Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Bad Style Habits - 12/3/14

I've fallen into some bad style habits lately, namely black pants + colored shirt, which, while easy and fairly comfy, does not make for an exciting wardrobe / versatile wardrobe.  There is nothing inherently wrong with that outfit formula, but it's just that I've been trying to break myself out of a rut for a while and actually develop a bit more of a unique style, so I'll keep working on it.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

I'm such a Michigoose

So it's a little late, but I ran across this fabulous infographic via the NY Times on the most searched Thanksgiving recipes by state.  Michigan's combines two of my most happy foods: Cheesy potatoes.  The rest of the Michigan list is a little suspect (#2 is pretzel jello - I don't even want to know), and apparently frog eye salad (I'm not googling that one) is taking the west by storm, but there are a lot of standard goodies on the list.

Rescuing an Old Favorite - 12/2/14

I had placed this dress in my "modify" pile a few months ago, thinking I would turn it into a skirt, as I sometimes think it makes me look chunky on top.  But I pulled it out this morning, looking for an easy outfit, and I'm actually pretty happy with it.  Sometimes it's helpful to put things away for a little while and look at them with fresh eyes - I find I usually come around.

Black and Tan - 12/1/14

I didn't get around to taking my daily photo yesterday until night time, so excuse the crappy lighting.  I also took off my shoes, which were the fun part of my outfit (leopard print loafers).  Oops!

I've gone back and forth on this sweater a lot this fall, but I think I've finally come to accept it.  I've gotten compliments on it, but never felt that comfortable, but I think I was pairing it with too skinny of pants.  This time I wore straight-leg trousers and it felt much more balanced.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Hello Kitty!

I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving!  I had a lovely time with my family in Michigan (hence the blog silence for the past week).  While I was home, I tackled a sewing project of a different sort.  My niece loves Hello Kitty, so I made this cute little jumper for her.  I don't remember what the pattern was (it was from my Mom's stash), but I basically just used the pattern pieces to get the size right and then entirely ignored the instructions.  It called for a zipper, but I deemed it unnecessary, as I was on a strict deadline and there is plenty of room to fit it over her head.  I finished the neckline and armscyes with narrow seam binding, and then added two patch pockets (also edged with the seam binding) on the front, matching them up with the circles on the fabric.  Overall, not too shabby for an hour or two (in my opinion, at least)!

Friday, November 21, 2014


Another me-made garment today!  I bought this fabric a while ago from Gorgeous Fabrics in both green and blue because I couldn't decide which I liked better, and I think they look really fun together.  I was inspired by Liza Jane's two versions of Tina Given's Jaqueline Crop Top, and thought it would be a great way to combine these two fabrics.

I modified the pattern slightly, based on Liza Jane's recommendations, by adding 3" to the front and 6" to the back, which just makes it have slightly more wearable proportions.  After I sewed it all together, I had some weird fit issues in the back, so I also took the sides in about 3" each, which helped, but it is still is a little off.  I shortened the sleeves to match the center seam as well.

Don't look too closely at the any of the hems though, because I had a really hard time with this silk.  The pattern calls for finishing the neckline with bias tape, which I attempted to make, but it kept getting sucked into the feed dogs, so I just gave up and serged the edge and then folded once, which ended up pretty puckery, as did the hem.  Oh well, I'm still learning. :)  I also think this will be the perfect Thanksgiving outfit - I have as much pie as I want and still be comfy!

I think the shoulders are too large maybe?  While it is supposed to be poofy, the fit of the back just looks off, I think.  It was even worse before I took in the sides.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Getting back to the light

If you were a reader of my other blog, you may remember the search for a dining room chandelier, and my love of the bird chandelier, but even though it's still available and $100 cheaper, John still can't get behind it.  Silly man.  Anyway, that search has sort of fallen by the wayside, along with a lot of the little details of putting together our house, but I ran across these amazing glass globe pendant lights, which are found in a really neat store, The Line, via Honestly WTF.  They are definitely out of my price range ($2110 each), and I really don't think I can learn how to glass blow to make them myself, so I may just be out of luck on this one.  Sigh...the search continues.

(photo: The Line)