i had a bit of an end-of-the-year frenzy. it was sort of like, once i plunged back in to projects, i went ALL THE WAY in. long on the chopping block was a 1940s faux-wrap dress that never quite worked out for me as something wearable. it was too “nice” for a “house dress” but made me feel schlumpy if i wore it out.
so i cut the bodice and planned to make a new ensemble out of some separates. for now i just have a finished skirt, but i like the look of it with my wool elie tahari moto-style jacket and chic white blouse.
cat dance time!
another piece that had been bothering me was my nero-wolfe-inspired 50s blouse with an awesome wing collar. the pattern fit fine, but had what i felt was much too much wearing ease. blouses tend to have between 4 and 9 inches of wearing ease! it made me uncomfortable.
so i nicked a detail from some elizabeth and james RTW button-downs i have and put a button loop and button in to the back pleats. this way i could take it in, but the ease still has somewhere to go and allow movement.
i also like it better as a casual outfit, for what it’s worth, but i still enjoy pairing it with my high-waisted pencil for a mix of casual and work. especially since i was in the early stages of a monster stomach flu yesterday…
meanwhile, just for fun, some weekend fashion badassery. my dad and sister came to visit. i told my sister that the mood bag completed her ensemble. don’t you agree? we splurged on some cavali crepe-de-chine and are making a colette taffy out of it for her.