Saturday, June 16, 2012
Mending a Deal Breaker
As far as i can tell, we all have them. Those items that are so perfect in almost every way - except for that awful deal breaker! The buttons hit at the wrong spot or won't stay buttoned, the fabric gets itchy when you sweat, the dye bleeds onto your purse, whatever. This top used to be one of those pieces. I adore the eyelet fabric (just the right combo of frou frou with minimalist), love the tee-shirt-like cut, love the hook and eye closure in front and the laces up the back. I based it on a J. Peterman cami from a few years back.
The hooks and eyes were my favorite part, and always get favorable comments when i wear this top. But they were a hassle. In order to keep the hooks from snagging other delicates when in the washing machine, i had to safety pin them under the placket. And then undo all eleven safety pins before i could wear the top. Every time i washed it. Which i could live with, except for the other problem - that the hooks and eyes never stayed closed. The only way i could keep them in place was to draw the laces up extra tight (click here for a view). The super-tight waist emphasized the bust to an alarming degree. I have to admit i prefer the 'just right' amount of ease you see in these pictures.
So, after maybe four or five years of frustration, i decided it was do or die. I fix this thing or out it goes! The mind flexed under pressure and squirted out an idea - i realized i could just sew up the front. I tried it, i can still get the top on and off, you can see the hooks and eyes just peeking at the edge, et voila! The blouse i wanted to make in the first place. Let's pretend i only started making it last week.
In other less successful wardrobe developments, i gave this free-to-me skort a trial run. In theory there should be a place in my closet for the skort. I mean, they are expressly designed for freedom of movement plus modesty in the hottest of weather. (hmm - that's a darn good summary of my complete summer wardrobe needs right there!) I don't think this look is an absolute flop. On the other hand, i wasn't all that into wearing it. In my mind, the skort is just too associated with "running errands after a morning of tennis and mimosas". And as it happens, skorts aren't all that comfortable for me either. The inner shorts kind of pull against the fabric of the skirt and it really bothers my leg. Who'd have thunk?
So i'm closing the chapter on the skort. One less thing to clog up the brain, another experience crossed off the old bucket list. Speaking of once in a lifetime experiences........i woke up early this morning, made my tea and oatmeal and sat in front of the computer. After a bit, i hear scampering in the duff outside the window. We've been watching a doe and her two spotted fawns around our place the last few weeks, so i looked out. Sure enough little fawn was bouncing around the hillside, about 15' away. I couldn't resist whispering to him, so enchanting to see his eyes and huge ears zero in on my face. He headed out back and i went to our bedroom window - to get a view of mama heading to meet him.
And then, baby decided it was breakfast time! I only watched for about 30 seconds, as they both could see me and i could tell it made mom a little edgy. We were only about twelve feet away from each other. I'd never seen this before, and the fawns are very rambunctious at bumping mom to get the milk to come down! This video i found shows their rowdiness very well. I guess there are advantages to having weak and helpless young ;)
Have you been able to save any deal breakers recently, or managed to cross something that seems 'so obviously for you' off of your list? I know that many fashionistas feel bad when they find some trend, style, or clothing item that they can't wear. But i feel relieved - one less hassle to deal with! How about you?