11-17-10: more refashioning

Jacket: simplicity 2443

top: Alfani, thrifted

Skirt: Vintage (1970s?) Evan Picone skirt, thrifted and shortened

Boots: Kensie Girl

This skirt was at my most frequent thrift stop for at least six months.  I liked the color and pattern, but the length (midcalf) was not good for me.  I finally brought it home once I really started altering things.  I shortened it by 12 (!) inches, and replaced the buttons (one of them was broken.)  I find that I’m really loving this shape of skirt for fall (short dirndl with a high, fitted waistband.)

This outfit took me through: teaching, choir rehearsal, singing at a latin mass, and dinner and drinks with friends.

My friends have started to really notice that I make my own clothes, and I’m starting to regularly field questions about them when I go out.  Somehow I feel like I’m letting them down when I wear something storebought!  Actually, I’m surprised by how positive the reaction has been – somehow I was expecting a little bit more snobbishness, but my friends (who are, admittedly, artsy city types) seem to be into the idea.

I’m trying to spread out my outfit posts a little (maybe you’ve noticed!)  It gives me a reason to post more often, and makes Wednesday less stressful.  So far the experience has been positive – I find myself very motivated to be creative, and not just throw on whatever.

I have the muslin cut for my cord shirtdress, but so far no time to work on it.  I have a dress rehearsal tomorrow night, and a concert Friday… but after that I am off work for an entire week!  I can’t wait to see how much I can accomplish with the time off.

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8 thoughts on “11-17-10: more refashioning

  1. Hi,
    I’ve been reading your blog for a while now after finding it while clicking through other knitting blogs.

    I’m a knitter myself, but I’ve been so impressed by how lovely your finished clothes look that I’m finally going to try doing some dressmaking myself.

    I’m sure it’ll take me a while to get up to your standard (and speed!) of sewing, but it’s nice to know there’s hope for novices.

    Happy stitching!
    Nina

  2. My work colleagues love the fact that I knit and sew. I’ve even started a little knitting class at work! There is a bit of shyness around wearing your handmade clothes, I agree, but generally people have been so supportive. Great re-fashion, by the way! I still love that jacket.

  3. Hee, whenever I wear something slightly non-mainstream, coworkers ask “did you make that?” It’s usually thrifted / vintage or just something unordinary. But them knowing I sew means “you must make a lot of your clothes.” LOL.

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