HELLO, IT’S THE MIDDLE OF JANUARY, AND I’VE BEEN ON A MUCH-NEEDED BREAK FROM MYSELF. You: “You’re not the only one. [eyeroll] What are Ronni Bumbles?” Me: They are a line of clip-on embellishments that I dreamed up while on vacation, but never bothered putting into production, because UGH and also WHATEVER. If you’d like to invest in an idea that promises to be copied by someone else and offered for a few bucks in the check-out aisle at Forever 21, please LET ME KNOW. In the meantime … here’s my first set.
I suspect my friends and loved ones think these are kind of cheesy and pedestrian, but I stand by them. I feel very Dolce & Gabbana/Gucci in them, and quite frankly, not a whole lot else has been doing the job lately, so I’ll take what I can get/make.
I bought these earrings at Claire’s for a 90’s theme party. Claire’s will undoubtedly put my Ronni Bumbles out of business.
They look nice on my vanity, though.
I made the roses with red satin ribbon, and the clips are V NICE, heavy gold with a solid hinge. In my hair, I clip them to bobby pins, shoes are a no-brainer, jacket lapels, purse handles, shirt collars, they seriously look good on everything. I don’t care if you don’t like them.
I only worry about you not liking ME.
These are the first nice pair of shoes I ever bought myself. In 1998. They were on sale for $300, and I didn’t eat for two weeks. And now here they are, literally twenty years old, wearing Ronni Bumbles.
HELLO, I’M KIND OF SAD TODAY, BUT I REALLY LIKE THIS SWEATER. I can’t believe this year is almost over. I can’t believe I still feel so aimless. I can’t believe we have three more years, and the first third also includes another insufferable royal wedding. I can’t believe this sweater is already my most treasured thing, and that I made it in a day. I can’t believe I made it at all, to be honest.
Can’t believe I couldn’t do better with the pictures, but I threw out my neck just from going to the hair salon, and I can barely move.
Can’t believe I have literally four other projects going right now, and I need to finish at least one of them by Saturday, but can’t decide which, so I’m finishing all four and then likely wearing something I already have in my closet. This sweater would look great over an evening gown, I think.
I LOVE IT. It’s made from ivory wool, which I grabbed for $5/yard at the textile outlet. I think I only used a yard, so this is a FIVE DOLLAR SWEATER. The fabric is felted on the reverse side, and is just the most insanely comfortable thing ever.
I’m terrified of ruining it.
The design is not my own – I straight lifted it from this Antonio Berardi heartbreaker, fringing the extra wide piping for a slight change. I don’t usually make literal copies.
But I don’t feel sad about it.
I hope you like this sweater too. No, I will not make you one. GOODBYE.
HELLO, I MADE MYSELF A PAIR OF HIGH-WAISTED HALTER / MONO LEGGINGS. Are you familiar with the original monokini? It’s that, but these are pants, and I wear them with shirts. I stitched these up on Saturday, wore them Saturday night, Sunday and now today, Monday.
I’ve paired them with high-top sneakers and lucite-heeled scuba booties, and both seemed to work pretty well. I think that’s the definition of high-low dressing.
Two out of two self-obsessed sewing bloggers agree.
Oh hey guess what, I didn’t wash my hair, it just looks really bad today.
This blog is basically just morphing into a Double Mint gum commercial. [Wrigley’s: call me.]
They’re made out of a double-weight, cable knit stretch, which is super bonkers and also PERFECT. Sup.
Straight talk: I need to make some shirts that can actually be tucked into these pants without wrinkling along the waistline. For now, I’ll just contort my torso when people are looking.
Already planning a pair in stretch sequins. GOODBYE.
HELLO, I MADE SOME STRETCH PANTS. Pants that stretch. Oooh boy. I spent a full day worrying that these were dangerously close to yogi territory, but I’m hopeful that if I keep up my zero fitness lifestyle, and wear these only with crop tops and high heels, no one will confuse me for someone “mindful” or “calm.”
The fabric is thick and stretchy AF with ribbing and tiny white dots. The waistline is HIGH. The flares are FLARED. They’re too long for bare feet, so if I wear them at home, I have to walk around like fucking Zsa Zsa Gabor.
There’s not much to them – they’re just stretch pants. They feel pretty hot, though.
Oh yeah and I made that lace top awhile ago.
This is a great shot for people who think/know I’m full of myself.
For Halloween, I’m thinking of going as an insufferable blogger ghost who follows you around saying “I made that. And I made that. Oh look, I made this.” GOODBYE.
HELLO, I MADE A SWEATSHIRT OUT OF NON-STRETCH UPHOLSTERY FABRIC. This super soft, reversible, double-weight organic cotton was originally purchased to use in my dining room, but it’s been sitting around for ages, and so I decided to wear it instead.
I acknowledge that the trellis pattern is really obviously a home dec thing, but I honestly could not care less [p.s. guys, ‘I could NOT care less.’ Could NOT. I could NOT care less. If you leave out the “NOT” it means you care very much. Just. Okay.].
The visor was a gift from my best girl Molly. She has a matching one, and we were supposed to take pictures together by a pool, but we never did, and thus basically wasted the entire summer, and now I’m making sweatshirts for Fall.
Hey look, I used the reverse side on the sleeves.
I felt like the giant pattern needed a little breaking up, so I used this pretty light blue and gold metal zipper, and threw a tassel on there, because it’s also pretty. I KNOW. Tassels are over-used. We’re all still surviving them though.
The slightly cropped dolman sleeve and the boxy shape remind me of the kind of thing Barbie would wear to a ski party in the 1960’s.
I mean, I’m never going skiing, but I wouldn’t mind looking good at a ski party.
Could wear this visor …
So, like … don’t forget me when you plan your ski parties this winter. GOODBYE.