Sunday, July 27, 2014

Fit the dress

I was quite pleasantly surprised - the dress fit fairly well out of the pattern paper.  For me.  :)

But this gives you a good idea of what "eh, fits okay" vs. "that's perfect" looks like... I give you before and after.


Before:  I've taken out 2" (per side) of the 3" I put straight down the middle.  Didn't need to be there.  No other changes at this point.   You can see how the dress is basically okay... but nothing to write home about.  I'm wearing my good bra, no petticoat. 

After:  I have put in a 1" slash through the bust seam (how you increase bust size in princess seams, thank you Sandra Betzina).  Snibbled a bit out of the seam above the bust.  Decreased the back waist and the back in general by a good chunk.  Moved the zipper up 4" - might have been the curviest part of the model, but it wasn't doing me any favors there, I could barely get it on/off.  (Hat tip to Lilacs and Lace for the "baste your zipper into your toile" advice - super SUPER helpful).  Snips here, snips there - made the armhole a bit bigger in the bottom, after taking some off the top.  The straps still want to slide off, I guess this will be an off-the-shoulder dress.  Not really a problem over the corset, my straps are somewhat optional.   (Yes, those are some serious tanlines... and no, I don't have a sunburn, I'm just very pink naturally).

Inexplicably, the hem that I oh-so-carefully prepared and measured ended up very uneven.  That's okay, it gave me a very good idea of where I'd like it to end up - it's in the perfect place as is.... so I'll be adding some length to even the longest bits.  (And decreasing the volume slightly.  I want a bit more sophistication for this).

Lesson learned?  Vintage sewing designs are meant to be worn over vintage lingerie - including bras that position your bust in certain places and petticoats to hold your skirts out.  If you want to look right, you need to wear the right underthings.

Oh, and lest you worry about the see-through factor - don't.  This is an old sheet.  Lined (even lightly lined) linen will be much more opaque.  :)

On to the jacket!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Thread tracing: Boring

Really.
Really.
Boring.

I needed to get these pieces thread-traced before I forgot my extra seam allowances/smudged my marks up/whatever.  (Mostly I gave myself 1" seam allowances except in a few places where I went for 2").

So ... every piece got outlined.  Just outlined.  In colored thread.   I thread-traced where the pattern had the seams - so if I move something, I should be able to see right where the adjustment goes.  I'll be basting the muslin/toile together in black thread, but that gets basted/ripped out/basted again about a billion times before all is said and done, hopefully this will give me a solid starting point.

But very boring.  Took about an hour for the dress and bolero.  Finished three partial bobbins of colored thread.

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

I do feel virtuous though... :D


Proportions and Weight

Proportion has some attachment to weight, but it has more to do with your height and the length of your bones and where on your body you carry weight in the first place, as well as where you're delicate.  It has to do with the size of your features and how big or small your head is in relation to your body, how straight your shoulders are, etc etc etc.

If I woke up tomorrow at my goal weight (and magically all my clothing had sized down with me), I would look good in the same lines as I do this morning.  I would have more options  - lots more options - but my basic proportions would stay the same.  Still I wouldn't wear calf-length skirts, still I would wear bracelet-length sleeves instead of ultra-long ones, still I would avoid anything labelled "baby doll".

All women should have some idea of their proportions, of the hem lengths that work best on her, the collars that are most flattering, etc.  We all have something to showcase, and nearly all of us have something we'd like to hide.  This is not body-hatred, this is body-knowledge.  Knowing your body and what works on it helps you like your body better.

So if you hear me say something like, "Calf-length skirts matron-ify me" know that I'm not hating on myself.  And though I try to put such sentiments more gently with other folks, when I say "that shouldn't belong in your closet" I don't mean that you're unworthy.  That piece of clothing simply isn't meant to be part of your life.  There's something else for you - something far more fabulous, that will feel like *you*.

Our next problem - and the reason that I sew for myself - is that it can be something of a challenge to find the clothing that ought to be on your body in the stores.




