I had one of those monday mornings yesterday where I felt tired, cranky, and un-eager to deal with the rest of the world. It took me about an hour to get dressed, as I kept feeling unsatisfied with everything. I finally selected one of my new tops from my work/interview shopping to wear, only to discover that there was one problem. See if you can figure it out.
You guessed the baggy fabric underneath my chest right? This beautiful wrap top is a nice structured cotton, perfect for the summer. But for some reason, the designer decided to place gathers a good two inches below the bust line, leaving lots of extra fabric where it isn’t needed. I ended up wearing the top like this most of the day, but I when I got home, I broke out my seam ripper and sewing machine. This is normally something I would take to a tailor but 1) I was feeling really ambitious and 2) I wanted it now. I took out the gathers, pressed them flat, made new darts that ended at the bust line. I sewed them back in and voila! a much better fitting blouse!
Like I said, this is one of the fabulous items bought recently at Nordstroms, along with my gorgeous teal top that you saw yesterday. Since this is sleeveless, I wouldn’t wear it to an interview. But it’s great for a regular day of work, and it looks amazingly sharp over a pencil skirt. You’ll be seeing the rest of my interview wear soon, which includes my fab pencil skirt, a pinstripe blazer, and a silk black and white printed top. Since almost everything was on sale, I got all these items, alterations to the blazer, and a pair of Spanx, for less than the suit I was originally going to get from JCrew would have cost me! I never would have thought of Nordstrom as a bargain before! (Of course, I should note that the money for my interview clothes came from extra money I took out this semester for this specific purpose, not from my regular budget)
I’m so glad to finally have some jeans at the right length for heels. All my other pairs had been hemmed too short. With these, I specifically tried them on with shoes my average heel height (about 2 3/4 inches) and then hemmed them so they would fall about 1 inch from the ground.
My shoes end up just peeking out from under my jeans this way, but the longer hem creates a much nicer line.