What I Wore to Work Today: Thursday, August 17
Shirt: My friend’s closet
Jeans: Goodwill, hemmed
This is another shirt I took when helping my friend clean out her wardrobe. I’m not entirely sold on it, I’ll try wearing it again and see what I think. I’m perpetually in search of a nice classic white button-down and haven’t yet found one I really like.
What I Wore to Work Today: Tues, Dec 7
Jacket: Clothing swap with friends
Tank top: Goodwill, minor refashion
Skirt, belt, shoes: Target
Apparently I still have this jacket, even though I keep thinking I should just send it on its way, to a place that’s not my closet. I saw it in my closet last night and said, “Hm, I think I’ll wear that with the sequin tank top, it will be a nice neutral to tone down the sparkle. What’s that, Self, you say that I’m supposed to be giving it away and I’ll just be disappointed when I wear it? Nah, that can’t be right, look how cute it is , I bet it will be great!” Past Self was right, of course, and Future Self will give it away. Present Self will sit here on the couch, eating a few M&Ms.
I adjusted this tank top to raise the neckline, simply by turning it inside out and sewing across the shoulders to shorten the wide straps.
What I Wore to Work Today: Oct. 28, 2010
Jacket: Clothing swap
Pants: Mall store I don’t remember
I didn’t feel good in this outfit. I’m going to give away the jacket — I like it in theory, and then every time I wear it I just don’t think it quite works or fits in a flattering way. That’s why I’m tugging on it in the picture. It was originally from the girls’ section of Target and after serving its purpose for two different petite women it should probably be owned by an actual girl, you know, like a 7th grader. The arms are too short so I roll the sleeves to make it look like it’s on purpose.
It’s also time to sew down the slash pockets on these pants, which seem to bulge open now in an unflattering, non-smooth manner. Or maybe these have reached their natural lifespan and it’s time to buy new black pants that I feel good about wearing.
I had a half-day at work because of a doctor’s appointment, so earlier and later in the day I wore a new gray t-shirt from Target. I’m probably going to remove the little pocket which is weirdly placed super close to the armpit.
What I Wore Not At Work Today
T-shirt & plaid wedge shoes: Target
Jeans: Clothing swap with friends
At the swap party in January there was an Asian-style black dress that looked terrible on everybody present, all in unique and cringe-worthy ways. The owner of the dress had purchased it at a consignment shop and hadn’t even taken the tags off because she realized she just didn’t have the right shape to wear it. Because nobody has the right shape to wear it. When the dress went unclaimed at the swap, I decided to take it to see if we could find redemption together. And yes! I turned it into a top for a friend.
I had her try on the dress last week and I pinned it in various places, just like a real tailor. Several days later when I sat down to make it, I couldn’t remember what the pins meant. Were they for the bottom hem? The top of side slits? Marking nothing and just holding it up to be shorter? Why had Past Self been so cryptic? I decided to wing it and see what happened. After cutting a foot off the bottom I realized I had planned on making a tunic-length top. Oops. No harm done, she likes it and I like it and I even have enough material left for something else I have in mind.
My partner for the Cheap Hot Mama Apron Swap requested “RED<RED<RED<” and chose the Wild and Crazy theme. We were supposed to use only things we already had, thus the Cheap part of the title, and red is not one of my main stash colors. I could do anything with a blue or green request, and I was struggling with finding enough red for her. I pulled out my few pieces of reddish fabric and let them sit for a few weeks. Several days before the deadline I remembered a new full apron I won in a contest last fall and I decided to refashion it.
The pictures make the apron look more orange than it really is. The ruffle is a shimmery sheer orange and the rest is red. I covered one of the existing pockets with a darker red print and did two bands of tomato across the top and bottom. I used the original apron’s narrow ties. It’s the first apron I’ve made for a swap that’s not lined or reversible. When taking a picture I was asked, “What theme did she want,’gaudy’?” I said she requested “wild and crazy”. “Ah, that works too,” he said.
Several weeks ago I sent out a reversible apron for Confessions of a Sewing Dork’s make it and mail it swap. I’m delighted to report that the recipient just sent me an email saying she got it and loves it. (Arizona to Canada mail can take awhile.)
The Halloween apron swap package that I put together included the apron, a tote bag made from my favorite Skullfinity fabric lined in orange, a set of Halloween fabric scrap cards, and a bag of candy corn. I’ve gotta say, I was really proud of this package, I think it is my best yet, and the package I received in turn was also fantastic. As for the apron, I recommend that it not be worn with four-year-old SpongeBob pajama pants and a tank top wet with spilled toothpaste. (The picture was taken at 7 a.m. when the photographer generously agreed to wake up early to take a picture before mailing it off that day.) For some great pictures displaying the items, check out the recipient’s blog post.
When I got home tonight I realized that I didn’t check the mail yesterday. I went outside and found a box for me: my Halloween apron swap package had arrived! I got the camera and opened it right away. As I type this, I’m wearing my delightful new apron and black headband with black rose and feathers. It also came with purple and orange jack-o-latern tote bag, perfect for bringing my lunch to work tomorrow; a small plate with the cutest bat saying “Screech” (in my right hand, it’s turned away from the camera); a beaker full of skull and bones candy; and a smaller felt Happy Halloween bag. You can see more pictures of the apron at Gin’s blog. I especially like how the ties are long enough to be wrapped around to the front, as I’m doing in the picture above, or tied in a big bow in back.