WIW: hello, rain

Yesterday and today I found myself in the unusual predicament of dressing for the rain, when I swear I have practically forgotten how to do so. And this is Seattle.

Well, okay, yesterday it kind of took me by surprise. I expected a little drizzle and found myself leaving class at night, crossing a parking lot full of puddles in a steady rain, in wedge sandals!

Yesterday's outfit for teaching was a repeat of a successful outfit, and yet it didn't feel as fab as it did the first time. I changed the shoes and jewelry and perhaps I had a feeling, deep down, that I was wearing the second-string version of the outfit.

Today, I rescued a tunic I hadn't worn in ages. It used to have a little flippy drape on one side of it. I realized that flippy drape was why I never reached for the tunic anymore, so I altered the side to match the other side. Voila--a plain A-line silhouette, which, while not exactly current, seems much more wearable to me now. Seeing it in the photos, I don't find it all that flattering. But I'm thinking might be the kind of flowy piece I'm craving now, perhaps for layering under jackets. What do you think?

Oh, and as I write, the sun is now out again. So much for our return to fall.

The outfits:
1-4 (worn for a day off and to teach sewing class in the evening): stone-colored pieced cotton and linen knit top (made by me); boyfriend jeans (Fidelity)--worn for day; gray linen slouchy pants (made by me)--worn for class; stone and cream leather belt (Annette Goertz); gray wedge sandals; silver hoop earrings with art glass dangles; olive coat (Laundry by Shelli Segal); taupe shoulder bag (Aunts & Uncles).

5-8 (worn for a day off): brown and off white scroll print burnout knit twisted cowl tunic (made by me); dark skinny jeans (Lucky, Charlotte Rail); dark brown moto boots (Miu Miu)--worn for shopping and errands; gray leather sneakers (Josef Seibel, Caspian)--worn out to breakfast early; olive coat and taupe bag (as above); brown teardrop dangle hoop earrings; brown leather and silver and brass bead wrap bracelet (Lucky). I like the outfit much better with the boots, but I wanted to rub some leather conditioner into them before wearing them out in the rain! So I headed out to breakfast in my trusty sneakers.

Thanks for looking! Comments and suggestions welcome.

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  • Aida replied 5 years ago

    Hah I hear you Sharan! Especially after the glorious summer we just had, right? Yesterday's rain was odd; totally dry at the start of the day with the odd sprinkle.. then by evening it was pouring. Your outfit looked perfect for about 2/3 of the day ;) Great print in the second outfit, I think the blouse looks interesting. If you still find you aren't feeling the a-line shape what about altering to a high-low with split sides? Or a flowy diagonal hem? I too prefer that outfit with the boots, but the sneaks work too; get that conditioner in soon, the rain will be back before we know it.

  • Joy replied 5 years ago

    I love the tee you made in 1/2 and how you combined the fabrics. The belt is perfect.
    I think I'd like the tunic in 3/4 even longer or with an assymetrical hem. The fabric pattern looks great with the color and curls of your hair.

  • Suz replied 5 years ago

    Sharan, you look terrific in both of these outfits! I was expecting something really blah, and instead I got these stunners. I love #1 (as usual "Made by Me" steals the show, albeit in a quietly neutral way in this case...) and also like the belt with it. 

    As for the tunic, that's amazing on you! I can see making it asymetrical (if that is possible) but I agree with joy that the pattern is lovely on you, and #5 showcases your slender figure beautifully! Your legs go on forever in that one. 

  • shevia replied 5 years ago

    I love 1-3 with the jeans! I also love the tunic outfit - the boots make it!

  • sparlingo replied 5 years ago

    Love love the outfits in photos #5 and #8.

  • Sarah A replied 5 years ago

    I love how you showcase your fantastic handmade creations. The neutral top in 1/2 is great and the linen pants in 4 I want to copy! The Aline tunic fits well and I think has great potential for layering or as suggested a hi lo hem alteration. A good save to remove the ruffle that caused you not to wear it! I always take inspiration from your posts :)

  • Neel replied 5 years ago

    1/2 are my favorites too! The tunic in 5 is nice ... But it can't compete with 1 :) ... I do agree and wonder with Suz and Joy, if an asymmetric hem would make it look more current. I like the color and design on you though :)

  • Janet replied 5 years ago

    You look great in all of these, but I especially like the first outfit. I like the print of the second top on you too, and I wonder if Aida is onto something with the idea of split hems on the sides.

    I so admire those of you who can make these wonderful clothes! I have a top that I would so love to alter -- adding a little extra panel of fabric to the side to make it more fluid, and taking some off the shoulder to make the neckline sit properly on me. It's probably too much to ask of my usual tailor, and I wish I had the chops to do it myself, but I can't even remember when I last touched a sewing machine. If you lived nearby, I'd pay you to do it and know that you'd do a brilliant job of it! :-)

  • Jeanie replied 5 years ago

    I am with you here....scrambling for rain gear.  I love your jacket.  I need to find something similar as my other jackets just are substantial enough for the rain when it gets chilly.  Your outfits are great.  Maybe the tunic could be made to be a little asymmetrical at the hem??  

  • replied 5 years ago

    Funny, I'm the odd one out here -but my eye goes straight to the printed tunic.  This higher contrast - "pop" of print and stronger colour look so good on you. It's  different from your usual neutrals, and maybe that's why my eye is drawn to it, but it really makes your hair colour look brighter and stronger. Does that make any sense?  Anyways - you have also perfected pant fit for yourself - another admirable thing.

  • texstyle replied 5 years ago

    Love that tee you made in #1-2 - and the outfit too. Great jacket for the rainy weather.  I wonder if you've tried tucking your shoe laces? I'm experimenting with it myself and I think I like the more streamlined look of tucked laces.

  • catgirl replied 5 years ago

    I don't know why the tunic is striking me as not quite you. Does it have a mock t-neck? It reminds me a little of Lands End, which has lots of good stuff but isn't quite your arty eclectic style.

    The first outfit rocks! Rain begone!

  • Firecracker replied 5 years ago

    You all are so nice with your compliments and ideas! Thank you.

    I may try to angle the hem on the tunic, as several of you suggest. The sides are slit already, open about 8 inches probably.
    Una, I definitely see the Lands End vibe you're talking about.The neck isn't a mock turtle, but a soft little cowl that is twisted to
    fall in a kind of haphazard pile around the neck. Like a scarf but
    smaller. I think the slight dowdy factor is partly the shape of the tunic, and the length, perhaps--it's short for a tunic but long for a top. As Joy suggests, a longer length would be great, but that's not happening, since I don't have fabric to add. Well, I'll have to ponder what to do with it next. I do love the fabric, and it seems a lot of you agree there!

    Texstyle, I have tried tucking shoelaces at times, since Angie swears by it. I find it hard to do; they don't feel great jammed inside the top edge of my shoe. We used to have to wear our bootlaces tucked in the Army, and that worked fine, since it was around the leg and against a pant leg, and the laces were a generous length to work with. I should try again, though, since it seems such a preferred look for many people here.

  • abc replied 5 years ago

    You really wear neutrals so well.

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