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Well ladies. It’s done 🙂 Here is a pretty snap of it’s fluffy loveliness:

The green is the most delicate sweet pattern, and the chiffon is a soft olive. Detail of the fabric:

I really must find a non-blue dress form someday. But for now, make do 🙂 I mentioned last time general steps for making this skirt, but here’s a more detailed tutorial on

“How to whip and snip a curtain into a fluffy little skirt”

1. Measure curtain to 1.5x around your waist (i.e. wrap fabric once around you, then wrap 1/2 around again).
2. Snip length.

(Leave in all casings, and seams)

Chiffon piece
3. Seal edges of chiffon by hair-spraying each edge. Wait to dry. Trim edges, so there are now lose treads &c.

4. Measure chiffon to the same length as skirt.
5. Fold chiffon as shown, and hem both tiers of the underlay.

6. Pin & sew to finished edge of curtain. Iron smooth.

7. Snip any unneeded material and bind seam.
8. Sew up the back (i.e. fold your skirt in half — right sides together — stitch up the unfinished seam). Be careful to sew all the way around the existing casing, so you don’t lose the home for your waistband.
9. Iron smooth.

10. Insert elastic through waistband casing. I usually measure the elastic by holding a piece snugly around my waist, and adding two inches.

11. Adjust elastic to be evenly smooth around skirt.
12. Stitch casing closed.
13. Primp, admire and adore.

This little sweet thing turned out great. For wearing out and about, I’d wear it with a little white tee, draping beads and throw a little vintage lace belt around it, or maybe a brown leather belt. Flats, wedges or boots. MmMmmm. Glam glam.

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One of my favorite books as a child was “Old Farm, New Farm,” the little farmer bought an old farm, and started making repairs and modernizing the whole estate. This type of “make-better” story is so sweet, especially as the farmer sat back with his lemonade once all was complete. 🙂

My current project is a blazer refinement endeavor. I found this sport coat last winter at a little Thrift Store in between snowstorms. It was just begging to be renewed. I think one of the most defining aspects of a jacket are the buttons. SO. This little jacket will be transformed with a fresh set of beautiful faux leather buttons and some additional vintage lace accents (for the pocket and lapel).

Here is the progress so far! Notice the old ugly buttons (the cheap flat ones, not the leather ones).

As you can see, this is still QUITE “in-progress.” But should be done tonight!

In other news, found a pair of black velvet vintage pumps at a Thrift Store today. Once conditioned and transformed, will be etsy’d 🙂

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Was playing around with some tech yesterday to design outfits and pieces. This H&M “Fashion Studio” is pretty sweet. Was definitely enjoying playing dress up with the gorgeous brunette model, who definitely resembles Mrs. T 🙂 🙂

Here’s my outfit pick of the week. I love stripes and prints. Have for years, just ask my Mum.

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Fall 2010 is almost upon us, and I confess I’ve already started stroking my boot bin in EAGER anticipation for my favorite season of all. FALL.

This fall’s style can be defined as: Thrifty glam, or economic glitz.

Runways have been full the past few weeks with excitement and drama of the new season. Designers and models alike are touting their glam and luxe. New season, new spending budget, new quest for the ultimate fab-faux-drab.

Reminds me dramatically of the old English Fox hunts. All riders mount, the dogs are let loose, and the hunters begin their chase of that poor elusive and rather overrated sweet fox.

This season the fox is worth it.

Before you have the Mrs. T Fashion cheat sheet. Consider the general guidelines for this season.

A. Feathers, vintage jewelry (cluster 2-3 brooches or old earrings instead of one)

B. Light colors are trendy this year (also helps us use our summer shirts and skirts for the fall and winter — THANK YOU THRIFTY GLAM!). Use the Dec H&M Style Guide to help you. Here are my picks.

C. Boots boots boots. Any hight, color or style. Just wear ’em with anything. Esp your skinny jeans BUT NO JEGGINGS. If you google boots boots boots, this is what you get 🙂 boots boots boots May I highlight this fab 1970’s pic from Digilander
Beautiful Boots

D. Camel & gray, more than every this season. Both go with everything and together.

As promised there are 4.5 essentials to this new season.
We’ll start from the bottom up.

1. Booties — boots are the ones that come to the calf or higher. Booties are the little ones that hit your ankle at that beautiful cut that makes you look straight out of the 20s. Make sure they are classy. Booties look trashy if not done exactly right!

2. Maxi-Skirt — Lengths are coming back (I personally think its in response to the climate-change, go Snow Monster in DC this past winter. We need warm femme!). So grab a long skirt with a ruffle, pattern or anything. The trick with this cutting edge trend is to pair it with snaky flats or your adorable booties that you purchased above. You can do the vintage twist on this one by having the skirt be super full and paired with a wide belt and fitted blouse.

NOTE, always fitted blouse with long skirts — or like the pic, try a belted billow.

3. Chunky Knit Sweater — I still need to get mine (my sister has been working on a design for those of you that knit, check out her site here, ELEGANT ECONOMY), but find a knit sweater that hits mid to high thigh. Colors: Grey or Camel if you want versitatle. I’d go with a deep purple or teal if you want something more trendy and the SUPER trendy would be a deep sailor blue (this color will be more popular later winter).

4. Vintage Dress — This dress should have a small print and be paired with summer peep-toes or booties.

Use this dress with a heavy sweater and belt for a deep Autumn look.

4.5. Leopard. Although I still remain a faithful lover of all animal print (see collection below). Leopard is snag fab this season, so grab a little leopard wallet or flats to spice up your Autumn look. High fashion can use more animal, for us plebes, find a staple and keep it normal.

Items that you should already have in your wardrobe:

1. Little over the shoulder purse — forget the big bag ladies unless your hitting the tarmac. The little purse keeps you slim trim and mobile. I have a little black Dorney & Bourke one that makes me smile every time I throw it over my shoulder. The hot pink lining combined with the cattle faux leather mini clutch makes my heart sing a stanza of Melody Gardot’s.

2. Knee/calf high flat boots (blk or brown is great) — don’t feel the need to upgrade to grey or camel.

3. Military Jacket — as with EVERY fall the military styled buttons, stripes and stiches are a fall staple. You should have this jaket in your wardrobe from last year. Don’t buy another one if yours is remotely close.

4. Belts — by this point if you’ve purchased one or two belts per year, you should have at least two large chunky ones, at least one medium shiny one, and one skinny one. AND every woman should have the woven belt (I have mine in metallic bronze so I can wear it with anything). If you don’t have your belts up to snuff, I would invest in a medium width camel leather belt with a bronze or gun metal buckle. This should be worn over sweaters at the waist, with dresses at the waist or over that billowy large top — at the waist.

5. Scarves — You should have about 2-12 scarves in your closet at this point (averaging 1-3 per year since they became popular). The trick for this fall is to add a bit of flare and flow to the knit/heavy look. SO. When putting together your outfit consider putting a more romantic scarf (i.e. thinner, lighter colors, sheer, lacy etc.) with heavier knits. This will add that winter-wonderland look to ANY outfit.

6. Flats — Totally in, wear em all you like. To keep your tooties warm rifle through your stocking drawer and pull out those colorful tights or super light-weight ankle socks to wear with them.

Now for execution.

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