Sunday, January 3, 2010

Sewing Success!

Sewing Success!

Works Cited
white tee: j crew
gray wool skirt: thrifted, HEMMED BY MEEE!
tights: ae
belt: thrifted
brogues: steve madden

For most other bloggers out there, hemming a skirt is an unremarkable feat, but for me, it's just about the craftiest thing I've done in years and I feel like a proud peacock wearing this skirt. I thrifted it a few weeks ago because it is a beautiful vintage skirt with a great lining and thick gray wool. Sadly, its dowdy length made me feel like my grandmother so I brought it home to my mother's sewing machine (okay and her terrific advice) and I hemmed it about 12 inches shorter. Despite years of sewing lessons as a child, I have somehow retained almost nothing of what I learned. So hemming this is an accomplishment that makes my entire winter break feel productive.

Sewing Success!

Oh yeah, and happy new year! I've had the pleasure of seeing some bloggers' resolutions, but I'm genuinely curious--what are yours?

I have one big and one small resolution. The big one: to be more mindful. The small one: to do more new things around my small town, and take better advantage of the cultural offerings (even if it means dragging myself away from my studies). I love the new year because it feels so fresh--like you can do anything! Thank you for reading this silly little corner of the web...I am very much looking forward to this year of blogging and especially to reading all of the other wonderful and creative things out here, which continue to make me think that you don't need lots of money or Rachel Zoe as your stylist to look terrific every day (what an inspiration!).
xoxo.

22 comments:

thatsorad said...

That skirt looks rad on you!!! I tried in 4H and it was the gnarlyest experence of my life. My poor mom. I think it was embaresing for her. LOL

have an awesome new year and I am excited to find out more about what nerds wear! <3 cristi

Elaine said...

Nicely done!! I am so bad at sewing too. I tried to take in a few shirts but I still need to undo them and try again. Ugh! At least yours turned out nice! I lovelovelove this outfit here. It's casual chic at its best!

Those are great resolutions. I should be more adventurous in my city and more culturally aware too! I also agree that you don't need $$$ to look good! Can't wait to see what else you come up with this year! ;)


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Tieka, Selective Potential said...

I love that skirt! Great job! It looks amazing on you!

As for your question on my blog, I'm going to do a couple of showcases because I've gotten quite a few submissions, so send them in whenever you can (of your boy for the guy behind the camera showcase!) I'll be spreading them over a few weeks!

Thanks so much!

Viktoria with a K said...

The skirt looks great! I plan on learning how to sew this summer. It's something I've always wanted to know how to do, but never had the time or patience to try.

For the next six months my new year's resolution is to keep work as work and not let it run my life... something very hard for a new teacher.

La Historiadora de Moda said...

This look is gorgeous on you - so classic and chic! You did a great job of hemming that skirt! I don't have a sewing machine and don't really have room even for a small one at this point, but maybe some day....

Good luck with your resolutions! Happy New Year!

Girl from the North Country said...

That skirt looks like it was made for you! Its such a great classic cut and look, you did an amazing job hemming it. I got a monster of a pile waiting to be hemmed and fixed, one day.

caffeinerd said...

Nice job! I LOVE the skirt. :) What a great length.

You are definitely an inspiration. Happy 2010!

ShopKim said...

Excellent skirt!! That's great you bought it anyway and managed to make it work for you - all by your own hands. I've got to keep that in mind when thrifting!

Fell 4 Fashion said...

U did such a fantastic job! Doesn't it feel great to wear something you've made/fixed? I love that feeling!

Healthy and Homemade said...

The skirt looks great!! I love the simplicity of this outfit, it's so pulled together and very lovely =D

Emily Kennedy said...

Oh yay! That skirt looks awesome! It's so cool to see a successul sewing job from one of the bloggers I follow!

My goals for 2010 include beautifying my bedroom (it's amazing how, for new homeowners, the bedroom can be the last on the list), doing well in school, and staying healthy. I like setting goals better than making resolutions. They just seem more doable for me.

chicfaced said...

great job on the skirt hemming! nice and classic

Dottie said...

That hemming is a big accomplishment! Not only am I unable to hem anything myself, I can't even be organized and motivated enough to take stuff to the cleaners to get hemmed. Bringing clothes to the cleaners and shoes to the cobblers are some of my new years' resolutions. Also: less wine, more yoga, more sleep, guitar lessons, organization and world peace :) Happy new year!

Jen said...

i'm quite in love with your shoes, they're fantastic! and you did great job hemming your skirt. i'd probably ruin the skirt if i did it haha.
and i'm loving both your big and small resolutions :)

mocha said...

You did a great job on the skirt! LOVE it!

daisychain said...

hurrah for successful hemming!

Lauren said...

Even though I've hemmed a bunch of stuff, I'm always terrified I'll mess up the next project.
Love your outfit!

Muito Igual a VocĂȘ said...

Hey, happy new year. And back to 2009, I selected my four favorite outfits between all the pictures in your blog. My favorite one is Pop of Yellow - the belt made a very good combination and I love the drawings in your dress - plus, it's so Brazilian, 'cause you're not wearing tights, pants or jeans. And there's Dressing like Granpa - I loved every detail. The third was Philosofy of an Outfit - Gorgeous and nerdy :) The last one was Dark Day - Everything so lovely blue.
Congrats for the inspiration you give us, your blog readers. xoxo

Molly said...

i just love this. simple, sophisticated, flattering.

and thanks for the blog comment! made my day :)

Lulu said...

I have just discovered your blog and it's great! I love the title too and your classic style. Very envious of your long hair, I am growing mine out! Funnily enough I saw a long wool skirt, just a little darker grey than this one, in a thrift store today and passed on it because of the length - you may have changed my mind! Well done on the hemming.

jesse.anne.o said...

I that that *is* remarkable! I never hem any of my stuff - I am lazy and just drop it off at the tailor's on my way to work!

Orchid Grey said...

excellent hem job, well done! I felt so accomplished the first time I got a hem right (there were so many crooked mistakes along the way) here's to more sewing projects!

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