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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

 

Consignment Shopping Convert

I have almost completely dispensed with purchasing new clothes because what can be obtained from the consignment store is so much better than what I can afford to buy new.

I have become such a fan of my local Goodwill that it has colored my perspective at stores selling new clothes, even TJ Maxx clearance rack seems pricey. I also enjoy knowing that my purchase at Goodwill does not trigger an increase in production. My grandest Goodwill scores of late include:

  • Mavi capri pants
  • J Jill linen pants
  • Bass linen tank top (new with tags)
  • Etienne Aigner leather coat circa 1978
  • Anne Taylor skirt
  • Calvin Klein white button down shirt
  • James Perse white button down shirt

While I very much enjoy shopping Goodwill it has its limitations. If you are looking for something specific, then it is likely that Goodwill will not have what you are looking for. Goodwill also requires a measure of consumer determination, as the shopper must comb through many racks of clothing to find something worthwhile.

Another consignment store I enjoy, which is a step up from Goodwill, is the online store Twice Clothing.  Having a small child makes Goodwill shopping difficult if not impossible. Twice clothing allows the shopper to filter clothing by size, type, color and brand. Twice clothing reliably sells gently used clothing rather than the mixed bag of clothing quality at Goodwill. I have only made one purchase from this site thus far but I was more than pleased with my purchase.

More Goodwill Finds and Dabbling in Textile Art

I’m not sure what I have been doing lately with dye and fabric paint can be considered art but I am slowly figuring it out. I have always been a bit intimidated by painting and dyeing which was unfounded, not because it is easy but because you can keep redoing and modifying your piece until it looks like you want. I know one of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings has like seven hands where he kept repainting the hand. So I am working on dying some jersey knit that I got from the clearance bin at Walmart for 1.50 a yard, so not a huge loss if I ruin the fabric in the dying process. So far the result has not been what I wanted. I tried dying it a dark red color but it came out more wine color since I mixed bright red and dark brown. Then I tried adding stripes using tan dye a shibori technique from the rit dye website. It has not gone so well so not part of my fabric is just a darker hue of maroon. I think I am done trying to dye this fabric and I will proceed with making something with it, maybe a layered jersey pencil skirt. We will see how that turns out, it might just be 3.00 dollars lost. If nothing else it was worth three dollars to find out that I not an expert at dying fabric and to practice sewing knits with the sewing machine which I anticipate having a bit of a learning curve.

Ombre Dyed SkirtOn to talk about my successes of the last two weeks.  A moderate success was ombre dying a skirt I got at Goodwill. The color change is more subtle in the picture than it is in real life. I used a denim blue dye to ombre dye the skirt however it just tinted the fabric, which I anticipated because it is 60 percent polyester. I forgot to take pictures of the skirt before I proceeded with the dying process but it was a light grey-blue color with some spots that had faded to almost a yellow color. The faded spots are now gone and the color is a bit more vibrant than before. Dying this skirt was a risk because it is dry clean or hand wash only and 60 percent polyester both of which the rit dye website says should be avoided. But since I got the skirt for 3.75 at Goodwill if it was ruined in the process it would not be a huge monetary loss. Luckily I did not ruin the skirt; while, it did not turn out as ombre as I hoped, it is definitely something I will wear since I dyed it thus I consider it a moderate success.

Another finished project is galaxy painting a t-shirt I got at Walmart. Again I did not want to invest a lot of money into the shirt as I was unsure of the end result. I read several tutorials online about galaxy painting clothing. It seems that there are two approaches: fabric paint and fabric dye. I chose the fabric paint approach. Several tutorials talked about using acrylic paint and washing the clothing very carefully but I would rather invest a bit more in fabric paint than spend time hand washing a t-shirt. I bleached the shirt first with a half bleach and half water mixture in a spray bottle. It is important to spray the bleach and then wait for it to work otherwise it is possible to bleach the shirt way to much. It only took a few sprays. I washed and dried the shirt before I started painting. I started with the back and I used blue, black, gold, silver and a flesh tone color paint. Of course I also used white for the stars. I used some painting sponges to apply the paint. After I painted both sides of the shirt I washed and dried it. I was still not entirely pleased with the result so I applied more paint and painted the sides of the shirt. For the stars I put white paint on a paint brush and slung the paint so that the stars would be random. In a previous post I mentioned getting a black skirt from Goodwill that I was afraid to paint. But with the success of this shirt I think I will attempt to do that same to the skirt. However, I do not care for the texture of the fabric paint so I want to try the galaxy effect using rit dye and bleach. I will bleach it in two phases so that some of the bleached areas will be lighter than others and I will use blue and wine colored dye in spray bottles. For the stars I think I will try using a bleach pen. This project is far down the list though so it will be awhile before it shows up here. Before I undertake that project I need to finish many other projects that I have already begun.

I have been off my blog posting schedule. We were on vacation and we will be moving soon so I anticipate weekly postings being difficult to maintain. Although I hope that I will get some projects finished before we move.

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.

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