Posts Tagged ‘vintage’

Sewing: Banksia Cape Top


I’ve been sewing like crazy these days. My goal is to have at least one handmade item on my person at Alt. Considering there will be four day looks and three evening looks, it’s a heck of a lot of stuff. Fortunately, I think I may have over prepared! I think. We’ll see how the next skirt turns out.

I’ve had the below fabric in my stash for a few months, knowing exactly what I wanted to make with it. I wanted to make a high-low cape top (kinda like Penelope’s). Something that flowed nicely in the back, but wasn’t too muumuu-ish.

I took one of my favorite shirt patterns (this is really the second time I’ve made a banksia top, but I wear my first one practically every other day), and altered it in the back to fit my style. I made room for the yoke and back pleat. I also had to take in the front piece a little (ditched the darts, too) to keep it looking form-flattering.

You can see the back is constructed of two pieces. I sorta wish I had made the back with a more pronounced pleat, but I like it all the same.

It’s a pretty dramatic high-low here, but I like that I can wear it with my leggings and it’ll cover my bum. Chris and Eric (brother-in-law who’s living with us right now) call it the CYA shirt . . . you know, cover your ___. I’m not sure Chris is as jazzed about the style of this shirt as I am, but that’s okay. I only dress to impress my girlfriends these days anyway.

I like how I can pair this top with a belt or leave it loose. I’m still trying to decide how I’ll style it for alt (likely there will be a sweater in the mix).

Outfit Details:

  • top: handmade
  • belt: vintage
  • pants: Target
  • shoes: thrifted

Have you been sewing much lately?

Style: Tribal + Floral


It’s been a while since I’ve done a style post. I miss these because they motivate me to get dressed in the morning, even when I have no place to go.

I’ve been digging mixing tribal with florral. Besides the fact they’re both all the rage these days, I love the juxtaposition of masculine and feminine so to speak.

This outfit isn’t outright tribal, but the western themes and the statement necklace make my mind go there.

Outfit details:

  • earrings: thrifted
  • necklace: handmade
  • cardigan: thrifted
  • top: thrifted (last weekend!)
  • belt: thrifted (last weekend!)
  • skirt: handmade at Sewing Summit
  • shoes: thrifted

(I’m pretty sure this outfit falls in the under $20 category.)

Can we make this combo a meme together? Hashtag your tribal and floral outfits on instagram using #tribalandfloral. I will be.

Style: Cool Summer Night Out


I went out with my sister and her boyfriend on Saturday while the kiddos were gone. It was something like 70 degrees around our house, which felt a tad cold. The long sleeve dress seemed to remedy the ‘cold’ weather.


Style: Scorcher


It was a serious scorcher on Sunday, but it didn’t start out that way. I considered wearing a sweater out, but opted for a lightweight vintage scarf. Good choice, Mel.

Style: Grey & Black & Fringe


Tuesday was really rainy and depressing, so I wore grey clothes to match. I made my necklace back in January and wear it ALL THE TIME. Maybe one of these years, I’ll share the tutorial with you.

Also, I’ve been letting my hair airdry these days. It usually has a ridiculous mind of its own, not knowing whether to be frizzy, straight or wavy. I’m liking what it did today, though.

Outfit details:

  • necklace: handmade
  • dress: Shade
  • belt: vintage
  • shoes: Campo Grande, Brazil

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