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"Where better to care for the soul than in the details of our daily lives?....The soul has an absolute, unforgiving need for regular excursions into enchantment. It requires them like the body needs food and the mind needs thought... An enchanted world is one that speaks to the soul, to the mysterious depths of the heart and imagination where we find value, love and union with the world around us. As mystics of many religions have taught, that sense of rapturous union can give a sense of fulfillment that makes life purposeful and vibrant." ~ Thomas Moore.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Latest Design: Romantic Linen and Tulle Slip Top



This is the latest invention, design my own. It began as a slipdress, then seemed to be destined to be a skirt, but then back to the slip dress with a layer of linen gauze removed. I like it now, not at all what I had originally envisioned but it's very pretty.....I like it both with the skirt it is shown with and with some bandeau pants I just got at TJ Maxx.
My favorite inspirations for clothing comes from South of France, country, Bohemian and romantic.












 






















One day I will simply JUST KNOW HOW TO SEW ! Instead of trying to engineer something from scratch and trying to figure out each step of the way! Can't wait for that day people, cant wait!!
In the meantime, what I do make at least stays together LOLOL....and that is the most important thing.....and that the edges are neat, and no loose threads, and nothing sloppy. Can't wait also to have a good sewing machine, that does more than straight or zigzag stiches!

And a quirky thing about my sewing, I'm fussy about some details and others not fussy at all! LOL and this makes for questioning eyebrows in some people......for example, on the inside I wanted the straps to be neat inside. Will never be seen except by me but when I saw the inside, I had to make it look more ''finished'''.......












but.....then with something as prominent as the belt, I will leave it completely unfinished! LOL.....explain that to me? I don't even get it, but I do know when something looks sloppy or simply bohemian. I love this one, so lightweight, feels like nothing, and yet can look so pretty and elegant.









 


TEXTURES!~~ Its all about textures.......I can totally forego color because the textures speaks volumes!
These are gauzy linen and crushed tulle......sigh.......love!
and these tones look great on my olive skin......with silver jewelry.




In the meanwhile, I DO enjoy what I make....

 








Drawstring pants coming up. I've procrastinated a bit on them because I decided to sew up all the pants I had with holes. I literally patched them! Once I got that annoyance out of the way, then I HAD to finish the above piece which has been just lying around for months, neglected, and I couldn't take it anymore....I hate loose ends, know what I mean? I'm a bit funny that way.....soooooo.....
NOW I have the freedom to think and be creative with nothing haunting me to get done first. And I realized my drawstring pants were not going to be so simple as the last ones, these are going to have some fun details, and only after I work out each one in my head, then I can sew it....and this means everything, from how to cut the fabric, to how to piece it together and what happens in what order.....such a mental exercise this all is, but its good therapy!....results in BEAUTY too! :D so I love it in the end.



Art is therapy!




sharing this post with Coastal Charm

and with A return to Loveliness

and with My Romantic Home

and with The Charm of Home

and with Rooted In Thyme

and with Common Ground

and with Home and Garden Thursday

and with From My Front Porch to Yours

and with FRENCH COUNTRY COTTAGE

and with TIMEWASHED : Blissful White Wednesday!



17 comments:

  1. Oh dear Serena.....you have "hit the nail on the head" with this wonderful creation. Your ending comments could not be more true.

    ART IS THERAPY!!!!!

    xocxoxo

    Jo

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    1. Hi Jo, yes, it is therapy for sure, no question. I need some more but lack some of the materials I need....now must get creative with ''what is''....
      hugs

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  2. Oh my friend, this is truly gorgeous! Love the textures, the layers and the pretty details... I could wear it MYSELF!!! LOL I wish I lived nearer from you so I could share some sewing notions (although as told before, I only "studied" the basic methods and tools, the rest is mostly self-taught!) but it would be a lot of fun to get together and sew and chat and have tea like victorian ladies used to, wouldn´t it? Anyway, I´m looking forward to see your next pieces... PURE BOHEMIAN BEAUTY, love it!!!
    A million blessings,
    K.

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    1. Do you really love it ? :D
      the textures yes and layers. This was a super simple thing, but I must get better with design however I am acutely aware that I need materials as in lace and doilies and trims to do what I really want...sigh....costs money. Sorry I have been busy with a house guest for 5 days, so fun.
      I too only have the ''basics''....lol...not more than that I assure you. I would love nothing more than getting together for a Victorian Tea, my first love Victorian, and dress and have a lovely Tea at my Cottage Cafe .
      warmest hugs.

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    2. Oh well, the only thing I can say is that since I saw this pretty thing, I simply cannot get out of my mind the need to create something beautiful FOR ME (not only "for the home", do you understand?) Of course here and now -with both temperature AND budget below zero- it´s not easy to even think about wearing gauze or tulle or lace or linen LOL... but you know, inspiration doesn´t rest, so this afternoon I went on stirring in my seams closet, wondering how I could use things I already have (I found some beautiful fabrics and old laces that may work -most of them purchased at second hand stores and flea markets for a few coins; and also rescued a lovely lavender summer dress which was ment to be a pillow because it was too small for me, but I´m reconsidering to simply fix and restyle it...) For now I haven´t dusted off the sewing machine yet, just sketched some designs, but I know it won´t take much LOL So in the end you did inspire me... once again!!!
      Blessings,
      K.

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    3. Yes I sure do understand, wish I could help you over there. But I'm tickled pink that I can still inspire you :D:D:D

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  3. LOVELY, as always!! ART is Theraphy! Have a great day!
    Kim

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  4. This is just gorgeous! I think it is much more interesting to recreate from other things than start from scratch. This is so bohemian and victorian looking, This is a great dress for my Hippie Summer Dress post today.

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  5. I love your therapy for art! This is such a wonderful design with beautiful fabrics. It's just stunning, love it! Thanks for all your inspiration today.

    Hugs,
    Jody

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  6. Your slip top is rustic and sexy! Love it:) Pinned:)

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  7. This is so pretty. Love the textures. What a great designer you are--you did a lovely job on this!

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  8. Therapy, indeed....GORGEOUS!!!!!!!! This is a DREAMY creation, dearest Lady, just dreamy......
    The crushed tulle!!! You DO love crushed tulle! Well, how could anyone not love it.... :))))
    Beautiful.....love the colors, textures, everything....
    Enjoy enjoy!!
    Off to catch up with the kimchee! :)
    Sparkly blessings,
    - Irina

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    1. lol I do love my crushed tulle, it is so weightless yet adds an ethereal touch. Thank you for loving it, it is also weightless to wear, I have to look down to see if I'm wearing anything, so perfect for florida heat and look pretty at the same time. Thanks you!

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  9. This is gorgeous - beautifully done - I do love to sew it is so much fun creating - a lot of times I just wing it - trying to put to reality what I see in my imagination - your dress is wonderful! I am so delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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    1. Thank you Kathy! winging it, I think is the best way, so stressless. My imagination seems to be on hiatus these days, but am still trying to call her in.....lol.
      thanks for hosting, I love those parties.

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