Note:  This is written to all those with relatively normal weights - not the morbidly obese and not those so thin that their ribs show through their unbuttoned shirt fronts.  But from 20lb below goal weight (or at your modelling gig) to 80 or so pounds above... your arms/legs/shoulders/back are more or less the same.  Limbs visually lengthen a bit when they're thinner, you get more waist definition, etc.  And obviously you can change the shape of your body if you do heavy body-building.  But basically you look like you.  Anyway, proportions change **slowly** when they do change, so you should have a chance to keep up!!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Process: V 2267

Just notes as I go along... and a bit to show y'all what goes into making dresses "the right way".

Here's my mess, after I cut out all the pattern pieces and ironed them flat.


Tissue fitting the bolero.  Uh.  I have no earthly idea how this will work - tissue doesn't drape like fabric.  I figure another inch at the back seam and front seam will be a good start.  Seems to be folding for upper chest decrease already.   Hm.  (Tissue fitting for me mostly functions as a starting point to making a muslin/toile).
Front Bolero

Back Bolero



So.  Just to start - I took 10" off the hem.  Well, 10" everywhere but this piece - I took 9" off the hem here because I removed an inch from the top near the armpit.  I'm short and this is a change that nearly always happens.  This is the side front piece.  The only other piece to receive non-standard adjustments was the center-front - I added 6" total (3" on each side of the center fold).  I *will* be making adjustments to this pattern, but the idea is that I should be taking out fabric from the muslin rather than trying to cut new pieces so I can patch it in.  Oh - I left the hem width the same, even though I shortened it.  If I were interested in keeping the proportions of the dress the same, I'd adjust that too... but I like a wide hem, so I left those alone.  Just drew a straight line from the wide bit you see there up to the waist or so.

I increased the seam allowance to 1" on every piece, which is the "couture standard".  I traced off each piece rather than cutting and pasting - this pattern is a nice one, and it is out of print.  I've mentioned the difference in how I treat patterns based on how nice/rare they are?  Yeah.  This one is meant to stay unslashed and untaped - I can't replace it, at least easily/cheaply, so it's worth the extra work.

As of now, I have the dress pieces all marked and cut out.  Before I do anything else to them, I will thread-trace the alleged seamlines (so I know what I've changed).  I left the hem allowance at 2".  

Didn't get to the bolero ... I'm getting tired and the cutting lines on that are a little crazy.  Don't do fiddly things when you're tired!!!

Oh, I don't do this muslin stuff to the facings and whatnot.  I'll adjust those based off of the outer changes, after I'm done.

The next thing

I had a bit of time this morning... so I started tissue fitting the next dress on my dolly.  This gives me a rough idea of how much messing with the muslin will need.

So... we can see at the outset that I'll want a start of 2" right down the middle.  Perhaps an inch at the side back - but otherwise this size looks like it will fit fairly well.  Oh, and I'm shortening it a foot!  Calf length skirts do NOT flatter me.

It's not that I don't like my calves and ankles - I'd like them better if I were thinner, mind you - they're curvy, muscular and feminine.  BUT - any skirt hemmed between the bottom of my kneecap and the top of my ankle is an instant matron-ifier.  You have slim calves with hardly a swell of flesh?  Go for tea-length skirts.  Not for moi!  Also, this is a solid color.  I usually use a 2/3 proportion on my clothes - so a skirt from waist to ankle is 2/3 of my body, but so is a dress from shoulder to knee.  Longer is good... but would look very formal - too formal for anything in my life.

I was going to make this fabric into a shirt-dress, but realized that this dress was calling it - the shirt dress in ivory linen was going to be too structured, too classic for me.
 This dress should be a staple for date nights and church dressing - and will be a dress I can wear to showcase some of the very pretty necklaces I've acquired and don't really have anything to wear with.    (I'll make the shirtdress up in a patterned voile or something that will move and drape and look organic - not lined linen!).

