A Photoshoot Of Style

As a small town librarian there is plenty of time for personal projects. I chose recently to document what I was wearing as I enjoyed the look.

As the day was cold I chose the thickest, longest socks from my collection. I also choose the leather Reeboks as they are the best for walking and running in.

My skirt is a lovely purple, 100% wool, pleated affair from Pendleton. I got it at the thrift store. (I live in a lovely neighborhood for thrift stores.) I noticed the fabric first, then the length and style. Upon discovering that it would fit me I bought it. Only then did I realize that it was purple and I, therefore, didn’t have to worry about trying to get more purple into my wardrobe.

The books are Inheritance by Christopher Paolini, Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery, and New Chronicles of Rebecca by Kate Douglas Wiggin. I’ve read them all and enjoyed them to varying degrees.

Lastly, I know nothing about the shirt, other than the fact that it is a maroon basic. The purple hair ribbon is a satin strip that I picked up somewhere.

There you have it. Do I look like a librarian? Should I go through and remove all the k’s because my eyboard is acting up and not letting me get it on the first hit?

 

A Stylized Photoshoot

So a couple of weeks ago. (Read over a month) I was wearing an outfit that I adore. I view the look as my “military” inspired look. The colors, the styles, I just feel like it feels like a sensible fantasy military look.

So in part of my town’s move to look nicer, they are clearing out a wooded lot, that had cars. As a slight weirdo, I decided that they were perfect for a photoshoot with this look. I think I was right.

Now for a rundown of my look starting with my head. Hair went into a braid. It may have been a french braid, but I was inspired by the rules the Air Force has for long hair. Over my hair, I put my favorite hat. It’s not super militaryish but I thought it was a nice finishing touch.

The shirt is my absolute favorite, I’ve had it for years. It has two pockets. The trousers were upcycled by me. I took a pair of boy corduroys and added contrasting corduroy triangles to the outer seam. This took these pants from very meh, to super cool.

My shoes are an old pair of leather Reeboks.

This was a super fun photo shoot even though I was by myself.

Shoe Thoughts: Vans off the wall

I have never cared for the look of Vans or Converse. In my mind they both look very close to the same and neither of them look flattering. So when we were given a couple of pairs they stayed on the shelf.

Finally on a rainy day last spring I decided that my leather sneakers wouldn’t do. I wore them once, thought they were reasonably comfortable and then summer came and I went barefoot.

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Fall came and has no mostly gone and I started wearing them again. We’ve been having a bit of Indian Summer for the past couple of weeks but it’s getting cold again. I took the pictures in this post several weeks ago during the second snow we’ve had this fall. Hurrah for global warming.

Problems.

The color. I hate light colored shoes, they just show the dirt. (but it’s okay, my leather sneakers were white) These pictures are not an accurate representation of how my shoes look now.

The shoes are loose.

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Advantages

The shoes are loose.

The shoes are comfortable. I don’t know if this is partially because they are probably like three sizes to big, but they are wide enough that I don’t mind wearing them for hours.

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Snow is weird.

 

Pattern Testing: The Phoebe Maxi

Phoebe3I got chosen to help pattern test the Phoebe Maxi for the Phoebe Collection over at Pattern Union. I’ve been wanting to do this forĀ  a long time and this was the first time I’ve been chosen.

 

I hope to continue pattern testing as it is very fun to be forced into having to choose a fabric. Then you must hurry and print out the pattern. You must cut it as soon as possible. Then you must actually follow the instructions as you sew it up. (Yes this can make it take longer than you would think) Once that is all done you are asked to take pictures and tell them your thoughts. It is a process.

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The Phoebe Maxi is a pretty basic pattern, but one thing I found difficult it when it said to Cut 1 Pair. I understand why they don’t want you to just cut two, but I still struggled.

 

For those of you who haven’t sewn, most pattern pieces mirror left and right, so when they say cut a pair they mean for you to cut a left and a right. (the easiest way to do this is to fold your fabric in half and cut through both layers at once) If you simply cut two pieces you may end up trying to sew two right arms. We simply aren’t made that way.

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The pockets on this skirt are lovely. The back pockets are just big enough to hold a slim mass market paper back. The front pockets, while not as large as you first may think on seeing the pattern, are still plenty big enough.

 

My favorite detail on the top of the skirt is the zig-zag stitching I used. I sewed the elastic in place with it. I sewed the pockets on with zig-zag stitch. You may not be able to tell, but I think it is so cute and such a fun detail. I didn’t bother to put any zig-zag on the lower tiers, because I ran out of time.

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I didn’t just run out of time I also ran out of bobbin thread twice. I was almost done with some decorative zig-zagging the second time it ran out. That was maddening. I was furious. Whatever I’m finished now.

 

I don’t plan on wearing it anytime soon. I made it out of some poly-cotton that we had lying around and I don’t care much for that type of fabric. I also plan on putting it in the county fair. Hopefully I finally get a purple ribbon…

Thanks D for taking the pictures.

