And lastly, I prefer to spell the word “grey” with an “e,” but I know its more common spelling — at least here in the United States — is “gray” with an “a.” How do you spell the word? Is it a favorite in your closet, as well? Please leave a comment and let me know!
It’s Style Imitating Art (SIA) time again, and for this week’s challenge, Jess @ Animated Cardigan chose a gorgeous book sculpture, “The Girl in the Wood,” by Su Blackwell, a papercut artist from England. Jess came across her work in an issue of Entertainment Weekly! Blackwell uses the base of a real book and then builds sculptures and worlds based on those stories out of paper. Soooooooo cool! You can view more of Blackwell’s works on her website.
The Girl in the Wood, 2008, Sue Blackwell
Such an interesting SIA choice — and perfect for a librarian! ;)
So how do you participate in SIA? It’s pretty straightforward — and bloggers and non-bloggers are both welcome to participate! Just send a pic of an outfit inspired by this week’s SIA choice to Jess at animatedcardigan [at] gmail.com by next Monday, September 7. Jess will post the SIA round-up shortly after on her blog, Animated Cardigan.
More of my sewing adventures from this summer… next is a project I’ve been thinking about since this winter, when my friend Stephanie fashion-swapped me several items from her wardrobe, as seen here in this post. One of those items was a cute black-and-white button-up top with a small diamond print on the fabric.
I wore the top a couple of items before deciding that I needed to shorten the sleeves from a 3/4 length to above the elbow.
I’ve never done this before, so I studied the structure of the sleeve to figure out the steps of what I needed to do. A majority of time on a sewing project is always spent on the prep work, much more than the actual time sewing. Here are the steps of the prep work I needed to do:
measure how much I needed to shorten the sleeve
take out the stitching that connected the cuffs to the sleeves
take out the stitching of the back vent bindings
measure how much fabric needed to be cut — and re-measure!
cut a new back vent for each sleeve
I then repinned the binding covers for the new back vents and sewed them back on. This was necessary before sewing back on the cuffs.
I then sewed the cuffs back on, after pinning them and double-checking them in the mirror to make sure of the shorter length. And the final result below! I could have skipped the back sleeve vents, but I felt them necessary for a bit of extra give — and they make the end product look much more professional!
The very last step was to remove four small belt loops right under the bustline. There used to be a matching fabric belt with this top, but Stephanie said that belt got lost years ago. Also, it feels unnecessary to have a belt on this top, so I didn’t feel bad at all about taking off the four little loops. It was a simple job, picking out the top stitching of the small belt loops.
I smiled when I realized those four little belt loops also happen to be the perfect size to use later on for bra strap holders for a couple of dresses. Waste not, want not! :D
And best of all, it feels like I have a totally new top for the fall! What do y’all think of my sewing project and end result? Please leave a comment and let me know!
Almost exactly three years ago, I paired together a basic teal tee and my mom’s vintage skirt from Thailand, along with a vintage statement necklace. This summer, I again reached for the teal tee and vintage skirt, this time remixing the outfit with statement earrings.
I love the teal and brown together and the more casual vibe this go-round. Perhaps that also comes from untucking the tee?
It’s also appropriate — and unplanned, I promise! — that I wore this vintage skirt of my mom’s from Thailand along with dangly earrings I got from a more recent trip to Thailand ON MY WAY to eat lunch at a Thai restaurant. Style synergy, y’all. ;)
I wore my new print dress, gifted to me by my mom for my birthday, on a dinner out to celebrate my birthday (as well as my husband’s birthday and our wedding anniversary, all this month). It was a special occasion, so I wanted to look and feel special.
My husband’s reaction when I came down the stairs? “Wow!” Mission accomplished! :D
Y’all know I’m not afraid of color! I also kept the accessories bright and fun, with my pink wedges, purple shawl, and vintage book cover purse. I also wore my new bronze-and-bead earrings, which were a birthday gift from my friend Stephanie.
And of course, fit-and-flare dresses are made for twirling! :D
By the way, check out a special shopping outtake featuring this dress on my Facebook page!