Here's a pin of the pattern so you can take a closer look.... it's out of print now. http://www.pinterest.com/pin/177610779024062828/

 I'm pretty excited, it has some couture touches *in* the pattern, such as a zipper that's partially hidden in a side-seam zipper, a waist stay, and bound buttonholes in the bolero that goes with.  (Boleros are huge wardrobe builders for me - I wear them with all my little dresses.  An ivory bolero?  Let's just not go there).

So - since this really has the potential for awesomeness, plan on seeing me take my time and do things right!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Just another tiered skirt

Working my way through the Spring Wardrobe Fabric Stash... I got 'round to sewing up the white-rose tiered skirt.  It goes with three (at least) of my blouses and most of my tanktops.



It came out a bit fluffier than my last skirt did.  I wanted more fluff at the hem and seem to have more at the top too!  (I really like a *lot* of fabric at the hem of my tiered skirts - it's like I'm wearing nothing at all, they hold really far away from my legs, and I have loads of room to move around).

 It took me a while to figure out which embroidery stitch I'd use to hem and finish the gathers - somehow this print didn't work with most of the usual suspects.


This is my Zyla "tranquil color" - the color I'm supposed to turn to at the end of a long day, or when I need to chill out and center generally.  We'll see if I find myself reaching for this skirt at those times.  For now, I'm pairing it with an aqua tanktop while I start my day.  Tiered cotton skirts are workhorses in my life all summer long - they're cool, they're comfortable, they launder easily, and they help me look put together effortlessly.  And now I have three... :)

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Visual Discord: Or why I'm such a bossy wench about your clothes

Sometimes I can be the teensiest bit bossy about other people's clothing and color choices.  It's probably annoying, unless you have me along to shop with you, in which case it's annoying until you see yourself in the mirror.  (More than one victim has had this experience, although it's been a while).

The reason that I'm like this is that I see color very well, and I am emotionally affected by it.  Some colors make me very unhappy, some colors please me to no end.  That is a common experience - although mostly people don't notice how they feel around color.  I do.  It's like loud noises - everyone gets stressed out by loud noise, but some more than others.  (Put me on the "highly annoyed" list).

When I see a woman wearing the wrong colors or a style that doesn't work with her self, it's like someone hit the wrong note on a piano.  It makes me flinch.  It's not the woman wearing the clothes.  It's whatever is on her - be it makeup, hair, or whathaveyou.  It's not even me being judgy (although it can lead me there if I'm not careful).  It's just out of sync.  Irritating.

If I had my way, I'd have an army of seamstresses in my back pocket and limitless resources, and I'd just make people new wardrobes as I got to know them.  Really.  If you know me and you're female, it's probable that I've sat around mentally dressing you.  (Hopefully this is less creepy than the guy who mentally undresses you).  I guess I never grew out of playing Barbies.  /shrug.

I can get a good lock on your general season pretty quickly, getting a lock on your best colors takes a few hours and some trial and error, and style a bit more than that - I have to get to know you, and know you in more than one venue.  Reserved or playful?  Soft or efficient?  Do you need all eyes on you - or do you prefer a little space?  But I will play with it unless you stop me.  And until I get it nailed, it will bug me.

You.  Go put on some chocolate colored velvet.  Shoo.  Now you?  Slip into some jeans and a buttondown - stat.  Oh - you're gorgeous.  Here's some leaf-green chiffon.  Yes, wear it to the luncheon.  Go on.

It's like every woman I see is just a symphony waiting to play... if I could just.get.over.there.and.fix.that.hemline..........

So.  I'm bossy.  I know I'm bossy.  But - it's only because I love you.  You're beautiful.  Let's let your beauty OUT.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Modest Swimwear in the Ocean

I have a slightly different take about modest swimwear than most of the people writing about it seem to.  Personally, I think people participating in an activity that are clearly dressed to participate in that activity appear more modest than otherwise.

