|The Treehouse at Creekview Country Cottage Bed & Breakfast|
I didn't realize how out-of-step I had gotten until I saw some photos from the trip. OMG, I was the granny in the photos! I couldn't believe my eyes! For someone who had sewn prolifically, I was always a step ahead of fashion. For 14 years I was a dressmaker for a European pattern company, and I got the patterns at least a year before they influenced the United States fashion scene. However, for the past 6 years, I had not really been able to just go shopping. Getting out of the house was a challenge, and because of that, I made due with what I had. Meanwhile, everything was getting shabbier and as garments were cast off, they were rarely replaced with something really happening. When I did get out, I grabbed anything simple that fit and hurried back home. ...Eventually, I would have been a fashion zilch. ...Now I have to stop you all right here, as I am not inclined to follow every fad and fancy. I go for style, and my style was looking like granny's closet.
Well, this calls for a huge makeover. One of the first things I have done is to look at shoes. Although I still have not replaced the sneakers, I did purchase some drop-dead gorgeous boots I have been lusting after for the past year:
The BedStu Manchester boot! I adore them! They are stylish and yet very simple. My head is filled with ideas for boot fringes
and knit boot toppers
...and bracelets and to make.
As I was going through the closet, I came across a favorite magenta knit Henley. The back of the neckline had separated from the binding and I was ready to toss it when I thought of a Free People favorite that has a patchwork look. I spent the past few days altering the top and now I have a new/old Henley to wear that is very fashionable. ...There may be no end to this!
|Free People's Kyoto cuff top that inspired me|