- I was reading the post of one of the other ladies participating in the challenge, and she mentioned calling the tops button-ups. I thought, “Oh, I have been titling all my posts that; is the challenge really button-down?Yikes!” Then I looked at my posts; I had typed button-downs for both even though I usually call them button-ups too, I think.I usually wear my tops tucked in (even sweaters often), but I thought leaving the blouse out and belting it would work better both because it is new to me and because the bunching if I tucked it in would bother me today. Oh, and I made the skirt a couple years ago. It is about 3 times my waist and knife-pleated and then attached to a very poorly made waistband (I wear belts over it at least sometimes). I like all the colors I can pick up from the pattern, and the skirt also goes with other colors not in the pattern.
I decided that this is my Beauty and the Beast necklace! I got it at a antique/thrift modge podge sort of store for $1 (!!!)No more alterations for this outfit, but I finished altering two of my hand-me-down skirts for my sister, sewed on a new skirt for myself, and worked a bit on another alteration for myself.I finished Under the Lilacs. I forgot to mention a couple other random thoughts on Wednesday. The Dickens allusion that I recognized on like page 4 made me quite happy. Yay! “I get that reference!” I thought the name “Thorny” semi-interesting . . . and then after I few pages I read his full time of “Thornton.” Yes, I love it! Oh, and then later on in the story Miss Celia reads from Maria Edgeworth to the children. I love literary references in literature!
- This is my favorite one of my three outfits (I had to plan them out to make sure I could do the challenge nicely or perhaps even at all). The dress (yes, I did another top-over-dress styling :P) I bought from a discount designer store for somewhere around $15 (I think), but the original price was probably $100-$200. The store carries discounted designer goods (including Prada, I call it the snobby store), and I bought this for 90% off, so yeah. I think the brand is Baraschi which I have never heard of before.So brand shoes from Kohls. I also have these in shimmery blue and silver (but the silver are a bit too small), and I want the green ones too (and I wish they had them in purple too); they are kind of like Easter egg shoes, or just plain Easter shoes, but I prefer the former description. Kohl’s had them on sale plus I had 30% off, so they cost about $12.60.On the same Kohl’s trip during which I bought the shoes, I bought mini Eiffel tower earrings ($5.60 with all the discounts), aren’t they darling?!Okay, the dress is my second alteration which I mentioned. I let down the hem and added a couple inches of silk to lengthen it a bit.BeforeAgain, I am not very good with taking photos of the whole process . . .Done. Nice hem crease 😛Um, the dress isn’t too tight or too short standing up, but it is both when I bend over and sit down. I guess I will have to bring an extra cardigan to church or wherever I am going to drape over my legs when sitting (I have done that a couple times before) . . . and never bend. I have nowhere to go today, so it is fine now.Do you like that detail in the corner there? I need to have a week long series entitled “The Hunger Games Hypocrite.”
I didn’t end up wearing this outfit for more than 3-4 hours, it is definitely a Sunday outfit since it is so uncomfortable, and the shoes probably didn’t lasts a few minutes as I was running so late I didn’t go to school since I only had one class and 2/3 of my time is driving and walking.
- I wore my button down (the brand is The Limited, and I either bought it from Goodwill or thrifted it) over a dress bought from Dress Barn. I don’t find the oxford style of collar flattering, so I altered the blouse.I am not very good about taking a photo before I start taking apart stuff, so I just have one before I cut out the neckline but without the collar.I used that cake stand to cut out the neckline.
No, it is not very neatly done on the inside, but perhaps with practice I will get to the point when I sew the inside nicely too. I do need to put a clear snap on the top, and fix the sleeves. I took out the pleats at the shoulder seams and did gathers in the hope that the sleeves wouldn’t be as full, but they look worse. I am not going to touch this until after the challenge though, so I will not get frustrated in the attempt and be unable to complete the challenge.
Please forgive the pathetic quality photos; photography is another skill I have yet to learn.
I am reading Under the Lilacs. What homespun, home grown strawberry sweetness. I loved the part about the imperturbable one; it reminded me of Demi in his marplot (what a delightful word) stage. I decided I want a “Demi” (maybe I could make it short for Daniel?), yes I know my son would want to kill me for it later. I also want a “Tommy” since they seem so scrumptiously mischievous.
I want to participate in the Button Down Top Challenge. Button downs that are silk and preferably ruffly I wear on Sunday’s, but I don’t like regular ones much. I have bought some from thrift stores to alter, so if I finish two alteration projects today I can participate 😛
Hours later: I finished the top enough to wear, and I can do the other alteration project tomorrow or Friday. Now I have to be able to take photos.