One Pattern, Two Wardobes: Grace

This post was first seen on The Monthly Stitch and entered into the contest One Pattern, Two Ways on June 9th, 2016.

When it comes to capsule wardrobes, I’ve always been a little uncertain about how they applied to my own personal closet. I’ve finally decided that it’s because I essentially have two wardrobes; one of flowy greens and creams, and another of elegant blacks and reds. So, in other words, this contest suits my closet needs perfectly!

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Enter the Grace Corset Top by Named Clothing! When I saw this pattern, I fell instantly in love! Grace is a lovely semi-fitted corset top with flat-felled seams to give it structure. While I love the way corsets look, I hate how constricting they actually feel. This top was the perfect compromise, so much so that I ended up making three (if we’re not counting a muslin), and I already have another almost done on my cutting table! In this post, you’ll see the ones I made second and third, so please look out for Version 1 in the RTW contest!

This is the first indie pattern that I’ve ever sewn, and the first PDF pattern as well! I have printed out a few, but this is the first one that’s made it past the muslin stage.

Downloading the pattern was almost problematic!  After flipping through all the paying options (never payed with PayPal before, which is what I had to use), I wanted to see right away what I got. I downloaded it on my tablet without actually saving it, which is not a good idea! Since I had been looking at so many pattern companies, I had forgotten that you can only download a pattern  a finite number of times (only 2 or 3) and just barely managed to actually save the download before I ran out.

Putting together the PDF was pretty easy. The Victory Patterns’ book, Boundless Style has a better layout with notches and paper trimming marks, but I didn’t have any issues with this pattern as there weren’t that many pattern pieces. I traced out a size 8, my RTW size, which the sizing seems to follow. I left out the shoulder straps, since I didn’t want big bows at my shoulders.

The PDF comes with seams allowances, unlike the paper version, but they changed with the flat felled seams, going from 1 cm (3/8 in) to 2 cm (6/8 in) depending on which one is folded over and stitched. It’s really confusing when tracing out the pattern and trying to envision how it’s supposed to go together, but once you sew it up, it makes a lot more sense.

That done, I played around with embellishment ideas, as most of my projects lately have seemed rather plain.

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(I ended up doing another sheet, but I used ideas from the most basic designs.)

The sketching helped me narrow down which colors I wanted to make; namely black, cream, red and green.

Next, I had to think long and hard about my fabric choices. I knew I wanted something with a woven pattern, like my favorite button downs, but I was worried about what sort of prices I would find for some nice quality shirting. These are the two fabrics I ended up with.

Oops, I meant oversized men’s shirts! It turns out, the best sources of shirting materials is at your local thrift store! I had gone in to buy 100% cotton shirts, but the white one is a silk/cotton blend, and the red one is linen/cotton! Since they werthrifted, I payed $4 for the white one and $2 for the red! Yea for cheap, luxurious material!

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Here’s an up close pictures of the cream fabric and buttons.

The cream shirt started off as a 2XT, so I had plenty  of fabric to work with, enough that I can make a nice color blocked version.

To pay homage to the original garment (and thinking of last year’s inspiring installment of the Refashioners), I wanted to incorporate as many of the existing shirt elements as possible.  While the pocket was too large overall to use, I let the flat felled side seams run across the side and back pieces, which looked very deliberate next to the larger flat felled seams. I also included the split hem detail, though it ended up more on the back than the side in the cream version, and re-used the button placket. For the straps, I folded over the sleeve hem one more time to make it a tube, which happened to be the perfect length for me.

Here is my finished look!

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Bonus pupcake: Shennany!

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So many images for this one, mainly because I was trying to find a spot where the shirt wasn’t back lit. Also, it was really, really hot (yea for heat of the day in Texas!) as evidenced by this hot pupcake:

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(A Princess in her pool.)

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Other details: I added some of the extra buttons (the spares found on the inside, and then one from the collar) to the front part of the side seam (the seam placement is delightfully unique). I’m not sure how much I like the high contrast of the dark brown on cream, especially in pictures, as the lovely, subtle print is lost.

This pattern is my first time sewing flat felled seams, and they were a lot easier than expected! This pattern is also really quick to sew, once you’ve got the details down, but this one took me just a little bit longer, as the added slip of the silk made the first dramatic curve of the princess seam hard to keep even when finishing the seam.

