Project MyWay #27–Lavender Silk Top

PMW 27I generally don’t like loose fitting tops, they remind me too much of the maternity tops I wore during 3 pregnancies. This top however, is not too floaty and because it’s fitted under the bust it skims over my midsection and is very flattering.

I used Simplicity 3874, view A and shortened it into a top. Instead of using the tie to pull through the casing, I used elastic. I think elastic makes nicer shirring than fabric would. I saved enough fabric to make a bow for the front that I can tack on, but that’s a little too foufy for me.Simplicity 3874 I lined the top, to the edge, with China silk.

I like this top because it’s cool, but not too bare (bra straps don’t show!). I wore it with white wide leg pants and heels; it was a nice outfit for a dinner party in our back yard.

I love this medallion print:PMW 27-2

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What to Wear Over 40–North woods Summer Vacation

J. Crew4The scene:  A mountain or north woods vacation where it’s warm during the day and cool at night

The outfit:  Perfect fitting straight leg khakis (Banana Republic.com) and a chambray shirt (J.Crew.com) pulled together with a rugged Cole Haan tote  and Ralph Lauren belt (both at Nordstrom.com), Minnetonka moccasins(Nordstrom.com) and a beautiful turquoise cuff(Novica.com)Banana RepublicMinnetonka at NorsdstromRalph Lauren at Nordstrom 2Cole Haan at Nordstrom 2Novica 6

Project MyWay #26–Another Orange Dress

Project MyWay 26This orange dress was made with some of the salwar kameez fabric I brought back from India…we’ll have to plan another trip, I’m using my Indian fabric up fast! I used Style 1012 which, obviously, is discontinued. In case any of you have this pattern in your stash, it fits well and is easy to make.

I made the trim for the neckline with the border of the fabric. I just stretched it and molded it with the iron to make it hug the curves. I lined this dress with the piece of fabric that comes with a kameez bundle that is meant for the pants (I think). I was kicking myself for not lining my orange linen dress. It’s so simple to do and really makes a dress hang better and you don’t have to worry about show through.

If it ever gets warm in Chicago (it’s 64 degrees here now) this will make a great sundress for a barbeque or casual dinner out.

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What to Wear Over 40–Casual Work Wear Summer ’09

DKNYThe event:  Causal Friday or causal office appropriate clothes

The outfit:  A comfortable pull-on skirt (DKNY.com) with a fitted T in an “urban color” to give it some authority (Banana Republic.com), a casual pair of heeled sandals (Born at Zappos.com) and some fun, naturalist jewelryBanana Republic2(Novica.com)Born at ZapposNovica 5Novica 7

Project MyWay #25–Orange Linen Dress

Project MyWay 25 Orange Linen DressI’m in a crazy orange phase…it started last summer–I covered my patio furniture in an orange print, then I bought an orange bathing suit and then I made Project MyWay #9, a Diane von Furstenbeg knock-off top in an orange print. Continue reading “Project MyWay #25–Orange Linen Dress”