A piece a Week :: A Jedi Courting Dress

The inspiration behind this dress was the new Star Wars film. I was checking out Reys costume and the stitch detailing on one of her outfits with the high collar! Now I am thinking of adding the collar back to this dress. For this dress, I added a quilted stitch detail to the sleeves of this dress. The fabric on the skirt is very 1980s and reminded me of Star Wars I think as it has brown and black in the pattern. In the end I wore it to teach Arts Focus last Thursday and as it was a minimum day and we scored free tennis racquets from a friend – we went down to the tennis court, and talk it up like yeah! Oops sorry, that is a Lorde song in my head… My kids and I rode our bikes down to the courts and played tennis for an hour or so – what a great workout chasing the ball! So it turns out those pockets on the skirt are the perfect size to hold a tennis ball – I just have to remember that next time I play tennis I wear sneakers, not boots!!
Is that a tennis ball in your pocket??

Sleeve detail – now give me my phone back and no close up pics! 
Our bathroom project is finally complete and with great thanks to my friend and interior designer Joana for her design and recommendations of ideas for the spaces. We all love the bathrooms very much and I am so determined to keep them clean and beautiful!
Master bathroom with shower recess and gorgeous Porcelanosa tile from Spain

Details on beautiful Porcelanosa tile in the Guest / Kids Bathroom

Looking down at the beautiful clean cast iron tub

The dual flush toilet even looks lovely

The IKEA vanity and the YLighting fixture that I love!!

Detail of the lighting fixture – crystals my daughter and I hung one by one!

The downstairs powder room with a Georgia O’Keeffe print from the exhibit at the DeYoung

A smaller version of the Hidden Gems lighting fixture for the powder room

A Piece a Week :: Foxy PJs for Winter, time to hibernate!

How very exciting my first post for 2016! I contemplated ending my weekly blog posting of – A Piece A Week but I will give it another year and see how it pans out. Three years is a good amount of time to give a project and it was rewarding and inspiring!
Just before Christmas, I made my PJ pants and I was in the process of making the top when I had to stop to devote my time to other things, such as the kids being home on the holidays. I had a deadline of the 31st December. The issue with not finishing the top in time was Christmas and being at home with the kids and making projects for them and getting my house ready for a remodel. So many unfinished projects linger around in my sewing room only to be overtaken by something that is way more exciting.
Whew January is just in the bathroom project is up and running and the master bedroom has been demolished and will be replaced with amazing porcelain tile from Spain for the walls and we will be also tiling the floor. My interior designer friend has helped me with this project and I am so excited for it to be starting at long last!
So with a little breather after my projects for the kiddos and ordering materials for the bathroom project I managed to finish my PJs in the nick of time. I messed up on the front with the foxes being upside down – I have to get used to working with repeated patterns like this! For the top I used the pattern for a 1970s Jedi top with kimono sleeves and instead of a sash I added metal buttons I had scored from FabMo when they inherited wool fabrics and buttons from a tailor. There are cute little pockets on the top as well as pockets are a good thing to have in garments, even PJs. Everyone can be a Jedi even while they are sleeping – I seriously think these were heavily influenced with all 7 of the Star Wars films I watched over the holidays!
Stretching out in new PJs for 2016
Oh for our NYE celebrations we spent a night out with friends at their house with this amazing photo booth – it was so much fun with a delicious Raclette dinner, some fine wine and wonderful company! There were some super fun games which were hilarious to play and we made it to midnight – Yay bring on 2016!!
Where is our other family member???
Oh there she is!!