WIP: Bettine

So I'm finally going to work on a bit of sewing tonight. Not only have I just not had a ton of time between the Boudoir Business , my day-job, and family visits and vacations - but my sewing room, which a half story on my cape code has been oppressively and terribly hot. Thank you Ohio for not only having terrible and snowy winters, but also having 100 degree heat summer with the humidity on full blast. While I have central air, the half story is basically a converted attic, and those are notoriously hot. I'm going to hunker down with a box fan tonight though and bust at least the cutting of this dress out! 

I'm using one of the lengths of fabric my Mom treated me to on my last minute trip back to my hometown near DC. It's a really vibrant green linen, with a screen printed dot pattern in blue. I got it at Hancocks on super sale and can't find it on their website. It's a medium weight linen, I'm going to guess around 4-5oz/yard. It's got a good drape.  I haven't ever really been drawn to Tilly's patterns before. This dress is almost identical in silhouette to a dress I wore on my first date with Brian. I loved that dress, and it looked super great on, so I'm going to give this a go. 

I'll probably just do a tissue fitting, I feel like there's enough ease to where I won't have to do a FBA, but we'll see. 

What are you guys working on?

Life Recently

Hi everyone! Long time no chat and all. I've been busy working on the studio, working on my boudoir business, and getting a bit of travelling in. Some planned and some unplanned. 

As far as the studio goes, minus a few more accessories and storage it's mostly done! Here's a few quick snaps from Instagram. 

Turned out pretty cute, right? In the photo above it's set up for our open house with some of the pieces we also use for shooting. We have a ton of backdrops and shooting equiptment neatly tucked out of sight. I'll have a mini studio tour of this section done this weekend, as we're shooting models for the first time in the space. I'm glad we're done here! We've rented out a second studio adjoining ours for a dark moody bedroom set which I'm super excited about. As if I needed more work to do right? 

I had planned to take the fourth of july weekend to finish up some sewing, and maybe work on the craft room, but had a family health emergency - which sent me back home to DC that weekend. So I didn't get anything done, but got to spend time with my family, which is most important. 

Early in the month we also had a serious case of the dog pukes. In turn that totally extinguished any life my gray shag rug had in it. Which is fine, the rug was getting gross thanks to previous dog puke episodes (shag rugs are awesome nets for half chewed kibble), and wasn't even really large enough for the room to start with. So I hoofed it over to target and bought something with a shorter nap and larger area space. 

It almost makes me want to update the living room more. Unfortunately we've taken practically the whole summer off from any house renovations, which is probably for the best seeing as I've got a pretty substantial Lowe's Credit Bill to pay off.  In the end it's okay - I got a little burnt out renovation wise anyway. Once the credit account is paid off I'll start again on making my space cute again. For now it's on an only if I have to repair it kind of basis. #reallife

I just got back from a mini trip to Chicago for Brian's family reunion. I'll do a post on that later, I'm working on a mini scrapbook with what little free time I've had, but I should be able to get it done soon. Lots of parks and deep dish (which as a total east coast Guido, I can appreciate, but it's not pizza).

I'm hoping to photograph some of my finished sewing projects this weekend, since I only work one day of it! But we'll see how that goes. I'd love to start on some modern sewing projects. My mom spoiled me with a bit of fabric shopping while I was in DC, and now I've got a mini stash that needs to be sewn up. I have a perfect green and teal dotted linen that basically needs to become Tilly's new Bettine dress ASAP. I'm also going to try to participate in the Aster Sewalong.  Have you guys done anything cool recently or have any crafty plans? Let me know in the comments! 

Studio Progress

I've been hard at work in my new photography studio. Four gallons of paint later it's looking much better! I'm not feeling very wordy so let's just post some photos, yes?


Now I can get to the fun stuff - the decor. I really like how the window sills look painted black. I just threw up some cheap paper blinds until some more funds are freed up to get something a bit snazzier. We're having an open house at the end of the month for my boudoir photographer company, Roar Boudoir. That's lit a fire under my butt for sure to get this done on time. I'm just glad to be done painting. Let the decor layering begin!