Woman, In Gold

Lately, I’ve been really into metallics. Or maybe I’m just drawn to all things shiny and sparkly ;) But really, they’re fun and can seriously add a whole new element to any ensemble.

To be honest, I made this kimono on a wimb a couple months ago. I was browsing through JoAnn’s one day and found this awesome fabric. The way it caught my eye, I knew I just needed to get some and figure out what to make from it later… And then I found a kimono pattern on a nearby shelf. Aside from its shininess, this fabric is a great knit that’s super comfortable (and was really easy to work with), so a kimono was this fabric’s fate.

Last week, I was in NYC and this golden number was in my suitcase. SinceΒ comfort is more favorable while in New York, I dressed it down with leather shoes and accessories. And it made me realize the great thing about this piece of gold: how versatile it actually is. It looks great worn casually, but it looks pretty awesome dressed up for something more formal, too. So, below are my two looks: Casual and Dressier…and I can’t decide which I like better!

 

Dressed up:

Outfit #1-Tank: Old Navy; Jeans: Gap; Shoes: L.L.BeanΒ ; Purse: J.W. Hulme

Outfit #2-Tank: Old Navy; Pants & Bracelet: H&M; Shoes: Target (no longer available); Purse: Anthropologie (no longer available); Earrings: Vintage

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Fluttering into Spring

You know how when you find that t-shirt you love with the perfectly soft and drapey cotton, so you buy it in every color? It’s sort of the same as when I find a pattern I really like…I tend to make it over and over. Β As per usual, I made this flutter dress (M7566) with some yardage of fabric I’ve had for a while and decided I needed to use up already. And after I made this one…I made another one (also in different fabric I felt needed to be used).

I absolutely love how it turned out. It’s perfectly feminine and just the right dress for Spring and Summer.

Isn’t this straw hat fantastic? It is vintage (in wonderful condition) and can be found here. ;)

I honestly can’t tell you how long this gingham print had been stashed away, just waiting to be used. But you sewists know how it is…you hang onto fabric knowing that the perfect project will come along sooner or later, we just have to be a little patient ;)

 

Outfit details:

Dress-McCall’s pattern 7566; Belt-Anthropologie (no longer available); Vintage Coach purse; Straw hat-here; Shoes-Target (similar).

The Pink Jacket-Cape

Happppy Monday!

So, ya know how in my last post I said I had another make to share with you that involved more awesomeΒ wool that belonged to my grandma?

Well, here she is. Just like that blue wool, my aunt also gave me a few yards of this beautiful pink wool from J.P. Stevens. It is in equally as good condition, with no sign of hungry moths. It also had an original tag like the blue, but the yardage it had listed was incorrect. It said there was 4 yards, but there was only about 2.5, so I had to do a little creative solving to finish this jacket-cape I decided to make from it.

 

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The back, which you can catch a glimpse of ^ is actually a different fabric. Just a remnant I needed to use up and whose color coordinated perfectly with the rest.

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Instead of making the sash from the wool, I opted for some pink tweed that I had lots of.

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Topstitching makes my heart flutter… <3

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Had to make sure the lining was fun too, of course. :D

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This post involved a lot of twirling…

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And the ballerina in me came out. Maybe it was the whole, ballerina pink cape thing… ;)

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There was something so beautiful about this iced over pond. Especially seeing the leaves trapped just under the surface of the ice. Looked a bit surreal.

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I said there was a lot of twirling involved. There was also a little dancing. Because you should always take time to dance. ;)

 

 

Outfit Details:

Jeans, Gap; Sorel Boots; Scarf from Portobello Market in London; Hat, Target (years ago)