Other things I changed:

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While I meant to actually try button holes for the first time, I was lazy resourceful and used snaps, which are invisible on the outside. I like how hidden the snaps are and I wasn’t going to potentially ruin a shirt I really liked.

Another thing I changed:

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I omitted the facings and finished both the top and the bottom with bias tape.With the flat felled seams, I thought that the hem would get too bulky, but I also wanted to save length. I’m a pretty modest person, and I don’t like cleavage or crop tops. Since the bias tape had a 1/4 inch seam line, I gained 1/2 inch in length on the top and bottom. I can’t imagine loosing any length, so I’m really glad I did that. The finished size of the bias tape I used was the same as the flat felled seams, so it meshes very well.

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I also re-used the tags from the original garment (the brand name was embroidered with a giant pineapple on the inside yoke, so I left it out), mainly so I could keep the washing instructions, but also to laugh at the original size.

Construction-wise, this one and the red one are very similar.

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I used the same bias binding, so the length is the same, but added the tag to the side seam, since the brand tag was actually detachable this time.

Since this one was a large instead of 2XT, a few things changed due to the different proportions. The side seams became more apparent, which I liked, but the button distance also increased, which meant I had to add more snaps.

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The original seams began to blend in with the fabric instead of being a design detail. Luckily, I had a smaller lace that highlighted the seams perfectly, which I also ended up adding to the straps.

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So I guess you want to see what it looks like on.

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The red one, I think, is my favorite one yet, but we’ll see which ones I end up wearing the most. All in all, these are hands down the most beautiful garments that I’ve ever sewn and I desperately want to make them in every color I wear (not that I have many colors left) and embellish them to pieces.

Even more awesome, these are also some of the most sturdiest garment I’ve ever crafted! The flat felled seams give a completely reliable seam finish that looks incredibly polished, and the button-downs have washing instructions, so I know the exact care they need. It feels absolutely amazing to have an item of clothing that I know will last.

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I only got stumped two times, even though it’s an average level pattern; once due to user error (cut out the same piece twice), and the other because there was no image on how to line up the side and back seams (but there was a drawing for the front to side and back to back). For the first issue, I sewed it on backwards and then top stitched the seam to match the others. For the second issue, I lined up the pieces and it ended up being pretty clear which of the two ends was shorter without pulling out the pattern again. These issues, however, were only problematic the first time I sewed it up, so it doesn’t reflect these garments.

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(I forgot to change to the right bra, since I realized shortly before taking pictures that the cream one is a wee bit transparent)

The instructions were easy and nice to follow, but mainly I used them for how to sew up the flat felled seams and how to position the pieces.

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I didn’t do any other adjustment, no FBA or taking in the side seams, which I normally do (I’m a D/C cup with a ridiculously tiny waist and under-bust). I thought I might have to actually go down in bust size, but honestly, it’s all in the placement of the straps.

I might make the straps an extra 1/4 to 1/2 inch larger, maybe draft down the armpit curve (didn’t need another 1/2 inch there), but none of those things have really bothered me so far.

I would definitely recommend this pattern, 10/10, as it’s quick, can be made with either reclaimed fabric or a small yardage, and has very unique style lines, but I would suggest starting with a crisp cotton to get the feel of the pattern. I also recommend a fabric that has no wrong side, because you want the flat felled seams to the outside (or at least I did) and I had to flip it inside out a few times the first time I sewed it.

 

Also, keep an eye out on my blog, Tea and Pupcakes, for some styling posts, because this is an amazingly versatile pattern, that can be dressed up or down and worn in  just about any season.

Pretty Things: Morning Moon Vintage

While I was looking for Sundress inspiration, I stumbled across Morning Moon Vintage over on Etsy. While they had a lot of simple boho, they also had some lovely pieces that I would be scrambling to buy if I saw them at a thrift store (as it is, I can’t see myself buying anything for even $20). Even so, here was some of the pretty things I found.

BEADED Black SILK DRESS, Vintage Lawrence Kazan cocktail dress, Retro Boho bling, knee-length, short sleeves, 1980s sexy bohemian party, L

This lovely beaded dress. Just look at that neckline!

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The interesting details on this blue, blouson dress.

The absolute stunner of a dress! I’m almost glad it’s several sizes too small, but I’d never pay $100 for any one item of clothing.

I’d love to have this dress in my closet, but I’d probably spill something on it, if we’re being honest.

