Monday, November 11, 2019

What a Day Trip Dress!*

~ I woke up to this today ~
January in November.

~ See that tree behind me? ~

No, not the two evergreens on either side...

~ The one in the middle with all the green leaves that haven't turned yet or fallen off. ~

It's 22 degrees out, the other day it was 50.  Oh my.

~ Meanwhile, this is my Trip Dress* from Tina Givens patterns ~

I won the cape thingy at a raffle. 
I threw on some extra clothes with it so I could wear it outside.  Like a stretch mesh T-shirt, wrist warmers, obi belt and stretch jersey straight leg pants that I've made and worn previously. 

The scarf, gloves and beret are so old I don't remember when 
or where they came from.

~ a rear view ~

~ obi-less ~

Which was how I intended to wear it.  
Too bad you can't see the collar, but it was too darn cold.

~ and a side view ~

Let me tell you, this Trip Dress was just that - a Trip! (ha). 
The fabric is challis.  I decided on a size S (my last one was XS and worked out fine), but I was worried about the wrap bodice coverage so thought more is more.   

If you're not a sew-er, you can skip to the end pictures.

Monday, November 4, 2019

One With the Fallen Leaves

Yep, I have the perfect coat for standing beside them.

 Made out of embossed velvet.  mmmm.

Previously seen here.

~ and my newly made dress ~

It's Tina Givens Nani Lee Dress pattern made in cotton twill (with orange thread going one way and olive green going the other way).  It's really quite lovely, but none of the pictures came out.  So this is as good as it gets.  Modifications made were:  longer sleeves, added side-seam pockets, lower bust darts, higher waistline in the back, and longer length hem.

Heading on over to Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style, then Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like when she goes live.  Come on by, won't you?

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Yea for Fall Layers

~ It feels good ~

~ Just relaxing into it ~

~ the side view ~

I'm wearing all stuff I've made awhile ago.  But never worn altogether before.  The hat is hand sewn from old t-shirts and seed beads a la Alabama Chanin. I've made at least 2 so far.  The beautiful scarf was given to me from a friend via the Salvation Army.  And the sunglasses are from the $ store.

The coat is from The Sewing Workshop Thai Coat pattern made in black and gold brocade.  It's the second one I've made.

The overdress is from The Sewing Workshop, the Verenda Dress, much modified and made in a scuba knit print.  The underdress is from Tina Givens Sam Dress pattern, much modified, made in striped georgette.  Also the second one made.

~ I made it so I can wear it backwards or frontwards ~

~ with my lovely shoes from ebay ~

And that's a wrap.  I'll be linking up with Patti and the Visibles when she goes live at Not Dead Yet Style.  And Catherine at I Will Wear What I Like.  Also Judith's Hat Attack for October.  Hope to see you there!

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Is It Black or Is It Blue Now?

~ you know,  ~

~ Wearing this reminds me of that quote. ~

I discovered the top and matching pants in the deep recesses of the archive, tried it on and it fit.  It's made out of a dark midnight navy faux suede fabric.  I cannot for the life of me remember making it, much less wearing it.  It's so, so, ultra plain, minimal even.  Because of how small it is, it must be over 30 years old.

~ it's an utter mystery ~

I dashed of the mesh damask lace under shirt to wear with it cuz it was just too darn odd without it.  I left the little toggle unbuttoned at the mandarin collar neckline to expose some lace.  And added a small antique brooch.   I didn't want to over do it either.

I'm sure if I wore it as it was you wouldn't have recognized me at all.

~ with my Doc Martin Mary Janes from ebay ~

I'll be joining Patti and the Visibles at Not Dead Yet Style and Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like when the time is right.  Come on by.

Monday, September 30, 2019

It's Fake Fall Fashion

Yep, just when I switched to Fall wear, I found myself out and about in temps of 85 degrees today.

~ I'm just too hot ~

~ Can you believe I've never worn these things together before? ~

They're both things I made a few years ago or more.  The top is a jersey knit, last seen hereI think this is the best the top has look with anything else. 

The pants are a fav of mine made from silk dupioni, last seen here.  The pants, however, look great with everything I've ever tried on with them.  Who knew?

