In non-sewing related news, I recently had a birthday and what a WHOPPER it was. From start to finish, my BF went out of his way to bring in 33 right!
It was a good weekend for pictures but let's talk a little about size wars. It still amazes me when women are afraid to trust their eyes and bodies. Yes, we have all committed fashion faux pas' (IS there a plural for that term??) thinking something should fit when it doesn't, but if you're honest with yourself, you can shop in places you wouldn't usually think AND make it work in your favor. I bought this lovely poncho on vacation in Panama from Zara. Now, I love Zara as a brand (especially on sale) but I don't often go in because European cut on my this booty doesn't work -forget the fact that it's strictly straight size. BUT, sometimes I find gems. This was one of those times. Soft, warm and covered in fringe - it screamed to me! It doesn't run large but is one of those things that truly fits almost all people (I'm definitely towards the end of the "all people" spectrum at 5'10" - size 20/22). While in Zara, I also found quite a few jackets and tops that would definitely fit up to an 18/20 comfortably. This is why we must try! What's a dress to some, may work for you as a cute top. Learn what brands work for you- plus-size or not!
The picture gods were SHINING on me!
I L-O-V-E this top and please don't get me started on my boots. The wind is showing the true perfection of this hi-lo hem. DRAMA honey! A moment of true transparency: In my past, I was not a fan of Fashion to Figure - I didn't like their trend patterns. Now?? Someone (who shall remain nameless but may be writing this blog), is a TRUE convert. FTF for the win! I went in on a whim for a birthday outfit and almost left the contents of my wallet in the store. I literally wanted almost everything on one wall. Even though I've made a pledge to minimize my spending by maximizing my fabric stash........they may be my quick and easy fix to keep fancy with fast fashion. Just a note on my boots - this is my second pair from fullbeauty.com (formerly onestopplus.com). All I can say is GET THEM! Comfy and oh so cute! Had them before fringe and the 70's became the rage and will probably wear them well into my dotage.
As you can see, the birthday glow was real - beyond great times! Back to sewing!