Mostly costume related but there is general life talk too.
I went through the hassle of undressing the dummy and corseting up. The jacket is 95% good as is but while I have it in a semi unfinished stage I may as well tweak it.
The front waist overlaps by just shy of an inch. The top is perfect so I'll see about shaving the waist down some though some overlap is ok in my book with these pinned closure tops.
The only other part I'm going to adjust is the neckline. It's just as I designed it but now I'm thinking it needs to be a little more open/wider. Less Mormon, more porn. It's comfy but once you add a fichu it's a little claustrophobic.
Even so I'm off work with him this week which means I've been working on the crazy jacket!!!!!
Here's what the scrap stash looks like. Look at all those colors and patterns! Eeeee!!
Here are the little pieces that I received that were too small for a triangle on their own.
Here's what those pieces look like turned into triangles.
..... and drum roll........
Here's a bunch of squares! There is at least one of every color/pattern used. I've tried to do at least 2 of each combo if possible since the original jacket is mostly mirrored. I've also tried to do a light/dark combo and somewhat matched the triangles in a square but the original had some clashing so it will happen. I have a long way to go but its a hell of a start!!
Oh and its not too late to donate!
26 Bent Rd
Palo Pinto, TX 76484
Give your pieces to jenthompson at CoCo!
I don't know why but it really annoys me when people associate new mom to my hair when that's not it at all. Actually, it's more effort to style it shorter, before and now, than it ever was when it was long. And, now I can't even be lazy and put it into a ponytail.
This isn't the only streaky spot but it's the worst. My fear of getting too much had me go the other direction and not get enough on. I was blending in wet but apparently not enough to get even color. Of course, I must be blind. I didn't see it this morning or I would have wore pants, or at least a long skirt, until I get a chance to either blend it or it fades.
Cross posted to christymlee.blogspot.com
In other news I was having a discussion with said coworker about a thought I had the other day. We used to have a girl that worked here that had a moment of trying too hard. We'll call her Tammy (not her name). A couple months of random days where she'd dress up, or attempt to, and it just come off wrong, even to my non-fashion eyes. I remember one time when she tried wearing bronzer and omg. It was bad. I'm not sure if I'm making since telling about it verses seeing it but despite people praising her attempts in helpful ways she just all of a sudden just quit and went back to jeans and sack like shirts. All I can say is it seemed like she was trying too hard at it. I don't really know how else to explain it.
My attempts at learning my own way in this fashion thing have been no secret and we have many discussions about it here at work. Girl talk you know. I was at home the other day trying my hand at pairing up items in my closet in interesting ways. I remember standing in the mirror looking at a failed pairing wondering if I'm Tammy. If my attempts were translating as good as I thought. Were the praise and advice real or were they the same as "Bless your heart". At the time the thought came and went through my head in a flash. Not really putting any weight to it. I didn't brood on the thought. I really didn't think about it long at all and went on. I hadn't thought about it since until today.
I don't remember how we got on the topic but somehow it seemed appropriate to bring up my Tammy though to my coworker. We laughed and then she proceeded to tell me what another coworker had said about me sometime recently. She said that Bobby (not his name) asked her in passing what was up with me lately. She didn't understand what he meant. He told her he said he noticed a difference in how I carried myself. That I like myself and that he thought it was good. It was a good change.
I didn't really know how to respond to that when she told me. For one I don't know that I've ever not liked myself. I do tend to be a little short tempered and can be standoffish and blunt but I do cut up. I've never not liked myself in that death poetry way but I told her that I appreciated that my attempts at fashioning were viewed positively, however unintentionally the result.
Do I fell differently? Not really. Most days I still feel like I've put lipstick on a pig and that I'm not fooling anyone with this being grown up thing, despite being 37. I still feel like my silly self and a little stuffy in my office gear, gussied up with jewelry. I'm still not used to putting effort into what I wear on a daily basis. Is it possible I carry myself differently? Sure I suppose it's possible. The saying fake it till you make it didn't come from no where.
It's all about perception. What another sees may surprise you in a good way.
Dane Beaded Fringe Pendant:
I'm not a huge fan of this shirt. The shape is ok. I don't hate the shape. I do have a few other tops similar to it. I just don't care for the pattern, well the color of the pattern. The pattern itself is great. I love the iron fence scrolly type pattern and this royal blue is a favorite of mine. It's the high contrast of the white background that I don't like. I think if the background was a similar color creating a tonal effect I may like it more. I don't have an issue with the back being a solid color and it doesn't bother me that the pattern fabric is a non stretch where the back is a knit.
I really liked this skirt out of the box. I have a thing for the aqua color and I'm really digging the chevron trend. I was willing to overlook the thinness of the fabric and the cost of the skirt if it fit but it didn't. I would say it's a size too small at least or maybe it was how it's shaped. it's got more of a straight skirt shape where my other maxis are slightly flared a-line when comparing. So on me the top clings past the fullness of my hips and thighs again making me look bigger than I am. You can tell the stretch in how it's distorting the pattern at the top verses the bottom. Which, incidentally, causes the fabric to be even more sheer.
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Cross posted to christymlee.blogspot.com
Nursing hasn't been all that bad on me thus far. There is a loss of some firmness and I'm sure there will be more to come as well a possible size change again later on. The one major change I've noticed is the differences between both sides. Before I was about 1/2 cup size different and now I'm at least a full cup. Maybe more. I'm not sure. I tried many things during nursing but the smaller right side was the lazy producer by far so here we are. The smaller side just wouldn't keep up. I think if I didn't have the overproduction of the larger side I wouldn't have been able to nurse and keep The Boy happy.
Due to my size (34g or 34DDDD equivalent) I ended up going online for my nursing bras. Brick and mortar stores either don't carry this size or not enough brands/models to fit me. I found a great selection at HerRoom.com so I've kept going back there when I needed sports bras and now regular bras. Also, returns there is super easy so ordering a ton for at home trials is great. The only thing they could do better is to offer free return shipping but no biggie since they offer free to you shipping over a certain amount.
I ended up doing the shotgun effect like normal and ordered 20+ different bras in a range of styles/brands in couple sizes each. I finally found one I'm happy with and boy does it make a difference! I was a fan of molded cup bras before pregnancy, since they disguise the size discrepancies, so that's what I was looking for.
I actually ended up finding two bras I liked. One is a molded cup style which I kept, Cleo by Panache Maddie T-Shirt Bra, and the other a lace bra, Panache Envy Balconnet Bra. The only reason I didn't end up keeping the lace bra is because the wires came up too high in the center and became uncomfortable after a little while. It felt great when I put it on so definitely wear them around for a little bit and see how it feels over time. My only complaint is that these bras only have a 2 hook back so its fairly narrow. After finding a brand that seems to fit me consistently I'll try a wider range of styles just from Panache next time around.
I still need to address the smaller boob. Leaving it as it is causes the cup to collapse, when I slouch mostly, and the wire and strap to drift into my arm. Slightly annoying. All the bras did this so it's an issue with the fit my boob not the bra as the other side is great. I've ordered some of those chicken cutlet inserts (cheaper on Amazon) to help balance things out. Hopefully wearing one on the right side will fill in the cup enough to pull things to their proper place instead of cutting into my arm.
Cross posted to christymlee.blogspot.com