the Lomo Lab last night, it's a bit inconvenient for me to swing by so I usually only go when I have a few rolls that need development. Better luck this time around, I liked more of them than last time. A few of my favorites, the others are on flickr:

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Vintage frame purse

I haven't been going out to tag sales this year as much as previous years, I think part of the reason may be that the first ones I went to this spring had such amazing stuff that anything else would be a letdown. The first one I went to was run by an art history teacher, and she had some amazing vintage items. I figured I'd post this purse first, since I wore it with the dress below for July 4th.

The best shot I could get of the whole thing, it's fairly long. My best guess is it that was handmade out of an older article of clothing - it looks handstiched and there's some uneven beading on the back where it seems like pre-beaded fabric sections were used. It has two inner pockets, one in the short section and one in the long section. Also, the outside has another opening to a pocket you don't have to open the frame for, which was pretty convenient.

Frame detail

Corner detail

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Dress, finished

I was a bit overambitious about how much I could do in the time I had so I did make a few changes from my original plan, the biggest of which is that the underlayer of the skirt is plain and not pleated. And, due to some poor decision making around midnight I took a bit too much off the bottom so it came out shorter than I had wanted. Overall, though, it came out decent and I finished in time to wear it for the event.

I need to adjust my dressform, it actually fit me quite well even though it's a bit loose here (especially on top).

Side view

Hem detail. The pleats didn't line up as well as I had hoped, though it was my first time making pleats so I'm not too disappointed. It took forever to topstitch them all and the material held it's shape fairly well so I probably didn't need to. Also, the topstitching on the waistband is a bit crooked, I hadn't realized how slippery the plain pink fabric was so it was a pain to work with.

Despite it's faults, though, I'm fairly happy with how it came out and it was nice to work on a challenging project for a change.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

More insipration and starting point

Another dropwaist dress, this time from Excentrique.

Fabric I'm planning on using, and a few sketched out ideas (I'm leaning towards either top right or bottom left).

Monday, June 27, 2011

Inspiration (Moon Afternoon)

I haven't been out to Dances of Vice in a while, but their July 4th event looks like it will be fun! I was trying to decide whether to go with a 20s inspired look to fit the theme better, or a classical lolita type look like I wore the previous times I attended. Then I realized some hybrid of the two might work fairly well, which reminded me of Moon Afternoon. I hadn't thought about them in years, though they were one of my favorite brands featured in the older Gothic & Lolita Bibles, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that they're still around. While what I'm planning on making is fairly different and more flapper inspired, it's still nice to see that a low-waisted dress can work.

jumper 1 * jumper 4 * jumper 2

Friday, June 10, 2011

I went, I saw and bought the book

Since yesterday was the hottest day so far this summer (with a heat index of 104 and it's only June!) I thought it would be a good day to head over to the air conditioned Met and see the Alexander McQueen exhibit. I've always liked McQueen's work, and figured it would be interesting to see in person. Even though it was a weekday afternoon there was a 30 minute line which wasn't fun, but wasn't particularly awful either.

Once inside, it was quite possibly one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. The shapes, textures and detailing were all stunning in person, and so much more amazing than I could ever imagine from a photograph. I ended up spending over an hour looking at everything as closely as I could, despite the fact that it was super crowded and I hate crowds. I was a bit disappointed that no photographing was allowed, but in hindsight having everyone clamoring to take pictures would have distracted from the experience so it's probably for the better. It's on display until August, so I may even try to go back and see it again.

VOSS, spring/summer 2001

This was my favorite dress there, the colors, depth and weight of the shell underdress was breathtaking.

No. 13, spring/summer 1999

I loved the contrast of the molded leather with the delicate lace, and the prosthetic legs are lovely.

It’s Only a Game, spring/summer 2005

Loved the colors and textures here, it was on a spinning pedastal in a mirrored room which was both hypnotizing and gave an amazing view of all sides.

Unfortunately, a lot of the ensembles I loved aren't pictured on the website but I suppose that's all the more reason to go see it in person.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Youth's Companion

I'm finally updating the long neglected The Youth's Companion tumblr again.

I really wish this image was in color...

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Not so great at BxW

I finally got around to getting my first roll of film from my Holga 120 developed. I had one done before, but it was 35mm (with an adapter back) so I could get it developed locally. I decided that the Lomography lab is probably better for what I wanted and brought it in with some more recent rolls. I hadn't noticed that the starter roll of film that came with it was black and white so most of the pictures were based on colors, which clearly didn't have the planned results.

Still, I think a few came out ok.

A swan


These pansies would have been lovely in color

Fig on a rock

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Ruffled Shorts

While looking for inspiration images of ruffled and scalloped clothes, I kept coming across images of ruffled shorts. Not normally a shorts-wearer myself, but I'm starting to really want some for summer.

from Melche Shutilforc

from Emily Temple Cute

from Jane Marple. I wish I could find a better picture of the denim shorts, since they look like they have really nice detailing.