Project MyWay #21–Yellow Balmacaan Coat

280Of course I had my heart set on a Balmacaan raincoat at a time when there are almost zero raglan sleeved coat patterns available. Luckily, Simplicity 2858 was pretty close to what I wanted and I didn’t have to fuss around with it too much. I love how it turned out. (more…)

Spring Wardrobe ’09–Part 3

burberry-at-nmCoats, sweaters, tops and pants–that’s what you need for springtime in Chicago. Here it is, almost Easter and the temperatures are hovering around the freezing point. And we have 6 weeks more to go of this lovely spring weather, until about June 1st when summer usually arrives, hot and sticky.

 

I love this trench coat from Burberry, but this fabric could never be found in Chicago, so it’ll go on my wish list and maybe I’ll find it marked down 90% at the end of the season!

 

 

 

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Poor Michelle, Suffering from Kid-in-a-Candy-Store-itis

Oscar de la Renta at Style.com

Oscar de la Renta at Style.com

I have three words for Michelle Obama, “elegant, understated fashion”. She simply has too many choices; she needs to learn to be a good editor. Style is as much about what you don’t choose as what you do.

 

American fashion is about uncomplicated clothes with clean lines worn with a dash of panache. Iconic American designers like Oscar de la Renta, Calvin, Klein, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan and Michael Kors know how to design contemporary clothing without falling prey to foofy, fussy design. (more…)

Jeans, Jeans Everywhere

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Home again; home again…I’m so glad that trip is behind me. All went exceptionally well and I’m on the fast track to recovery.

 

In India, I had visions of spring fashions in my head and I’m starting to sort out where I want to begin; more on that in the next few days.

 

On my trek to India, I spent many hours sitting in O’Hare and Frankford airports and I was overwhelmed by the number of people wearing jeans. All different nationalities of peoples, every style of denim known to man; jeans really are the global dress code. Makes me wish I invested in a denim factory way back when! (more…)

Back to India

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I’m off to India for my second hip surgery (I had surgery on my right side last May, this time the surgery is on my left side).

 

Sorry for the meager posts of late, I’ve been working overtime at my “real” job as I’ll be off for six weeks now.

 

The good news? I only have 2 hips so after this surgery I’ll be good to go for miles and miles. And, six weeks off with nothing to do but sew, sew, sew!

 

Ta-ta for now!

Spring Wardrobe ’09–Part 2

Ralph Lauren Spring 09 designs to sew

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ralphie baby. My relationship with Ralph Lauren has come full circle. In my 20’s I was a RL girl—all cashmere, velvet and luxurious woolens. That was B.C. (before children), when I had time to sew and I remember going to Marshall Field’s (gone, but not forgotten) to take intricate notes and measurements from a burgundy silk velvet turtleneck dress so I could copy the look. Ah…those were the days of easily dressing like a million bucks. (more…)

Spring Wardrobe ’09–Part 1

 

 

Couture-Couture '08

 

So, I’m doing my fashion magazine thing…going through last year’s issues with spring and summer fashions. I’m always amazed at what looks good to me the year after it is introduced, I think it takes my eye some time to adjust to new styles. (more…)