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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The Advantage Of Having Wardrobe Plans

And The Disadvantage Of Having Them

I don’t ever find myself having wardrobe envy, for the most part my clothes are my clothes and I like them. Most of my clothes have been customized by me, if not fully made by me. But I do have Wardrobe Plans.

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Wardrobe plans help me decide what I should make next.

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Wardrobe plans are in the back of my brain when I go shopping.

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Wardrobe plans keep track of what you really like.

But they also can cause you to spend money you can’t afford.

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Wardrobe plans help you feel bad about what you wear.

Wardrobe plans can limit you to a boring existence.

I like having plans for my wardrobe, but sometimes I hate not feeling like I have what I want.

What are your thoughts?

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Travel Clothes

I love traveling. Unfortunately I don’t have any money so I can rarely do it. That being said, this weekend I’ll probably help my oldest brother drive out to a wedding. So I’d better have travel clothes planned.

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Travel clothes are annoying, you want some variation, so you don’t feel like you are wearing the same thing all the time, but you don’t want to take much. (So you can have more room for books, games, souvenirs, equipment, etc.)

Of course you don’t want to look to snazzy (unless you’ll have no time to change) nor do you want to look to casual (you may end up making an important first impression). And the longer and more varied your plans are, the more interesting it can get.

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I’ve made many decisions over the years of what to pack for which adventure. Once I packed a brand new skirt for a camping trip (to wear on a rest day) so that when I got back I wouldn’t mind wearing it from day to day. Other times I will make sure to pack my grubby skirt so I can garden or wrestle goats. Some trips I make sure my clothes look nice enough for town, but can also go onto the day hiking trails.various adventures 1084.JPG

But the most important part is the traveling look. The look one wears while in the car, or on the plane, or the train, or whatever. It needs to be comfortable, but respectable.

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Sorry for the massive size of the photo.

I’ve chosen for several years now to wear a spit skirt while traveling. More recently I’ve added a shirt of a similar color. What do you choose to wear on the go? Do you have something set aside as special in your wardrobe or is it whatever you feel like wearing?

Sorry about the fact I didn’t post about my swimsuit, but I haven’t used it yet. (in spite of the fact that I did go for a short swim last weekend)

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Inspiration; Sewing

Creators don’t really like to admit it, but everything had an inspiration. Whether the inspiration is still obvious or whether it is long gone, doesn’t really matter something inspired them. Most things I would say have many little things inspiring them.

Sometimes I am scrolling the internet and I see a pretty dress, or skirt, or …. and I think “Wow that is pretty I wish I had it”. Then I rationalize why I am glad I don’t “Actually the fabric doesn’t look that comfortable, I bet it doesn’t have pockets, It would need changing to make it modest …” So I do it myself, but better.

Sometimes I search through fabric and a piece pops out, it says “I want to be a …”

Sometimes I see a garment that is iconic, everybody knows what it looks like, I think, “That is boring it has been over done.” It slips from my conscious thought, and I move on. Later I will be in a different time, a different country, of fashion and suddenly the garment will spring to mind. “These have details in common, why hasn’t no one put them together again.

Sometimes I have to make a garment. The details, any will do. The fabric, whatever I have on hand. The inspiration is desperation.

Sometimes I want something from books, drawings, pictures, movies, or history.

What inspires you?

 

Modesty Blues

I had probably best start this post by explaining what this blog title doesn’t mean.

It doesn’t mean that modesty gives me the blues, makes me sad, or unhappy. I love dressing modestly, I can’t imagine not dressing modestly. It also is not like military blues, modesty is not a fancy uniform.

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This is a post about the fact that I am sick of the color blue. Blue is without a doubt my favorite color. I love blue. It reminds me of the ocean, of lakes, and rivers. It is the color of the summer sky (and all the shades up there), and the color of the top half of a winter sunset. Pictures rarely do blue full justice. It can be so beautiful it seems fake, even when it is real.

 

Blue goes with every color. You can put any shade of it next to any color and it will look good. You can wear it in a solid color from head to toe and no one will blink. (in fact they may say you look gorgeous) You can wear mixed blues from head to toe and look perfectly normal. That is why I am tired of blue. It is great and all, but it can be a bit much.

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Look at all the maples!!!

Modest clothes seem to frequently fall into the “lots of blue” category and it is because of the reasons mentioned above. Any other color from head to toe is “bold”, “eye catching”, “dramatic”, etc. I’m not saying that all the clothes are blue, but sometimes it seems like for every other color there are two blue options.

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I stole this picture off of my Instagram. It is a picture of mid switching winter and summer clothes. I have so much blue in my wardrobe, that the flash took the blue and bounced it around to turn the whole picture blue. Though it is a little hard to tell there are items that are various shades of blue on three side of the picture and in the middle.

These are why I am trying to cut down on the blue. Why I’ve told myself “The next thing you make can’t be blue.” Why I’ve chosen other colors to be on my blog, because fashion should be more than blue. Blue shouldn’t be the only color you can wear head to toe without seeming a bit much.

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Sister Cady Skirt

The style of skirt that is currently available in my etsy shop is what I call a Sister Cady Skirt.

As skirts go a Sister Cady is pretty simple, an a-line with a pocket or two. The fabric is the most interesting part. See the featured image if you don’t believe me.

But it has hidden advantages. Depending, this type of skirt can take up the least amount of cloth, making it cheaper than the more flashy types. It also is wide enough that most every day actions are perfectly simple to do in one.

According to the internet in America, Cady means simple happiness. I imagine that she has her life planned out. She will get married at nineteen, to the man she been in love with forever. They will have ten kids, and she will home-school them. They will have a garden and chickens, a dog and a cat.

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