5/9/16

New Look 6351 - Then & Now

Happy Monday All and hoping Everyone had a Spectacular Mother's Day!!!.

Well it's a new week and back to the daily work grind. While preparing my work wear for the week, I realized it's that time of the year where my closet purge is near. Also, my mind drifted into whether I succeeded in not wearing only  20% of my clothes 80% of the time.

With a closet full of clothes, last year I mulled over how best to ensure I wore 80% of my clothes.  In mentioning my wardrobe woes to my daughter, she thereafter forwarded this link on the Quick & Easy Hanger Trick.  Fast forward 5 months, I must say  it is an eye opener allowing me to re-evaulate what hangers were still backward.  

Now, I know exactly which garments will go to donation row. There are several blazers that will be donated, and in taking a closer inspection of why I didn't wear them, I realized that those garments were impulsive purchases. Guessing it's safe to say that during my impulsive purchasing, I did not take into consider the fit and how best it would work into or with other items in my closet.  A few pants will also be going too, honestly, the pants have been around too long and I have lost my love for them, despite still being in good condition.  Most definitely some blouses,  I have at least a dozen button-down blouses and have not worn any of them in over a year... bye button-downs.  The few dresses that I have fallen out of love with, will be refashioned to tops in the hopes of rejuvenating the love.

  One good thing is that my personally-made garments are still viable and got lot's of play.  Also when its time to swap out my Fall/Winter gear there will be less to lug to the attic.  Of course, I will continue the hanger trick for my Spring/Summer gear too.

 One of my favorite makes will retain its status in my closet when its time to swap out the Fall/Winter Gear.... New Look 6351.  These pants are e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g... comfortable, stylish & worked well through the Fall and early Spring.




THEN 2015 

Last year I paired it with a teal S.ears blazer & navy Wal.mart tank top. 


NOW 2016



This year, while scoring my local Savers Thrift shop, I scored this navy blue collarless double breasted blazer.  Squeal.... it paired perfectly with my tartan plaid pants & green tank top.



Win... Win...

If one is looking for an easy pants pattern... check out New Look 6351, you will not be disappointed.

Below are a few reviews on this pattern:




Until then,
Have a Great Week!!!

4/25/16

Then & Now w/ Butterick 5606

This LBD continues to give my wardrobe life.  Butterick 5606 started out as an infinity dress that I had reservations about once it was completed.



However, I didn't let that keep me from wearing it.  From 2011 to 2016, this dress went through some minor modifications thereby taking it from infinity to simplicity.

At one point the dress was too big and added a casing and elastic for a better fit. Then with some weight gain, the elastic was removed from the front.   Fast forward a year later finally removed the remaining elastic from the back.


NOW 2016 - OOTD

Eclectified it with an animal print blazer & floral shoes



THEN 
 FROM 2011 to 2015








I have taken this dress & simplified it, making it a true workhorse in my wardrobe.  This pattern is still available and in a simplified form, makes for the perfect summer dress, work dress and even date nite dress... give it a try... it won't disappoint.

Until then,
Have a Great Week

4/15/16

Jean Friday

HAPPY FRIDAY YALL ! ! !

It's Jean Friday and many enjoy the relaxed dress code.  Yes I am always looking forward to Jean Friday, however, I was not in the mood for jeans.


Just before I pulled on jeans... my eyes & mind shifted to my faux leather dress adorning my dress form... whispering.. do you really want to wear those jeans.......

... and add to the fact that the weather would be a lil more milder than usual...  ignored my jeans and undressed my dress form and.... with all the other fixings I was ready for work... Rocking my urban flair faux leather dress that I'd made for a New Year's party last year


Can you tell I made the right choice on what to wear to work....lol






Ahh the feel of Jean Friday ...




Until then,
Have an Awesome Weekend !!!!




4/13/16

OOTD w/ Butterick 5958 & McCalls 6654

Somehow, somewhere Brown & Red combined got a bad reputation...  and avoided mixing the two for years.  Then last year on a quest to create a vest suit, I came across a few yards of dk brown plaid suiting fabric in my stash.   I decided the color & fabric was perfect for Butterick 5958 & McCalls 6654.  When I'd completed the vest suit, I needed a color that would bring out the other colors in the fabric and the only color that made sense was red.  

THEN 2015


NOW 2016
 I am still loving my brown & red mix...

So, if anyone has been fearful of pairing the two together... don't be afraid.. Rock It
Well not so fast... lol.  The trick to it all is make sure to pair dark brown with a vibrant red and soft brown with a dark red/burgundy .. and there you go....



Until then,
Have a Great Week.

3/15/16

Journal Happiness

Happy Tuesday All and hoping everyone isn't feeling the sleepy burn from daylight saving time!!

Quick post to share, that I am Soooo excited about my latest crafting craze.   I have been elbow deep in making journal/planners and enjoying every minute of it.  Who doesn't like writing, jotting notes, doodling, scheduling... and having it all in one place?






By all means, it is not to say that I don't use other items to keep track of my other goings-ons. However, I do enjoy writing... you know...  pen in hand... words on paper....lol

  My journal/planners are an off-shoot of these and also called Fauxdori.... I call mine, Shedori...lol   Being a paper crafter makes creating jounal/planners even more enjoyable.  Using pretty colored cardstock & some bling from my stash, yields cute and inviting journal inserts that scream write on me.... lol



Well, so do others and just wanted to share the pic love I received from these Beautiful Young Ladies that love my handcrafted journal/planners.


Until then,
Have a Great Day!!!