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)

Green and Tweed - 11/20/14

Last time I wore this skirt I paired it with green and black, this time I went green and brown.  I prefer it with the black I think (there is no actual brown in the skirt, just orange), but I like to mix things up a bit.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Ay Yi Yi - 11/19/14

Sorry I've been MIA, but life has been a little crazy lately.  Monday I had a meeting in Baltimore in the morning, another in DC in the afternoon, and then I got back to Philly close to midnight.  Needless to say, I don't have a picture from Monday.  Tuesday I just worked from home and looked like a slob, so also no picture.  That brings us to today, which for some reason I didn't look too closely at the photos, and I look a little bit like a crazy muppet.  Ignore the hair, apparently that got fixed at some point before I looked in a mirror.

Friday, November 14, 2014

A Wardrobe of Watches

Over the years, I've honed my watch collection, and it's pretty much ideal at this point.  I have three, of which at least one goes with every outfit I own, and I love them all.  I figured I would do a little overview, since they typically aren't easy to see in my outfit photos.

The collection:  gold/silver, black/gold, and black/silver

I've had this watch for at least 8 years and it's my favorite.  I think it was like $15 at Target, and is now on it's 3rd watchband, but I love how tiny and simple it is.

While I love how tiny my other black band watch is, I also love how big this one is. :)  I wear this one the least, but it is fun, and adds a bit of variety.

I was a silver person for most of my life, but over the years, I've slowly been adding gold in (it depends a lot on what my hair color is at the moment).  This is a classic watch that blends all my jewelry together.

Well there you have it, hopefully this was interesting!  How about you, do you have one watch you wear all the time, or a dozen?  

Favorite Sweater - 11/14/14

I love this sweater - it made at least a weekly appearance last year, and I expect it will do the same this year as well.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Birds of a Feather...11/13/14

I'm trying out a more boxy style of top, and not sure how I feel about it.  I do love the pattern though, which is a kinda feather print, I think.