Thus, I have no digs with the women's Olympic swim team.  They are there to swim.  Of course they look nice - they're healthy young women wearing more-than-skintight clothing.  But they aren't in those clothes for attraction, they're there for a reason.

I have been able to bodysurf a bit this year, my kids have finally gotten big enough they don't have to be hand held every second in the surf.  I wear a slightly skirted suit from Target with a rashguard... basically I'm wearing a micromini with a sleeveless tshirt.  I've previously noted that the skirt - even though it is fairly form-fitting - will drift up eventually.  (This is okay, there's a suit under it).  But the other day when I caught a wave, the skirted portion of my suit made it up to waist height.  Still a suit underneath, I wasn't breaking any laws (and anyway as a native Cali girl, my attitude is "put it back on and get on with your day"), but it made me SERIOUSLY question the true modesty of a skirted suit in the ocean.

I guess it makes sense.  My dad was always death on any slightest hint that I might want to wear a tshirt into the water.  He considered that a one-way trip to the morgue - ocean water catches extra material like a sail, and thick knit is heavy when waterlogged, which is another reason to avoid it.  My rashguard isn't a problem - some of that is the material, and some of that is that it's reasonably fitted.

But if you're bodysurfing, you're presenting your lower half to the force of the water - that force is what drives you to the shore.  If I'd ever stopped to think about it, of COURSE the water is going to get up under any skirted thing and rearrange it.

Fortunately I've never gotten around to making a swimsuit for myself.... I think my course just got corrected.

For the rest of you shopping?  I'd recommend board shorts and a rashguard over whatever swimsuit you like.   But no extra fabric ... it's *not* modest, being disrobed by forces of nature is never modest.  ;)

Monday, July 14, 2014

Smoked Chicken Salad w/Cashews and Peaches


I should think with my mouth more often.... :)  This was really good - well, at least *I* thought it was the bomb.  The minions seem to have accepted it.  DH is still at work, so ... results to follow.

We smoked three chickens on Friday... the smoke flavor really adds a nice contrast to the peaches.

Directions:

Make a basic chicken salad, only use smoked chicken if you can.  (Celery, scallions, onion, mayo, celery seed, salt/pepper).

Toast some roasted/salted cashews, and slice one large peach/person.  Tear up some lettuce.

Serve the chicken salad on top of the lettuce, next to the peaches, top with toasted cashews, still warm from the pan.  Crack some fresh black pepper over the top of all.  (Peaches and pepper are nice).

Nom.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Colors

I've been thinking about color theory a lot lately.  Between the Zyla system based on your skin/eye/hair colors and the (original only) Color Me Beautiful seasonal system, I think we find the land of truth.  Add in some personality and your overall brightness/contrast/blended portfolio - and color is nailed.




I really hate the various 12 season color analyses.  I think they're limited (get rid of many useful colors) and inaccurate.  What they reflect accurately though is that the original color schemes are very broad - too broad for most folks to look good in all the colors.

I like the Zyla system where you look at your body for your colors.  When I did that, the colors that I am naturally drawn to really popped out at me - and some of the "why do I bother" colors fell off my radar.

When you're looking at the colors that are your very best colors, all the colors should work together.  I pulled these things from my closet today - I made most of them, but over the course of over two years.  Notice how all the blues and the greens blend together, and the red and the peaches/pinks are so similar that you can hardly tell where one garment stops and another starts.

And that's how your real colors work - you can hardly see where the groups of colors change when they're all together.  All of *your* greens have about the same amount of yellow or blue in them... and the other color just gets a bit more intense (green is blue+yellow).  Like I wear greens from a just-a-bit blueish green and you add blue until you end up with a bright navy.  (Never a grey navy for me, although you can jump the other side of that rainbow and add a touch of purple to get midnight blue, which is nice).  So you ask me what color of pink I wear, I say, "warm pink" - and I do.  From a fairly light color all the way to geranium red (which is a clear warm red with a pink cast), warm pink is me.  Which warm pink?  Um.  Yes?  

