In preparation for Self Stitched September, it was definitely time to start pulling out unfinished projects from the stash. Surprisingly, I haven’t had this sweater in the stash for very long. I really, really should have taken a before photo, but of course was much too lazy to do that at the time. So, this sweater came from some Nordstrom inspiration. Nordstrom’s is probably the nicest and most up-town department store we have here in Utah. And somehow, Mr. S gets their catalog.
This catalog arrived in the mail the other announcing a HUGE sale. I saw this rather dashing working girl outfit and convinced myself that I had to have that grey sweater, because I don’t knit and well, I couldn’t just make that as I could the rest of the outfit. Friday was the beginning of this supposed sale and so after a short day at work, I ran right over to see if I could get my hands on that sweater. Much to my dismay, I found the table of sweaters, no greys were left and then when I picked one up of a different color and handled it in my hands I almost starting laughing uncontrollably. Luckily, I stopped myself before I started. The sweater felt as thin as paper and I immediately knew that after two or three washes this thing would be toast! I had seen enough, right then and there, I gathered up what was left of my pride and stomped out of Nordstrom’s with a very serious chip on one shoulder. I have one phrase for you, “cheap in the disguise of expensive.”
I marched straight home, where I promptly got to work on my cashmere version of this sweater. This sweater was thrifted for $4. I’ll have you know, that I didn’t spend a dime more either, I used what I had in my stash, which makes me feel like a million dollars, maybe even 2 million. It had a small blue dot on the sleeve which has since been cut off. There were, much to my delight, no moth eaten holes in it. I found it in the ladies section, though have since discovered that is was a men’s sweater because it buttons up the wrong way. No matter. It was rather large, so I gave it some shape by taking in the sides. I followed this tutorial of Casey’s for saving the cuffs and bottom edging. I gave it some fresh buttons and with the scraps left over from taking in the sides and shortening the sleeves, I made one of the flowers. The other flower is made from some charmeuse silk that has been cut on the bias and gathered into a roll to look like a carnation.
I’m rather happy with the sweater in general. The color isn’t my favorite, and it isn’t grey, though I will be on the lookout for a grey sweater very soon. However, it shaped up rather nicely. I am completely in love with the medium weight cashmere. Who knew? Cashmere at a thrift store. I’ve never had a cashmere sweater and have always wanted one. It’s luscious and so so so soft. So there you have it! Something for $4 with much better quality than something for $45, thank you very much!
Thrifting much lately? Found any real gems? I want to hear all about them.
I’m thinking sizzingly hot summer days, pink ladies, las vegas, carnivals….you know stuff like that. Gosh it’s hot here, and I love it. I’m a big heat person, though can’t tan worth a damn. You know, it’s all the red hair and fair skin stuff. My freckles are a little more obvious this time of year. For you sun worshipers out there a couple of swimsuits have caught my eye this week:
These come from my sis and Peter! I’ve never tried to make a swimsuit, but these are both great examples of fun in the sun lovelies. I love that pattern my sis, Abby used from Burda Style and Peter is definitely going to get wet in those fun trunks! Fabulous and refreshing splashes you two!
This tutorial from sewaholic.net is fabulous for matching plaids and prints along a seamline. Plaids scare me for this very reason. Perfect timing as I have a load of things to make for Self Stitched September including a double faced wool plaid skirt!
Just in case you haven’t noticed, I’m on facebook now with a fun little page. I didn’t realize how much you could actually do on facebook. I’m very excited for the upcoming sagas I’ll share with you there. And don’t forget about my twitter either. Both places will be featuring updates from here, my shop, coupons, sales and special promotions.
Don’t have too much fun without me now! Happy weekend!
So, it’s now official. I am making my public declaration that I will be participating in Self-Stitched September. I had been thinking about it ALOT. I really really wanted to be apart of it and have postponed throwing my hat in because
- It’s hard for me to take a photo everyday. However, I’m determined so that’s that.
