Thrift Eye DIY: the boxy blouse

Wow, it has been about half a year since I last embarked on challenging myself to sew more and begin wearing clothes I made myself! As last seen here with my DIY raglan tee.

I had gone to visit my parents a few months back and raided my mom’s fabric closet to look for a linen fabric, but ended up with this orangey polyester instead (no linen was found). I thought to myself, I can make this something! I just didn’t know what that something could be in a) this fabric and b) that I could make at my skill level. Because I had lapsed, it was almost like starting over!

I had wanted a linen because of it’s stiff but flowy structure for a blouse, but this polyester could more or less fit that bill too. I found a simple pattern explanation online (you’re basically sewing rectangles together) - this tutorial was one of the most useful, but I used several others (whose links I have now lost) because of the fabric I was using wasn’t what they used. How hard can sewing rectangles be? I was surprised. I learned lots of things along the way! I thought I wanted a top, then I thought I could make a dress. But I ended up over-estimating the width and lost a lot of the fabric, so if I had measured correctly, I could have indeed had enough fabric to make the dress . Which shows me to not just ball-park measurements to actually measure! Next time I will be using another item to guide the size and allowance, or find a flat pattern I can trace like last time. And surprisingly, the neck was a pain in the neck! I did it and redid it 4 times! I learned too late how a bias strip is supposed to be cut – too late because I no longer had extra fabric left to cut it from. But I saw this grey bias strip at my sewing supply store and actually really liked the idea of the contrast. Working through two evenings and voila! I was going to wear this to work dammit! And I did! :)

Item From Made in… BUY
top me USA -
Zara pants thrifted Morocco -
vintage heels consignment store in Las Vegas Spain -
Bill Blass watch Ebay.com Japan -
L’oreal Infallible Charismatic Coral Target.com - HERE

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Thrift Eye, diy top, boxy top pattern, sewing your own clothes

Thrift Eye, diy top, boxy top pattern, sewing your own clothes

The look I put together was a pleasantly unexpected combination. Burnt sienna doesn’t always pair well with other colors, but the green pants just seemed to work. The texture in the trousers was an extra nice touch I think. The fact that I had shoes to match (I bought them from a consignment store in Las Vegas in 2006!) was the cherry on the top!

And now…what to sew?! I think I really need to go for that dress!

Remix: Blocks of Black

Are we tired of the “pops of color” phrase and phase yet? Well after the last outfit post, I was curious to go back through the archives and see my pops of black dotted through my wardrobe. Because I am a lover of extremes (all black, or all color), there really weren’t that many instances over the course of 9 years blogging! So I rounded up these. We all have different basics, right!?

Per usual with these remix posts, click on the image to see the original post.

Black top with a simple green skirt!
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Or adding a black jacket and accessories to a white dress ensemble
Thrift Eye, mixing and matching black outfits, style blog

Sort of weird to see how this is similar to the first outfit with the green skirt! (note to self, wear this vintage skirt more often).
Thrift Eye, mixing and matching black outfits, style blog

Mixing black and blue, still my favorite party dress!
Thrift Eye, mixing and matching black outfits, style blog

A nice black coat in a longer length to add flair
Thrift Eye, mixing and matching black outfits, style blog

A little black pencil skirt!
Thrift Eye, mixing and matching black outfits, style blog

A black jacket that I should be wearing more often!
Thrift Eye, mixing and matching black outfits, style blog

I used to wear this black spandex leotard under dresses (as shown above also). I still have it, but I don’t know what to do with it anymore!
Thrift Eye, mixing and matching black outfits, style blog

See, here it is again. I guess it was my go-to black outfit piece when I lived in Las Vegas!
Thrift Eye, mixing and matching black outfits, style blog

Everyone has, or should have, a go-to black piece in their wardrobe that you can mix with anything. I had been on the lookout for a new pair of black slacks that will work in the workplace but also off duty. I actually found them, but I have to take the hem down a bit before they’re wearable. What about you, what is your go to black item in your closet?

Pink & Black

I will be honest – I had initially bought this dress many moons ago while on a thrifting expedition. BUT with the total intention to resell it, not to wear it. This is collateral from my days when I was working several part time jobs and reselling clothes on the side. Luckily those days are behind me, but the urge is still strong – to buy things I know I can sell at a later point. I tried on the dress, but the hot pink color left me shrugging my shoulders. It came home with me but went to the bottom of the closet with other things to be sold.

Well, it sat there in that pile for months and months. Then some more. I finally decided to sell all that stuff once and for all (and a promise to myself to stop shopping for others). But the hot pink dress didn’t look so bad after all. And, I kind of liked it! Because of our transitional weather, I had to be a little more creative than how I’d rather imagine myself wearing it (warm weather, not layered, with some beige sandals) – but alas, until then, layers it is. So I kept it uncomplicated with the all black.

Item From Made in… BUY
Marc by Marc Jacobs dress thrifted China -
Uniqlo turtleneck Uniqlo.com China HERE
Spanx opaque tights Nordstrom.com USA HERE
Sam Edelman Petty boots Shopbop.com China HERE

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Thrift Eye, style blogger, marc jacobs dress, marc jacobs pink dress, pink and black outfit

It didn’t stand up to the wrinkle test after a long day, but oh well…

Stripes for the weekend

Not sure about you guys, but I’m already counting the hours and minutes to to weekend. It’s been a long and rough week that I’m glad to say goodbye to (I’ll just say, working at a library on tax week is very stressful). I’ll hopefully be lounging again in my new favorite dress, where I can just throw on a pair of boots like this, or flats, and be on my merry way!

Item From Made in…  BUY 
 Three Dots dress Shopbop.com USA HERE
 Sam Edelman Petty boots Shopbop.com China HERE

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Thrift Eye, style blogger, striped dress, three dots dress, Sam edelman petty boots

This dress is one of my more recent Made in USA purchases from the Shopbop sale! I’ve accumulated three different Three Dots tees to replace my cheap ones, and glad to now add this dress into the mix. I kinda want to wear it with a denim shirt knotted over it. It’s made out of a really thick (but stretchy) two layered cotton, so that it has a great feel to it. Have a lovely weekend! :)