I can wear blueish greens or clear greens that don't have a blue-green note - but I don't wear them near my face.  They harmonize with my colors but they aren't in my CMB season - and they don't look good on me.   Or at least they don't look as good on me as "my colors" do.  I'll use them as a neutral sometimes though - I find that a pine green looks wonderful as a skirt or in a print.  (Not surprising - pine green with all that pink and red and ivory is *very* floral, and flowers are my friends).  

Neutrals and the Zyla system are interesting.  For instance, he claims that the darkest color in your hair is a good second-base neutral for you.  For me, that's darkest brown.  Um.  No.  Brown browns me out - my skin looks muddy and I look boring in brown.  But that's how I roll for all the neutrals, excepting bright navy (which is honestly more of a color than the grey-navy or black-navy that we see as neutral).  But - when I look in my wardrobe, I find that I have purses and belts and shoes in that warm dark brown - and that they look awesome.  So what is more important - following something else or just giving a listen and seeing how true it is?  B!  (I've opened my eyes to perhaps someday owning a skirt or vest in that shade of brown - I think it might be nice.  But I still hate flat-brown-dye, so the perfect shade will probably be a long time in showing up.)  (All of the same commentary here goes for the golden-wheat tone that he calls my casual neutral, although it muddies me up less than dark brown and I am more likely to wear it as a jacket).

The various 12 season systems say that people who wear my extreme colors can wear black.  Not true!  I don't look good in black, even as an accessory.  It's far too harsh for my coloring, and I look out of balance.  It amps up my bright colors, where I prefer to ground them.  (I thought I could wear black away from my face until my MIL took a picture of me in my favorite green jade shirt and a black pair of pants.  Ugh.)  What color is "my black"?  Charcoal grey - and that's the darkest color that belongs on my body.  

So I know what my very best colors are (I have a pinboard for my colors)... but what about colors other than blue, green, pink, red and ivory?  Can anyone wear any color?  I think we can.  I think there is a shade of all the colors that looks at least okay on everyone - but I'd like to see us make a difference between our top tier colors and the second string.  Zyla helps you nail your top tier - CMB can help you find your second string colors.  Should you buy a blouse in the second string colors?  Err... maybe not.  But it would look nice in a print or an accessory.   (If I was a proponent of disposable clothing I'd say, "go for the blouse" but frankly I've gotten rid of too many second-string colored shirts to encourage you to buy one).

And then we start talking about how our personality affects the colors we choose.  I like my top tier - but I like them soft and grounded.  Romantic and natural, in other words!  I bring in pine green with my pink and red, which reads "rosebush" if anything does.  I wear my blues and greens together, which reads "water".  All my stuff is tied to the natural world, which is just how I like it.  I have an autumn friend who needs bright colors and high contrast to lift her spirits - fortunately her dark brown hair and denim-blue eyes lend themselves to this - she looks great in the colors of a fiery ocean sunset.  Orange and teal and brown.  

Your most fabulous colors are highly individual - but you can use systems set up for "just anyone" to get there.  Let us play!






Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sewing Post + "Old Task Accomplished #2"

I love to make things for my BFF... but procrastination lives, you know?

I've had this fabric in my stash for at LEAST a year if not more.  She's forgotten it, I think....


It's a simple tiered skirt.  As is my wont to finish the seams on these skirts, I put in a row of embroidery stitching on the seams.  This time I used a contrasting thread - you can see the black, yes?  I went through half my stitches to find the right one for this pattern.  It echoes the birdcages, I think.  Yes, I have a problem.  LOL.  But this method gets soooo many compliments, and it's so simple!

The skirt is partially lined, since the fabric is quite sheer and BFF doesn't have a ton of slips (besides it's a casual skirt).  So - inside there are two more tiers, which aren't quite the same length as the ones on the outside.  They a) cover the seams on the inside and b) give some extra volume to the skirt as a whole.

