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?

 

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.

 

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?