Wednesday, June 17, 2015

My New Baby!

With our 14 year old Explorer getting up there in years and miles, we decided to buy a new (to us) car.  After failing to convince John that we really should buy a vintage MG (I came close to convincing him on this one, I think), because he's convinced they are a death trap, we switched over to looking at more practical hatchbacks.  After stalling on actually looking at any cars for a few months, we decided to go back to an idea we had about a year ago, to get a Miata, in that it is the modern, safe version of my beloved MGs, etc.  We researched them on a Friday night, found one that matched exactly what we wanted (year, color, style, etc) on Craigslist on Saturday, test drove it on Sunday, and bought it on Tuesday, and here it is!

You may notice I am in a large empty parking lot, and that is because it is a manual.  I haven't driven a manual in 11 years, since I had a company car during my summer internship in Germany.  I learned how to drive a stick on a construction site with all the workers laughing at me, so I did learn pretty quickly, although I am probably one of the few people who has stalled on the autobahn.  I had my first re-learning lesson on Sunday, and it surprisingly came back pretty quickly, although I did freak out a bit when another car came into the lot.  I think one more parking lot lesson, and then I'm going to drive around my neighborhood for a while before I go on the open road, but soon!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Backlog, part 2

The pattern is the Colette Astoria, a simple knit cropped sweater, which I made out of a ponte from Mood Fabrics.  It was a quick project, sewn up on the serger, and came out nicely, but I'm not sure I'm a fan of the cropped silhouette.  At the very least, I don't have an approporiate high-waisted bottom to wear with it at the moment, and it's hard to tell from the photos, but the button-up shirt underneath didn't quite fit properly (it was too loose and the sweater was too tight).  I think a softer knit fabric and just a touch longer for the next time.  Oh well, I got to practice my stripe-matching!

Catching up on the backlog

Since I haven't had a chance to sew lately, I figured I would at least take some photos of some of my already completed projects which didn't make it into the closet, but came out nicely.  This is another little girl dress, which I wore once (with tights!), but the neckline was a bit uncomfortable.

It is a self-drafted bodice with a half-circle skirt.  Unfortunately, the amount of black material I had dictated the length, and it ended up a bit short, as usual.  The bodice fabric is a left-over brocade from a pair of pants that have been in progress for way too long now.  I finish the arm and neck-holes with 1/8" seam binding, and I love how it looks (plus it's a super-clean finish).

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Black Sandals, 2nd Time Around - 5/7/15

One of the reasons that I've decided to stop doing the daily photo is that I've weeded out my wardrobe quite a bit, and I repeat things quite a bit (and that's a little boring when it comes to a daily photo).  I really do love these pants though - they are the best-fitting pants I've had in quite a while.  Anyway, the main point of this post was to point out my sandals.  Black strappy sandals have been a staple in my wardrobe for years, and I wear whatever my current version is at least every other day.  Last year I retired my pair at the end of the summer and mused on what to replace them with.  Surprise, surprise, I ended up just buying the same pair again!  They really are super comfortable, and while they aren't the dressiest pair, I've also supplemented them with a heeled version, although I will typically reach for this pair, I'm not going to lie!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Structure and Flow - 5/6/15

I've definitely been moving away from the daily photo over the last few months, for a few reasons, but primarily that I've been working at home more.  I also think I've gotten a bit more of a handle on what I look like in different styles, so it's not as useful any more.  That said, I will probably still throw some outfit photos in once in a while, but it won't necessarily be the focus of my blog anymore.
Anyway, today I decided to add a bit more structure to my flowy pants, and wear a little short-sleeve jacket.  I also like how the hip-length of the jacket tones down the tendency of the pants to overwhelm short lil me when I wear a tucked in shirt, so overall, I call it a success!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Red and Black - 4/23/15

I'm trying really hard to put away my boots, but it just keeps getting cold!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

In Black and White - 4/22/15

Another outfit from pinterest inspiration today!  I've been spotting black on white plaid pants for several months now, and finally found a pair of my own.  A few of my inspirations:

In my usual fashion though, I paired them with a black crew-neck sweater instead of a white top.  This is basically my favorite work silhouette for a non-meeting day.  Comfy, but classic and chic.