I hope this suits BFF - it should, cream and black are a lovely combination on her auburn haired, cream skinned, black-eyelashed self.

And one less thing on my conscience!  :D

Monday, July 7, 2014

Be yourself... and be baffled

Lately everyone who interacts with me tells me how funny I am.

This is odd.

I'm trying for "moderately amusing".  So to be told that I'm hilarious for what I consider an upbeat and different way to approach normal interaction is surprising.  One of the ushers laughed out loud at me in church the other night... I just sort of blinked.  It's good that I brought him joy, but I was aiming at charm.  (It was happy laughter, not mockery, and I'm tots happy he was happy but... I really didn't think it was that funny.  All I did was curtsy... gee... not my fault that the greeter curtsied back.  All 6'5" of him...)

It's a little sad that trying for charming and sweet throws you waaaaay over the line into "OMG that's hilarious".

Can I admit that something holding me back from doing the whole eye-contact with humans thing is that I'm a little afraid of how they're going to react to me?   Obviously I'm unused to much of it and when I get tired it's too much.  But the other thing is - if I look at them, I can see how they're reacting to me, both positively and negatively.  Staring at their chins or shoulders or hands doesn't get me in trouble like that.

And really?  Aren't any other women girly anymore?  Surely my penchant for flowers and gestures and smiles doesn't make me unique?  I'm not exaggerating myself, I'm just *being* myself.  I'm not empty-headed, I'm just chipper.  I like being happy, it's so much less unpleasant than the other options.  Anyway half of those other options are sins (particularly without reason).  And being feminine is FUN.  Lots of fun.

I am working on transparency, and honestly it's much less work than creating a persona.  The real me is silly and sweet and has observed behavior patterns that you would rather she not have - but won't mention them unless it comes up.

Heart's desire - there's a passage in the Great Divorce that describes who I'd like to be in Heaven.  Not so much the entourage, but the reason *for* the entourage:  Chapter 12... the lady, Sarah Smith:  "Love shone not from her face only, but from all her limbs, as if it were some liquid in which she had just been bathing."  "...because the invitation to all joy, singing out of her whole being like a bird's song on an April evening, seemed to me such that no creature could resist it."  (Speaking of transparency, and I blush at this - I know I'm not there.  But *oh* how I'd love to be that person.  Joy bringer, light bearer, shining love to all... )

Anyway.  I don't *think* I'm the only woman whose heart sings that song... surely I'm not.  But the more I'm like myself, the more intensely people react to me, and ... it's odd.

Talk to me?

Sunday, July 6, 2014

How to find your clothing style

As you know, I like the original Color Me Beautiful as a starting point in all style conversations.  I was influenced young, what can I say.  ;)

It's only a starting point, though.  And then all the other books - from Zyla to the 12-season analyses - they all try to narrow stuff down.  Not just in color - which we'll talk about soon, because I've been thinking about it - but in regards to style.

The "styles" that are in *all* the books are romantic, dramatic, classic, sporty, and gamine.  Since that leaves a ton of gals out in the cold, you get further:  bohemian, androgynous, rocker, ultra-modern among others.  What I recommend is that you start with the very basic descriptions and add from there - I like the CMB because you start with your structure rather than your coloring, and then you go.   There are women who are just one of these, but mostly we're mixes of one sort or another.  And what looks best on your body might not show the depths of your soul.  Prepare to layer - shape is for the body, accessories are for the heart.

Romantics:  Curvy/lush.  You've got one end or the other of the hourglass going on if not both, and likely a very feminine face.  Silk makes you happy.

Gamine:  Tiny.  You're slightly built, with a feminine face. Pixiesque.

Dramatic:  Your features and/or coloring jump out at the world at large.  You're probably tall, and "extreme" is a word people use to describe you.

Classic:  Medium in height/build/coloring.  Not in the least fussy.