Love how cute the pintucks look.

And the front looks so interesting, even though it would probably look a little weird on a person.

Vintage BLACK VELVET DRESS, Sleeveless Knee Length, 70s 60s Retro Cocktail Party Prom Formal, Gothic Boho Elegant sexy wiggle Mad Men, Small

This one looks so luscious, but that’s probably because it fits the dress form so well.

I liked the look of this dress, but I would really love to see it on a person.

This coat was super awesome! It’s soo pretty in wool AND lined in silk! -sigh- this is why I don’t peruse Etsy.

Love the contrast of the shinny ribbon, but it would make my hips look huuuge!

Gothic Boho DRESS, VINTAGE Lanz, DESIGNER 1980s, deep green & black paisley print, black velvet collar, Folkloric details, Rayon midi/maxi

This coat was really nifty, and would tickle the right person absolutely pink!

BURGUNDY VELVET Midi, Button-Down DRESS, Elegant Velour Wine Red, Long sleeves, Vintage Gothic Bohemian Stevie Nicks Gypsy Witch, 1990s, P/S

I really like the shawl collar with that deep red velvet!

And that was all of the really cool things I found! They also do some pretty good vintage basics (though I think they count 90’s as vintage) with most of it from the 70’s.

Sundress: Planning for a S1606

Ye gods, WordPress has not been publishing all of my scheduled posts lately. Or maybe I’ve only been clicking the date and not the schedule button.

Anyhoo, I’ve recently been trying to work with what I have available from my stash or refashion pile and also using natural materials. Also coupled with the fact that I primarily wear moss green, deep red, black, brown, and cream, my choices are severely limited. I’m also trying -not- to buy more pattern and cull the ones I do have, but that particular stash gives me more options.

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Digging through my stash, I found a lovely green I put away from a super sale, because I thought I would never use it for a dress, especially after my first make here, my green S1104. I kinda knew, even then, that I really hate acetate lining, but I was trying not to buy fabric.

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Rather than try to over-make this pattern, I found Simplicity 1606.

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I’ve chosen to make view A, but change the halter top to just straps and omit the boning, because I want something comfortable and the linen is going to wrinkle anyway.

I do have a way I plan on embellishing the fabric, but I plan on doing something of a tutorial for that so I’m keeping it a little secret. However, the materials I’m waiting on could take until the 26th, so that post might be a while in coming.

In the meantime, though, I thought I would share some sundress inspiration, especially considering I’m going to need more of the things.

I liked this white one from Modcloth because I thought it would be easy to alter from the overlay of S1606 above.

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I liked the creative use of paneling in this dress, also on Modcloth, if not that sickly color.

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I know all of this sexy lacing is all the rage now, which I think looks nice with the princess seams, but if I were to make this Modcloth dress, I would definitely add a modesty panel.

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I really like this classy in the front, sexy in the back dress. I’m not fond of the print or the weird tan buttons, but if I were to recreate it, I would raise the back so it would be more bra-friendly. At the time of writing this post, it’s still for sale on Etsy.

 

Sewing Plan: Yes, an Update Already

I’ll admit, that last sewing plans post was sort of spur of the moment, what do I want/ what pretty things have I looked at lately/what I just noticed was missing in my closet.

In this regard, I’ve decided to write a follow-post, showing how what changed, now that I’ve actually thought about it.

Change #1:

Push back my jacket plans. Mainly because I wanted to push up a much more season appropriate garment, but also because it’s summer in Texas and I’m addictively slurping down hot tea (madness, but so good) and have one hot pit-bull mix sharing my chair (I expect to be shoved on the floor in five minutes when she shifts in her sleep).

Change #2

Place a new sundress at the top of my list, after the apron, because, even though I discovered one more dress in my closet,  I actually plan on going outside this summer. I have my fabric, pattern traced and ready to go, discovered the fabric content, but more on that tomorrow.

Change #3

Thrift a bag and then embellish. This way I won’t have that many qualms about potentially messing up and probably have a great product. I’ll tackle a full bag once I do more research, I think.

Those are the most major changes I’ve made to the list and the ones I’ve pretty much settled on. I’m still back and forth with the tap pants, and I’m thinking of drafting (!) a 1930’s bathing suit, probably removing the underwear from the list until I just HAVE to have a new bra, and I still have no idea on what special project I want to do.

