Sunday, September 10, 2017

Navy Serena Dress

Not much of a post title, I know.

But Serena felt like a good mantra for me while those whirlwinds are pounding away, one after another.  Stay safe as you can, all of you in their wake.




~ I know I feel nervous,  ~

~ and I'm nowhere near it, here in the mid-west ~


Yesterday was the first day of school for me and this is the dress I wore, finished the night before.  After a slow start, it turned out that I liked it - a lot.  Another Tina Givens pattern, Serena.


~ This is how it looks straight out of the box, so to speak ~

I know, not flattering AT ALL.  But I do like it when you just act normal, you know?  Plus I made it out of jersey (which I dislike terribly) and linen (which I love uncontrollably).  That's what the pattern cover shows and suggests and I happened to have some of both in the same color, so...


~ of course, I deviated from the pattern ~

I added side seam pockets, one side jersey, the other linen.  And the front floppy piece is my whatever, interpretation?  The pattern seems over-scaled to me.  I cut an extra small which I am most assuredly not.  And as you can see, it's still large.  I cut off 4 inches from the hemline, sleeve edge and bodice edge.  And I'm 5'5". 



~ shoes and sock ~

Not so hot really.  When I wore it to school yesterday, it looked much better with my soft gray anklets and those really cool dark blue platform sandals with the yellow trim.  But I was cold today and that's what I came up with.  I see from the photos that it really toned everything down.

I guess I'll be linking up with everyone if there's any linking up to be done later on...as the world turns.  Oh, there's Patti now of Not Dead Yet Style, so I'm hopping on over to join the Visibles.  And here's Catherine of I'll Wear What I Like, so let's all go there too.  See ya.



13 comments:

  1. I LOVE this funky dress! And the way you've styled it.

    I'm glad you showed it with your arms out. You need to fly around like that so people can see just how cool it is ; P

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Hey Suzanne, I like the dress too. So much so, I'm looking through the stash to see if I've got another matching jersey and linen combo. Didn't realize I was stylizing it, but if you're talking shoes and sox, I'm thinking these were a bit of a downer. que sera.

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  2. Suzanne said it all! I LOVE this dress, the boots. Are the an eBay find, btw? Just love the whole dang look, and the oversize square shape. L.O.V.E. Love it.

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    1. These boots are so old they pre-date ebay. Or at least my awareness of ebay. That means they must be from someplace like TJ Max...I was thinking they were even a bit shabby for me and that I'd probably paint them as I am want to do. Glad to hear you LOVE it.

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  3. I love your blog because you give me brain food that percolates and resonates. I have matching woven and knit. Huh. Thinking thinky thoughts. Thanks humanperson! A lovely blue to be sure.

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    1. Okay then, let's see what you've got cooking in the lab. I've already started cutting out my next one in wine.

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  4. What an interesting combination - jersey and linen. I'd never have thought jersey would have worked to make such a sculptural piece but it does.
    Love those zig zag tights. xxx

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    1. I would never have thought of putting the two together if the pattern hadn't suggested it. Now I'm working on dress no. 2. A little zig-zag will do ya.

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    1. wooo, an art dress. la de dah and thank you ma'mam.

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  6. Wonderful! And so gorgeously blue! I do love the addition of the linen section, fabulous..

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    1. While I was working on it, it looked nearly black. In the light of day, the blues came out to play!

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  7. This dress satisfies the inner-minimalist in me!!! The color, the tone on tone, the "I'm not too self conscious" attitude, etc. I'd definitely put it in the win column too, which you have, yay!!!! Although the shoes and tights/socks are equally understated, I'm enjoying the change of pace. Hope the start of school is going well. xoxoxo

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