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School Clothes Post 1

Working in education affords one the luxury of dressing outside the realm of traditional professional dress. The position does not require formal attire, although I personally prefer not to wear casual clothes to work, so one can deviate from the business attire required of many professional positions.

I plan to post a weekly visual summary of each week’s ensembles as I put thought and creativity into my weekly work attire. Most weeks I only have four outfits worthy of sharing as Fridays are ‘jeans day’ and I rarely wear anything on that day that warrants sharing with the internet viewing audience.

 

Monday:

  • Monday Post 1Pencil Skirt – Gift from Mother in Law, purchased at the weekly street market in Turkey
  • Sweater – Bebe, purchased used from Twice online consignment store
  • Shirt – Tan boat neck shirt, purchased at street market in Turkey
  • Shoes – Guess, purchased on clearance from Rack Room Shoes
  • Earrings – Coban Effect, Onyx and Crystal

Onyx and Crystal Earrings

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday Post 1Tuesday:

  • Button Down Shirt – Old Navy (Linen), purchased from Goodwill
  • Denim Pencil Skirt – Gap
  • Belt – Elastic and Faux Leather, Target
  • Shoes – Bass, purchased at Bass Outlet Store
  • Necklace – Coban Effect, Lapis Lazuli and Chain

Lapis Lazuli and Chain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday: Outfit 3 Post 1

  • Skirt – Old Navy, coworker cast off to which I add the feathers using acrylic paint
  • Sweater – Target
  • Shirt – Target
  • Shoes – Rack Room Shoes
  • Necklace – Coban Effect, Indian Coin from 1890 with copper chainmaille and leather

Indian Coin and Copper Chainmaille Necklace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday:Outfit 4 Post 1

  • Skirt – Batik, purchased at Turkish outlet mall
  • Shirt – Ann Taylor, purchased at Goodwill
  • Shoes – Mudd, I painted the soles and bottom rims yellow using gesso, acrylic paint and polyurethane
  • Necklace – Coban Effect, Copper Chainmaille and Turquoise

Copper Chainmaille and Turquoise

 

A Most Excellent Trip to Goodwill and a Completed Skirt Refashioning

Last week I went to Goodwill looking for a few key pieces I need for some upcycling and refashioning plans I had. I was looking for a denim jacket, a couple large men’s t-shirts and some men’s dress pants. I left the store after spending 33 dollars, a large quantity of money at Goodwill, but I did not have any of the items for which I went into the store. Instead I found some amazing items in new or near new condition as you can see in the pictures below.

I got a black Gap skirt that I think had never been worn because the two back slits had never been opened. I bought this skirt with the plan to galaxy paint it however I can not bring myself to paint on this skirt. I also found a tea length brown linen skirt from the Gap, a blue high-waisted linen skirt, and two pair of pants to refashion into skirts one from Bass and one from Geoffrey Beane. I also got a black and white skirt from Banana Republic which I think was surrendered to Goodwill because the black lining shows a little bit at the bottom, as you can see in the picture. Lucky for me I know how to remedy this, I plan to hem the lining. As you can see in the last picture, I also got a long, green and black striped, faux wrap skirt with buttons on the side. Refashioned SkirtIt is a bit frumpy so I planned to hem it, then a moment of inspiration struck and I decided that instead of simply cutting it off and hemming it I would make it into a bubble skirt. This required several attempts because the faux wrap section of the skirt produced some hiccups. But the third time was the charm and I successfully converted it into a bubble skirt, which I think is much more stylish and actually something I will wear.

Another Goodwill find, I mentioned in a previous post, was a green vintage wool and fur swing coat. I thought I would share some pictures of this fabulous coat with everyone. It is by far my biggest Goodwill score to date, which is why I forked over 15 dollars for it. It needs a little work, that collar was sewn on by hand and is starting to come off on the edges, which can easily be mended. Also the buttons on the coat, which I assume are the original buttons, are heinous. I think they are quite possibly some of the ugliest buttons I have ever seen. Thus I plan to replace the buttons with some flat buttons that will match the fur collar. I will share the results once I get all the alterations made.

I hope that next week I will finally be finished hand hemming my two layered half circle skirt. I would hem it with the sewing machine but easing the fullness with the machine is beyond my current skill set and the fabric is polka dot so I have to switch thread color frequently. I don’t think I will ever undertake a full circle skirt just because of how long it will take to hem a full circle unless I learn to ease the fullness on the sewing machine. Next week, I also plan to share my first attempt at galaxy painting on a black t-shirt.

I also have some grand plans for future projects since Walmart has had white and off white jersey knit fabric on sale for 1.50 for the past week so I now have about 12 yards of jersey knit waiting to be dyed, painted and written upon then sewn into something fabulous. Thanks to Burda Fashion I have several patterns which I downloaded for free so I am ready to roll with the projects I have in mind. Now all I need is the most elusive part, time to work.

Sweater Arms to Leggings Upcycle

So I finally finished my two pair of boot leggings up cycled from sweaters I got a goodwill. I hope boot leggings are still in fashion in the fall because I finished these just in time for the end of cold weather.

Striped Boot Leggings Chunky Knit Gray LeggingsOne sweater was a men’s American Eagle, navy and khaki green striped, cotton sweater. The other was a chunky knit gray, women’s sweater from Express made partially of wool. I got both sweaters at goodwill for about 3.50 each. The best time to look for sweaters and coats at goodwill is spring and sometimes fall. These are the times when people are going through their winter clothes and discarding unwanted items. I got an amazing vintage, green wool swing coat with a collar made of real fur. Normally, I am opposed to real fur but since this coat was manufactured sometime before 1970 I don’t feel like my purchasing the coat supports or encourages the fur industry.

I digress, making the boot leggings was simple. I cut the sleeves off the sweaters, with pinking shears, as close to the body of the sweater as possible. I then hemmed my raw edge with a small roll hem and hand stitching. Sewing sweater knit turned out to be much easier than I expected. On the striped pair I added a strip of thin elastic inside the hem because they had too much flare at the bottom thus they were uncomfortable to wear.

I am considering adding some ‘flare’ to the top of the gray pair, maybe ribbon or a button. I will have to contemplate the options and see if anything looks good.

I am almost finished with one dress up cycled from a men’s shirt and my first effort at making a circle skirt. Technically, the skirt is a half circle skirt. I can see a significant improvement in my sewing skills lately. Suddenly everything is just starting to click and make more logical sense. I have not tried anything really difficult like a coat or topstitching but I really want to try a jacket with a peplum in the back, that will be a good test of my current skills and develop some new sewing skills.

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