Sporty:  A build with wide shoulders/narrow hips and (very possibly) visible muscles in the arms/legs.  Your movements are dynamic and bouncy.  You don't fuss, but you don't tidy up a ton, either.

The rest of the words? Just descriptors!  They describe your coloring, your personality, and how you mix things.  I *really* like to encourage everyone to make pinboards of the moods of clothes that please their hearts, not just the things they think they "should" wear.  I think I "should" wear very crisp A-line dresses in bright pastels.  Not horrible on me, but ... doesn't express the true Hearthrose.  I end up feeling a bit costumey.  They're too classic for me, to be honest!

You can't really change your body type.  Okay, a little - but it's a lot of work.  Let's leave that aside for the nonce.  So start there - what does your body say about you?

The next thing to look at is what your personality - what do you do for fun?  for function?  Are you a soft squishy mama or a fierce competitor?  Or both?  Let those show!  I'm going to horrify everyone and say, "this is where accessories come in"  - but it's true.  You take a basic outfit that fits your body and coloring well, and then you accessorize it to reveal your heart.  My accessories are insanely pretty/natural.  I love pretty rocks, I love butterflies and flowers and ... yeah.  As long as it's truly *you*, you can't go overboard on "too pretty" or "too rocker" or whatever.  You're going to put it in with a whole outfit, it's the little voice that says, "this is who I am" - let it speak.

The advantage of doing this is that you can slowly accumulate accessories that delight you, and you can use them with many an outfit.  You all know I love leather roses.... every year at the county fair, I pick up a couple of new pieces.  No, it's not an overnight thing, but it really works.  And once you give yourself permission to ONLY acquire the things that delight you, you'll find that your real self soon starts showing through.

Do *not* get things that displease you, and when you find that you have, get rid of them as soon as possible.  It's easy to do at first, which is (again) why I like pinning - not for the virtual shopping, but to fill up my mind with things *I* love, and not what someone else likes -whether that's the buyer at my favorite mall shop or my BFF.  I think visually, so that's how I roll.  It's important for me to get the right things in my head.

Now, none of us sings in only one note - even your brightly floral correspondent.  Some days and in some situations, you can wear "loud" and some days you need to wear "soft".  But even the most classic items in my closet have an element of romance.  I wouldn't buy a classic suit in navy blue.  Bright navy is a great color on me, but a plain suit in flat fabric?  I'd look like I was trying to dress like my mom... and I'm 41 years old.  That's why I don't have a plain ivory buttondown.  I might tell everyone else in the world to buy one... but no, not me!  ;)

Play up your best - everyone has "best" - and expose your soul.  Promise, it doesn't hurt a bit!

I love to play - and I do wish the women of the world would start having a lot more *fun* with their clothes and dressing more enthusiastically... so if anyone wants to guineapig up, feel free to email me a stack of photos and I'll try to help.  :)  hearthflower at hotmail - drop me a comment so I check that email, because mostly I don't.  And let me know if I can post your pix and discuss for the world at large.  (I'll email you back regardless).


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Just Do It

DH has indicated he'd like me to be more alpha - more on top of things, more dynamic.

God has opened new doors for me to be more outgoing and alpha.

So... I'm going to start working on "just doing it" - and I'm going to post pictures of what I do.

Stupid Thing I Never Fixed #1

MIL had this little stool, and I find it incredibly comfortable.  Replaced my office chair with it, I like it so much.  But back when the kiddos were toddlers, the pale blue cover that MIL put on it got ruined.  I've just had a cat-throw on it for the last ten years.  (Lame, I know, sort of the point).

When we bought our dining table and chairs on craigslist, I had to recover all the chairs... and I've had leftover upholstery fabric in my stash ... for years.  Probably five now?  -sighs-

So today I took about an hour and made my chair fit to be seen.


I know I'm not the best upholsterer in the world, but it looks so much better!  And I rather like the orcas.  :)