Monday, August 22, 2011

Daily Outfit...

I have a confession to make, you know in the interest of full disclosure - I wore this outfit to church yesterday.  I do that a lot, the dress codes are very similar and since I don't have it on but a couple hours Sunday, it's really easy on Monday to just reach for the same thing.

I made the skirt and blogged about it here.  Everything else is RTW and Oh, Look! there is a belt, but it came with the jacket.  And because you can't see my shoes, again!

DH and DD agreed that this outfit looked really nice on me.  Of course DD should since she put it together!  DH and DD also agreed that I need to make better friends with my camera!

AND...have you seen

I am going to pre-order at least one, probably two.  DD and I both really like her patterns, several are on my fall sewing list, and since DD lives 3 hours away now, we both need our own copies, right?! Of course, we do. That's my story, sticking to it.

Happy Sewing, Suzanne

Friday, August 19, 2011

More Meh...

Today's outfit for your perusal -

And again I'm not thrilled, it's not bad, it's just not good. 

I made the top, it's from Spring 2008 Burda Plus pattern 404A. It's the second time I've used this pattern and this time I drafted some petal sleeves for it.  Sorry no pictures, but I think they turned out nice. The one thing I don't like about this pattern is the wrinkles that run from the gathering at the neckline to the underarm, even though I went back and looked and it's like that on the model too.  I will work on adjusting that next time.

And again you can't see my feet or shoes so -

So comfortable, stylish??

I'm off now to stalk  peruse some styling blogs for pictures of people who seem to have this down pat.

Happy Sewing, Suzanne

Thursday, August 18, 2011


So here is today's outfit -

you can't see them, but I'm wearing black ballet-type Sketchers.  Very comfortable, stylish? maybe.

I actually made this dress a couple of years ago - it's Simplicity 2977
Misses Sportswear
I love it on the pattern front, on me - not so much.  I think it needs to come in a little on the side seams - or something. I like wearing it, it's very comfortable.  Looking a little closer, I think I need to make another one.  The knit is starting to look old on this one.
The shrug is from the Spring 2011 issue of My Image magazine, pattern M1111.  It looks so cute on the model, so I whipped one up in a test fabric.  I think it looks OK, but I have trouble keeping it up on my shoulders.  DD did not have this issue, so I'm thinking she might end up with this shrug.
Anyway.....Happy Sewing, Suzanne 

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Style Ruts

In an effort to break out of my style rut I have been reading The Triumph of Individual Style : A Guide to Dressing Your Body, Your Beauty, Your Self
Brenda Kinsel's Fashion Makeover: 30 Days to Diva Style!

It's been slow going, but so far I have decided that I am a moulded (fluffy) body type and a figure 8 silhouette, possibly leaning toward an O. I should use drapey and medium-drape fabrics, or if using stiff fabrics use patterns that conform to the curves of my body.  That's from the Triumph of Individual Style.

Also, by reading Fashion Makeover, I have been made aware to two style ruts -
  1. My use of color in my wardrobe is almost non-existent.  I think this is kind of sad, as I like to consider myself a creative person.  I don't really think the lack of color is a style statement such as some people carry off beautifully, but more of a cop-out or laziness, take your pick.
  2. My ability to accessorize sucks, I mean really sucks.  DD has almost despaired of getting me to use and/or wear anything other that basic pocketbooks and shoes.  Scarfs and belts currently do not reside in my wardrobe. 
These are the two big ones I would like to fix.

In an effort to break out of these style ruts and (hopefully!) see items of clothing a little more objectively, I am going to try and take pictures of daily outfits.  That way I can get a realistic idea of what I am currently wearing and where I should change.  This is my intention, but you know what they say about intentions and roads to bad places ;) 

So going to make friends with my camera and tripod now.

Happy Sewing, Suzanne