This will be another style and life post with a little light business thrown in for good measure.
The diet is going well again, down almost 13 lbs to date, with 15 lbs to go for BMI 25.0 and 25 lbs to go for BMI 23.3. To keep my spirits lifted as I eat lightly and restrict alcohol to two glasses one day a week, I’ve been dressing up every day just for the fun of it. In the above photo I’m wearing a China Red Eileen Fisher knit silk cardigan and tank, Eileen Fisher slim ankle pants, Antia Abella metallic snake print flats and a pair of circa 1920s French Jet & Crystal Earrings from Belfor Antiques. The cardigan and tank were to be worn with my Eileen Fisher black maxi skirt at my wedding in April 2012, but the weather was unseasonably warm that day, too warm for a silk cardigan. I did a last-minute wardrobe change.
Here’s a view of the cardigan with the tank visible.
Here’s a close-up of the beautiful earrings in their pretty box.
There are better close-ups of the earrings here showing the cut crystal details.
The reason I cut back to two glasses one day a week instead of two glasses two days a week is that there was something undignified about pouring my wine into a measuring cup before pouring my glass to make sure that I didn’t cross the 5 oz line. Never mind. I’ll enjoy two glasses one night a week without measuring.
Judith of The Style Crone is hosting another Hat Attack on her blog starting today and I couldn’t resist joining with my big floppy purple Goorin Brothers collapsible hat from the Haight Street store.
The shirt I’m wearing is Martin’s Shannon shirt in my size, with short sleeves and styled French Cuffs. I’m thinking of calling it Shanette. The cuff studs aren’t visible in the photo. Martin hand-drafted this shirt for me from his Shannon sloper (master) pattern — he isn’t even close to grading the shirt in women’s sizes. He’s almost completed men’s sizes 18 (shoulder distance) to 21, and hopes to start grading from size 17 3/4 to the smallest size 16 this coming weekend. Peter is one of the smallest sizes so it will be awhile before we can ship him the final pattern for testing. Martin does plan to teach me how to do the grading so we can avoid this kind of time bottleneck in the future but he wants to complete the Shannon and solidify/organize his process before teaching it to me.
Here’s another Hat Attack shot.
And now, drumroll, here is the MOTB outfit I wore to my daughter’s wedding in July. This was another last-minute wardrobe change. The outfit I planned to wear, pictured here, didn’t work out because 1) I hung it in the garden to dry after hand washing it and the sun dried it unevenly leaving unsightly marks, 2) it was 90 degrees that day in Sonoma, too warm for a silk top with 3/4 sleeves.
In a rush to find a solution, I ordered this Eileen Fisher sun dress.
Need I say more?
Okay, I will tell you what I think and I will trust you to honestly tell me what you think. No kind words needed please; this is a matter of me learning what does and doesn’t work.
I think this outfit is an epic failure. Let me add one more photo before listing what is wrong with it.
Here’s what is wrong with this dress/outfit:
- The way the dress drapes over my frame emphasizes my weight gain at the waist. Very unflattering (although this should convince the doubtful that my doctor is correct in advising that I lose 25 more lbs).
- The hem length is too long for my petite frame.
- The dress is heavy, about 2-3 lbs, and the weight of it has a gravitational pull downward working against the anti-gravitational pull upward of my well engineered bra.
- The unstructured straps and cowl neck do not sit neatly on my frame, causing a sloppy look in exactly the part of my figure where structure and neatness work beautifully for me.
- The unstructured straps shifted with movement, exposing my bra straps. At the church, the wedding coordinator approached me to tuck in the straps. This is not the kind of fussing you want to have to deal with at your daughter’s wedding.
- As a short waisted person with almost no waist taper even when slender, single piece dresses are generally not flattering. Two pieces with the bodice hem located below the waist help break up my shape in a flattering way.
In short, in this outfit I look like I’m wearing a potato sack. The lace added nothing, because it would not stay in place with the kind of flattering drape depicted here. The lace shifted badly out of position with any movement whatsoever!
The funny story is that when the family pictures were taken, a sudden breeze came up, lifting the lace and flapping it every which way, kind of like when you’re driving and a plastic bag gets stuck on the windshield. In most of the photos, the lace is haphazardly positioned across my face, neck or body.
Whatever, I had a good time, and weddings aren’t all about photos!
Let’s change the subject, shall we? Here’s a couple more shots of the much more flattering jeans and Shanette outfit, this time with booties.
Can you tell how much I love this outfit?
I want Martin to grade the Shannon down a few more sizes to my size when he finishes the men’s sizes because I can’t wait to get my hands on that pattern and re-design the neckline. I have ideas!
In closing, I discovered in playing with remote camera shots for this post that my profusion of hair cowlicks is working against me at the back of my head, forming the kind of smashed grass pattern you get turning the hose pressure up too high. The cowlicks pulling away from center leave an exposed spot showing not only how light the hair coverage is there in general but my snow white roots. I was gray once, but now my hair is snow white.
It got me thinking it might be time to make a radical change in hair color. I could go with snow white, but I think it will not work well with my skin color. Lately I’ve been kind of mesmerized by Susan’s blonde hair. Martin likes her hair color too.
I used to be a blonde.
What do you think? Stay brown, go with my natural snow white, or tint the white a little bit blonde?
As always, thank you very much for reading and commenting.
Updated to add: I added one more point to the MOTB fail list above.