Does the yellow cancel out the fact that this skirt is mostly blues???

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We’ve Got Pockets

Whenever it was I spent 10 days off grid. I found it to be super inspiring. On the second Thursday we had a cook out for dinner and after the guys showed up we started talking sewing.

Yes, that happened. And No they didn’t mind. And Yes as I often find they had useful inputs.

I had mentioned to my best friend that I wanted to go visit Israel with her next year and I figured we needed at least a thousand dollars each. She had recently been hired to make little girl dresses. Upon finding that she enjoyed it, she has been working on setting up a shop. We were talking pricing.

JH said when someone other than his job was wanting his time he asked for at least $25 an hour per person. He got paid that much, his brother would want that much, his machinery cost that much to run. This added up to $75 per hour for him and DH to cut down a tree. One tree took them only an hour and the man paid them $200.

Let me not say anything. Take a deep breath. I’ve had people tell me that $35 was to much to hem a pair of pants. But they were willing to pay fifteen dollars.

This is all to say we were encouraging SH to bump the finished price of the dresses to the $70-$100 range. Sew much closer to what she should be earning.

In turn I mentioned my sewing plans. So often I have seen complaints about how women’s clothes just don’t have good pockets. And on the flip side I have often seen ladies worrying if the pockets will be to much. I was wondering why don’t I make a clothing line where pockets are the statement of the piece.

My family expressed doubts.

I explained I was considering making a blue skirt with orange star shaped pockets on it.

My family thought that sounded horrible.

I fell quiet, but that vague idea stuck in my brain. Finally today I was able to put on paper rough sketches of that idea and another one.

Pardon my terrible drawing skills.

On the left we have a skirt designed to look like an upside down flower. The pockets are quite visible as they are representing the sepals.

On the right is a modified version of blue and orange. The color has been changed to yellow and the stars are evenly spaced. I haven’t yet decided if the little stars should be pockets too. And is four star pockets around the waist good or should I go for the semi subtle three stars like Orion’s belt?

A pin cushion topped mason jar with a few buttons in it

 

So bountiful hay to my best friend.

For re-inspiring me to start sewing again.

For re-inspiring me to start designing again.

For giving me such a handy pin cushion as a belated birthday present. I know you don’t read my blog, but still.

Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

If I were to make skirts like these how much would you pay? Would you pay $200? Would you pay $250 if I made sure to use sustainable fabric? People often pay tons of money for clothing of little quality. From people they care little for. Fabric costs money, but the most expensive part is the labor.

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PS.

Speaking of sewing I have recently agreed to sew a dress inspired by a book as an art project. I would really like to put my best foot forward with doing this. But I need nice fabric and notions in order to do that. If you would like to help with this in any way at all please check out the Go Fund Me I put together and either share it or give a donation. Every dollar helps.

PPS.

Speaking of obvious pockets don’t you think that an evening gown with a blue jean pocket or two sounds like something that could come down a runway?

An Outfit Of This Summer

Over a year ago I posted about two items I made. A super cool Butterfly Shirt, modeled after my favorite shirt of all time. An Orange Skirt, basic, but quickly using up the fabric I brought back from India.

I wore them together because they were both brand new and I was super proud, but I’ve been wearing them together ever since and I will admit I love the look. It’s bright, it’s bold, and the fact the the shirt is mostly blue is hardly noticeable.

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So M and I went out the other morning and caught some pictures that captured the essence of the outfit. And Me. And when I wear it.

I actually found it a little difficult to pose in because the grass was little more than dew and clippings. Also I’ve decided to stop wearing it for the summer. I like to wear it several times in between washes, so that it will not get as worn out so quickly.

Sorry there are no pictures of the back of me, but M thought my hair was a mess.

I think that is all.

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A Swimsuit And A Throwback

You may remember back at the beginning of summer I made a swimsuit. I promised to come back at the end of summer and review. I wanted to review it earlier, but I kept not getting pictures. I still don’t have pictures of me wearing it, but I’ve finally got a nice flat lay. So pictures of it worn may be coming, but for now..

The Fit

Lets be honest I made it myself, so of course it fits well.

The Built In Bra

No that doesn’t go under fit, but it works perfectly. I’m so glad I decided to use my fabric scraps for it.

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The Swimability

Can I swim in it. Yes, really well.

The Green Factor

The only new material that went into the swimsuit was the thread. The main fabric is rayon, but there is some rubber in the elastic. And the zipper is plastic.

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The Style Factor

You might not be able to tell, but I think it looks super cool. A slight 1920’s inspiration, with an asymmetric hem.

Honestly I’m super happy with it. I’ve never even considered making a swimsuit before and now I’ve made one.

Here is a random picture of the sunrise I got this morning when I went out to get the rest of these pics.

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