Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Secondhand Fashion Week - Day 3: Pink & Spice

Today is outfit was made from refashioned hand-me-downs. How neat is that?

My top was a hand-me-up (down) from Gabrielle, as the color didn't look good on her. I took the long-sleeved shirt and turned it into a ruffle t-shirt. I hope to have a tutorial on how to make this shirt latter this week.

My skirt was originally a pair of pants that were given to me (hand-me-down). I wore them as pants until last Fall, when I was starting to get a little tired of them, but I still loved the color and print. So I decided to turn them into a skirt. :) I also did this with a pair of jeans last Fall. See post here

-What I'm Wearing-
Pink Ruffle T-shirt - St. John's Bay JCPenny - Hand-me-down (Free)
Striped Skirt - Talbots Kids - Hand-me-down (Free)
Pink Bracelet - AmandaBeth Original (won in a giveaway)
Gold Flats - American Eagle Payless - ($10)

Today's outfit will be entered into two fashion weeks, AmandaBeth's Secondhand Fashion Week and Natasha's Modest Online Fashion Show.


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Secondhand Fashion Week - Day 2

Today's look features one of my favorite skirts. In fact, I have worn it through all of my teen years - well, once I reach my 20th birthday this July. :^) What I love most about this skirt is the fullness. I love long and swirly skirts. And sometimes, I like to wear ballet shoes with this skirt while I go dancing through my day like a ballerina. ;-)

-What I'm Wearing-
 Floral Skirt - Lauren Ralph Lauren - Secondhand (Free)
Maroon Shirt - Liz Claiborne ($9)
Shoes - Croft & Barrow - Secondhand (Free)
Pearl Necklace - Gift
Shades - Mudd - Kohls ($11)

Today's outfit will be entered into two fashion weeks,  AmandaBeth's Secondhand Fashion Week and Natasha's Modest Online Fashion Show.


Monday, March 29, 2010

Secondhand Fashion Week - Day 1

Today's outfit will be entered into two fashion weeks,  AmandaBeth's Secondhand Fashion Week and Natasha's Modest Online Fashion Show. Busy week for online fashion shows. =)

-What I'm Wearing-
Wool Plaid Kilt - Secondhand 
3/4 sleeve Polo - IZOD
Cardigan - Paul Harris Design - Secondhand
Cream Tights - Kohl's
Moccasin Flats - Naturalizers
Brooch - Vintage - Antique Mall
Fashion Ring - Arizona JCPenny

Look at this! My ring and brooch go together.


Sunday, March 28, 2010

1940s "Swing" Dress - Pattern Review

Pattern: 1940s "Swing" Dress Pattern from Sense and Sensibility Patterns

Pattern Description: The dress has a unique yoke with gathered shoulders, two sleeve options (short and “bracelet-length”), and gored skirt.

Pattern Sizing: 8-26 (I made a 10)

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes!

Were the instructions easy to follow? Easy as pie once you figure out how to sew the shoulder seam. And if you make more than one dress. =)

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Nothing. I love all of Sense and Sensibility patterns. As a side note, this pattern is drafted for a long-waist-ed gal. This is no problem for me as I'm long-waist-ed. Makes it that much easier to sew for me. :)

Fabric Used: Simply Silky (polyester) from Joann Fabrics.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: Nope.

Would you sew it again? Yes!

Would you recommend it to others? Yes!


Modest Online Fashion Show Day 3

-What I'm Wearing-
Raincoat - London Fog (hand-me-down)
Belt - JCPenny
Red Scarf - Portobello Road Market, London, UK
Purple Handbag - St. John's Bay JCPenny
Navy Blue Polka Dot "Swing" Dress - Made by Me
Cream Cardigan - Gap Outlet
Cream Knee Highs - Kohls
Black Flats - Naturalizers
Pendent Watch - Maurices

This is my outfit for day three of Natasha's Fashion week.


Saturday, March 27, 2010

Modest Online Fashion Show Day 2

Yep, you read that right. It is day two of Natasha's Fashion week. I missed day one due to that I'm reorganizing my sewing area - I'm still not done. :P

-What I'm Wearing-
Skirt/Tunic (made with vintage silk and lace) - Lollipops & IceCream Portobello Road Market London, UK
White T-shirt - So Kohl's
Jeans - St. John's Bay JCPenny
Brown Wedges - Target

How do you all like the new blog look? Like it? Hate it? 


Thursday, March 25, 2010

What I'm Wearing | Sophisticated Western

-What I'm Wearing-

Red Button Down - Eddie Bauer Outlet 
Jean Skirt - Made by Me
Brown Belt - Maurices
Neck Scarf - April Cornell
Black Boots - Bass Shoe Outlet


Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Ruffle Your T-Shirt

I've been pondering what to do for the Ruffle Your Stuff (and win) contest, and couldn't come up with something that was me. Then this weekend while I was browsing through some of my favorite sewing magazines, inspiration struck!  "Why not add a ruffle to one of my white tee shirts?" Mind you this was late at night, I pulled out my notions and some fabric scraps that caught my eye and piled them on top of the kitchen table.  I placed this and not on top of a shirt I had, trying to find something that caught my breath. Then this rose colored scrap grabbed me. I picked up my scissors and just started cutting. During this whole project I didn't pick up my measuring tape or ruler - I just used guess work. Thankfully it turned out. =)

Above is a before shot of the tee shirt. Besides adding a ruffle I changed the neckline as you can see above and below.  For referenced the neckline use to come up close to my neck and now it is much lower. In fact, I cut it a little too low for my taste so I just wear a tank underneath.   

