Hi! I’m back. Sorry for the extended hiatus, these have been difficult times as we lost our dear Mamacita (Oma) a couple of weeks ago.
In the meantime some sewing has been going on, the biggest project was a dress for my daughter who attended a fancy fund raiser last September. Read more
I made this top to wear to a piano concert at an outdoor pavilion. I wanted to look nice, but not over the top because it was outside. I wore this top with very dark wash jeans, high heeled sandals and what else? my DKNY cozy! Read more
I made this dress to go with my DKNY cozy–that’s what I love about sewing, you can make a garment to wear with anything in your wardrobe. I love my cozy, it’s the perfect color and weight for late summer when the evenings are chilly and I was happy to find fabric to create a dress to go with it. Read more
Many of you have visited my new blog, What to Wear Over 40. One of the reasons Istarted composing outfits for over 40s is because I searched the web for wardrobe ideas for myself and all I found was a lot of outdated advice on how to dress after 40. I wanted some ideas! Some fodder for my sewing inspiration. So, I decided I just better do it myself. Most retailers cater to younger women (HELLO merchants…who has the income for this expensive clothing?), finding contemporary clothes when you’re older is a matter of weeding out what’s inappropriate (or just plain ugly). Read more
At this time of the year number one on my fall wardrobe list is a great suit; it becomes the backbone of my wardrobe. Luckily, nice looking suits can be had at any price point, but this is where it pays to be able to sew it yourself and have the out of reach designer looks and beautiful fabrics.
Here are my fall 2009 suiting picks:
#1 The Splurge–if money were no object, I’d go for this suit by Akris. It’s structured without being boring, the red and burgundy combo has a creative flair and nothing is more flattering than a fitted jacket with a belt–instant hourglass figure! If you’ve ever purchased Akris, you know that their fabrics are sumptuous (this jacket is cashmere/silk) and their tailoring is soft, but finely executed. Read more
I’d love to share my thoughts on the first episode of the new Project Runway season, but I fell asleep within the first half hour. That may be because it was a bit of a yawn because it was just like previous seasons, except that it took place in LA instead of New York. Or, more probably it was because I was working out of town and had a long, hard day and then collapsed in my hotel room.
I’ll watch a rebroadcast and review it from a sewer’s point of view. In the meantime, here is an entertaining review from one of the Go Fug Yourself bloggers, posted on the New York Magazine/Fashion site:
Because so many have requested more, more, more, I’ve launched a new blog for my fashion after 40 visitors…What to Wear Over 40
Bookmark that page; I’ll be adding posts on all sorts of over 40 interests, from diet and exercise to fashion and shopping.
This is a great time of the year to purchase fall clothes, shoes and boots that are on sale from last year. I’m looking for great deals on not-too-trendy pieces that will jump start my fall wardrobe. I don’t want to spend too much though, because I want to save the bulk of my fall budget for things that are starting to hit the stores.
Here are my picks for fall deals and steals:
I wanted to buy this DKNY (at Bloomindales.com) last winter, I can’t believe I have another opportunity–at a great price! With it’s cropped length and 3/4 sleeve, it still looks fresh:
My after July 4th shopping philosophy:
- buy staples like T-shirts and jeans while they’re on sale
- buy warm weather clothes in classic silhouettes that will still look great next year (see my last post, Shopping the Summer Sales I)
- splurge on a designer piece or two that I couldn’t possible afford at full price. One caveat–I have to LOVE it for 10 years and it has to be something that fits into my wardrobe–no sequined T-shirts or chartreuse stilettos, no matter how great a deal!
- hunt for great deals on the fall/winter clothes left over from last year (that is the subject of my next post, Shopping the Summer Sales III) Read more