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I’m back to sewing. I did some sewing as a young teenager. There were a lot of baby doll dresses, a wild red jump suit, which some of you might remember. Then there was a bias cut sundress that just would not come out right. I have recently learned people call that a “wadder”. After that I didn’t sew much. I made a few bags without patterns, and once I designed a skirt. It actually came out pretty wearable. It was a pencil skirt made from light weight gray canvas with slits on both sides.

This skirt is the opposite. It’s a bright pink baby wale corduroy poofy mini.

I’m not sure how flattering it actually is, but I wanted to start my sewing renaissance with the simplest project. I don’t think you get any simpler than the elastic waste skirt. I’m trying to be really systematic about learning to sew again, so I don’t run into game ending frustrations. I’m also attempting to be very patient and follow all instructions exactly. This pattern is a Sew New Learning the Basics pattern, so it has extra instructions that most patterns don’t have, like ironing each seam after you stitch it. Doing so seemed to give the skirt a more polished, crisp feel. Overall I’m happy with how the skirt came out. The sandals are Kors Michael Kors. I found them at Buffalo Exchange a few weeks ago. I LOVE them and have been wearing them all the time.

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Or would you call them stripes? Let’s just say the pattern lives in the space between strips and checks…and plaid. Whatever you call it, I love it. Not only does the shirt have my beloved ruffles, but it also has a Mandarin Collar. My neck is on the shorter side, thus I’m not crazy about how regular collars look on me. A Peter Pan Collar can be okay, but a classic men’s shirt collar is just not great. I have a few shirts with regular collars that I like in theory, but every time I try to wear one, I end up changing out of it right away. I think it’s the collar. I’m now feeling inspired turn all my regular collars into Mandarin Collars. The internet must be awash with tutorials on such things.

There isn’t much that needs to be said about this t-shirt. It’s from a thrift shop in Dillon, CO, and I got it while shopping with WV during our cross-country trip. Of course, this makes it extra special to me. Not that it really needed sentimental meaning to secure high office in Favorite-town. We’re already working with stripes, aqua, olive green and three quarter length sleeves. All “specialies” to me.

Special to me

As we consider the necklace, the words we should keep in mind are: versatility and golden. The golden part is self-evident. On to versatility. So, you’ve seen version one. Well, now this is happening:

You feel like you just saw Transformers, right?

And this:

Mind blown?

Wait, there’s more (and this is the biggie):

You're flippin' now

You: Whaaaaaat?! Where’s the necklace?

Me: It’s a bracelet now!

You (incredulous, shocked): NO!

Me: Yes.

Hey, remember the words I said we should keep in mind were versatility and golden. You have now witnessed golden versatility. Now, raise your hand if you want to see me wear it as a belt!

This post is brought to you per request of R.R.

Last night we went to two Halloween parties, a Haunted-House-Art-Show house party and a GMO-Rave-Luau. I was dressed like this:

Umm, can I go to bed now? It's 3 in the morning, and I am literally about to turn into a pumpkin.

As you can see I was out way late. As a result I had to sleep all morning and yet am still too tired to go to the parties that were on the docket for tonight. What gives?

The red blazer is from a Goodwill in Santa Monica. I almost bought it one day, but got into the checkout line and thought “what am I doing?!” before putting it back on the rack. The next day I thought “what I have I done?” I went back and happily found it was STILL THERE! I know! Can you believe nobody had scooped this baby up?

But wait, there’s more!

 

Wait for it…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was a TWO person costume:

Holy, matchy-matchy! That is spooky.

A.V.O. received his blazer as a kind of passing of the torch. It has now been worn on Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July, and Halloween. Come to think of it, it totally does deserve a raise. Anyway, now that you know about A.V.O.’s red blazer (I couldn’t tell you before because I didn’t want to ruin the double-Christmas-Halloween surprise) you can fully understand how much I was toying with fate when I didn’t immediately jump at my chance to join The Red Blazer Club. What else could we have worn? Nothing, obviously this was meant to be.

The hats are via the Dollar Store which DOES, thank the Lord, sell Christmas goods before Halloween. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that would have me singing a store’s praises. See, never say never.

We have the dollar store to thank for these flourishes as well:

It's all in the details.

The ornaments-cum-earrings felt so heavy when I was dancing that I feared, probably irrationally, I would experience the dreaded earring pull-through and had to turn them into a necklace. I thought that work too, though. The mini plaid present is really freakin’ cute. I’m talking puppy cute. What could be in it? Candy? Jewels?

Happy Halloween, ya’ll!

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Note: this costume is a homage to the greatest TV show ever, Arrested Development. You know, the one where Lucille’s housekeeper is wearing a Halloween sweatshirt at Christmas?

Check out these chinos! It’s like puffed sleeves for the ankles! I normally don’t wear chinos because something about chinos + my proportions = “mom jeans” look. Maybe I’m deluding myself, but I’m way into these with their special cuff.

Here is a shot of the purse, also a thrift score. Love that worn old leather. Plus the pocket situation inside is very good.

This was a really long skirt. I just tacked the hem to the inside of the waist band to make a bubble skirt, a kind of maxi-mini.