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was even more amazing than last week. As I’m sure you all know (because I know each and every one of you are avid followers of my blog), I spent last weekend on vacay. My destination was only spectacular in its sentimentality – home, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Although I promised to take pictures, I didn’t, and that’s because I unplugged for the weekend. No iPad, no camera, no Facebook, no computer (except a couple emails here and there), and limited phone and text messaging. Instead of trying to capture the moment, I lived it, right then and there. Because I don’t have pictures to illustrate my weekend, I’ll illustrate it with words. From Friday to Monday, I ate panini’s loaded with mayonnaise, sarfed down scallops drenched in butter, ran for the first time in a long time, spent an afternoon at a bar just chattin’ and hangin’ out (I don’t drink), watched Working Girl twice (talk about poofy hair!), and mulled over what to do with my next project.

Ahhh… what to do with my project? What to do… what to do… After researching the proper construction of tweed, I realized that the fabric requires lots of extra care. Lots. Loads actually. I knew this about tweed but for some reason I didn’t apply it to this project and I blame it on the type of project – a simple blouse and short. Because the project isn’t a “jacket,” I didn’t think of stabilization other than the standard type/amount of stabilization that goes into any project. Oops. Out of all the projects that I have created, I’m most excited about this one. One because it’s a very wearable outfit, albeit quirky. Two, because it’s a modern update to Chanel – I’m using Chanel techniques and fabrics but in a modern silhouette. And three, because I hope to offer this pattern to all of you in the near future. So I’m going to do it all – I’m going to take all the extra steps and do it right. This means I’m going to quilt interlining to the wrong side of the fabric (by hand first – just to keep it in place – and then by machine) as well as all the other little details that goes into a tailored, Chanel-esque type of garment. I don’t care if I finish Christmas. At least I’ll have a killer outfit when Santa comes :

As I always ask, what are you up to this weekend?


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    I love how much thought and effort is going into making this outfit perfect – and I’m sure it will be once you are finished with it. I hope to buy the pattern when you start to sell it – like you said, it’s so wearable!

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      you are too too sweet! Thank you!

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    That’s a true vacay…no technology!! Glad to see you took advantage of moment! You seem so passionate and determined about your project that I know it won’t be anything but amazing! 

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      No technology was great, although there was a boatload of technology awaiting my arrival when I got back. That was no bueno!

      I consider my projects more than clothing – they’re works of art. I still own almost every project I’ve ever made. I hate when people assume that things are made in one day. Yes, they can be, but I want and like my clothes to be more than day projects. I like that my projects take time to complete. It took Picasso years to paint the final Le Demoiselles D’Avignon. Even he made practice paintings!

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    Sounds like you’ll be  a busy bee this weekend! I’ll be spending some times visiting with girlfriends, learning to sew, and setting up with my latest project and crochet hooks.

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      It also looks like you’ll be a busy bee!

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    Yeah, I think tweed may be a bit of a b*tch to work with! But this is going to look so amazing! I can’t wait to see it – I love the updated Chanel suit idea. 
    Glad you had an amazing vacay! 

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    Meg the Grand

    I love that you unplugged and took some time to just live and relax 🙂  It’s definitely refreshing to do that everyone once in awhile!  And I love that you mentioned scallops dripping in butter – divine!  Your tweed project is going to look amazing, I know it 🙂

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    It’s so nice to unplug every once in a while and live in the moment. I’m glad you had such a great time!
    I am happy to hear that despite the little setbacks you will keep working on this project. I know it’s going to look amazing. 

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    shorts for Christmas 🙂 very cute missy!  I hope you finish before then because I don’t want to wait so long to see them 😉  good luck Maddie!!

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      I hope it doesn’t take that long to finish them either! I’ve been working on it all day and I must say that I’m getting excited. The combination of fabrics is amazing!

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    Your tweed project sounds exciting!  My weekend will be hanging out with my favourite husband mostly!  Yay!

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    I’m so glad you had a nice trip!  It’s so nice to unplug from time to time! 

    I’m excited to see your outfit, no matter how long it takes!  🙂  

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      I’m going to finish it! One day! I’m a determined woman!!

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    Shannon Heart's

    I’m glad you had fun!  I’ve always wanted to go there.


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      Oh! Please go! Fort Lauderdale is such a vacation spot.

      P.S. – The movie “Girl Happy” was filmed there if you want a glimpse of it in its old days.

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        Shannon Heart's

        Fun! I will definitely check out that movie. Thanks!

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    Lost in the Haze

    What a wonderful weekend! It looks so beautiful!
    xLost in the Haze: a Fashion Photography Blog

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    Nice Road made me laugh. So many ways to interpret that!

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    sometimes disconnecting with the world and enjoying your vacation can be even better. all of the food that you ate sounds absolutely delicious! and i love that movie, working girl. so perfect!!
    xo TJ

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