M5890: Selfless Sewing

So, I’ll be honest, I finished this one ages ago. It took even longer to get pictures but I’ve had those for ages too. -Bad, bad blogger-

I made this dress for my mother around Mother’s day. It’s McCalls’s 5890, sadly out of print.

She found this fabric while we were at Joann’s Fabrics, which had this lovely print on one side, and then the same design with a lace overlay printed on top.

Silly me forgot to take in-progress shots, so I don’t have a picture of it. I’ll see if I can get her to dig it out and put in an edit later.

We wanted to find a pattern that showed off both sides of the fabric, but we ended up choosing the McCalls:

While view D looks simple enough, it turns out they had sized it for wovens and not knits. This isn’t the first time I’ve come across this problem, but I believe we ended up going down two sizes to get the correct negative ease.

To make up for the both sides not showing, I zigzagged the seam allowance flat so that the dress could be reversible. She’s only worn it this one time, so, I don’t have pictures of that either.

Other than the sizing issue, it was really pretty easy to stitch up, and there’s enough fabric left over for a shirt too, I think, which will probably get more wear.

Almost for a Competition: Grace #1

So, inevitably, I goofed when planing my Monthly Stitch projects. I had originally planned on entering into both the One Pattern Two Ways competition (I did make the final 14, but alas no prize) and the RTW (ready to wear) competition. Looking over it one more time before I started writing, silly me discovered that two garments were necessary. Whoops!

I only ended up with one garment and no specific look, so I thought I’d go ahead and blog about what I did make!

This is the first Grace that I made, paired with my red M6994.

And here’s what I started with!

Here’s an up-close shot of the fabric:

When I originally planned on submitting this to the RTW contest, I drew inspiration from all of the caged bralets floating around my pinterest.

I’ve always really wanted one, but they’re primarily worn as either crop tops (nope) or as bra straps peaking through, which always makes me feel self-conscious.

I thought that this pattern was the perfect starting point and I’m fairly happy with the result.

As I learned in my other versions, I didn’t quite have the placement of the straps down, and placing the ‘cage’ straps consistently and to the right size was hard.

You can see that the cage straps are quite twisty and the main straps fall just to the outside of my bra straps.

At the time, I was quite tired of seam-ripping those straps and feeling the need to start on my cream Grace (and then adding a complete other one to the mix).

Some detail shots:

The top and bottom are finished with bias tape.

All in all, I like the top, but the straps do bug me a little. I haven’t worn it out yet as I was waiting until after I submitted it, but this should totally be an good, year-round piece.

 

Where Did This All Come From, Simplicity?

I’ll be honest, it’s been a long time since I’ve wanted to buy any simplicity pattern, let alone more than three, but I moseyed on over to their website and lo and behold I just couldn’t stop swooning!

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BABIES! Sooo cute! I love that dinosaur, but that ballerina is just too cute too.

Pattern 8163 Misses' and Plus Amazing Fit Special Occasion Dress

I love how classy this 8163 looks! Dunno if I’d end up making it if I bought it, but it’s still nice to look at!

Pattern 8166 Misses' Dress or Tunic, Skirt and Pant

If you’ve been here any length of time, you’ve probably heard how much I hate bishop sleeves. They just look comical on my child-sized wrists. For some ungodly reason I really want view A of 8166 (the red dress), but I think it’s the vintage vibe and all of those buttons.

Pattern 8166 Misses' Dress or Tunic, Skirt and Pant

Yeah, that smocking looks really nice. If I increase the panel of smocking on the wrists, I think that might look pretty darn good.

Pattern 8168 Misses' Peplum Top with Neckline and Sleeve Variations

Oh and then there’s 8168! It’s so perfect and classy! I’m thinking of using my precious batiks on this color blocked version.

Pattern 8174 Misses' Lined Jacket and Knit Dress from Mimi G Style

While I don’t normally like Mimi G’s designs, I’m really digging this one! I’ve kinda been looking around for a moto jacket pattern and this one has plenty of space for customization.

Pattern 8174 Misses' Lined Jacket and Knit Dress from Mimi G Style

Of course, I’ve been dreaming of one in leather, like that’s going to happen in a million years! 8174 also suggests corduroy and twill wool types, but I don’t know if I’d actually make it. Still, a solid pattern like this is hard to come by so I might just spend the $1.50 on it anyway! Plus, I can totally see myself wearing the dress with the pouch all around the house.

