This may be the safari vests of handbags. Ghurka’s suede and python tote has everything you’d want from a bag, especially if, like me, you tend to toss stuff in your bag, and when you need to, you can’t find a thing. Read the rest of this entry »
My spring jacket is done! So you can see how it looks from the front and the back, and when it is open.
And if you are not a fan of the ‘action shot’ here it is on a hanger.
It is my own design, but very much inspired and guided by this pattern and this jacket. It is made of nubby washed linen from Discount Fabrics in SOMA, lined with unbleached cotton, and closes with a great big jumbo sew-in snap. Non high fashion? Yes. As someone who typically sews with brightly patterned fabric, I feel like it needs something–I almost sewed a button covered with patterned fabric over the snap, but decided that maybe it just wants to be white and simple and slightly monastic. Plus I can wear it over patterned things without clashing.
I’ve been paying more attention to finishing lately, partially because having a serger makes it easy, but also because I want the clothes I make to be durable. I dislike clothes that require overly fussy care (I wear them once and then they sit in dry-cleaning-pile limbo until I just give them away), so I aim to use washable fabrics and machine wash and dry them (just like I would if they were going in a load of laundry) before I start cutting or sewing. I used to balk at that step, but it makes a big difference when it comes to alleviating anxiety about actually wearing what I’ve made.
I have a fun wine-pairing cooking class tonight with two of my favorite girls, but no matter how washable, I’m thinking my jacket’s first outing should not involve red wine…
It is from a Butterick retro pattern(4790 if the link doesn’t work for you) from 1952, and considered “very easy.” It was easy as it didn’t require a zipper or anything fancy, though it did take quite a lot of fabric! I need to iron down the darts (looking at the picture I see there is a rather unfortunate bubble at the top of one!), and it needs to fit just a little more snugly at the waist, so I’m going to fiddle with it a bit before calling it done and hanging it in the closet. I am not quite as thrilled as I’d hoped, but once it fits properly hopefully it will grow on me!
I’ve wanted a pair of city shorts for awhile now, and seeing the latest array on Anthropologie’s website tipped the scales. I broke out my trusty Simplicity 3867 envelope and cut out the shorts from some stripey canvas I got at the thrift to approximate these.
Circus pants! They are very, very comfy (perhaps just a little bit roomier than necessary?) and were super easy to make. Thank goodness, because I had a crafty crisis yesterday that I’m still trying to rectify (hopefully I’ll figure it out, or else I’ll have to consider my prized red and white polka dot fabric a sacrifice to the fickle gods and goddesses of craft). Wish me luck! Read the rest of this entry »
I have wanted a DVF wrap dress since the summer of 2012, when a terribly chic Swedish girl I knew had one in a kind of coral and black exaggerated herringbone pattern. She had a lovely svelte figure and wore nearly all designer clothes, but without any trendoid or fashion victim overtones– it was effortless, and as though she just sort of threw them on and looked wonderful (which is something stylish people obviously achieve with clothes of nearly any pedigree, as you can see in Wardrobe Remix!). Anyway, since then I actually have tried on the DVF dresses and been disappointed with the fit, or didn’t care for the fabric, or just felt a bit faint at the cost. But then I found this fabric I decided it was just time to make my own! Read the rest of this entry »
Now it is time for me to sing the praises of the wonderful book Sew What! Skirts. Oh, this book is fabulous. The authors teach you how to make all kinds of skirts based on your very own measurements, so they fit like a dream and don’t do weird bindy or gappy things, or cling in the wrong spots (I’m looking at you Burda skirt patterns). Anyway, I said “skirts” yesterday because after making the skirt above out of a vintage tablecloth I found at Goodwill for basically free, I was all revved up to make more in different styles. Eventually I will, it just didn’t happen today. Read the rest of this entry »
Last week I went for a loooong overdue haircut (I last went in…September?), so my hair was just all long and hanging there like a beat-up Raggedy Ann and he said, “Well, we have to do something about this! You’re not a hippie chick.” And this is true, but it wasn’t always true. In college I had two floor-length tie-dye dresses (some of my East coast friends saw this as a sign of California conversion)! But to be honest I was probably always a little bit too into grooming and shiny platform shoes to ever consider myself a hippie chick– I just liked to don the costume on occasion, and in smaller ways sometimes I still do. Read the rest of this entry »
Sometimes fashion doesn’t have to be bold and outrageous. At times, it can be the little, simple things that strike a chord with us. With my ADHD qualities, I am looking a bit of everything all the time. In my more calm moments, this abstract ring caught my eye. Minimal and modern, Mika Tanaka’s Leather and Silver Ring has a soft and refreshing look. Handcrafted, the double ring abstract piece would be perfect for the calm side of you. Price: $264
As the summer comes to a close, you have to squeeze in one more day at the beach. I myself haven’t gone to the beach at all this summer but could not have enjoyed myself better than with my daughter’s inflatable pool and our high-powered water guns! But even if you can’t make it to the beach with Lauren Merkin’s Cassie Beach Tote, this bag is awesome for day trips, last minute picnics or to hold all of your great summer deals while you shop. Available in multiple colors. Bag dimensions: 16H x 14L x 7D. Price: $195.
Marc Jacobs Sunglasses: When I came across these sunglasses by Marc Jacobs, I had to chuckle to myself because I apparently bought the knock off from Aldo – which by the way has very affordable accessories. I always knew that the items from Aldo are inspired by more high end designers, but I always get a kick out of buying an “inspired by” item and not realizing it till later. Call me weird but the little things in life make me laugh. Read the rest of this entry »
Tom Ford Whitney Sunglasses: As you can see, BST has just added sunglasses as a new product to review. I suppose timing wise, it would have been better to start this in the summer, but I figure in the fall and winter seasons the sun is still around – so people will wear sunglasses. I came across Tom Ford’s Whitney Sunglasses on Shop Bop (a great online fashion boutique – but I’m not sure if they have a physical store). Price: $300. Read the rest of this entry »
Gucci Horsebit Sunglasses: I think that Gucci has got to be one of the most popular sunglasses ever. Whether real or the knock offs, they seem to be the one that I see most often. I love the shape of the frame and its clean modern look. White may be a bit outdated, but they are the some who can pull this color off without looking silly. It features the well known horsebit decorative accent on temple. Seen here in white, they are also availble in a shiny black with gray gradient lens, or in brown opal with brown violet gradiant lens. Price $290. Read the rest of this entry »
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