A Scoop & Artful Grooming

I looooooove sewing with knits!!!
After working on my Coppelia muslin (it was PERFECT….until I pressed the neckline and now it’s all crumpled at the back neck :( ) I wanted something super quick to work on.
Enter, Skirt as a Top’s, Scoop Tee.

Skirt as a Top, Top!

It’s, essentially, the most awesome little white tee in my wardrobe! I took in the side seams just a bit (right where my body naturally curves in between my boob area and belly) an excess of fabric there really bugs me. I followed the directions exactly with the exception of the hem, which I just serged and left un-hemmed. That collar is one of my best efforts. A great staple. So super simple. And QUICK!

Skirt as a Top, Top!

I could use half a dozen. They’re the perfect thing to cover the waist/hips on those slightly low rise pants days and clingy in the right spots, while skimming in others. Which is partially down to this mystery fabric, which I dug out of a bin in the Garment District. I have it in two more colors. The edges DO NOT CURL. Amazing!

Skirt as a Top, Top!

This burst of sewing came from a fit of creative inspiration courtesy of one Jean-Michel. I was inspired to add a little Basquiat flair to my life and did so in the form of a King Pleasure mani!

Skirt as a Top, Top!

The red polish, with the perfect name (I Red a Good Book!!!) and that little white crown brought a smile to my face, all day.

And last night, I added even more red to my life when I finally swapped out the buttons on this thrifted cashmere cardi.

I put my little handmade pin on it to complete the art theme!

MMM.D6 :: The Usual Suspects

B&W Top + Denim Skirt = The Usual Suspects

MMM.D6 :: The Usual Suspects

Cardigan :: Halo Thrifted from the Salvation Army
Top :: Forever 21
Skirt :: Handmade from a vintage pattern
Tights :: ??
Shoes :: Mel by Melissa

MMM.D6 :: The Usual Suspects

What can I say, I like black and white and denim skirts!!
This is the first time I’ve worn this skirt, even though I made it months ago. It’s the same pattern as this one.
Advance 9916, 1960s

Isn’t it amazing how different they look? This denim has some stretch, so the skirt is comfy. But, I usually like much darker denim. And the a-line made it hard to work into my wardrobe, too. I’m a pencil/straight skirt kind of girl. Is it the youthfulness that an a-line skirt can convey?? I have a hard enough time coming across as an adult at times. I’m told, almost weekly, that I look like a teenager. I don’t need to help it along, lol.

Regardless, I’m glad it finally made it out of the house!

MMM.D6 :: The Usual Suspects

And I promise! I AM working on some more colorful pieces to add to my collection, lol

MMM.D6 :: The Usual Suspects

More than this cardi ;o)

MMM.D6 :: The Usual Suspects

 

Urban French/Audrey Style

I always feel a little Hepburn-ish with skinnies and ballet flats on.

Urban French Audrey Style

And I always love a little cardi.
Urban French Audrey Style

Together with stripes and a  trench and you have a little French, too.
Urban French Audrey Style

Trench :: Steve Madden
Cardigan :: Halo (thrifted)
Top :: F21
Jeans :: Old Navy
Flats :: Target

I am so jazzed about sewing at the moment! I hope to ride the momentum into Me Made May and add some new pieces to my handmade wardrobe! Speaking of which, thanks for the sewcialist LOVE on my recent  projects!

I love this community!!!

I’m off to give the kids some Oreo ice cream roll. My oldest has had a LONG two weeks with all the testing she’s endured. It’s stressful for everyone, but the most pressure is on the kid. Which stinks. Ice cream heals all wounds though, or at least cheers you up while you eat it!!

Have a good weekend!

Urban French Audrey Style

Archer Hits The MARK!!

Archer Hits the MARK!!

Archer Hits the MARK!!

Archer Hits The MARK!!!

Can you even believe I made this!!! Jen, you are a talented, talented woman!! Without the sew along posts I would NEVER have had such success with this project!!! Making Archer has taught me SOOOO much!!

The biggest lesson:
If it’s not quite right, rip it out and do it again! And again, if necessary

I really hate to do things more than once. But to get the result I wanted, it was absolutely necessary rip out and try again. Several times. And that’s fine.

The collar went smoother than I thought it would and the cuff was dead easy!! The process also forced me to get over my fear of buttonholes and buttons!!! The four step one on my Janome is so much easier than the automatic one!! I love that I control the length, these would have been too small otherwise. I also tried the buttonhole foot from my broken machine and it worked!! All of this adds up to me feeling seriously anxious tackle my next shirt!

Or at least project with buttons, lol.

Archer Hits the MARK!!

I’m pretty pleased with the fit, though I could probably go a size down and be just fine. I have a narrow torso that’s swallowed up a bit. I don’t mind with this style of shirt, though. I am loving the sleeve length!! I have long arms, coupled with my smaller upper body = button down shirt sucky fit.

