I was in a Joann Fabrics store the other day looking at the Halloween costume patterns (just an average day for me, really), when I got distracted by a hoodie pattern. So I carried it around and knew I had to buy it when I saw this printed knit fabric. The pattern is a little too bold, and an iron will melt it (learned this one the hard way)…but I just felt like it was meant to be.
The fun lady cutting the fabric asked what I was going to make with it and when I told her she said, “You could always wear it on Halloween.” Pause. “If you’re, you know, at home watching movies or something.” Either she thought it would make a great costume, or she assumed I would have no plans on Halloween.
Let’s be real you guys, she was probably right on both accounts.
I was perusing the sale section at Nordstrom the other day and found myself wishing the white parts of these sandals was a different color. Since I didn’t see anything else I liked, I decided I would just buy them and try to dye them at home.
Are dying. And I killed them you guys. I bought them at Nordstrom Rack about 4 years ago and they were “Refurbished!” to begin with (I’m not exactly sure what that meant for these boots, but my detective skills tell me it has something to do with the one panel of leather that’s a different color), which means that I got them at a bargain price. I’ve known for a while that they need to be re-soled, but I didn’t stop to really pay attention to how much I’ve been neglecting them until I saw that there was a giant hole forming on the right boot. It opened up to say, “FIX ME. fortheloveofgod, FIX ME”.
Step 1: Super glue the hole closed (I would get the kind that dries clear, not white)
Step 2: Clamp it tightly for 30-5o minutes (I put my boot under the lamp. Dangerous, yes. But as you can tell, I live life on the edge.)
Step 3: Once the glue is dry, use brown shoe polish to spiffy up the leather.
I don’t know much about shoe polish, but I got the exact Synovia tube shown in the photos when I worked at Nordstrom 6 years ago and it’s still almost full, and it still works great. Based on my minimal experience, I would totally recommend this brand.
A couple of weeks ago I got to go skeet shooting for the first time. Which also means I shot a gun for the first time. Eek. I won’t try to downplay this – after the first shot, my adrenaline was through the roof. I played it cool though because if I had freaked out with an expert a foot away teaching me how to shoot at clay discs, I probably would have looked pretty stupid. It turns out I’m not very good at shooting things. I blame it on the fact that it was the week before I got my new glasses.
We were at the Sunnydell Shooting Grounds in Sequim, WA. (Port Angeles is nearby and is an adorable little town that I can’t wait to go back to and do some more exploring.)
I realized yesterday that I forgot to add the ‘before’ photos to my dyed sweater post last week. For those of you who felt cheated, fret no longer. For those of you who didn’t notice, you probably should have felt cheated. In the future when you see the ‘after’ of something, you should always be curious about the ‘before’. Just a little life tip from me to you.
In addition to sharing the ‘before’ photos, I also have to tell you that the first day I wore this new and improved sweater to work, I got a giant hole in the right elbow. When you consider that it’s 5 years old and I stirred it in a pot with simmering water, vinegar and blue dye for 30 minutes, it’s not surprising that the already worn threads decided to bust on me. I have no idea how to mend a hole in a wool sweater and have it look good, so I turned to my trusty sewing machine in order to remedy the situation.
Step one: Apply clear nail polish to the edges of the hole to keep it from spreading further. As with the disclaimer when I fixed my couch, I have no idea if this actually works. (Also, I put a piece of paper inside the sweater to block any nail polish from getting where I didn’t want it.)
Step two: Cut out elbow patches. I used some faux-suede I had and sort of made up a shape and size that I thought looked right.
Step three: Adhere double sided interfacing to the elbow patches, peel off the back and adhere them to the sweater. (I used this interfacing, which actually comes in handy for a lot of projects.)
Step four: Sew patches to sweater.
Step five: Have your significant other take photos of you in a well-lit alley.
I think I’m in love with this skirt. But I know the biggest challenge with it will be to make sure it looks more “Fashionable” and less “Easter Sunday”. The best part about it is the length (not too long, not too short)…and obviously how twirly it is.
This cape is for my friend Christine, who happens to be insanely creative when it comes to fashion. I can’t wait to see how she styles this – and when she does, you can bet your bippy I’ll share the photos with you.
This is the last post about the Seattle Magazine Best of 2010 party, I promise. For the final round you get to see what Megan’s second outfit was, and also what I wore to the event.
Jacket: Made by me (click here to buy it!)
Skirt: Made by me (Click here to buy one!)
T-shirt: Made by me
Boots: Nordstrom Rack
Bright pink bracelet: Proof that while I may look 16, I am in fact over 21.
Capelet: Made by me (Click here to buy one!)
T-shirt: Made by me
Skirt: Made by me
It was such a fun night. Megan – thank you! I owe you big. Huge.
P.S. You may recall the sneak preview of a different plaid skirt? That one ended up being too long for the holiday-themed Hunter wellies and capelet outfit, so it got the boot. Luckily I had grabbed this back up skirt at the last second. Phew.
This capelet may look familiar, and that's because the first grey wool capelet already sold on Etsy. I figured I better get a second one up real quick. They're identical, except that this new one only has three buttons at center front. To see it for sale on Etsy, click here.
The rest of my outfit:
Skirt: Made by me
Boots: Nordstrom Rack
Shades: Forever 21