Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Take Two and That's a Wrap

Paris Print, Wedding Bouquet, Iris Print from Etsy.com
    I'm on a roll with wraps, so I'm donning another wrap blouse today.  They're very unlike me, I gave up on wraps years ago.  For my last outfit, I used a simple push pin brooch to prevent the dreaded wrap-gap.  Quick Review/ Points of Interest:  This top doesn't really have that problem, the fabric stays closed very nicely, but it's also a sheer top, so I'm sporting a camisole underneath.  The ties on this wrap blouse go all the way around the waist and return to make a bow in the front.  The sleeves had some elastic bands in them to hold the shape and keep them in place.  The print is muted shades of mauve and burgundy, and I could see it working well with a pencil skirt or jeans just as well as it does with this swing skirt.  Overall, it's a very versatile top, and I've really enjoyed stepping out of my clothing comfort zone to try something new.

Shop the Look:

HaoDuoYi Women's Chiffon Floral Print Wrap V Neck Top Blouse with Tie $12.99

Forever 21 Burgundy Swing Skirt $7.99 from ThredUp

Monday, July 24, 2017

New at EShakti

Summer is in full swing and outfit photos haven't been a part of my schedule lately, but I still make time to check the new releases from my favorite shops and I am crazy about these block quilt prints from Eshakti.  I seriously may have to make room in my August budget for one of these dresses and maybe a little tailoring too.  My absolute fave is the maxi quilt dress, but I'd really like to see it in a knee-length full skirt.

eShakti Women's Patch print surplice crepe maxi dress

eShakti Women's Patch print belted mixed media dress

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Shopping Miss Peregrine

Summer is the season of comic & cosplay conventions and we decided to try to make it to one or two in the surrounding cities and to do another family costume.  Actually we made the decision last year when Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children hit theaters.  We didn't have the means or time to make anything then, but it's been our goal for this year.  Originally, we intended to make all the costumes ourselves, but, ya know, then real life happened.  Finding my costume was easy.  I did a search and turned up FanPlusFriend Costume Store's Exact Copy of Miss Peregrine's jacket, skirt, and pocket watch.  All that was left for me was to supply the shoes, which I already had in the form of these The Zest is History Heels in Navy from: ModCloth and a pipe which I bought for around $5 on Amazon.  I don't have much to say about this costume and none of it is negative, but I'll do a separate review for each of these dresses in an upcoming post.
Finding dresses for two small girls was much more challenging.  After a fruitless search, I decided to move away from children's sizes and into small adult sizes that I could alter myself.  One of the first places I searched was The Other Sparrows and found both dresses I was looking for.  The first was Emma's blue dress and I chose this Tie Waist Mint Dress in a size medium.  Of course, this isn't an exact match, but it is close enough to give the impression of Emma's dress and with such an important prop as her weighted shoes, I felt we could get the idea across with a less precise match on the dress.

 For Olive's dress we managed to get a much closer match with this Tassel Tie Neck Pink Floral dress and this was available in a size small. I'll still have to make some adjustments to it since it's being worn by a child, but an adult could easily rock this dress for Olive's come Halloween.
And to really sell the look as a group, I bought two white cotton doll blanks, to make the twins, one for each girl to carry around.  I'm not using a pattern for them, just trying to fit some fabric over them to roughly created the twins' outfits.  If it doesn't work, I'll just forget about including them for now.  But, costumes do exist for these characters if you happen to have two little ones who love the series.
And of course, we had to buy wigs for everyone since we're a family of brunettes.  I found all three colors available for around $10 each on AliExpress.com and they arrived within a week.  So, for the next few weeks we'll be hard at work finishing up our costumes and then I'll post extensive pics of all the completed looks with props.
To Be Continued...........

Saturday, July 22, 2017

That's a Wrap

    Ahhh, modesty.  It can be challenging and wrap tops present one of the most consistent challenges I've ever had.  This white cami dress from Haoduoyi had the problem that most wraps do: a returning gap at the top.  No matter how many times I adjusted and tied, the gap came back.  My solution was a cute little brass leaf brooch that I found tucked away in a jewelry box.  It's very lightweight, so it won't weigh the blouse down and create a new problem, and the simple pushpin back clipped right through the problem spot and held it closed.  No more gap and a little added bling to a basic top.  maybe I should make some of my own and offer them in my jewelry shop.  Hmmmm....to be continued.  

Shop the Look:

hodoyi Women's Sexy Spaghetti Strap Wrap Criss Cross Backless Mini Party Cami Dress $17.99

Anthropologie Lost Time Skirt by Floreat
Made You Look Hat from Wal-mart
Nine West Ankle Strap Heels

Friday, July 21, 2017

It Takes Two

I have to say, I am loving these two piece sets!  I've wanted to make my own for months now, but no patterns have materialized and after my last sewing-without-a-pattern-kerfuffle, I'm not feeling brave enough to try it on my own.  By the way, did you know "kerfuffle" is a real word?!  Yeah, spell-check just gave me the old red squiggly line because I spelled it -el instead of -le.  It's an amazing time to be alive.  Anyway, I spotted this cute Sweet Breeze Top and Skirt Set in Blue Stripe at ChicWish and it is exactly what I've been looking for!  I love it so much, I'm feeling inspired.  Maybe I'll revisit my dress patterns and try to put something together to make my own two piece set.  Dress Review:  This set fits true to size.  Both the skirt and bodice are lined.  The skirt has pockets (huzzah!), and both the top and skirt have zippers, and the top features an additional tie back for added cuteness.

Shop the Look:
Sweet Breeze Top and Skirt Set in Blue Stripe- $54.68 from: Chicwish
Dressed to the Gill Bag from ModCloth
Similar Clear Frame Flat Lens Round Sunnies from Romwe
Similar Chelsea Crew Reserved for Rollicking Mary Jane Heel in Dijon

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Around the World and into a Dream

Munsell Blue Abstract Canvas, Explore Print, Star Map from Etsy.com
Growing up, if it involved a treasure map, I was all in.  It didn't matter if it was a book, movie, board game or a round of make-believe.  One summer I even set about finding the location of Atlantis.  It's hard to find a lost civilization solely from the books at the library, but I did learn a lot.  Last year, my love of maps led me to sew my first skirt ever and I still love it.  This year, I took the easier path and bought a dress with this fabulous map print and navy blue piping and accent buttons from ModCloth.

Shop the Look:
Waving From the Waterfront A-Line Dress in Maps- $79.99 from: ModCloth
Coral Necklace & Betsey Johnson Dressed to The Gill Bag from: ModCloth
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Blue Ring from BlueSunEmporium.etsy.com
Bell Flats by Report available on Amazon.com