April 28, 2010

Wednesday Thoughts...and tulips!

Let your roots grow down into Him and draw up nourishment from Him. See that you go on growing in the Lord, and become strong and vigorous in the truth you were taught. Let your lives overflow with joy and thanksgiving for all he has done. Do not let others spoil your faith and joy with their philosophies, their wrong and shallow answers built on man's thoughts and ideas, instead of on what Christ has said. For in Christ there is all of God in a human body; so you have everything when you have Christ, and you are filled with God through your union with Christ. He is the highest Ruler, with authority over every power.

~ Colossians 3:7-10 ~

A wonderful lady shared this verse with me this morning. She had no way of knowing how important it was for me to hear these words today. So these thoughts are not my own, but I hope that the Holy Spirit will speak to you through them, and you will find comfort in his word.

Creamsicle tulips! ^
On another note, last weekend we took a drive to the tulip festival! It was so beautiful. Along the roadside a sign was posted saying, "God loves you. He gives you flowers every spring!" Cheesy isn't it? But in its simplicity it is still a wonderful thought.

April 26, 2010

Coming soon!

I've got seven finals in four days, so while I take a deep breath and try to keep my head above water, I hope that all you lovely people have a wonderful week!

After that I'm going home and looking forward to creating many lovely things! Already I have orders for shirts, shifts, waistcoats, dresses, and ballgowns in every era, so hopefully this blog will liven up a bit.


April 22, 2010

Thursday Thoughts

Who may ascend the hill of the Lord?
Who may stand in his holy place?
He who has clean hands and a pure heart,
who does not lift up his soul to an idol
or swear by what is false.
He will receive blessing from the Lord
and vindication from God his Savior.
Such is the generation of those who seek him,
who seek your face, O God of Jacob.

~ Psalm 24:3-6 ~

April 11, 2010

Seafoam Stripe Sundress

Presenting....the first of it's kind, designed-by-Adelheide-dress! It was designed, draped, drafted, and sewn by me! Although I typically modify patterns to match my designs, this was the first garment I have every created by draping on a dress form.
Lately I have been inspired a lot by Anthropologie clothing, and their latest catalog had a cute sundress made from black and white checked seersucker. While at the fabric store I had a black and white stripe picked out, but my sister encouraged me to go for the green and white since I need some more cheerful colors in my wardrobe.

A college class I have about pattern draping has taught me a lot about making patterns so this design was relatively simple to create. There is a midriff band, a gathered bodice piece, a simple gathered skirt, and narrow straps. It is lined on top, and closes in the back with a zipper.
The straps are actually the selvage edge from my fabric. I noticed that they had a wide green and white stripe so I turned them under and topstiched a 1/2" strap. The midriff band has 1/5" wide stripes topstiched on with the fabric stripes going in the opposite direction. The edges of these are left raw, and they have frayed to look fuzzy in the wash (it is impossible to see in the picture).
Although it took much longer to make this dress than if I had used a pattern, I love having something I made entirely on my own. Looking back, there is nothing I would have done differently except have a friend on hand to help with the fittings! My summer wardrobe is looking cheerier already!

April 03, 2010

More Easter Baking

Today I baked our traditional Easter cookies. I'm kind of missing my family now, so it was fun to hear that my Sister was baking them at home at the same time I made these.

The recipe is pretty basic, they are called Almond Macaroon Easter Nests. Typically we like to use pastel colored m&m's, but sometimes they can be very hard to find. The regular kind are just as tasty!

Yesterday I made a new dress, so I'll get back to my normal sewing blogging soon. I've just been so inspired lately by my food blogging friend, Kami!

April 02, 2010

Celebrating Good Friday

With hot cross buns! Apparently it is traditional to share hot cross buns with people on Good Friday as a way to share the Easter story. I've only made them once before, but I think it will be a nice tradition to start. We had the day off of school today which is how I had the leisure time to make these slow rising rolls. The recipe I used is from Joy of Cooking, but I'm sure there are plenty of other good ones on the Internet.