Archer Hits the MARK!!

Archer Hits the MARK!!

But not with handmade!!!

Here’s the rest of my outfit.

Archer Hits the MARK!!

Coat :: Steve Madden
Sweater :: Sean John (menswear)
Scarf :: Thrifted
Chambray Shirt :: HANDMADE BABY!!
Shorts :: Thrifted & Refashioned Kenneth Cole (Menswear) Trousers
Shoes :: H&M

This is also the first time I’ve worn my hair down like this since I cut it nearly three years ago. Progress!!

Archer Hits the MARK!!

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And here are some indoor pics of Archer.

Just because!!

Archer Hits the MARK!!

Archer Hits the MARK!!

Archer Hits the MARK!!

Archer Hits the MARK!!

Thanks to Rose de Wolfe for modeling!! And thanks to Oona for the sweet deal on her!!

Archer Hits the MARK!!

Off-Duty Threads

These pictures are a more accurate representation of what I look like on a daily basis. This is what I look like “off duty”, when I’m not going to work, that is. Though, this is sometimes a work look, too ;o)
The girl twin asked to snap these on the way home from school.

Off Duty Threads

Handmade Hat :: Felicity
Scarf :: Thrifted
Nine West Jacket :: Thrifted ($10!!)
Jeans :: Old Navy (Sweetheart fit)
Sneakers :: MIA via Marshalls ($40)

I’m wearing a Brooklyn College Film Department t-shirt (with the neck cut off) and my Sean John cardigan, underneath. It’s soooo warm! It’s also a perfect replacement for a million year-old Old Navy zip-up that is faded and thread bare in places. It always makes me laugh to see how my lips completely disappear without lipstick, lol

Off Duty Threads

I really love these sneakers! I’m so glad I got them for me and my daughter. The jacket was a pretty great find, too. I also picked up a leather Benetton blazer that day for $10. These jeans are the Sweetheart fit from Old Navy. I must have lost a few lbs because these were practically squeezing the life out of me a couple weeks ago. That orange dress from the last post was also on the too small list.

Bodies can be so weird!

I only have to throw some steak in the oven for dinner tonight (I made a TON of chicken yesterday for my fried bird loving children) so that frees up some Archer sewing time. I hope to post about that, and some really cool podcasts/sites/people I’ve found recently, soon!

More Librarian Wardrobe

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I think it’s an awesome idea! If you search for librarian on sites like pinterest or in Google images, you get back a lot of crappy “sexy” librarian pics ;(

Librarian Wardrobe combats that stereotype and more. I’ve submitted photos before and planned to submit a proposal for their CFP. I was so burnt out from school, I couldn’t make myself get it done. I wish I had.

Anyway, here’s some more librarian wardrobe for you!

Let’s pretend that my collar is NOT effed up in the first three pics ;o)

More Librarian Wardrobe

More Librarian Wardrobe

More Librarian Wardrobe

Coat :: Steve Madden
Dress :: (Thrifted) Banana Republic
Cardigan :: H&M
Tights :: H&M
Shoes :: Old Navy

More Librarian Wardrobe

More Librarian Wardrobe

More Librarian Wardrobe

More Librarian Wardrobe

I, finally, removed the waist ties on this dress. They’re worn toward the front here and the back here. They were too thick, too short and awkward as hell, which is probably why this dress was donated in the first place. It’s much better now.

Spring break ends tomorrow. We had a lot of relaxation and a lot of fun. I’ll recap some of the cool things we did, soon!

 

BIG Cables & BIG Winners!!

Dudes, I really hate snow.

The frigid temps did make for the perfect opportunity to wear this sweater I thrifted a million years ago.

BIG Damn Cables

Sweater :: Thrifted Express Design Studio
Jeans :: Old Navy
Sneakers :: Mia

But you guys don’t care about that!! Or how nice my eye make-up was today.

LOOK!!

BIG Damn Cables

Drugstore Makeup ;0)
Lip :: Revlon Kissable Balm in Smitten
Eye Shadow :: Wet n’ Wild Petal Pusher palette
Liner :: Jordana
Blush :: Something cheap in Raspberry
Mascara :: Clear Maybelline

BIG Damn Cables

You wanna know who won the patterns, of course! But, first, look at how my blue hair color has faded!

BIG Damn Cables

Okay, Okay. Here are the winners!!

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Rachel from Felt Sew Knot Fair!

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Liza Jane from Liza Jane Sews!

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Stevie from Beebee’s Vintage Dress!

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These ladies all included AWESOME quotes!! And also happen to prefer Miss Kristiann’s patterns,  soooooo, I’m gonna play Oprah and give the women what they’re asking for!!

