• Beauty and Fashion

    Button Down Challenge Day 3

    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!

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    Button Down Challenge Day 2

    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.
    Before
    Again, 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.
  • Beauty and Fashion

    Button Down Challenge Day 1

    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.

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    Random, Button Down Top Challenge

    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.