Wednesday, January 20

Week in Feminine and Frugal Dress

I love being a woman. I love dressing like a lady. I also am notoriously frugal in my spending. Next week I'll be showing what I wear during the week and letting you know how cheap I really am with the cost of each outfit. I hope you enjoy!
Yesterday afternoon I dug this fine navy wool out of the stash, along with some vintage lace and sewed up a very quick, very easy a-line skirt from an old Butterick pattern. I have used it so many times and love its versatility. This skirt I made to fall right below my knee.
The wool was leftover from the boys Easter suits a few years ago and the lace was given to me by my Grandma so this was a free skirt. Even the binding and zipper were given to me. I love it when folks clear out their parents or grandparents sewing stashes and pass the goodness my way!

14 comments:

SinginginHisName said...

Yes I love getting to see how women are frugal in their clothing, but still are dressing in a feminine way!I posted a whole post on this the other day with one dress I can make many different outfits and it was only $10.00 at the thrift store. Lots of other things I make and my sister also sews things for me too. So being frugal in the clothing area is fun and a must! I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Laryssa Herbert said...

Looking forward to it!

Christi said...

I love it! Can't wait to see more...I am not proficient in reading patterns. Any suggestions for easy patterns to start with?

Emily said...

Is this the week of S&S feminine dress or just a personal thing? I haven't signed onto the message board in so long..... Either way I can't wait to see your outfits.

Hannah said...

Singinginhisname, I like what you did with your dress and all the outfit options!
Laryssa, thanks!
Christi, I'd look for a simple a-line pattern if you want to sew a skirt. Or a simple dress without a zipper. That's how I began.
Emily, I haven't been on the board in forever either. For fun, I just began adding up how much each outfit cost and have been making an effort to dress like a lady more often!
Hannah

Lynn said...

Hannah, I have been thinking about exactly the same thing -- posting a week of my lady-like dress choices, and boy can I be frugal when it comes to clothes! I can't wait to see your posts. I'm not sure when I'll start my week-long blogging. I always seem to miss the web-side W.I.F.D (week in feminine dress) each time it happens. :)

Lynn

Annie said...

Hannah - did you teach yourself to sew? I've got a beautiful sewing machine my husband bought me a few years ago, and have managed only straight lines on curtains so far : ) But have always wanted to sew my clothes - just no time right now for lessons. Is there hope for me? : )
p.s. love the skirt!

ShannonAshley said...

With all of your wonderful posts and followers, I am sure you probably already have this accolade, but here is your invitation to receive your Kreativ Blogger Award!

Thanks for having a wonderful blog.

ShannonAshley said...

Apologies, I forgot the link!!

http://sew-thrifty.blogspot.com/2010/01/kreativ-blogger-award.html

Billie Jo said...

Looking forward to this! I love dressing feminine as well, and i'm always looking for new ideas.

Hannah said...

Annie, my Mom taught me the basics of sewing when I was a teen. Even before sewing on a machine, I would always be making doll outfits out of my mom's sewing scraps. I love that my daughters do this same thing now.
There is hope for anyone to learn how to sew. It is not as hard as you would think. Last year I taught a few young girls with limites sewing skills how to make gowns from Sense and Sensibility patterns. They did great! Don't give up, order a few good books from the library on sewing and learn a little at a time. :)

Tanya said...

Would you mind sharing which Butterick pattern this is?

Tanya said...

Would you share the Butterick pattern you used? I love it!

Hannah said...

It is Butterick 4025, which I think is out of print but I'm sure you can find it online. I just shortened the narrower skirt option.
Hannah