- It’s nearly impossible for me to post everyday, but after watching some of the others who participated in Me Made May, it’s a great idea to recap a few days in one day and I have another idea too, which I’ll show you come September
- I have quite a few handmade outfits, but don’t know that I have enough. I’ll be working on this big time this month and during August to try and fill out a few handmade staples in the wardrobe.
And there is my public service announcement.
You may now resume your previously interrupted activities.
I work in an office with many other women. Some have a sense of style and try to put their best foot forward beauty-wise and some couldn’t care less. I fall into the “sense of style” category. I wear my handmade outfits with pride and I do concern myself with the way I look. I like the way I look. I am a little vain, and I primp a little here and there in the mirror, but I don’t always think about the way I look. I mean, I do have other things going on upstairs than just looks and clothes. I consider myself a fashionable, intelligent, thinking young woman.
There is one woman I work with, who doesn’t concern herself too much with the way she looks. She looks presentable everyday. She wears clothes whether they be flattering or not, that are considered office appropriate. She doesn’t concern herself with gaudy jewelry or try to make a statement. She doesn’t wear make-up, and does her hair out of habit everyday. I don’t mind these things, I really don’t and I don’t try to judge it either. There are reasons she looks the way she does I’m sure and they are none of my business. I like her, I do. She has a very infectious laugh. But during a conversation with her one day, I received the distinct impression that in a way, she looked down on me because I concern myself with my appearance and she does not. She concerns herself with more heightened pursuits.
It got me to thinking about that sort of age old internal debate inside of women. “If I’m beautiful, I can’t have brains; If I have brains, I can’t be beautiful” sort of notion. So many women cross my mind and how they embody one and not the other. Marilyn Monroe, for example: complete bombshell, gorgeous, but perhaps not the brightest (or at least, she’s always portrayed in that role). Eleanor Roosevelt: incredibly intelligent, a writer and supporter of women’s rights, though maybe not the most beautiful looking woman.
I suppose what I’m driving at is why can’t women have both? There are many examples of women who have both, I’m sure. And I’m not saying that the two examples I gave didn’t have both either. The problem I most have, I guess, is the criticism of those women who try to look their best by those women who feel they are above such petty endeavors. Come now, aren’t we all playing on the same team? I do think its a rather unjust judgment, especially when many of those beautiful, tasteful women actually do have a brain and, dare I say, actually use it! There, I said it.
What do you think? Has this ever happened to you or maybe, someone you know? Ever felt this way?
To those women whose beauty, in all forms, is very apparent, I know that your smarts are your best kept secret.
Can you feel it? The days are already getting shorter. I love these mid-summer nights that start blending into early Fall. Sorry for the short absence. Things on my end have been a bit trying. We had a layoff at work and it was someone who was close to me and a good friend. Grrrrhhhh… I just hate stuff like that. I hope those types of things aren’t happening where you are. On a happier note, I’m in awe of this lovely number from Gertie.
It’s stunning! She’s got the perfect fit and the sweep and style of the skirt is just fabulous. It looks so fabulously put together and chic. I’m in love with that luscious color on her too! Ahhhh! I can’t say enough wonderful things about this creation! Gertie, you take the cake!
I’ve been following The Sew Weekly in my Google Reader and hadn’t noticed anything come through for awhile. I decided to check out Mena’s blog to see if something was up and she’s been posting all sorts of fun and I haven’t even seen them. I saw this and fell in love with the sweetness of it. And Kudos! for the name, Mena! The Pin-Up Board – Hardy Har Har! Love it! I’ve re-imported her blog into my reader and I think it should be working fine now. If you’ve noticed this, you might want to try re-importing as well, her stuff is just way to good to miss.
I’ve heard so much about the Burda Style book that I’m starting get antsy about it. All of the fun folks who are apart of it will have top-notch things to offer, I’m sure. Can you believe that we have to wait to Fall 2011 to have it in our hands?
Have a very happy weekend, with lots of sewing!