The engineer in me insisted on titling this post Problem Solved!
I know I should have come up with some kind of more soul-searching style statement. I tried. I read a lot of books and stuff. They were kind of new agey.
The rebel in me doesn’t want to be pinned down.
Anyway, style, as a quest, has reached a natural diminuendo.
Two Eileen Fisher pieces — a pencil skirt and ponte slacks — and a few Chico’s selections are working well as key pieces of a core wardrobe. It’s easy to see how to add jewel tone tops and shoes for color and jackets/cardigans for structure, enhancing the silhouette. The rest can come together in time, including perfection of the WendyB pose. (Ack! I forgot to place my free hand on my hip!)
Kristin of K-Line delicately suggested I might invest in higher quality undergarments. That sounded fascinating. The lovely ladies at Charmelle 28 were very happy to help me select some very, very pretty and sexy things. I feel prettier, and my tops miraculously fit better.
As for sewing, the floral print didn’t work at all for Vogue pattern V8634 not to mention that I’d chosen the wrong size!
Solids are more slimming.
Here’s a view of V8634 pin fitted, in my correct pattern size 16, with a 1 inch broad back adjustment (1/2 inch added to the back piece).
Let me just say, before showing the finished blouse, that I understand better the idea of a jewel tone. This color works ok, but I think in general I will want more brilliant jewel tones. This one is a little light.
But still, it’s an awfully cute top, and I feel empowered, having fitted it so nicely to my very unique shape.
This ends the style quest, at least as a focus. I might show you some cute sewing results here and there, but mainly, I want to get back to memoir and historical reflection.
See you next week.