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What I wore Wednesday

First off:  I’m the featured member on Burdastyle this week!   I had a really busy week, and I had to wear my performing uniform twice (I’ll show it here, but never again unless it changes!)


Dress: Ralph Lauren

Shoes: Sofft

Singing in a concert of new compositions at 21c.  I didn’t make this dress – when called upon to buy a black dress that went below the knee for a chamber group I sing with, I chose to buy rather than make.  I really don’t enjoy the below the knee length on this, and I wouldn’t wear it with these shoes if I didn’t have to stand up for a long time!


Wrap: Simplicity 2360

Almost the same as Thursday, with the addition of a wrap.  I was singing at a private University fundraising dinner – very fancy.  I didn’t wear the sweater to sing, but kept it on the rest of the time!  And again… I hate the length of this dress, so awkward on me.  I may have to make a full skirted black jersey dress to replace it.

Saturday: Singing with the Irish band at a festival… no photos that turned out of me (but plenty of the rest of the band – somehow I was standing in a shadow.)

Sunday: I don’t remember what I wore, but it was probably boring – it was my day off!


Top: The Limited

Skirt: Burdastyle Jenny

Shoes: Anne Klein

I don’t wear this skirt as often as I could.  I might make the hips 1/2″ larger on a redo, and not cut the waistband on the bias.  I have found that the non-interfaced band (the outside part) stretches, so while it still fits on the inside it bags a bit on the outside.


Sweater: Vintage

Boots: BC

Skirt: thrifted, refashioned by me

I bought this skirt at a thrift last week, thinking that it had potential.  It was way too big, and a bit long as well.  I took it in by 4 inches overall, which raised the waist to my natural waist and took care of the length.  I really like it, though the cotton/linen blend fabric tends to wrinkle a bit.


Dress: Simplicity

Cardigan: 525 America

Belt: Forever 21

Boots: Alfani

Cat action shot!  I love this dress, though this shot exposes its one major issue – the fold line that will not press out of the skirt front!  I am amused to see this fabric on the cover of a new Simplicity pattern.  This dress doesn’t work with most cardigans because of the ruffles, but this one is fine (it’s a circular cardigan, though the photo doesn’t show it, and it has an enormous shawl collar.)  Today I teach, and then I have a college choir I am helping out with.  Being around a bunch of college students once a week makes me feel really aged, but I enjoy the interaction.


Back later with my muslin progress!



9 thoughts on “What I wore Wednesday

  1. Congratulations on your BurdaStyle “fame”! I really love the Jenny skirt, especially with the bright colored top you’ve paired it with. Beautiful work, as always, and looking forward to seeing muslin progress! Your grandma would be proud. 🙂

  2. I have been reading your posts for the past few months and they are inspiring me to sew more regularly. It is great to see someone so passionate about crafting their own style.

  3. Ha! I know what you mean. I just turned 30 and started a new position as a professor at a University. I feel so old compared to all the freshmen in my class! Then again, I’m not 50 like most of the other professors in my department…

  4. Hi from Australia! I have been reading your blog for a few weeks now and I love it. Your style is very similar to my own but I don’t get the chance to dress up as often as I would like to! I love seeing all of your combinations. I recently bought the Simplicity wrap pattern because yours turned out so well.
    I have to agree about the length of the dress, you have nice legs and nice knees – so show them off I say!!!

  5. Love seeing all the new items you are making and so glad to see that ‘younger’ people are taking up the art of sewing nicer garments.

    An old trick taught to me by a seamstress many years ago might work on your fold line. put about a tablespoon of white vinegar in about 1/2 cup water, depending on the fabric you can either dab it on the line or spritz it on the line then using a pressing cloth iron it dry. It might take several tries but usually will either take it out completely or at least minimize it. The odor from the vinegar will disapate but if the fabric is washable then that will take care of it.

    If you want a good crisp crease the same vinegar mix will help set it.

    Hope this helps!

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