Hello dearies! Though you are seeing this post on Saturday, I actually wrote it up yesterday, on account of the BUSY day we girls have ahead of us at the Cincy 1940s Weekend. I am sure today is going to be an absolute blast! Hopefully we will have some pictures and stories to share with you in the coming weeks, but until then you will have to be patient. So, moving on, I have a Classy on Sunday to share with you all!
Blouse: Simply Chic / Skirt: Refashioned by me / Heels: Naturalizers-Goodwill / Watch: Great Grandma’s / Earrings (similar): c/o Meadowland Designs / Haircomb: Vintage-gift from Jessica
I bought this gorgeous silk blouse at Simply Chic when we met up with Ashley and her sisters a few months ago. I didn’t have any skirt to pair perfectly with it, but I wore it anyways with my only summer Church skirt. Then one day last week I was staring two things in the face: Two days absolutely free of any other sewing commitments, and a 4-sizes-too-big bias cut rayon/linen blend skirt from Goodwill that I had been meaning to refashion. So, I set to work and made myself my dream skirt.
It was Charlotte’s idea to do the button-loops. 😀 I had these gorgeous faux tortoiseshell buttons, but I wasn’t sure how to do the side closing, since the whole skirt was cut on the bias. Then Charlotte said, “Why not you do button-loops?” Of course! And didn’t they turn out just splendid? Oh, and don’t worry, there are snaps and a hook and eye holding the closing shut at the side, underneath the placket. I didn’t have enough fabric to do a waistband, so instead I did an internal waistband of petersham ribbon. It worked out pretty nicely for my first try at one!
But, my dears, there is a sad ending to this story. “NOOooo!” Yes, sad to say, when I finally put this skirt in the wash after another day’s wear, the bias cut rayon/linen blend decided to do its dirty work and sag in the back. I haven’t had the courage to take a closer look at it yet, so I don’t know if it is salvageable, but I can tell you this: I am TOTALLY going to make this skirt again in 100% linen, and use the buttons from this current skirt. I love the silhouette too much to just give up on it. Oh, and don’t worry. I won’t be cutting it on the bias this time. 😀
Oh, but these shoes! Now, there’s a happy story! Just two weeks ago we girls were out shopping at Goodwill on an impromptu errand trip. I had just been thinking to myself that I didn’t have a single pair of decent Summer church shoes besides my lovely Swedish Hasbeens. Now, that is all fine and dandy, but red doesn’t go with everything. So imagine my delight and surprise when Mom pulled out these absolutely perfect 30s/40s style shoes from the shoe rack at Goodwill! I had briefly looked at them but dismissed them because they were a size 8.5. Now, my feet are tricky to fit, so I can go anywhere from a 7.5 to an 8. Mom tried on the shoes, and when they were only a little bit too big for her I decided to give them a go. Dears, these shoes fit perfectly! So, of course they came home with me. 😀 I love my new shoes. They may be the highest heels in my collection, but I don’t care. The find couldn’t have been more providential.
Before I sign off, I wanted to share something with you all. Most of you will not know this, but I have been going through one roller-coaster of a Summer. And it’s not because all of the singing gigs. I won’t go into it here, because I don’t want to share it all, but it has been a struggle for me to be my usual happy, cheerful, exuberant self. I have never felt this way before, going for almost a week without any laughter or smiles, and then being all fine and dandy for another week, only to be pushed back under again the next. I think I am slowly starting to come out of it, but I wanted to say I would so appreciate your prayers to get me through this time. In a way I feel like I am starting a new chapter, but still continuing the last. The push and pull is hard, but I know He who is my Fortress and my Tower, my Rock of Defense and my Shield, the Lord Jesus will bring me through, and I will learn the lesson that He is teaching me.
Have you been going through tough times?
What wardrobe success stories do you have to share?
Brigid, the Middle Sister and Singer