WIW: A Very "Me" Week--Day 5

Day 5 of Angie's challenge to present a week of "very you" outfits. . .

Today I took a quick trip south of Seattle to Puyallup for the Sewing and Stitchery Expo. Usually I go for a couple of days, but this year, I didn't make plans to go. At the last minute, yesterday, a friend and I decided to go and check it out.

The event presents a challenge for dressing. The expo is set up at the state fairgrounds, in tents. Indoor climate is a bit unpredictable, and there is nowhere inside the tents to sit down and relax between classes or shopping, except in the food court areas. (We didn't have classes this time, since we didn't sign up ahead of time.) So you have to plan to be on your feet, on concrete, the whole time, carrying your bags, coat, and any purchases you make along the way.

On top of those considerations, I always want to wear certain things I have made, to show them to the pattern designers or to friends whom I will inevitably run into, both of whom are always excited to see our creations!

Here's the outfit I came up with, which served me quite well for my half-day run through the vendors' tents:

Greenish-gray lightweight tweedy wool trousers, with tabs at the hems (made by me, from Cutting Line Designs One-Seam Pants pattern); sage green cotton-cashmere long-sleeved tee (Majestic) under a cream wool-blend distressed chunky-knit pullover (Gro A Live); blush trench coat (London Fog); brown lace-up booties (Jo Ghost); native print Pendleton wool cross-body bag (made by me, from Paradiso Designs free bag pattern). Also carried, but not shown: blush vegan reversible tote (Joy Susan).

The pants are a test--my first attempt with the pattern--and I wanted to show them to Louise Cutting, owner of the pattern company, and get her advice on alterations to the pattern for the next pair that I make. I also visited Cheryl Kuzak at Paradiso Designs, to get some more bag supplies for my next handbag creation using a different pattern of hers.

I guess this outfit is pretty "me." It was hard to find just the right top to wear with the pants, which would go with the shoes and bag I wanted to  use. What a puzzle! I liked the way the distressed sweater really takes the pants into RATE (rough around the edges) territory.

What do you think? Does this outfit look like my style to you?

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  • Roxanna replied 2 years ago

    Gosh I LOVE the drape of those pants - and you're bag is so professional! I had no idea you made such extraordinary things. I'm awed.
    I often feel like outfit making is a puzzle - especially when I'm on my feet all day. Comfort and warmth and practicality are so important to me that I'm always balancing that with what 'goes.' glad to hear that I'm not the only one!

  • suntiger replied 2 years ago

    In awe of your sewing skills and what a great coat too. I think it definitely looks like your style!

  • taylor replied 2 years ago

    Oh, love the distressed sweater, so current .
    I am so envious of your sewing skills . Such a lost art . My skills are very basic and have always wanted to learn from a real seamstress when I was much younger.
    The pants are beyond amazing. The fact that you made them makes them even more FABULOUS , as is the rest of the outfit , including the brown “killer” lace up boots .. ROCK ON with your stylish self !

  • JAileen replied 2 years ago

    This is such an interesting outfit. The sweater is very eye catching, and your pants are fab, and your bag is very arty. The piece de resistance is your pink raincoat. I did a search on pink raincoats, and they seem to be out for the year. :(

  • Firecracker replied 2 years ago

    JAileen, maybe they're just not in yet for the spring.

  • Sal replied 2 years ago

    What a good look!!  You look great - it does not look like it was an effort to create which shows the art of it.

  • Karie replied 2 years ago

    I love it! Totally you.

  • ChristelJ replied 2 years ago

    I had no idea you made clothing and bags, and I am bowled over right now. Those pants are gorgeous, the way they fall. The bag is striking and hip, and the distressed top is a nice foil to the rest, as are the shoes. Really cool.

  • Jenn replied 2 years ago

    This outfit made me laugh, given our recent discussions. I have a bag in a similar pattern to that, as well as a London Fog trench, and quite similar boots. I love the way you’ve used color here, and that sweater is drool-worthy. Yes, I think it’s all definitely your style.

  • Mainelady replied 2 years ago

    I am impressed with your sewing skills. The pants look lovely and fun. I really like the sweater you chose and how it bumps your outfit into RATE. The trench and bag are great, too! One of my fave outfits on you!

  • Runcarla replied 2 years ago

    Oh! My! This is an amazing outfit, Firecracker.

  • Joy replied 2 years ago

    This outfit looks very you. It is fabulous for your day and to show your skill. You make bags too!? you are an artist.

  • Brooklyn replied 2 years ago

    I love this outfit! Those pants are fantastic.

  • Angie replied 2 years ago


    SOOOO Sharan. A bit of arty drape, lots of volume and texture, moody colours, some hard edge yet lots of softness, and a bit of classic too. Thrown together in a polished and relaxed way with ease, modesty and lots of verve. You are inspirational.

    ROCK ON :)

  • Firecracker replied 2 years ago

    Thank you, everyone!
    Ha! Jenn!
    Joy, yes, bags are fun! They don't have to fit. :)

  • Firecracker replied 2 years ago

    Wow, thanks, Angie!

  • Katerina replied 2 years ago

    Ok, where to start? I am so impressed by this outfit and love it on you. The trousers are pure perfection. The distressed sweater is so fabulous and you have the coolest boots. And the handbag! Wow! I would wear this outfit in a heartbeat if I could. The fabulous trench coat is so right here too. To me, the outfit is an excellent combination of classic high class quality with chic, cool, very modern and fun feeling. Simply perfection.

  • Bijou replied 2 years ago

    I always love the items made by you the most, and the pants and bag are no exception. This outfit definitely has a wow factor which is enhanced by your unique one of a kind items. The Expo sounds so interesting and I am sure you get inspired to create after being with like minded and talented people.

  • kellygirl replied 2 years ago

    You are SO talented and have such a great eye for putting your pieces together. LOVE the pants on you. They are stunning. That bag though. Beautiful. You look amazing in everything. Like Diana, I feel like I'd be able to pick you out of a Seattle crowd no problem. You have great style!

  • bonnie replied 2 years ago

    This is definitely your style and you look amazing. You inspire me in so many ways. I'm sure your friends and designers loved what you have done. 

  • Firecracker replied 2 years ago

    Thanks, everyone! It seems like this outfit is a winner! I'm bowled over by all your positive comments.
    Bijou, yes I came back very energized, with lots of ideas to pursue. There's never enough time for all of them!

  • Cardiff girl replied 2 years ago

    It’s so impressive that you make your own trousers,not easy to get the fit right and they look lovely.Yiu can’t get more me than making your own I feel.

  • UmmLila replied 2 years ago

    This look is very you and your pants are a master class in how to wear baggy silhouettes that fit and drape to flatter perfectly.

  • shevia replied 2 years ago

    Very you and I am coveting your trousers. They are fantastic! Love! Add to my MBM order!

  • SarahD8 replied 2 years ago

    Love it! The pants are so elegant and the sweater fits you beautifully. The self made bag is so cool!

  • delurked replied 2 years ago

    Very you. Very nice. I’m ready to try on pants with some slouch and volume again. Mostly, I’d want to snag them for my daughter. She’d love them too.

  • lyn67 replied 2 years ago

    Yes, it is(so very artsy and you)! I know well pants are a very complex DIY and they look so fab with the ragged sweater- and lace up boots-the bag is also a piece of art, you are very talented! 

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