Oh, but then they have all these fun costumes!

Pattern 8195 Men's D.C. Comics Joker Costume

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Pattern 8189 Dog Costumes in Three Sizes

(and then whatever this is)

I found a lot of them cute, but not something I’d really wear (unless they made the joker one for ladies. oh, if only!)

Pattern 8196 Misses' D.C. Comics Bombshells Wonder Woman Costume

This Wonder Woman one is just so awesome with it’s vintage details! While I’m not a DC comics fan, I might get it just for the solid patterns.

Pattern 8236 Men's Marvel Deadpool Costumes

I am, however, a fan of Deadpool! While it would be weird trying to get it to fit me, I can so totally picture my brother rocking the shirt portion, complete with a Deadpool logo on the chest!

Oh, so many patterns! Truth be told, I would probably only end up getting four of these, but it’s been ages since I’ve even remotely liked one!

 

 

Sewing Plans

Since yesterday I made a list of my spur-of-the-moment wants, I thought I would supplement that with my sewing plans list and a run-down of what is on my sewing table.

What’s on my table:

An apron (middle view) with red and black as the main, and the black scraps (painstakingly pieced together) for the pocket. This one is maybe half way done and 100% necessary.

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A green version of Named Clothing’s Grace, to be decorated with orange flowers. The construction is about 85%. It’s maybe 65% necessary, but quick and cheap (thrifted shirts for the win!) and I really love the style.

The Burda jacket in the long view, in a black cotton velvet and black leather from a thrifted skirt. Uncut and trying to research coat making (Burda instructions are supposed to be pretty bare), but I’ve traced out the pattern pieces and decided what fabric I want where. I don’t have buttons or lining, but there’s enough pattern pieces to keep me busy for a while. Not 100% necessary (more like 30% at the outside), but I have wanted to try my hand at a tailored coat.

Sewing plans:

I have two matching batik fabrics in cream, 1 yard each, that I wanted to turn into a nice summer top. I haven’t decided which of the three tops I want to use yet, but they all look like solid patterns. It’s not a completely necessary make as I have a couple of summer white button-downs, but the fabrics were really speaking to me.

 

I really ought to dip my toes into underwear making, preferably in this blue and cream color scheme.It’s kind of amazing how hard it is to find bras that are a 32 c/d in shops that shops that also happen to be in a good style and color and not crazy expensive (let’s be honest, though, I am ridiculously cheap by nature). However, there’s so many patterns all over the internet and I really have no idea where to start with notions.

I do also need a pair of tap pants to go under full skirts.

I do also need some light summer dresses in natural fibers. It turns out, I really only have one on hand that’s not black, so that is something I really need to fix.

I also want to make a few pieces of jewelry. This one looks totally worth the time and I think I have some appropriate wire somewhere.

I’ve also really wanted to make a nice flower crown. The one I have is made with paper flowers, but I’d like to try using fabric or variegated roses like the ones above or maybe a bouquet of marigolds.

I also really ought to make a nice brown bag. I normally hate the things, but this one immediately had me exclaiming!

This is the only other one that made me nearly as happy. Apparently, I’m pretty happy as long as it doesn’t look too bag-like.

How much of this will get made? Who knows! The jacket is likely to be put on hold, the underwear project will likely be shelved due to me being overwhelmed, and I’ll probably convince myself yet again that I don’t need tap pants.

I do want to add something from yesterday’s candy list, maybe this one:

but in black?Oh, but the thought of tearing into my black pile of garments to refashion causes me just a little bit of pain.

Sewing Candy

So we all have those two lists: one of things we totally should make, and another of those frivolous things we really don’t need, but would be decadent and take ages. I’m currently battling those two lists, and while I wait for some assistance to get my machine tuned up, I thought it would be a nice, quick post.

The ‘Candy’ list:

The ‘Staples’ list:

So, the next question, naturally, is what my sewing plans actually include and what’s on my sewing table. The answer: hardly anything on this list!

Thrift Haul: See, I Don’t Always go to Goodwill

Perhaps a college town isn’t the best place to thrift clothing, but on the whole, I really love thrifting in Denton. Even though some of the places I go are probably picked over (I try to go during the week, and I’m not sure when they re-stock) I can still find really nice things for very nice prices.

