Jailhouse stripes

This is one of the new dresses I bought during my shopping trip at Ross a couple weeks ago.  I loved it immediately, was disappointed the first one would become too small after putting it in the dryer, and then was delighted to find one more copy in a size larger.  It was a emotional rollercoaster.

I wore this to a game night on Saturday and then to church the next morning.  It wasn’t a very raucous game party, and I did a sniff-check before putting it on again.  God wouldn’t care, but the Lord’s worshipers next to me in the pew might.

June 7, 2011. Tags: , , . Pictures, Words. Leave a comment.

Prairie dress refashion

This little house on the prairie dress called to me from the rack and, because the stars were smiling on me, it had the appropriate tag color for that week’s $1 day.  I threw it in the washer with my other purchases and it came out of the laundry smaller than it started.  Did the previous owners only wash it on cold, or they never wore it, or what?  It still fit around the waist, barely, and I set it aside while I figured out what I wanted to do with it.

Several months later on a day off work, I made myself a ladylike dress with a ’50s silhouette.  I think.  Late ’50s, early ’60s, yeah? “Mad Men”?

My changes:

— Removed the sleeves and shoulder pads
— Cut off the lace collar and changed the neckline
— Raised the armhole, shortened the torso, and removed some excess blousiness by taking a couple inches off the shoulder
— Shortened the skirt.

I used a power drill to add a new hole to the belt to wear it at my waist, and hot glue to reinforce it where it was coming apart.  Might be time to buy myself a new belt, I’m thinking.  My first instinct was to drill the hole while wearing it to make sure I did it in the right spot.  This is how people end up in the emergency room with an accidental drill hole through their abdomen.  Luckily I had the second thought of marking the spot with a pen and then removing the belt before using power tools on it.

I wore it to a casual Saturday dinner date — the very tight waistband was (fruitless) encouragement to be reasonable with the Thai appetizers.  Spring rolls, fried sweet potatoes, tofu cubes and peanut dipping sauce…

June 6, 2011. Tags: , , , , . Pictures, Projects, Words. 1 comment.

Stapler: the lazy hemmer’s tool

What I Wore to Work Today: Friday, June 3, 2011

Cardigan: Target
Tshirt: Don’t remember
Jeans: Goodwill, shortened
Shoes: Target
Necklace: My grandmother’s

In a fit of productivity on my day off Tuesday — I took an extra day to give myself a four-day holiday weekend — I re-hemmed these jeans with my sewing machine, replacing the staples that had been doing the job.   Now who’s sophisticated?


June 5, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

New sleeveless blouse

What I Wore to Work Today: Thursday, June 2, 2011

Cardigan: Target
Blouse: Ross
Skirt: Goodwill, shortened
Shoes: Target

I went to Ross two weekends in a row, the second time because a friend was looking for summer dresses.  I bought two tops and some underwear: jewel-toned lacy underwears that are lovely except it turns out I have more backside than they do.  I think maybe  it’s supposed to be like that and it’s less coverage by design, so I’m going to give ’em another spin around the block and I see what I think.


June 4, 2011. Tags: , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Teal cocktail dress, for play and work


I wore this refashioned teal satin-and-chiffon cocktail dress to a wedding reception on Saturday night after wearing a more ladylike grey dress to the wedding.  A Catholic wedding.  Lots of stand up, sit down, stand up, kneel if you’re Catholic and if not sit down again,…  The reception, in contrast, had a Patron tequila fountain with two flavors of slushie machines for make-your-own margaritas.

Thanks to lack of coordination with the self-timer multi-shot  function, I ended up with three angles of the dress.  No, I’m not pregnant, just kinda fat in the lower stomach (“baby bump”) zone.

To make the dress presentable, I shortened the straps, tightened the bodice, and lopped off a good bit of skirt.

What I Wore to Work Today: Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Cardigan: Target
Dress as a skirt: $1 Goodwill, refashioned
Belt: Xi, came with a shirt

June 2, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , . Links, Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

I loves me some Target

What I Wore to Work Today:  Thursday, May 26

Cardigan: Target
T-shirt: Target
Skirt: Target
Wedges: Target

I didn’t realize until just now that all my clothing items this day were Target-sourced, likely the undergarments as well.  Today I have learned that I am a loyal consumer?

What I Wore to Work Today: Friday, May 27, 2011
Shirt: Ross
Jeans: Goodwill
Shoes: Target probably, I can’t tell from the picture which they are and I don’t remember


June 1, 2011. Tags: , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

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