Thursday, September 30, 2010

Indian Summer

Today is one of those last few days in autumn where you’re tricked into thinking its summer. I’m soaking up the warm weather one last time before the temperature really starts to drop. I also figured I could squeeze in one summer outfit before I pull out my sweaters and boots. J
I have become entirely obsessed with men's shirts in the past few months. I love to belt them and wear them with leggings, skinny pants or skinny jeans. This summer I wore them with shorts and girly details.

Shirt: J. Crew
Shorts: Loft
Cami: Jockey
Flower Belt: J. Crew
Headbad: J. Crew
Shoes: Cordani
Saddle Bag: Fossil
Rings: both eBay
Watch: DKNY
The Mustard Seed is a really cool little shop in downtown Lake Forest, IL. Every item is a fair trade item that was handmade by someone in countries like Thailand, India, Kenya, etc. Everyone who "works" at the shop is there volunteering their time without being paid. Here's more from the website:
"One in five people around the world struggles to survive on less than $1 a day. We at the Mustard Seed – a fair trade shop inc., partner with cooperatives and artisans to provide a market for their creations and to pay a fair wage and/or to allow the artisans to set the price for their products. Most are women working at home or in small groups. Many are able to continue indigenous cultural crafts because of a growing appreciation overseas for their work. Many artisans are HIV positive or widows supporting families. Children are often the beneficiaries of sales of these items."

Check it out if you're in the area!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Snip snip pin!

My beginners’ sewing class is coming along. We’re using a basic pattern to make ourselves each a skirt, and as we’re really coming into fall I chose this pretty, tiny-woven tweed.

Okay, okay, I could have chosen a lot more exciting fabric and/or pattern, but all the patterns I LOVED were cotton broadcloths, a decidedly summer-y material that would be laughable to wear in Chicago beyond the month of August. So I went with wool, with strict instructions that I could not use anything with polyester or rayon or even a hint of a plaid print. Too confusing for the eyes apparently. I could have done pinstripe, but I thought that felt too business office. And I love tweed, charcoal grey, and swishy-skirts so it was a win-win for me.

I had no idea how many steps and precise details were required in making clothes from scratch. It makes me nervous to snip anything! However, I can see the pieces coming together and it looks like I’m actually attempting to make something wearable.

(Hmm. In the second photo my two pieces of fabric on the left look severely different in color than the rest of the skirt...let's hope its a trick of the light. It looks just fine in person...)

I hope it turns out well. I know its my first piece and mistakes and imperfections can be expected, but I’d love for it to turn out all pretty. In my head, this skirt looks feminine, and something I can dress up or dress down. We’ll see how it all goes! (finger’s crossed)

*Edit* Also, you can find the pattern I'm using here. Its by Butterick, and is pattern #4686. I am doing a short version of skirt C, but without the buttons on the waist. 

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Get ready, get set...

And we’re off to the races!
I’m embarking on my first attempt at blogging. (Bear with me as I work my way through the training-wheels stage.) It’s been a year since I graduated college, and as I try to figure out what I’m supposed to be doing with my life I wanted a creative outlet. During my free time (or when I should be more vigorously job hunting…) I find myself constantly trolling fashion blogs, vintage sites, eBay, Etsy, and any fashion magazine I can get my hands on. So I’m starting this blog as my own personal fashion archive and creative outlet.
Whether its haute couture, high fashion, thrifting, DIY, vintage finds, outrageously expensive or an outrageous steal, I love it all. I’ve also been prompted by me taking a beginners’ sewing class (So far, so good. Although we’ve only just picked out the pattern for which skirt we’re each going to make… Stay tuned.) I’m endlessly envious of people who can make their own clothes, and the local fabric and notions store where I take my sewing class has enough fabric to make my jaw drop. Thus, It’s About the Look is born. Come along for the ride as I attempt to find my personal style, share my best and most favorite steals, any attempts made at DIY fashion and trying new looks. In the end, it’s all about the look.