I also added ruffles to another shirt this weekend. I'll see if I can get pictures soon. =)


Monday, March 22, 2010

Floral Skirt | Pattern Review

I had seen this skirt style over on Clothed Much and What Would a Nerd Wear and loved it! So I decided to make my own. =)

Pattern: From the blog Freshly Picked.

Pattern Description: Simple elastic skirt.

Pattern Sizing: What ever you want!

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes!

Were the instructions easy to follow? Easy as pie.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It has pockets!  

Fabric Used: Fabric that was given to me.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: Nope.

Would you sew it again? Yes! As it is so easy and simple to make.

Would you recommend it to others? Yes! This pattern is good for beginners.

What I'm Wearing - Floral Skirt


-What I'm Wearing-
Floral Skirt - Made by Me.
Maroon Shirt - Liz Claiborne
Brown Belt - Maurices
Pendent Watch - Maurices
Brown Sweater - Borrowed from Gabrielle - St. John's Bay JCPenny
Brown Knee-highs - Kohls
Brown Kitten Heels - Naturalizers

To Church.


Saturday, March 20, 2010

Mini Haul

I thought I would try something new. Doing haul posts on what I find and buy on sale, or on the clearance racks. I never buy anything full price. :) Like the idea? Yes? No? Tell me your thoughts.

Today I was at Kohls and they were having some good sales plus I had a 15% off my total purchase coupon. If you don't already, sign up for coupons to your favorite stores. They can help you save a lot of money.

The earrings I bought were buy one get the second pair free! So I picked up some post earrings, as I can't wear dangle ones for 6 months. :-( It was so hard finding post earrings that I like. But I finally decided on these two: Celtic knot and music clefs. 

I also picked up a pair of sunglasses for $11. They were 50% off and I loved the fun color and stars on the side. :-)


Thursday, March 18, 2010

What I'm Wearing - Howdy Cowgirl!

-What I'm Wearing-
Plaid Blouse w/pin tucks - Maurices
Jean Skirt - Coldwater Creek
Brown Belt - Maurices
Cowgirl Boots - Children's Place
White Tank - St. John's Bay JCPenny


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

What I'm Wearing | St. Patrick's Day

-What I'm Wearing-
Green Floral Skirt - Homemade (borrowed from my sister)
White Blouse with pin-tucks and lace - Talbots Kids
Pendent Watch - same as yesterday
Brown Wedges - Target


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

What I'm Wearing - "I'm a little teapot......."

-What I'm Wearing-
Teal Knit Dress - Falls Creek 
Black Fashion Boots - Bass Shoe Outlet
Watch Pendent - Maurices
Silver Bangles - Gift
Fashion Ring - Arizona JCPenny

I wore this outfit special for a tea party two of my sisters put on today. Here is a picture of my tea cup and partly eaten strawberry. =)


Monday, March 15, 2010

The Little White Dress

You have all heard of the "Little Black Dress" right? Well, have you heard of the "Little White Dress? If not, you will this spring and hopefully summer, as the "Little White Dress" is to be in.

I'm so excited that white dresses are going to in this year! For I have always loved the white lawn dresses of the Edwardian era. For they were so graceful, feminine, romantic, and oh, so, dreamy. :)

You can go several routes for your own "Little White Dress." You can either buy or make your own dress. If you can sew, and love everything old-fashion may I recommend Mrs. Jennie Chancey's 1914 Afternoon Dress pattern (scroll down a bit). I've seen this pattern made both historical and modern. And both ways look lovely! You can see pictures of the historical way here. And a fellow blogger who made it modern over at Dreaming of Avonlea.

 If you can't sew and want a more modern take here are some of my recommendations.

Beach Breeze Dress - J. Jill

Pure Jill Hooded Dress - J. Jill

Linen Knot-Front Dress - J. Jill

Valentine Ladies Dress - April Cornell

Chaps Swiss-Dot Dress - Kohls

The Traveler - Shabby Apple

Cap-Sleeve Dress (comes in white) - Newport News

Beda Dress - Anthropologie 


Which of these dresses are your favorite? Do you already own your own "Little White Dress"? How do you wear it? Have you found one for a really good deal, share your story. 

I myself am planning on sewing my "Little White Dress." Haven't decided on the style yet, any ideas? :-) 


vintage image from:  All other images from linked sites.

Friday, March 12, 2010

What I'm Wearing - Vintage Romance

-What I'm Wearing-
Ruffle Peach Top - Christopher & Banks 
Brown Suede Skirt - Made by me
Layer Necklace - Bass Shoe Outlet
Knee Highs - Kohls
Brown T-Strap Kitten Heels - Naturalizers


Thursday, March 11, 2010

What I'm Wearing | Gypsy Wander

My outfit for today was put together by my younger sister, Hanne-col. She decided to give me the Gypsy look. I think I kinda like it. It is different from what I what normally wear, but I'm trying to branch out and try new things. What do you think of it?

-What I'm Wearing-
White Blouse - Old Navy Outlet -hand me down
Cream Ruffly Tank - Gap Outlet
Floral Skirt - Lauren Ralph Lauren -hand me down
Blat Flats - Naturalizer
Scarlet Scarf - Portobello Road Market London, UK
Necklace - The Mayflower gift shop in Plymouth, MA. 


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

What I'm Wearing - Seaside

-What I'm Wearing-
White Tank - St. John's Bay JCPenny
Cream Cardigan - Gap Outlet
Skirt - St. John's Bay JCPenny
Layer Necklace - Candies Kohl's
Gold Flats - American Eagle Payless



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