I’ve been to this store, Twice as Nice, one time ages ago, and since I was new to thrifting, I  don’t think I kept most of what I got there, but I did remember it being a bit higher price range then what I normally go for.

Anyhoo, it turns out that not only do they donate to pregnant women, but they also do a $1 day the first Thursday of ever month! I’ve lived in this area for ages and ages and I have never heard of this. After their normal hours, all the clothing (but not shoes) is $1 and I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting much since Friday or Thursday evening are most likely their re-stocking day.

I was so wrong!

I bought

so.

much.

Silk!

And by this point, you’re probably wonder what I got, so I better dive right into that.

First I got this. It is 100% unflattering and oversized, but 100% cuddly. I may or may not be wearing it now with a floofy skirt and looking like a marshmallow. This is a men’s large Round Tree and Yorke sweater, but dude is it huge. I  might change the buttons to something more happy, but as I’m not going to wear it out, it’s just a mood thing.

Next up, because I’m apparently doing the weird ones first (honestly, I’m just going in the order I’m pulling them off the pile), is this raw silk top from Diane L. Evans. It’s finished with a serger, so it all feels a little on the rough/itchy side, but I got this mainly for fabric anyway.

Next up I got a silk scarf in cream. It’s pretty basic and a little smaller than I normally buy scarves, but it’s incredibly soft and I just kinda want to pet it all day long.

Then I got this silk shirt by Cami that is supposedly size 18 (I’m 8, btw).

I originally got it for interfacing and whatnot, but I think I might hang it in my closet for a bit after moving around a button. It is a little itchy, but it might be absolutely perfect for hot summer days to keep the sun off.

 

Then I got this red top. It says it is a size XL (it’s stretchy), but I really don’t see how. I guess Guess (ha) makes clothes really small? Regardless, it’s too big in the chest (not something I normally have to tinker with) and, eww, puff sleeves. So I’ll need to do something about that.

Now that I’m not in 3/4 view, you can see how odd the top looks. I’m on the hunt for a red top, but I’m kind of giving up hope on finding one. Even if I do fix it up nice, I’m thinking that I won’t wear it, as almost any red top I own ends up unworn.

And here’s another basic: a rayon knit brown tank (though it looks a little purple here?) by Gap. Honestly, what kind of a name is Gap?

Here’s another Banana Republic shirt in two weeks. It’s also silk and I love the print and POCKETS, but it’s also just…weird.

I love the collar, but gathered waists just don’t look good on me. I’m going to take out the elastic, but I don’t know how much faith I really have in it.

And now here’s a slightly scratchy t-shirt! It’s Michael Kors, which is apparently good? I dunno, it’s got a metal bar with the name on the back of the neckband, so probably.

It’s a linen-poly blend, so that’s probably why it feels all weird, but I mainly got it for this shoulder detail (I have no idea how to flip the image, since I’m inputting from pinterest).

Niftily enough, I also found a nice black skirt, since after the closet cull, I realized I didn’t have much variation (ie, goth or black lace).

This nice basic  from Coldwater Creek fits the bill with it being high-waisted, yet basic, but with an interesting angular mock-wrapped front. Also, it has an interesting faux suede texture, which is a texture I don’t have in my closet.

Speaking of skirts, I also got this white one, but mainly for the fabric, as I’m almost always paranoid that I’m going to sit in something.

It’s nice and heavy, so it’ll be good for fabric.

I also got this mesmerizingly hideous tie. I just couldn’t leave it. It’s pretty great. I’m thinking of using it for binding or facings.

Then, I got a lovely silk jacket.The buttons are a weird purple, so that has to go, but other than that, it’s a great fit. The brand it Chaus Petite, which might explain why it fits so well.

To continue filling out my black skirt section, I got this silk (!) skirt. I love the way flounces look, especially in this floaty chiffon, but somehow when it’s in a dress, it looks terrible on me. It might make my hips looks a little weird, but it’s so dreamy I don’t really care.

 

And take a look at the embellishment on the hem! Here it is on white so you can see the detail.

And here it is on black so you can see how pretty and subtle it is.

Finally, I got this lovely, slinky black dress.

It is a bit long and puddles on the floor, but it looks a million times better than I though!

That -sighs- is everything I got. The total came out to a little over $14 and boy, was that a bargain. I shouldn’t have to thrift for the rest of the month!