Sunday, January 12, 2014

Black & White

I wear a lot of black.  I mean A Lot.  It started with all the travel 10 years ago.  

Then, about 2 years ago I decided to let my hair grow natural; i.e.,  gray.  I made that decision right after I renewed my passport that's good for 10 years.  Hmm.   But I've never looked back and no regrets.  

A wonderful result of this decision is that I now have a much narrower color palette!  This really simplifies life.  

Apparently B&W is now On Trend.  I think this is a first for me.  Usually,  I embrace a trend that appeals to me and by the time I get the pattern, fabric, and fitting issues ironed out, that trend has whizzed right by.  

Using black as a base, I now only buy & sew hot pink, true purple, red and royal blue.  And!  I mix them!  Yes, red and purple really do blend.  I've really liked doing the black/royal blue thing that's been en vogue--this was so easy for me as I already had the colors in my closet and stash.  

I like soft pink & baby blue, but tend to use them sparingly and more for night wear, etc. . 

No more dinking around with "safari" colors, Pantone Emerald Green or Tangerine Tango.  Yikes.  However!  The 2014 color is Radiant Orchid; much more promising.

A peek at the bulletin board in my sewing room--see, B&W have been on my radar for some time.:

Here's Vogue 8323 done up as a tunic in the fabulous Ponte I get here in UB.  

I think a simple FBA (just adding 1" in length to the front pieces--per Sanda Betzina's Fast Fit) needs to be done in the future.  In the meantime, The Husband thinks this is a winner.

I wear this top with black jeggings from Express.  I'm not sure this is my favorite look.  Since knee-high boots are my uniform here in UB in the winter, the look is OK.  As long as the tops are long enough.  (That age-appropriate thing ;) 

More B&W projects are on the cutting table, so stay tuned ;)

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

A Mongolian New Year and a Glitter Top

Well, Happy New Year!

Randy & I shared a cozy New Years Eve just the way we like it:  with each other.  Which involves dodging some invites and looking like fuddie duds, but oh well.  At midnight Ulaanbaatar explodes in fireworks and our apartment affords a panoramic view of all--including the ones in our front and back yard.  Literally.  This is, you know, the land of no liability.  It's all quite breathtaking.  Again, literally.  

While we enjoy our Snugglers and Champagne, we love waking up to the new year without a hangover or serious sleep deprivation. we walked the frozen Tuul River.  We were SO blessed with amazingly clear air and barely above 0 temps.  
Randy on the river--yep, all that white is frozen river!

Look at all those layers of ice!

See the ice under the snow?

And then!  We happened on a Shagai game!!  This is a game played on the ice--since Chinggis Kahn's time.  Now they play with man-made shagai (ankle bones--of any animal).   Sort of like shuffle board/bocce ball/bowling.  On the ice.  Sometimes in -30 temps.

The score keepers

An action shot

Just a quick look at my New Year Glitter Top.  Randy's response was, "wow, it's really shiny."  Yes, it is.  Shiny.  

I used this crazy knit fabric I found here in UB as a muslin for Vogue 3691, a Katherine Tilton t top.  I left off the ruffles and put on "flags" a la Margy's Blog .     The fabric looks like sequins are on it, but it's really all shiny print.  I actually like the top!  OK, times & places to wear it are limited, but it was comfortable for the evening and, well, I just like it!  Pattern Review coming soon.

Again, a Blessed 2014 to you all--may The Lord God be the author of all your springs!
Ps. 87:7