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:

Rebecca Ann 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, wife of Jeremy 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.

Me 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.

Me 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!

Me 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