Friday, November 13, 2015

Another week GONE

I took this week to re-group, and take a break from blogging. As the holidays approach, I will be busier and busier. My daughter is playing soccer this year, and they have 2-3 games per WEEK until February. If you don't see me here, I'm probably on the sidelines, or buried in yarn and Christmas ornaments. Or food. Food coma is always a possibility this time of year.

I am not going all out for Christmas this year like I did last year. I hosted our family Christmas at my house last year, and there were more than twenty people in my tiny house. I will be decorating this year and Meredith decided that we need a themed tree, instead of her "old crappy kindergarten ornaments." Her words, not mine.  She's sixteen, so of course she has an opinion about everything.

We've decided on a burgundy/gold/black theme this year, which fits right in with my new site, Holidays and Nights. Check it out if you get time. It's more of a hobby project at the moment, but I hope that changes in the near future.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Blue silk swatches from Mood

As promised, here are the swatches for this potential project.

I wish I could have gotten a better picture of this. With flash, the colors were too bright and not true to how they look, in person. Without, it's fuzzy. Gah.

Clockwise from top left: royal blue duchesse satin, estate blue satin faced organza, estate blue crepe back satin, mazarine blue China silk.

The duchesse satin is GORGEOUS. It's also the most expensive, and seems like it would wrinkle something fierce. The color is good, and the fabric is heavy and expensive looking. Not sure it's the perfect thing for a full pleated skirt though.

The organza is way too stiff for a skirt, but this particular fabric bends like paper. It would be a great underlining or fashion fabric for something that needs a lot of body. It's also too dark for what I'd like to do.

I really like the crepe back satin. It's lighter weight, doesn't seem like it would wrinkle as bad as the duchesse, and is slightly more affordable. It held a crease pretty well when I pressed it. It's a little darker than what I wanted, and the next lighter color is almost too bright.

The China silk is too thin to be a skirt, but it would be a great liner for it.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Pleated Skirt Inspiration - Copycat Fashion

When I see something on the interwebz I like, I pin it to my "Things to Dupe" board on Pinterest.

When I came across this skirt, I had to pin it.


My mind went immediately to this pattern from Burda Style. I cannot figure out why they didn't iron the skirt prior to the photo shoot. No one wants to wear a skirt that looks like it's been worn to a party, rolled around in the bed, and then wadded up in the corner for two weeks. WHY?

Obviously it has different pleating and a different length, and I'd have to make several muslins before I purchased the fabric I want (LOVE). I was thinking why would I buy a polyester satin skirt for $62 when I could have a custom fit silk one for about $130? Especially since the polyester version is probably junior sized, and I can't try before I buy. No offense to polyester satin skirts, or people who wear them. I've worn them, and more than once. I've decided if I'm going to take the time to make something nice, I'm going to take the time to source nice materials, and make sure it fits before I make the final piece. My goal is to get away from fast, disposable fashion and make pieces I'm going to love for years. I'm too old for that shit.

I don't feel an entire row of box pleats around the waist would be very flattering for me, so this is a good option. I would like to pleat the back in some way, but I'm afraid it would add too much bulk to an area that I'm already self conscious about. I also worry that the fabric won't look that great treated so plainly. Dilemma. Could I do a couple of small pleats on the back in place of the darts? I'd probably have to make the darts a bit wider than called for to accommodate my bubble butt, so that might actually work. This will require multiple mock-ups to get it just right.

If I make the pattern as recommended, I can get away with 1-7/8 yard of fabric. It's nearly impossible to get fabric online in 1/8 yard increments, so I'd go for 2 yards and make the skirt a bit longer, to keep it closer to the inspiration piece. I also have to figure out if I want to underline it with organza to give it a bit more body, or if that might be too much.

Even though satin has a somewhat firm hand, it is also heavy and....satiny. Taffeta would be a bit much for me, even though it might be a better fabric choice for the skirt. Whatever I choose, I will need to swatch first before plunking down that much money. I have multiple swatches coming from Mood next week so I can at least decide if I want to really invest, or go with a cheaper silk. Even if this project is a year or more out, I want the fabric in my hot little hands (stash) while it's still available. That color is speaking to me, and I must have it!

Keep in mind, this is all speculative fiction at this point. Spending $55 a yard on fabric makes me cringe more than just a little. If I have a special occasion in the near future that warrants such a lovely garment, it may become a reality. Perhaps when my daughter graduates from high school in 2017... (WHAT?!)

Figuring out what sort of top to wear with it will be a challenge. I didn't even wear crop tops in 1996 when I felt comfortable doing so. OK, maybe just that one time. I don't mind a white lace top paired with it, but black is more my style. Something like this would be gorgeous as an overlay for Georgette and doesn't cost the earth.

This top is appealing, mainly for the sleeve coverage. I would need a cami underneath and the shirt would need to be shorter or tucked into the skirt. My days of wearing a bra only under a sheer shirt are long over. I do like the open back - breezy and sexy without being too much. This top is also on my "Things to Dupe" board. Now to find a pattern. I'm open to suggestion.

I think this combo would be good paired for special occasions, as well as great separates for my wardrobe. Who doesn't need a pleated satin skirt and a lace top for special occasions?

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

A Versatile Watch

I never used to leave the house without my watch. It was part fashion accessory, part necessity. I had a stainless steel Timex I could wear everywhere. It was waterproof, and even made a trip through the washing machine once or twice. It has been years since I've worn a watch with any regularity.  I don't wear much jewelry at all, in fact. My wedding band, sometimes a pair of earrings, maybe a ring and a bracelet if I'm feeling adventurous, and can remember to slip them on before I walk out the door.

I have an entire box of watches on my dresser that I've collected over the years, starting in high school. Most really only need bands and batteries. I have the gold watch my grandfather got when he retired in the 70's. It's a kinetic wind, so the more it's worn, the longer it stays wound. I also have a tiny Timex that was my grandmother's that will never fit my wrist. The crystal needs to be replaced, so it's more a sentimental piece. I am planning to get most repaired and in working order by Christmas.

The watch I wore every day in high school (from 1990-1994) was a Timex Indiglo with a leather band. Remember those? I don't even know if it still works, but I'm getting a battery put in it, and will buy a new band if it does.

In the meantime, I ordered a silver and gold tone set of these. The gold tone will be a Christmas gift (yeah for early shopping!), and I kept the silver for myself. Of course, I did the easy pay option!

The description reads "leather band" but the tag on the watch itself says "leather over polyurethane." (So it's leather plated? Whatever, it's a nice set for the price!)

I'm pretty much in love with all of the Isaac Mizrahi watches.

These are my faves:

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Rainy Monday Blahs

I'm not feeling the "beautiful Monday" vibe today, so I'm reaching out to you in blogland. What is your favorite pick-me-up product?

I have a new favorite perfume oil that I wear in the fall. It's from BPAL, and it's called Autumn Overlooked my Knitting. It reminds me of  Opium, but has a slightly more fruity note at the top. I am sans makeup today, and barely managed to get my hair fixed, if you can call it that.

I think today is "not feeling it Monday."
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