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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Game Day Wears

What I Wore :: 1.12.13

What I Wore :: 1.12.13

What I Wore :: 1.12.13

What I Wore :: 1.12.13

What I Wore :: 1.12.13

Mossimo Coat :: Thrifted from Domsey’s ($12)
Crocheted Scarf :: Handmade Gift
Jones of NY Cardigan :: Domsey’s ($6.39)
Michael Kors Tunic :: Domsey’s ($6.39)
H&M Pants :: Circa 2010
De Blossom Boots :: Amazon (DEAD comfy!!)

These boots might make me waver on my cheap shoe assertions from a couple days ago. These were only $40, are not real leather and the COMFIEST heels I’ve ever worn. In my life. I’m so glad I didn’t stick to my “no brown shoes” rule!! I have Pinterest to thank for swaying me from that opinion. I’ll be really sad when they reach the end of their cheap shoe shelf life. Hell, I’m tempted to get a couple pairs and store them for when that time arrives. I’m being completely serious.

I had a pretty great day. I got to see the inside of the new Barclays Center. For free. I took the kiddies and my teenage cousin to a college basketball game, there. It wasn’t the greatest. But, the weather was nice, we were out doing something and (luckily for me) I was with the five easiest to please young people in Brooklyn.

Bonus: I squeezed in a visit to my grandmother AND I found the perfect storm of location, lighting (nearly the best, this sweater is much brighter) and camera settings for indoor photos. Not a match for outdoor ones, but certainly better than some previous attempts!

I hope you all enjoyed your Saturday

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.

Future Refashions

My success with last week’s Sew Weekly refashioning challenge has made me take a closer look at some things in my “to refashion” pile and led me to grab a few new pieces when I hit the thrift store with Missy after our photo shoot (and again a couple days later. Thrifting with an impatient tween doesn’t allow for combing the racks thoroughly). Feel free to chime in with opinions on what works, what doesn’t and what is asking for trouble ;p

I have this mid calf length sweater that I got in the great-dorm-move-out-day-dash with my sister. It’s 100% wool and too tight to be worn as is. I’m thinking it might be a good jumping off point to transform into something like this, sans pockets:

I could also go for cutting it into a totally new look (which would address the tight sleeve issue) and aim for something with this shape (using this pattern, maybe) and kicky beaded embellishment, if the mood strikes me:

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I also have two sweatshirts to makeover. I’m thinking along these lines:

I picked up a gray one with this project specifically in mind:

Look who happened to be on the tag of one of the sweatshirts we bought.

It's Claire Huxtable on my tag!!

Claire Huxtable!!

This pale colored merino pullover is a bit more hole-y than I thought.  I could re-work it into something like this:

Or give it a completely new life as (un-felted, I hate felted knits) warm winter accessories:

I also have a black wool coat I got from a Freecycler. Nothing special, single breasted, long, wool and boring.

Some ideas to funk it up:

Chop it and add zips? I have a ton of long, heavy, metal zippers that would look awesome used this way.

Cut a new hem? It’s a longish coat, so I might have enough fabric to make a faced hem like this.

Or the stud the fuck out of it!?! That’s sure to make a statement!

That’s quite the full refashioning plate! This doesn’t even include the two pair of men’s pants I have on hand and the tux jacket I never got around to on my last refashioning binge.

I like to thrift for refashionables but these last two trips yielded some wear as is items, too. Like this cashmere (for $5.79!!!!) sweater from Lord & Taylor and this cashmere (also $5.79!!!!) cardigan by Grace. My daughter and I will be cable knit sweater twins in our, identical but differently priced, pullovers and she’s already worn two of her finds to school. All of our purchases can be seen here.

Sweet Saturday

What I Wore :: 10.6.12

I had such an unexpectedly good day!! The weather was beautiful! It was the first day of Saturday class for my oldest two. My son is always so anxious when he starts anything and my daughter can be equally as nervous. I dropped them off, after a pretty painless commute, and occupied the twins while we waited.

They frolicked and collected leaves and twigs. We sat and snacked. They climbed all over this monument while I knit. Perfect diversion.

What I Wore :: 10.6.12

Dress :: Banana Republic via Domsey’s
Tights :: Forever21
Shoes :: H&M
Bangles & Earrings :: From my sister
Bracelet & Rings :: From my hubby
Purse :: Express
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We picked up the other two kiddies, who were BOTH wearing HUGE smiles when we arrived, and went to visit my grandma (who was back home from two days in the hospital). My sister gave me a bag of, mostly tangled, booty. These gems were tucked away in this small bag.

Those bracelets are unbelievable in person!! I love my sister ;p

After visiting with my maternal fam, we walked over to see my paternal grands. I know, I’m lucky that everyone is so close together. We only spent a little while there before my dad dropped us home. I always appreciate a ride home. Getting sleepy people, myself included, home on public transport is the hardest part of going out with all of the kids alone. The twins would have been asleep before the bus pulled off.

Once inside, they started a leaf rubbing project (everything is called a project in my house) after eating some snacks. They’ve been playing quietly since then. After dinner, I expect a deep sleep to fall over the entire place.

Sweet Saturday