~ even with our tomato plants ~

~ and shoes from ebay ~

~ pao at rest ~

Sometimes I just can't get enough of symmetry.
When I went in the house, there was this:

~ my sweet little Albertine ~

That's her bed at the foot of ours, complete with cat toys (and stacks of old New Yorkers?).


I'm off to Patti's Not Dead Yet Style, and then Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like when she goes live.  See you there!

Monday, September 23, 2019

The Last of the Hot House Dresses

After all, the Fall Equinox has arrived.

~ and I had to add leggings, boots and a jacket ~

~ plus it was windy ~

The brocade jacket was something I unearthed from the archives, made about 30 years ago or so.  Who knows from what pattern.

~ Here worn with one of the obi's I've concocted ~

I liked it with the obi before I saw these pictures.  Now I think it works better without.  Whatever.

~ ah, free at last ~

~ What do you think? ~

The dress is made from what was called China Silk and was a real pain to sew.  (I do luv the print though.)  It kept puckering, which is why it is inundated with lace trim.  But I guess it came out alright in the end.

~ ending with the ole shoe shot from ebay ~

I'm rushing on over to Patti's Not Dead Yet Style and then Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like when she goes live. Hope to see you all there. 

Sunday, September 15, 2019

It's a Wrap Dress...

 ...I made nearly five years ago out of linen that's become so very soft now.   I just luv it.

~ and here I'm showing off my new ebay shoes ~

~ aren't they divine? ~

~ It makes me feel like a Victorian sweetie or some such thing ~

~ with my Mom's green-eyed fly pin ~

~ But hey, ~

The pattern I used was from the Japanese Sewing Book, Simple Modern Sewing, modified like crazy.

You can see the first time I wore it here and the next time here.  Each time with different accoutrements.  This is the plainest and probably the most effective, I think.  It's the shoes.  yeah.

~ brand new PSKaufman oxfords from ebay for $21.50 ~

I'll be over at Patti's and the Visibles for Not Dead Yet Style and then Catherine's I Will Wear What I Like when they go live.  Come on by.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Far Far Away

~ From the Deepest Archives ~

I'm wearing clothes I made at least 30 years ago.  At least.  
And now I can fit into them.

The top is a smidgen too small, the pants are bit too big.  
But all in all, they fit well enough.

I have no idea what patterns were used.  
The top is challis, the pants are stretch denim.

~ my haircut is the same ~
 but I sure have aged.

~ as have my navy Docs from ebay ~

Speaking of which, I'm Not Dead Yet Style is happening now at Patti's, so hop on over while you still can!  Then it'll be Catherine's I Will Where What I Like when the time is right.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Another Hot House Dress...

 with another obi

~ yes, you have spoken ~

when I showed my first Hot House Dress posted here.

~ and I listened ~

So I rounded up all the obi-type patterns I had in my stash (who knew?!) V9255, V1244, V1301, S5839, M7270, B6698 and B6267.  Not to mention all the online free ones.

Then I found V1704 on ebay that showed exactly what I had "made" from a scrap piece of chiffon for that first Hot House dress.  I had to get it.  So I did.

~ and voila ~

Another obi-like thingy made in chiffon from my stash.  Only this time I cut in out from a pattern.  Only I didn't bother to hem all the edges.  puleeze.

~ it's a bit larger than the previous one ~

~ but I luv the way it works with the dress ~

I should've taken a photo without it so you could see the difference.   Oh well.

Anyway, this dress is made from challis and hangs/ feels differently from the others.  Heavier, drapey-er.  I put more lace on it too.  I have tons of lace in every color.  Don't ask.  I've been trying to use lace that doesn't particularly match with the dress, so this has pale blue with lavender.  My first had hot pink with yellow.

~ But I did take photos of this get-up ~
The Hot House Dress Going to Market

~ blurred, so posterized to make it arty ~

~ and mary jane docs from ebay, awww ~

Now it's time for Patti at Not Dead Yet Style, then Catherine at I Will Wear What I Like when she goes live.  Come on by.

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