Saturday, October 29, 2011

Outfit Post: Attached Collar


Because it's almost Halloween, I donned an all-black ensemble.  But for fear of being too witchy, I wore a pair of nude pumps and accessorized with a fake collar. :) Last year, I sold a retro-style dress, which had a cute pair of white collars. But the dress was snapped up by one beautiful customer before I had the chance to make a prototype. Recently, I noticed that the cute -- I think they call it "peter pan" collars -- are making rounds in some blogs.  I was looking for a different kind of fabric in the stores so I could begin making the collars, but I could not find the fabric I was looking for in the color I want.  Then I found pieces of fabric in my room from the sleeves of a vintage dress and I thought the fabric was the perfect kind since it's heavy enough to hold its own weight. So I made one collar today. :)

I made the pattern myself, which makes it very imperfect.  But you experiment with the pattern first with used paper before cutting up fabrics. And, also, put the pattern you have together to see if you got the depth of the neck right. After that cut up the fabric, stitch the front together, or use a button as I did.  I also stitched around the collar so that the fabric won't fray.  Attach a ribbon at the two ends, for closure at the back, or you can pin the collars into your dress with safety pins. Very easy and cute!

What I wore:
top - early 2000 linen sleeveless trench
pant - sister's very old leggings
shoes - thrifted staccato
sunnies - vintage ray-bans

Outfit Post: Jeans


I own 6 pairs of jeans. Four are thrifted, one is from my sister, and one is from my aunt -- the pair I'm wearing in the picture. I can still remember the first pair of jeans I owned, an imitation Calvin Klein jeans when I was 12 years old.  That pair was stolen by the son-in-law of our laundrywoman. Then Tita bought me and my cousin another pair when I was 14, high-waisted and tapered at the ankles. Then in college my sister and I had a frenzy on Levi's jeans. After college and while working, I no longer found it comfortable to wear jeans, especially when commuting to work. And now, I own 6 pair of jeans, none of which is the "sexy, skinny" style. I am in the constant search for that "perfect" pair of jeans in thrift stores (OK, maybe I would find the perfect pair in boutiques specializing in jeans/denims but I am thrifty and I don't want to spend much (and "much" means not more than P200) on a pair) but still no luck for me.

What I'm wearing:
top - Giordano
jeans - aunt's
belt - vintage
bag - thrifted
shoes - thrifted

It's a long weekend for us the Philippines. Enjoy, and stay safe!  :) :)