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Cindy McCain, looking totally glamorous! (From Fabulous After 40)

Cindy McCain and Laura Bush

Cindy McCain and Laura Bush

One of my favorite blogs, Fabulous over 40, posted this entry about how dowdy Laura Bush looks in comparison to Cindy McCain. I agree the two are a good example of how dressing in expensive clothing doesn’t mean you look good. McCain finds that place where beautiful clothes are current and ageless–great sewing inspiration!

It’s also about hairstyle and accessories–it’s easy to kill a look with “your mother’s” hair and jewelry!

Read the entire article here:  Fabulous After 40

Project MyWay #12–Top Sewn with Fabric from India

 

I knew the fabrics I brought back from India would easily find a way into my wardrobe. It was cool enough to wear jeans last week (yea!) and I wanted something fresh to wear with my favorite pair. I whipped up this Butterick 3385 top with the Salwar Kameez fabric I showed you in my post, Fabrics from India. (more…)

Less is More when Dressing Well

Few men are as well dressed as Barack Obama. He has a formula for his classic style:  one part perfectly fitted dark suit, one part crisp white shirt and one part conservative tie, usually in a solid red or blue.  The result:  he always looks confident and stylish. I’m sure he feels like he puts on a  uniform everyday; he has infinite choices, but he wisely sticks to “his” look. And he consistently looks more pulled together than other politicians. (more…)

Tailored Jackets for Fall

As I’m perusing the media (magazines, web, movies and t.v.) looking for fall fashions to sew, I’m uninspired. Usually fall has me drooling over beautiful clothes done up in sumptuous fabrics. Haven’t found many worth passing on at this time, but I will share what I do find.

Here’s an article from Fabulous Over 40 with their picks of the top jackets of the season. For the most part, I agree, though I’ll add more ideas as I find them. (I do love the Armani pictured above–perfect to dress up or down.)  (more…)

Fall Wardrobe ’08–Part 2

I’m so excited–tailoring is back! I’ve been waiting for this since the 80’s, when jackets, slacks and skirts were molded with the finest wool flannels, challis and knits into flattering constructed silhouettes. This time around they’re even better because they are body skimming, sans huge shoulder pads and so are the epitome of graceful, fluid line.

I covet the entire fall RTW line from Akris! The photo above, from their runway show, is perfect for early fall. Look at those narrow pants–they’ll make anybody look tall and slim! I’m glad, as well, to see some suede. I think it’s really classy. (more…)

Fall Wardrobe ’08–Part 1

Even though I still have dozens of summer fashion I hope to stitch up, I guess it’s time to start gathering ideas for fall. At least I’ll have a place to start when the weather starts turning (because you know I’ll probably wait that long to start my fall wardrobe–I need to get in the mood).

Here’s an article from You Look Fab that outlines the major trends for fall. The photo is a new Donna Karan outfit at Neiman Marcus–a good season spanning look.

Hints of Autumn from You Look Fab