Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Art of Dressing Like a Lady......

Dearest Readers,

I thought I would share my thoughts on The Art of Dressing Like a Lady...not just for special times or occasions, rather, the purposeful art of dressing beautifully and femininely each and every day. We add beauty to our homes and our gardens,why should we not consider ourselves?


When I speak of dressing like a lady, I am referring to the grace and charm that shines all about you without regard to your pocketbook or circumstances.  It is entirely free for the taking, requiring just a few thoughtful moments each day.


Now, I am not a beauty by any stretch of one's imagination but I "feel" much more beautiful if I am wearing something modest, feminine and ironed (I just don't care for wrinkles) as I gently go about my day. I feel so much more "put together" if I coordinate my outfit from top to bottom. Lastly, I enjoy curling my hair, wearing a "titch" of make-up and putting on a fashionable pin.


I share this message as an encouragement not to let society "norms" rule our hearts.  We are ladies...what a lovely, God-given privilege that is....let us embrace it with fervor and delight!

If you have posted about femininity or modest dress on your blog, I know that my Readers would love to visit you...please don't hesitate to add your blog address to your comment. 

Yours so kindredly,
Shan

P.S. This is another jumper from my favorite new pattern!  I made this one out of a washable wool blend...warm and cozy...with just a bit of trim for my Victorian passion. 


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Afternoon Comfort.....

Dearest Readers,

The afternoon light is always a comfort to me as I spend time in my tiny little kitchen...














I love the cozy shadows and sparkling light that make each day I spend tucked away in this sweet corner of my home a time to be treasured....I am so happy to have shared this with you dear friends.

Yours kindredly,
Shan

Monday, February 21, 2011

From My Sewing Basket....A Too Cute Jumper


Dearest Readers,

I wanted to share with you a very cute jumper pattern from Favorite Things....it is part of the Violets R Blue Collection ...


I really took a chance by ordering this pattern as it was $14.00, but I could not be more pleased.  It is very simple to sew and the fit is exact (do keep in mind to use their measurement chart). The charming back tabs give the jumper a little shape, but it is not fitted...I wanted just that look. 

So....here is yours truly.....


I used bias tape around the neck and armholes instead of the facings...unfortunately, it is black bias tape and does not show up against my black turtleneck.  I think the bias tape gives the jumper a very vintage look. 
(Do forgive the hat, but it is such a blustery day and Dearest and I have errands to attend to in town.)


Simple little black buttons adorn the front and I have two buttons on the tab in back (I just couldn't get a good picture of them...sorry).  Now, this is among the first of the jumpers I made and I was quite simple in my adornments....but fear not Dear Reader, I am working on a few right now that are loaded with trim and buttons and such. I am determined to add Victorian/Edwardian elegance to my daily clothing, without looking like I am in a play!


I am ready to step out-of-doors and enjoy the day! (Coat was a thrift store find and I just love the velvet collar and cuffs.)

Yours so kindredly,
Shan