The magic formula

black white & red floral after short

 

What I Wore to a Housewarming Party: Saturday, January 12, 2013
Dress: $1 Goodwill, refashioned, new
Belt: Target
Stockings: Target
Boots: Famous Footwear

My formula when refashioning a dress? Make it shorter, narrow the sides if necessary, add belt and boots.

The party was in the apartment complex across the street, a 5-minute walk except we went down to the light for safer crossing and that added another 5 minutes. Which was worth it for not being hit by a car. Everybody wins.

When this non-leather belt started to wear through at the point where it bent while being threaded through the buckle, I cut it off at the crease, colored the pale inside with permanent marker, drilled a new hole, and started wearing it at my waist instead of my hips. It’s reversible with a swivel buckle, dark brown on one side and black on the other.

black white & red floral before

 

January 15, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, Words. Leave a comment.

’90s hotel room, in dress form

 

hotel room dress after

What I Wore to Church Today: Sunday, January 6, 2012
Dress: $1 Day Goodwill, refashioned
Cardigan: Target, new
Shoes: Payless

I bought this dress sometime last year (good-bye, 2012!) and something about it really appeals to me. The ’90s hotel room palette, the buttons on one shoulder, the same-fabric belt… I love it.

I shortened the skirt and sleeves (hooray for jersey, no hemming required!) and removed the miniature shoulder pads. I might remove the sleeves altogether at some point, although I’ll leave it as-is for now.

hotel room dress after with sweater

hotel room dress after hair

hotel room dress before

 

January 10, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, Words. 1 comment.

The pants again

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What I Wore to Work Today: December 20, 2012
Tshirt: Target
Trousers: $1 Goodwill, shortened
Shoes: Payless
Necklace: Claire’s

Despite photo evidence to the contrary, I didn’t wear just these pants for the past two months. Apparently they were the only clothes I photographed, though.

puddling on the floor: never good

January 9, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 1 comment.

An Evening at The Ballet

bolero after 2
What I Wore to the Ballet: December 19, 2012

Dress: $1 Goodwill
Bolero: $1 Goodwill, refashioned
Earrings:
I don’t know

I saw The Nutcracker for the first time and enjoyed it, except for the interminable scenes featuring children. My friend said that the productions she has seen before didn’t have quite as much time focused on kids, although they’re always a part of it. I felt like I had accidentally purchased tickets for a K-6 recital, albeit one with a professional symphony. When the actual members of Ballet Arizona were on stage it was delightful, beautiful, and inspiring.

bolero after  1

bolero beforeI bought the black shirt at Goodwill on my way home from work. I was picturing a shrug or bolero of sorts, something to provide arm coverage and a bit of warmth over the long slip dress, and it worked out perfectly with scissors, no sewing required.

January 8, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 2 comments.

Basil Watch 2.0

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What I Wore to Work Today: December 4, 2012
Blouse: Mall store I don’t remember
Trousers: $1 Goodwill, shortened
Shoes: Payless
Earrings: Claire’s

Ok, look, I’m probably going to be buying a new basil plant every three months. This picture shows that the newest basil plant was still alive a month ago, sitting in its “temporary” travel pot on top of the large pot where it was going to get planted eventually. Not an issue anymore — it has since shriveled up. Cold and not putting it in some real dirt and lack of watering will do that to a plant.

At least the spider plant is thriving. It had been potted in the first basil plant’s cardboard container. There’s some sort of irony in there, I’m pretty sure.

2012_12_04 hello...

puddling on the floor: never good

January 7, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

…And I’m back

look at my shoe?

What I Wore to Work Today: Tuesday, October 31, 2012
Blouse: Ross
Cardigan: Target
Pants: $1 Goodwill, shortened
Shoes: Payless

I don’t know what I’m doing in this picture either, it’s been awhile and all I remember is wanting to wear something with orange and/or black that day for Halloween. Because I love theme dressing.

puddling on the floor: never good

December 20, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 2 comments.

Just an After

What I Wore to Work Today: Friday, October 26, 2012
Shirt: Goodwill, $1 Thursday refashioned
Jeans: Ross
Shoes: Payless

Turns out I didn’t take a Before picture of this new pink checked shirt. It was wider and otherwise the same, not a spectacular refashion, all I did was bring in the sides. Then again, it changed it from unwearable to pretty cute, so maybe I shouldn’t dismiss it. Good work, self, fine job seeing the potential and executing the necessary steps to get it there.

October 30, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

One of the first

What I Wore to Work Today: Thursday, October 25, 2012
Dress: Goodwill, $1 Thursday refashioned
Cardigan: Target
Belt: Gift from Sara
Shoes: Target

This was one of the first dresses I refashioned, way back in the day, like, two whole years ago. I was regularly reading the now-defunct (and possibly being resurrected??) Wardrobe Refashion and was also particularly inspired by Sew I Thought, which showcased more refashioning back then. I tried it myself and suddenly I was wearing dresses.

October 29, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Links, Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. Leave a comment.

Things will be done

What I Wore to Work Today: Thursday, October 18, 212
Shirt: Goodwill, $1 Thursday refashioned
Skirt: Goodwill
Shoes: Target

I bought a little basil plant. At some point it will get planted in the large pot. I used passive voice there because, let’s face it, I don’t know when I’ll get around to it, and I want to create some distance between the potting of the basil and my own actions.

 

October 22, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , . Pictures, Projects, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 1 comment.

1981?

What I Wore to Work Today: Monday, October 15, 2012
Shirt: Goodwill, $1 Thursday
Pants: Ross, hemmed
Shoes: Payless
Earrings: Garage sale

Something about this shirt feels retro to me, I don’t know if it’s the color or the stripes or the neckline or what. When I wore it with polyester pants I felt like I had slipped back in time 30 years. Anybody who wasn’t a fetus and/or newborn in 1981 want to verify the accuracy of this impression?

October 18, 2012. Tags: , , , , , . Pictures, What I Wore to Work Today, Words. 1 comment.

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