What I Wore :: 10.15.11

Here’s what I wore today. This was on the way home from art class. It was a good thrifting outfit. I spent nearly 2 hours there. I could have left with much more, but I restrained myself. I think I will have better luck with menswear at the other store I go to anyway.

What I Wore :: 10.15.11

Blazer, scarf, sheer sweater, purse and Owl Necklace from F21
Jeans and tank (under sweater) from Old Navy
Boots from Target

1. What I Wore :: 10.15.11, 2. What I Wore :: 10.15.11

Wednesday: Pin Stroll

Some recent additions to my Knit and Crochet Pinboard:

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1. Some Cloudy Day by Tiny Owl Knits v. by MustaaVilla on Ravelry

2. Mint Medallion Crochet Bracelet by ALTernativeCreations

3. Hand-knit woolen headband in amber heather by bykirabo

4. Sarah London Textiles on Flickr

5. Hand Hook yarn Merino Collar – Scallop 

6. How to crochet granny ripple

7. Tuto Diagonales au crochet

Lost in Austen

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I have fallen down and I can’t get up. Due to an inability to pull myself away from Jane Austen related books, and a Netflix queue packed to bursting with regency era mini-series, there will be little to no sewing content for the foreseeable future.

K. Thanx. Bai. :P


What I Wore :: 10.6.11Metal ZIP Denim Skirt & Black Lace BackTee

An entirely handmade day!
Black Lace Back Tee :: Made from the Lydia pattern (again)
Metal ZIP Denim Skirt :: Self drafted pattern with exposed zipper detail and deep top-stitched hem.
Tights and socks F21
Boots from Target


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This is the best fit I’ve ever achieved on a fitted skirt! Look at the back waist! No GAP! There was no after completion shortcut that made it that way. I sewed directly from the pattern. I drafted it from another denim skirt I made. The denim on that one is much lighter and I put in a flimsy waistband, so it rides up when worn with stockings. This one is perfect. The weight of the denim is fantastic. I will guard this pattern with my life, lol. My husband asked me if I put the zipper like that on purpose. That’s his husband-y way of saying he’s not a fan of it, lol.

He likes the top though. Bra exposing as it is. I’ve had that black lace forever. I always waffled on what to make with it. I think this was an OK choice after all of that waiting, it could be a bit tighter (and possible a little shorter) though. Other than that I love it. Especially the peek-a-boo back. It’s inspired by a shirt I tried on in F21 (it had raglan sleeves) that I didn’t love. That’s the great thing about sewing. You can make what you want, whatever way you want!

My Own Domain

I made the leap and purchased my domain yesterday. I don’t know yet how that will affect the content or intention of my blog, or if it will have any impact at all. It just sounds cool at this point.

Here’s what I’m wearing today.
What I wore :: 10.5.11


What I wore :: 10.5.11

Frida Adorned

Sweater and Pants from H&M
Booties from Old Navy
Earrings from F21
Large ring from H&M
Necklace and leather bracelets (gifts from hubby)
Blue bangle…had it forever

I originally bought this sweater in a beautiful teal color. The kind of thing I had none of in my closet. But I somehow picked up an extra small. This viscose knit is VERY clingy. I had that unflattering you-can-see-my-navel look. So back it went. But, of course, they had no larger sizes left in teal. I nearly went with black instead, but I think this soft color works really well.
The skinny pants thing is new for me. I’m slowly getting used to them. They work best with these boots anyway. I have three pair that I’m rotating because I lost a few lbs so most of my jeans are too big.
I’ve been walking a lot more lately, about 2 miles a day. I walk home after I drop off the kids and I walk back to pick them up.  I also find that I eat a lot less when they’re not home. For me, these small changes result in a weight flux. I usually stay between 140-ish and 150. I’m not sure what I weigh now. We don’t have a scale and the Wii balance board batteries are dead, lol.

I was thinking how this ruffle is reminiscent of a tutu here. It made me want to stand on tip toes ;p

What I wore :: 10.5.11

BIG hair is retired for the moment.

1. Twist and Pin, 2. Twist and Pin
I’m giving my hair a rest, the ends were starting to feel dry. I rubbed in about a teaspoon of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and moistened each section with cold water as I twisted. I will leave this style in a for the rest of the week probably and return to BIG-ness on Saturday.

Stripes are BOSS

I love a good stripey top I have TONS of them. I may own at least one of every striped henley that Old Navy has sold. I don’t think I’ve every had a striped cardi though. This has been remedied! Thanks Forever 21!

What I Wore :: 10.4.11

What I Wore :: 10.4.11

What I Wore :: 10.4.11

What I’m wearing:
Tunic and leggings from Old Navy
Sweater + earrings + owl necklace + over the knee socks from F21
The boots are Akira by Wanted
Amyfine.etsy.com leather bangles (Anniversary gift, my other bracelet was also an anniversary gift)
Stacking rings from ESDesigns.etsy.com (Anniversary gift)

I love this little sweater. If the other colors were this cute, I’d buy them all (it’s only $10.50!). It might only last one season, it IS from F21 after all, but I love it just the same.

It’s cooler here, my hair retains its bigness in cool weather. I am now 14 months post big chop. I never wore my hair loose when I stopping relaxing it the first time. I have a whole new relationship to my hair now. A much healthier outlook on it. That makes me happy.

Sewing Peeps are the BEST!

On Friday I spent the whole day out!!! I felt like a proper grown-up out with ladies and having Sangria before noon ;o) How, you may be wondering, did I accomplish this?? I was hanging out with awesome sewing blogging ladies, including the Sew Weekly’s lovely proprietress Mena, from as far-flung as Montreal and Chicago for a garment district centered meet-up!! I had a really fantastic time. I can’t remember the last time I spent the entire day out like that. I think I’m still recovering, lol. I’m such a light weight ;p

I managed to be a lightweight shopper, too. I only bought one piece of fabric, a remnant of some mystery black stretch fabric, for a $1. I replaced the seam ripper my hubby broke trying to add more holes to his belt and bought a kick ass fabric marking tool that will save me many pin stabs (I hope) and swearing while sewing.

There was also a pattern swap! I managed to unload some patterns that I will never sew and I picked up these vintage gems!

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I took them by my grandma’s after the kids and I left art class (it’s that time of year again) where I have two enrolled this time. (Missy is an old pro at this point but my son looked a little nervous. By the time we picked him up he was telling me how “Fantastic!” the class was.) She loved looking at the patterns with me. I keep trying to get her to come sew with me, but she hasn’t sewn in years. Which is a shame. She has so many couture skills that she learned as the ONLY right way to do things in school that she could charge a fortune to share. But she lacks the confidence that her skills have stayed with her. How can I convince her readers??? I should just show up at her house with my serger and machine and supplies and make her sew with me, lol. Once she gets a load of all of my corner cutting she won’t be able to help herself.

I can’t thank Oona enough for including me! I’m so glad I stumbled across the meet-up announcement. I have Meg’s “Oh ma goodness, that’s awesome!” stuck in my head. I keep hearing Debi’s infectious laugh. I see muppet potential everywhere thanks to Mena and Oona. I want to crack open the rest of my Colette patterns after seeing Cindy’s dress. I’m worried for Lisette’s shoulders after witnessing the weight of her fabric bag. I have a reason to keep pushing for a Canada trip now that I’ve meet Another Sewing Scientist. I’m inspired by Christine’s re-purposing of fabric for her awesome cape. Puu is making me rethink red pants for serious. And I want to visit Marina’s pattern stash after seeing what she was willing to give away. I can’t think of a better way to spend a Friday!