Wednesday, October 31, 2012

What I'm Wearing to Teach Today: Suited Up

Every day is Halloween
Suit:  Vintage - Gormont tailored by Craftsmen
Shell:  Rowan pattern knit by me
Shoes:  Isaac Mizrahi
Pantyhose:  Label missing

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

What I'm Wearing to Teach Today: Deep in Thought

or trying to get a few more zzzzs
Dress:  Aida Barni
Vest (oops! forgot it): Dolce & Gabbana
Tights:  wool, brand forgotten
Boots:  La Canadienne

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

3 Things I've Learned So Far from the Seam Allowance Project

  1. I really haven't made that many of my own clothes, or they're not quite suited for what I'm wearing right now.  (A little cold for light, summer tank dresses, but where did all that knitting go?  Oh yeah, to friends & family for gifts.)
  2. I can see how this would be easier if I worked in or owned a sewing/crafting-related enterprise.
  3. I have to expand my definition to include clothes I've mended or altered. (Thank god for the patched jeans I've been living in on the weekends.)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Shouldn't Be a News Flash

but it seems that it's not quite common knowledge:  skinny jeans only look good on boys & girls with no hips.  Really.  It doesn't matter how fit or svelte you are.  If you have hips, leave this to the ones who don't.  A bootcut or straight leg is mighty attractive as well.  You can still wear them tight if you wish.  I've just seen too many women do themselves a disservice by thinking this trend applies to them.
Imogene+Willie Jesse Skimmer

Friday, October 19, 2012

What I Wore to Teach Yesterday: If You're Dying to Know

Alas, no photo; had a meeting in the morning!  But put together the links, and you'll get a pretty good picture nonetheless.

Top: Neiman Marcus
Skirt:  Comme des Garcons
Boots:  Vintage cowboy boots made in Texas
Tights:  Wolford

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Seam Allowance Project Update

So far, so good.  An obvious result of this is the wearing of things I'd previously dismissed or ignored - mostly erroneously - although some things are begging for alteration.  I already spend what I'd consider a fair amount of time thinking about what I'm going to wear (although sometimes it's just, "What fleece should I wear with these jeans?"), but now I'm asking myself, "Do I have something that I've made that could go with this?"  It's like the other question I'd like to ask myself, which is, "Do I have a hat that could go with that?"  But that's another project for another time.

What I'm Wearing Today: Vaguely Sherpa

That mountain is mine!
Turtleneck: Neiman Marcus
Skirt:  sewn by yours truly
Tights:  DKNY
Shoes:  El Naturalista

Monday, October 15, 2012

I'm Not the Only One

"Building a wardrobe over time, saving up and investing in well-made pieces, obsessing over the perfect hem, luxuriating in fabrics, and patching up and altering our clothes are old-fashioned habits.  But they're also deeply satisfying antidotes to the empty uniformity of cheapness."

-Elizabeth L. Cline, Overdressed:  The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion p.9.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

What I'm Wearing to Teach Today: Loosely Structured

Don't ask me what I was doing with my left hand; I have no idea.
Jacket & pants:  J.Morgan Puett
Top:  Rowan mohair shell knit by me
Shoes:  Cydwoq

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

What I'm Wearing to Teach Today: Comin' at You Straight On

Had on purple tights at first; think the green is better
Dress:  Jacob
Tights:  Falke
Shoes:   Kenneth Cole Reaction

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Pumpkin Pie

It was Canadian Thanksgiving yesterday (technically*).  When the ladyfriend said she was going to wear an orange sweater so we could match, I thought she was kidding.  Now I know better.  Here we are with our friends' son.  Crazy matching aunties!

*I say technically because it drives me crazy that Canadians don't eat Thanksgiving dinner on the actual holiday; they're all eating on Saturday or Sunday.  I'm not saying that American Thanksgiving is superior, but at least we eat it on the actual holiday.

Monday, October 8, 2012

Allowances - A Refinement

It didn't take long to find me lying in bed thinking, "There are just some outfits that don't really have room for the handmade in them."  I was thinking of certain dresses, which I didn't make but love, and how, well, I'd probably just be wearing tights, shoes, and underwear with them.  I'm not making shoes (amazingly have no desire to), I'm not making my tights (although I will modify some of them into stockings, which should count), and when it comes to underwear...despite my interest in a local bra-making class, it may only result in a couple of pairs of bikini bottoms. Overthink much?

Friday, October 5, 2012

Seam Allowance Project - Time to Love What I Make

Alabama Chanin dress in progress
I've become quite fascinated by the Seam Allowance Project started by Kristine Vejar, founder of A Verb for Keeping Warm in Oakland, CA.  (Despite my trips to Oakland, I have yet to make it to the shop, and now with my "no new craft materials" pledge, I will have to go "just to look.")

Thursday, October 4, 2012

What I Wore to Teach Today: It's All in the Wrapping

Dress:  Ter et Bantine
Shoes: (not shown) Chie Mihara (same as yesterday)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

The Smart Set

Can you imagine how exciting it was to discover a whole site dedicated to blogs about academia & fashion?  I'm slowly making my way through them.  Sometimes you really do discover new things on the internet.

What I'm Wearing to Teach Today: Givin' a Test!

Dress:  Roland Mouret
Shoes:  Chie Mihara