Tuesday, June 21, 2011

I'm just avoiding my sewing machine

Top: Velvet (hand-me-down)
Skirt: BR outlet
Necklace: c/o Anirtak
Sandals: Madden Girl

This skirt is about two or three sizes larger than I normally wear, but it was the last one in the clearance racks and super cheap, so my sister (who is about the same size as me) bought it during our last trip out to the outlets. After wearing it out, she decided that it wasn't that flattering on her so she gave it to me. I had planned on taking in the sides so that it would sit higher on my waist, but I decided to try wearing it out first (and taking pictures) to see how it fit before altering it. Hmm... it doesn't look too bad, so I may just save myself the sewing time and leave it as it is.

This top, which is actually a tunic, was a hand-me-down, and I had originally planned on hacking off the top and adding an elastic band to make it into a skirt (the bottom half of the tunic flares out perfectly), but because I'm familiar with how expensive the brand is, I couldn't bring myself to cut it up and it was just sitting unworn in my "to sew" pile.

Fortunately, the tunic got its second chance at life last week when I was drooling over Sorren's lace shirt on Everybody Everywear lace day, and realized that I could achieve the same look by just tucking my tunic in! Genius me had not even thought of that. I totally saved all the agony and sewing time, along with the very high risk of me ruining the garment completely.

32 comments:

  1. I love the looser fit of the skirt, it's more "summery" than one that's form fitting. That lace top is gorgeous too!

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  2. Cute. I don't think the skirt looks to big. I want to find a pretty lace top like yours but I haven't had any luck and I really love your sandels too.




    Method Clothe

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  3. this is a super cute look on you. Love both pieces!

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  4. The tunic is beautiful! And this way you can still wear it as a tunic if you ever want to. I was so excited the first time I realized I could wear a dress under a skirt as a top - whole new world of possibilities!

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  5. Celeste AlphabetsoupJune 21, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    O ....i want your skirt!

    i LOVE that! it looks SO cute!

    AlphabetSoup Style

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  6. this outfit looks great on you, kimmie!! love that skirt too!

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  7. I love the skirt and the simplicity/beauty of the whole outfit!

    Miranda
    www.indcfashion.com

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  8. That skirt is really cute!  I wouldn't have guessed it was too big--it just looks really summery and comfy.  

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  9. That skirt is great! Love the bow belt.  Your gladiator sandals are a nice touch to the whole outfit!

    http://www.hkstylejourney.blogspot.com/

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  10. I think the skirt looks great but I really love high waisted pieces so i'll be curious to see it if you decide to alter it :)

    Great pics!

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  11. LOVE the outfit, girl. The fit of the skirt works well on your hips and I love that it has a tie waist, so you can adjust it a bit that way. I, too, am avoiding my sewing machine. I have this really nice pair of linen pants that are about 6 inches too long. And they've been sitting in my sewing room for ... oh... 5 weeks, at least.

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  12. amazing how the skirt fits you pretty well :) that's lucky! 
    and i heart your lace top!!!

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  13. I think the skirt looks fine as is...no need to change it up. Love the lace tunic...it's a great pairing. =)

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  14. i couldn't even tell that the skirt is too big! i think it's great just the way it is. If you are going to take it in, are you planning on making it closer to being high waist styled?

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  15. this is adorable.  i love the shirt and that skirt fits you just fine!
    so i'm wondering... i know this is a fashion blog, but could you give us a hair tutorial?  your hair is divine!

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  16. I think it's a good decision to leave the skirt as it is.  I think it's really cute paired with a looser top. :)

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  17. Sometimes I like my skirt to be a little bit bigger, so it will sit lower on my hips...especially if the hemline is a little shorter than I might like. I think this one looks great on you as it is! And I think it's hilarious that you've never thought to tuck the tunic in before, because you are so awesome at the 'dress as a top' look. It's so funny how we get so focused on seeing a piece of clothing one way, we have a hard time seeing any other possibilities out there :)

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  18. You did a great job making do with what you have without altering! So creative!!  There are so many piece in my closet that just don't seem to work - I may have to try them out in ways they weren't intended for and see what happens. 

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  19. Yay for avoiding the sewing machine!!! I hate alterations, so i love clever things like tucking in a tunic!! Meanwhile, i think that skirt looks really nice that size - at least you have the option of eating a giant cake now - which I never can in my skirts :) hehe

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  20. i love both that tunic and the skirt! would've never guessed that the skirt was too big on you.

    caroline - pictures & words

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  21. love it!  i love the oversized skirt, it looks perfect like that! and the top/tunic is amazing - it loos sooo lovely!

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  22. oh hey, I recognize that dress ;) I love how you transformed it into a pretty top with the skirt, great idea! :)  

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  23. Haha! I'm sure A LOT of things on my blog look familiar to you ;)

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  24. Um... I LOVE THIS OUTFIT. That skirt gives me grabby hands. Also, the shoes made me go: O.O Because I got my mom a pair from Nine West just like them and I LOVE them and kick myself for not getting myself a pair. Now I can't find them anywhere.

    So, when and if we do have our little shopping excursion, please bring them so I can devise a way to steal them.

    Missed you bunches. xoxo

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  25. The shoes were super cheap from DSW and they feel pretty cheap, like, about to fall apart, but I can't get myself to throw them away because they're SO COMFORTABLE.

    Plus I have big feet, and you probably wouldn't fit in them anyway :)

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  26. Being the lazy person as I am, I probably won't alter it. I actually prefer wearing stuff low slung on my hips as opposed to high-waisted. I just don't think high-waisted stuff is that flattering on me... probably because I'm shaped like a box :( High waisted stuff looks amazing on you though! So jealous.

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  27. 5 weeks? PSHHH. I have stuff sitting in my pile from a year ago. :)

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  28. I think I'm going to keep it as it is! Sewing requires too much measuring and pinning and sewing. Too much effort :(

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  29. Aw, thanks Talley! I don't really have a method, I just take random pieces of hair and curl them around the curling iron. I love Linley's tutorial: http://dwellingandtelling.blogspot.com/2010/12/hair-tutorial-my-everyday-wavy-hair.html

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  30. Hahaha! I know! I hate when I wear too-tight stuff and can't eat dessert for the fear of cutting off circulation to half my body. :)

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  31. Thanks for the shout out!! I'm glad you borrowed from me because that means I can copy you double time! It really does look fantastic and because of its extra length it tucks perfectly. I'll have to keep my eyes out for this skirt, then we can wear the same thing someday! 

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