Archive for January, 2011

Details…

More spring inspiration.

I like these studs up the front. They add a certain something. Just the big ones, though. Not all that little stuff, too.

That’s a dress I’d wear all the time. And I think I have some silver stars in the old bedazzler box.

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Changing turtleneck sweater dress into…

Love the color, texture, fuzz on this thrifted lamsbwool sweaterdress. I’m a fan of the shoulder buttons that open and close it, too.

turtleneck sweater dress before

But it’s got a TURTLENECK (ugh). So I’m using my new favorite McCall’s 6164 to transform it…

turtleneck sweater dress traced

…into a purple lambswool sweaterdress with a scoop neck.

turtleneck sweater dress cut

Still needs bindings, etc, but it’s so close…

Zippers!

Tons of them. $1.50’s worth at a crazy northwest side Unique I’d never been to.

zipper bag $1.49

Ranges from 7 to 18 inches. All metal.

zippers unpacked

Mostly all functioning. Some reclaimed from other things.

zippers laid out

Grand total: 55 for about $.02 apiece.

And refashions, too

More inspiration for spring:

Gray paisley silk, pristine condition. Must cut down to something sharp. It’s really a giant dress, with covered buttons.

gray silk paisley

Purple heather knit. Already an awful ugly T-shirt.

purple heather knit

And fabrics

For spring consideration, stuff kicking around the house.

A gray and black and lilac on white rayon blend.

purple gray black white rayon blend

Gray twill.

fabric-gray twill 2

Gray and white leopard poly/rayon blend.

gray black white leopard rayon blend

Black and white dotted cotton blend.

fabric-dotted-black

Magenta sheer silk.

silk magenta print

Purples (except the velvet)

purples

Purple on white polyester

purple and white polyester crepe

Fun, c/o Gaffney’s and Vogue, mostly. Yard sales, too.

Finishing more and more

Today was just a silly sleeve job on a long fine wool sweater dress, a black Nina Ricci that goes almost to my toes. The short sleeves were too long still and frumpy looking.It’s not a length I normally wear but it looks like an amazing canvas for jewelry: Probably piles of long necklaces. And now it’s done and hanging in the closet, just in time for another deep freeze.

Because really I’m thinking about my spring wardrobe and what’ll be in it.

Wrap dresses, lots of them. Wrap tops, too.

Purples and grays and blacks.

Silk, mostly thrifted, but not all.

silk magenta print

Little knit tops that fit right. Skinny shells with little ruffles down the fronts.

Spring inspiration

First I’m looking at shapes:





I keep picking up patterns in these shapes is the good news.