And YOU get a VICTORY PATTERN, And YOU get a VICTORY PATTERN, And YOU get a VICTORY PATTERN!!

Grainline and Mimi G fans, fret not. I will do another giveaway soon!

Stay tuned for actual sewing content, I cut out my cropped jacket wearable muslin, and just got the new In Style which always makes me want to sew!

Pinterest Inspo :: Pink Button Up

Start with a kinda hard to wear 80s throwback blouse.

What I Wore :: 1.18.13

Add a pullover.

What I Wore :: 1.18.13

What I Wore :: 1.18.13

And then a blazer.

What I Wore :: 1.18.13

And
PRESTO
unwearable shirt to kick ass accent.

What I Wore :: 1.18.13

Blazer :: F21
Pullover :: F21
Pink Silk Blouse :: Thrifted from Domsey’s
Jeans :: Old Navy
Shoes :: H&M

I bought that pink silk top from Domsey’s for $3.49 (probably, this is the normal price for their tops) quite a while ago. I was drawn in by the color and thought I could refashion it.
Like others in my “to refashion pile”, it sat there waiting for those pleats to be dealt with. And it sat there and sat there.

Until I found my style inspiration!


Fashion Bananas


Lagelle’s Daily Dose

This translation is a little more literal than my last Inspired by Pinterest style post. But you can’t go wrong with layering. It turns out, I needed that extra warmth. It was FREEZING yesterday!!

But today was wonderful!
The weather and the company. I spent several lovely hours browsing and chatting with some sewing blogger celebs.

Can you guess where I was and who I was with? IMG_2581

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Do Not Adjust Your Screens

This cardigan IS this bright.

Do Not Adjust Your Screens
Do Not Adjust Your Screens

  Jones of New York Cardigan :: Thrifted from Domsey’s
Due Per Due Silk Umbrella Lady Print Blouse :: Domsey’s
The Janice Skirt :: Handmade
Tights :: Forever21 (??)
Boots :: NEW Anne Klein
That little comb you sometimes see in my hair was my maternal great grandmother’s

Do Not Adjust Your Screens

Can I just say, real (actual GOOD) boots are heavy!! I think I’ve been wearing cheap shoes for too long, lol. It was soooooo hard to spend the money on one, nice (actually GOOD) pair, rather than three kinda shitty ones.

Work was great today. Again. I really, really like my fellow interns! We had so many diverse things to talk about.

We had local (and some not-so-local) librarians/library professionals visit the space we’ll be working in. I ran into two women who interviewed me previously. One from the internship I was hired for last fall, but ultimately couldn’t take and the woman from this one I told you guys about. What are the odds?!?! The latter is actually friends with my supervisor. It’s a small, librarianship, world! Imagine how awkward it would have been if I’d had BAD interviews with them, lol.

I’m headed to bed. I’ve been nursing a background throbbing type of headache (really migraine) for a couple of days now. Nothing I’ve taken has worked.

I hope to wake up pain free tomorrow.

If This is The End

I’ll take it!! Because I had a GREAT day!

My grades are in. Two Bs, which killed my 4.o, but ended up being better than I anticipated given how I felt the semester was going. I never thought I’d say this, but thank God for finals! I got a 98 on my archival management one, which gave my overall grade a boost. And a hard won 82 (which FEELS like 100% given how difficult the subject is) for cataloging. Just one question (out of 8, total) on that exam was worth 60 points. Yikes!
GRADES :: GRAD SCHOOL IS OVER

Final Tally :: 10 As and 2 Bs. 3.83 GPA.
Not too shabby.

Also…I had another job interview today. I felt a bit more confident and ready this time, despite a near late arrival disaster. The bus I needed to take apparently only arrives once a decade. And I had just missed it. I grabbed a cab (thank goodness I remembered to take the cash from my jeans pocket last night) and made it in plenty of time.

Interview Ensemble Numero Dos

Blazer :: Forever21
Dress :: Thrifted from Domsey’s
($7.39, no tags)
Tights :: Duane Reade
Shoes :: Naturalizer
(free from a Freecycler)

Interview Ensemble Numero Dos

No jump shot, today. Just me in my hallway.

But, I FEEL LIKE JUMPING!

Interview Ensemble Numero Dos

Before I even made it on the bus headed back towards home, I missed a call. I checked my voice mail and I had been offered the internship! One that pays, too!

And this time is not like the last one when I got my hopes up and had to miss out on an opportunity. This time, I start much sooner (in about 2 weeks), I know a lot more about the expected schedule and my children are well settled in their new schools.

I’m so excited! It’s a great opportunity to get library experience and I don’t even have to do it for free. On top of that, I feel really passionate about the work I’ll be doing and it’s in Brooklyn which will make managing around the rest of my life much easier.

All that’s left to do is some celebratory sewing to supplement my work wardrobe!!