Friday, September 27, 2019

I walked 56 miles last week...

Family trip to see the mouse in Florida.

Walking is what you do.

I took my phone and my camera, but, you know, I ended up taking very few pictures; and the ones I got weren't good.

Besides, my kids were taking pics all over the place, and we had that photo pass thing, so I thought there would be plenty of pictures taken with devices better than I had.

Which is true.  But I haven't yet gotten access to them.  Save for a few in which the kids tagged me on Facebook.

We had a grand time.  Dunno if we will do it again or not.

Maybe I will get some pictures later, but by then the moment will have passed.

So, here's the best pic I have from the Halloween Party...and the final version of the costume...BTW, Brer Bear had fun letting me know he recognized me, flapping his jacket to get me to say, 'No capes!'

It was fun to dress up and interact with folks.  I actually got a photo with Jack Sparrow, but my posture was terrible and the pics don't look very good.  I was surprised not to see anyone else dressed as E.   I had several comments, mostly from Disney cast members, but a few from other party-goers.  The best was after the night was over and we were waiting at the bus stop for the ride back to our resort.  A little boy who looked to be about 3 pointed at me and told his dad I was from the Incredibles.  LOL.  If a little kid recognized was good.

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

12 Months 12 Outfits - September Assignment

Janice's selections for the  6 Hermes-Scarves wardrobes are up on the Vivienne Files today.

In a nutshell...corduroy pants and a long sleeved shirt, with an insulating vest, a scarf and a pair of gloves/mittens and short boots.  No jewelry this month!

I followed up on most of the links, looking for details.  I did find out that all the pants are corduroy,  I have no corduroy in the wardrobe at this point.  I *used* to have some corduroy pants that I loved wearing with pullover's a pic of me and My Sweet Babboo, back in 1983....and I'm wearing corduroy pants, a shetland sweater over a button up blouse.

Been a long time since I dressed like that.  The squishier my old body gets, the squishier I want my clothes to be, lol.

But maybe I could add a pair of cords.  Break out of my fashion rut a bit.

To go with the cords, Janice has added a long sleeved blouse....cotton flannel in most of the outfits, but there are a couple of exceptions.  I treated myself to a  cotton flannel shirt from Lands' End a couple of years ago, and enjoyed it so much I bought a second one last year. Of course, neither of them co-ordinate particularly well with my hummingbird scarf.  I have a bit of black-and-blue flannel in the stash, which might do if it weren't for the fact that I already have a puffer vest that I can use in this month's outfit...and it's winter white.  So I really think a flannel shirt will need some white in it so I can pull in my already-in-the-closet insulating vest.

I have some short black boots, bought on clearance at the end of last winter's season, to replace a pair I'd worn for about 4 years that popped a riveted button. (Hm.  maybe a cobbler could fix that?  If I had the  I think I have gloves and a scarf I can pull, depending on what I use for the shirt and pants.

And, you know, this is a crazy making season...I think I have only 2 free Saturdays between now and the middle of November.  Not much time for sewing.

I *might* have poked around on the Lands End site  whilst I was link know, just to see if there were any deals to be had.

I'll let you know if the deals work well enough with my scarf once I see them in real life....

Monday, September 02, 2019

12 Months 12 Outfits - August

Just for a refresher.... HERE is the list of August wardrobes from the Vivienne Files.

And, per my typical dithering, here is what I came up with for the August outfit:

The blouse is a new purchase from Lands' intention to lose weight this summer has backfired; so I bought a couple of blouses a size up.  Because that's what this whole exercise was intended to do...force me to get clothes that fit the body I have now.  It is, in theory, one of their no-iron blouses, but I found it did need a touch with the iron after coming out of the dryer.  Next time I will try taking it out slightly damp and see if that helps.
After dithering about the skirt...I pulled the wool twill out of the stash, began working on the pattern and then got busy with other stuff.  Time was running out so I reconsidered the whole thing again.  Years ago I had a straight rayon blend black skirt that I wore to absolute DEATH.  When it got too small I never got around to replacing it.  So I decided  to make a basic skirt after all.  After making the January pants and the February dress, I had slightly over a yard left of the Very Nice Telio Jockey ponte...perfect for a knee-length skirt.  I used the pattern for Loes Hinse's Swing Skirt; the short, unflounced version and, of course, I added pockets.  I used the pockets from the Oxford Pants in her pattern line and they worked great.

The sweater came from the closet -- very  light merino wool from Lands' End, purchased in something like 2016.  Long enough ago that there were no longer pictures of it on the website, so I had to just make do with a hanger shot.  You can tell it's black, that's about it, lol.
Rockport boots that are a job to get zipped over my rather full calves...they may very well make a trip to my local shoe repair guy for some wider elastic goring in the back. I actually had ordered them before the August assigment went up; my previous tall black boots were failing and they needed replacing.  Caught these on a significant discount, so even with the cobbler's modification they won't be as much as the 'wide calf' boots would have been.
I don't often wear brooches; I have a leadership badge that I wear to church so brooches seem kind of redundant.  I did find a cute little hummingbird brooch that I liked because it referenced the scarf, but, well, I don't wear brooches so I hated to buy it just so it could sit in the jewelry box.  I dug around in the jewelry box and found one with the scarf colors in it that I had forgotten I had; I'm thinking it was a Christmas gift some time ago.  Maybe I'll wear it to work, lol.
I didn't select a ring; I did do a bit of internet shopping and actually picked out a couple, but, well, I don't wear rings (lost the diamond from my original engagement ring about 8 years after we got married; I apparenlty caught the prongs on something and I am now paranoid about losing settings/snagging them on stuff) so I decided to save the bucks and just pulled some earrings out of the jewelry box as well.  I do like these and wear them quite a bit; they have a vintage vibe that I like.

I will wear it with black tights, and turn the cuffs back over scrunged up sleeves.  And tell myself I will get serious about watching the diet after our trip to see the mouse.

Here's the whole collection to date; I'm kinda suprised I'm still able to squeeze it all on one slide.  I will probably have to break it up next month.