Hello, my friends! I'm kind of in a grey daze lately. The weather's grey, it's January, it's cold, it's rainy and windy and the brain fog has descended. However, I'm trying to DO things to keep my spirits up, as I will show you in a bit - I did some sewing! Oooooh!
Colours you don't see me in very often.
- Dress - Claudia Nichole Cashmere, consignment; purchased here for $51.00
- Vest - Pink Martini, consignment; last worn here in September 2020 with red, black and white
- Shoes - Gentle Souls; last seen here in December 2020 with Monster Vest and stripes
- Coat (below) - Mallia, consignment; last worn here in December 2020
My hand felt this lovely 100% cashmere dress last night (ooh, what's this?) while I was just randomly fondling things in my closet (as I do), and I remembered I had it! Oops, I guess I should wear it.
I'm wearing rubberized snakeskin print tights (sorry, hard to see - it's still dark out!). Even if I'm not wearing bold colours, I can still play with loads of texture.
I like the dress on its own, but it's even better when you add a layer, right? This grey knit vest brings attention to the big ruffled sleeves.
Without vest, so you can see the nice shape. I just liked the belt detail with the vest. More texture!
Masked up - this one's from Mango's, a black and white paisley.
Outerwear - I love this look. I felt like a spy!
- Hat - Marks & Spencer, consignment, Powell River
- Fur boa - thrifted
- Wool/fur gloves - vintage, thrifted
Once I picked the belt, I remembered that I also have a pendant by Shi Studios.
- Belt - Shi Studios
- Buckle - Shi Studios, thrifted
- Necklace - Shi Studios
- Silver cuff - Karen's
- Pewter cuff - Robert Larin, vintage 70s, vintage mall, gift from L
- Pearl/crystal earring - Swarovski, consignment
- Silver/crystal ring - Soul Flower
- Volcano ring - Mom's, vintage 70s
- Hematite ring - thrifted
For a lark, I dug up the first time I wore the belt (with its original buckle) (here) and the necklace (here), for my birthday week in October 2009, over 11 years ago! I still have the skirt in the belt outfit, and those are my first pair of Fluevogs (which I also still have) in the blue velvet outfit.
Canada Post Santa finally came for L and I - we bought ourselves (well, L paid for them, heh) each a piece of NFL gear for Christmas. L bought himself a Larry Csonka Miami Dolphins jersey, but I already have a bunch of jerseys that I only wear on game days. I didn't need or want another one.
I have been wanting a proper Carolina Panthers bomber jacket forever though - y'know, something I can actually WEAR. In public!
I like that the name and the logo are properly sewn on and not ironed on decals. I do wish they had lined up the name a bit better (Panhers?), but I'm okay with it.
Yesterday, while I was looking for Vizzini - he'd gone missing! - I noticed these three starlings on the maple tree outside.
"Yeah, that's her. I heard she terrorized a squirrel."
First the squirrels and now the starlings!
You know that lack of personal interaction is lacking when you start thinking the animals are out to get you.
"Oh, we are. You finally noticed."
I did eventually find Vizzini - he wasn't in the tie box, wasn't in the closet, not in his house, not under the bed or under the covers.
"Another excellent hiding spot discovered!"
He never sleeps in the same spot twice - so weird. I made this little bed for him when I put his post back after taking down the Christmas tree, with one of his blankets there to keep him from going behind the curtains (something he likes to do) and nibbling on the lights (something he would totally do).
Once I had bothered him, he got up and bothered me back. I had an assistant while I did some hand-sewing - I bit the bullet and hemmed the puzzle dress!
"There must be something here I can eat."
Pre-cutting. I considered trying to unstitch the lace seam tape and re-use it, but it's hand-sewn to the back of the dress and it's machine-sewn with very small stitches on the seam. Too much work for too little reward.
I took a really good look at the fabric on the skirt portion and how it was sewn/cut, and decided to use the pattern as my guide. Vizzini tried to bite the scissors while I cut it - very dangerous!
Here's the finished product, hemmed and ready to wear again.
I got my sewing badge in Brownies, you know.
The test is the front!
I also moved the buttons on my Desigual coat, which has always been too tight on me. May as well make it more comfortable!
"There are not enough things for me to bite here, Woman."
He swatted at the removed buttons and tried to chew on them.
Finished - I moved five buttons over about 2 inches, which does leave a gap on the side.
There we go, a very exciting time, to be sure. How's your week going?