I always feel a little Hepburn-ish with skinnies and ballet flats on.
And I always love a little cardi.
Together with stripes and a trench and you have a little French, too.
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!
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.
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.
But not with handmade!!!
Here’s the rest of my outfit.
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!!
And here are some indoor pics of Archer.
Thanks to Rose de Wolfe for modeling!! And thanks to Oona for the sweet deal on her!!
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.
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
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!
Have you all heard of Librarian Wardrobe??
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)
Coat :: Steve Madden
Dress :: (Thrifted) Banana Republic
Cardigan :: H&M
Tights :: H&M
Shoes :: Old Navy
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!
Dudes, I really hate snow.
The frigid temps did make for the perfect opportunity to wear this sweater I thrifted a million years ago.
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.
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
You wanna know who won the patterns, of course! But, first, look at how my blue hair color has faded!
Okay, Okay. Here are the winners!!
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!
Start with a kinda hard to wear 80s throwback blouse.
Add a pullover.
And then a blazer.
unwearable shirt to kick ass accent.
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!
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?
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