Saturday, April 5, 2014

Layering Underthings

 Don't know where to start?

~ painting by John Lessore ~

Just sit tight and watch it all unfold...

Okay then, hurumph.  I started out.  One dayOnce upon a time.  Okay,   I needed a slip to go under the gauze snap-up dress I made recently.  I chose this ridiculous black & white print fabric of skull & crossbones alternating with pompous looking crowns (??) from my stash.  What really did it was the seam binding I made from some old psychedelic hot pink and purple paisley fabric.  Perfect for the neckline and arm scythe. Once I got going with it, I thought, Hey, this looks good enough to wear on it's own.  Only it was so sheer that, well, it needed its own slip. With the itty-bittiest of fabric left, I made a little kimono-y wrap to go over it.  I call this my slip dress, yes.

So now on to the real slip.  I used a satiny, stormy grey material that was definitely not see-thru.  But really, it was so plain, it was looking like nun's underwear.   Suddenly, I remembered I had all this pale, pale, really pale, wide pink lace in my stash. Perhaps I over-reacted when I added it to the neckline, the hem and both of the side slits.  You be the judge. The coolest part, I think, is that it shows out from under the slip dress - through no foresight of my own, mind you.

Wanna see some pictures? 

check out the beaded fringe

okay, after the break...



I just got a haircut...

slip dress, kimono thingy & underslip
ditto from the side

+ gratuitous close-up sandals (from ebay of course)

To see the whole she-bang in more detail go to my Clothes for Spring page, including the patterns referenced for each item.  Now if it'll only get warm enough so I can wear the thing...

Join the crowd of Visibles at Patti's Not Dead Yet Style on Monday.  
And Bella's Shoeshine for April Showers.

And now, Sacramento's Share-in-Style: Black and White.  Check us out.

27 comments:

  1. I think all the layers work really well together! You deserve to wear a crown - many of them, even better. The cool sandals are a nice finishing touch too. I hope it gets warm enough to wear them soon!

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    1. Yes, this all fell into place quite nicely, through no fault of mine own. Nice when that happens. ..

      There is no sNOw in Chicago at the moment, so that's a good sign.

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  2. Oh my. All three of these items are just lovely. They look wonderful paired together, but I think any of the items could stand alone also. Even the slip! I can imagine wearing the slip barefoot on the beach sipping cocktails...maybe with the crown and skull jacket draped around my shoulders.
    I fantasize about tropical climes and clothes, but the reality is I don't actually like very hot weather. I just like the boho languid feeling of the clothes.

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    1. You conjure up great images, I can even hear the waves lapping in at the shore on Lake Michigan. I would maybe wear the underslip as a nightgown...

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  3. Spectacular making and layering, loving the fringing and those gorgeous sandals. x

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    1. I brought out the fringe beading when the kimono top needed some help. It just sort of jutted out in the back and needed some weight. The beading did the trick and seemed to work well with that peak-a-boo lace at the hemline.

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  4. I agree, the fringing caught my eye as well. And the lace is fabulous on the grey. Not too much at all! I love all the little details you have on your creations. Yes, I have been lurking for a while...hi! I also love how you are matteroffactly enlarging your clothes, and making them better! A great example for one who is struggling with medication induced weight gain. You rock!

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    1. Fringe is the coolest, don't you think? Those little incidents are the fun-est things. I use to love that aspect in art making too. So nice to meet you, natural medley, glad you came out! Yes, I do think my newly made and re-fashioned clothes are way better than any of my previous ones. There so much more creativity to be experienced in making my own wear, in my own way. I've forgotten the dreadful experience of having to face stores with whatever someone else decides is "in" in terms of style, construction, color, size, fabric, etc., etc. yuck!

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  5. You layer like a poet, and my heart aches for song of it all. Love the beading- what glory and the shine of the shoes. Hope to see them again, tomorrow for #shoeshine -Bella

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    1. Ah, see it wasn't a gratuitous photo of my sandals after all. I was merely early for your shoeshine link up. Thanks for the reminder, Bella.

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  6. Not one bit over-done, Pao - your layers look like perfection. Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, xox.

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    1. Yes, all those sheers add up to just fine. Thanks for making my Monday visible, Patti.

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  7. Oh Pao, one look at this and I'm ready to slam my computer shut and RUN to my stash. I love everything about this project. The way it came together, the layers, colors, textures, etc etc You look fabulous in it and I love the haircut and shoes. I'm heading over to your link to get more details about patterns etc. XXXOOO

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    1. Do it, do it. That's just the way the creative process works when I don't get in the way to mess it up, don't you think?

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    1. Oh my, perfect?! I'll have to close that ebay account.

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  9. I really enjoy your blog, and have awarded you the sunshine and shine on awards!

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    1. Glad you enjoy the blog, naturalmedley. I certainly enjoy a shot of sunshine, although awards aren't necessary. Thanks for thinking of me.

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  10. Hell, yes! Could not be better! Wear this in complete confidence this summer, Pao ... and on into the fall with pants. You know how! So cool. Complete cuteness with sandals, and I love your "I'm not watching me photograph my sideways cool self" shots so much!
    (Sorry I'm so late ... oddly busy week!)

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    1. That's me, point and shoot. Notice I'm another one who has the foot pose down pat. Hey, I did not know there was such a thing as late in blogworld...

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  11. I'm so cross with myself. My finger jerked when I was reading your comment on my blog and I accidentally deleted it before I'd read it! I was so excited to see your name in my little world. Sorry.

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    1. Panic averted! Found it again :-) Still learning all the bells and whistles!

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    2. Rest assured, Jazz, I'll be back to natural medley.

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  12. I am soooooooooooooo honour to see you sharing your style with us
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    1. Thanks for having us all share, Sacramento.

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  13. great dress and great layering!, and lovely sandals!
    besos

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  14. Hello again dear Pao please don´t forget to vote tomorrow for your favourite look tomorrow ( Rosy and I are not included in the voting. This is all about you all)
    Tons of kisses
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