November 15 – In Your Bag
November 16 – Begins with “K”
November 17 – Something You Cannot Live Without
November 18 – Horizontal
November 19 – Large
November 20 – Shine
November 21 – Nature
Option 1: Spend over $140 on this cute gray sweatshirt.
Option 2: Buy the less-expensive version at Nordstrom for $50.
Option 3: Make your own sweatshirt for less than $5.
Something told me you would choose option 3 🙂
When I bought this sweatshirt for less than $1.50 at the Tanger Outlets, I knew that I would personalize it before I wore it. It took about a week for me to decide exactly what I wanted to do, but the project itself only took a short part of my morning.
After washing and drying the sweatshirt, I cut a piece of lace (leftover from making this purse) large enough to cover the entire front of my sweatshirt.
Then, I pinned the lace to my sweatshirt. I cut off excess fabric and folded the edge of the lace under itself so that the sweatshirt would look more finished.
Using a straight stitch, I attached the lace to the sweatshirt.
Before long, my frugal sweatshirt was ready to be worn.
I love being busy. On top of classes, I am an RA, student body president, peer tutor, choir member, “Brewin’ Den” barista, and admissions aid. I am not quite sure when I breathe or sleep, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Sadly, all these responsibilities mean that I do not complete many “just for fun” projects during the school year. With foreknowledge of the coming busyness, I spent the entire week before school sewing, crafting, and cooking. One of the last refashions I completed that week began with a denim frock that I snagged for $1 at a local outlet sale (the same monthly sale where I grabbed this last year and this the year before). With a few snips and stitches, I had a cute new dress for fall.
First, I laid a well-fitting dress over the bulky denim frock and used chalk to outline the smaller dress.
I pinned and sewed along the chalk marks, and cut off the extra material with pinking shears.
I then repeated this process with a favorite oxford shirt so that the arms would fit.
With the addition of a belt and accessories, my dress was ready to wear!
You know that one piece of clothing that you hold on to simply because you’ve had it forever? I have a lot of those. Rather than let those unworn garments hang uselessly in your closet, turn them into something useful.
I bought this jean skirt at a consignment shop the summer before seventh grade (don’t be surprised that I remember that; I can tell you the origin of every thread I own). I proudly wore it the first day of school with a green, heart-covered shirt and pink plaid flats. I felt trendy in that outfit, and I remember the following conversation with two high school girls.
Girl one: I like your shoes.
Girl two: I like your shirt.
Girl one: We just like your whole outfit!
My year was made. Here I was, lowly seventh grader, and high schoolers liked my clothes. Success.
I couldn’t get rid of that skirt.
I also could no longer wear it. As a college student, I try to dress a little nicer than a faded, ill-fitting denim skirt and t-shirt. I like to look professional and put together. Using an old purse strap and two fabric scraps, I put the unwearable garment to good use and made a simple cross-body tablet carrier.
To start, I turned my skirt inside-out and laid my tablet on it, marking a large rectangle around the tablet. I then cut out the rectangle, and pinned the fabric scraps into place.
I used a simple straight-stitch to attach the fabric to the skirt. I then sewed all the sides together, and, voila, I was done!
What garments are you attached to, and how could you re-purpose them?
When I was younger, I desperately wanted an American Girl doll. I treated the catalogues like love notes, saving and memorizing every one I received in the mail (in fact I still have all the catalogues and magazines that have been sent to me since Fall of 2001). I saved my pennies. I devoured the books. I purchased purses, lotion, pins, trading cards, and ornaments. I never bought a doll.
In 2001, the Kit doll that I wanted cost $89–an incomprehensible fortune for a first grader. Now, the same doll can set a parent back $115. While I could probably afford to buy myself a doll (and maybe one of these days I will bite the bullet and do it), I will just dress myself like one for now.
Dress: Forever (consignment)
Coat: Guess (eBay, gifted)
Boots: Bamboo (gifted)
Earrings, bracelet, pin, and hair clip: gifted
As the days grow shorter and the air chills, my wardrobe changes drastically. While I would prefer to wear sleeveless tops and sandals year-round, goose bumps and frozen toes force me to stow away the shorts and extricate the sweaters. Below are the ten items most used items in my fall ensembles.
Ten Fall Wardrobe Staples
1. Long-sleeved oxfords
Although oxfords were traditionally worn by only men, they have become a staple in most women’s wardrobes. I find them very versatile–they can be worn with jeans, dress pants, skirts, and even dresses. You can roll up the sleeves or leave them down.
Keep those legs warm and dry!
3. Knee-length skirts
If its warm, knee-length skirts can be warn with simple flats. When the weather grows colder, add tights and boots to the ensemble.
Nothing shouts “FALL” louder than jeans and sweaters.
Admit it. There are days when you just feel like wearing a hoodie and leaving your hair in a ponytail. Hoodies are also great to carry with you to a bonfire–warm evenings quickly chill when the sun sets!
Outside temperature: 50
Inside Temperature: 72
Solution: a cardigan
7. Dress pants
Invest in a classic pair of dress pants for looking professional when it’s cold out. I snagged these at a consignment shop for $3.
8. Ballet flats
Just like the oxford, flats can be worn with jeans, skirts, dresses, and dress pants.
9. Long-sleeved dresses
Pair with tights and boots for chilly Sunday mornings.
10. Boat shoes
Boat shoes pair well with jeans and hoodies when you are heading out to a bonfire.
What are your fall wardrobe staples? Do you ever succumb to wearing hoodies and old jeans on cold days?
Back in May, I set a goal for the month of June; I decided to take a themed picture every day. I found a list of 30 photo ideas, and I have gone through that list, in order, throughout the month. Amazingly, I met the goal. Some days, I wondered how I was going to take a picture to follow the theme (Day 9 was particularly tough). Other days were planned weeks ahead of time (I could hardly wait for day 22). Thirty days and thirty photographs later, I have a month-long portfolio that I am quite proud of. I hope you enjoy viewing my photos! (click the photos to enlarge them)
7. 3 o’clock
16. Black and White
17. Bible Verse
19. Fruit and Vegetables
20. Favorite Things
22. What I Wore
Which picture is your favorite?