2.28.2016

More. Casual. Wear.


Still with the separates! STILL! And not just separates. I'm venturing into the realm of CASUAL. Ugh, casual. HOW I LOATHE THE WORD. Here's how Webster's defines those six little letters:

ca su al

happening by chance : not planned or expected
designed for permitting ordinary dress, behavior, etc : not formal
not regular or permanent, in particular
made or done without much thought or premeditation

EGADS WHAT A DIRTY LITTLE WORD. But it's a necessary evil in my audition closet, and since hand made jeans came into my life, I'm no longer satisfied with wearing RTW everyday wear. I get ready for "work" and eye my hand made separates with a sigh, the print/color/shiny-ness nowhere near casual enough to work on camera. (Not that this eye searing neon and floral explosion will work on camera either, but I'm getting closer.)

You can see the full outfit & details at The Mood Sewing Network...

It also occurs to me that this deviation into sewing bread might be a little strange for longtime visitors of Kalkatroona. Maybe you come here for party dresses and brocade dusters and you're all WHERE'S THE SHINY. Or MAYBE you're all DO YOU EVER WEAR NORMAL CLOTHING. That said, thank you for your comments on my last separates post! I haven't had time to respond to everyone, but I'm going to try the vinegar wash suggestions on those jeans. I will be pinching my nose shut with the grip of Hercules the entire time. Good god, I hate the smell of vinegar. I hate it about as much as the word Casual! Probably because it reminds me of spoiled wine, which is a crime against humanity. Vinegar, that is. Well, Casual might be a felony too. I THINK CASUAL WEAR AND SMARTPHONES MIGHT BE THE DEMISE OF OUR SOCIETY.

*obviously incoherent, oona walks away from the computer in search of coffee.*

Happy Sunday, y'all! Hope you're sewing!

18 comments:

  1. As I scrolled down I though - OMG, is Oona wear a t-shirt? A plain, solid t-shirt? My world is upside down! :P
    Tis, however, a very cute bright tee with fun shaping... I'm going to head over to Mood not to see how it all came about!

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    1. does it help correct your axis to know that i had the perfect coordinating neon thread already in my stash? ;)))

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  2. I [sometimes] read your blog on my smartphone ;-)

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  3. I love all of your cake, but your casual is really cute too!

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    1. thanks faye! it'd be nice to wear something i made to work-- you are a big inspiration!

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  4. Ut-oh. The next thing you know you'll be sewing black.

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  5. Can I give you a high five on your last sentence. Casual wear has become the bane of my existence!!!

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    1. YEP. but you've been killing the chico chic!

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  6. I suspect you might wear "normal" rtw clothes, but I do my best to pretend you're always wearing floofy eye-searingly bright handmade happiness. This is NYC, so why the f not? :-)

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  7. It's so hard to make oneself sew casual but I've had to force myself because my life does not include many opportunities for dress-up. I used to make a lot of clothes I never wore because they were too fancy but I've made peace with casual by redefining it. A flowy dress can be casual and so can orange and fuchsia.

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  8. Um your casual is another's fancypantsy! Like, when you do yoga pants I'll clutch my pearls, but til then you're fabulous in my book!

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  9. Love your take on casual. I'm treading water in "mom uniform" "athletic wear" seas over here, you give me a pop of color and pattern to bring me back! I once had someone tell me how great this one wine stopper was at keeping wine good after opening "honey once it's open there will be none left to keep" was my response.

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  10. See, I would define "casual" as stuff I can wear on an everyday basis. I'm still trying to figure out what that looks like now that I only have about 3 pairs of pants that fit and I need stuff that won't be utterly ruined if I have a diaper mishap. All I know is that I don't want to be Yoga Pants Mom, and at least jeans feel a little more dressed up. And also, somehow, I need to figure out a way to fit the chiffons and polyester brocades in my stash into that everyday vibe. If anyone among us can figure that one out, it's you. So I'll be watching this space for your next separates move!

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  11. I was thinking of you as I was (online) fabric shopping the other day. I veered into the silk section (always a mistake) and got just blown away by taffeta. I managed to restrain myself and then went wild in shirting. I was thinking, "If I were Oona, I'd buy the taffeta, but I don't live a taffeta life. I have a small child that frequently eats jam."

    I'm really enjoying this trip into casual wear with you. I like seeing your style translated into a more everyday look.

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  12. I love the person who first said.."Life is too short to wearing boring clothes." I don't mind casual...but I do hate boring. Your casual is not boring...thank you!

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  13. You can also use citric acid instead of vinegar to get the same result, with no accompanying smell. Not as available, but you can get larger quantities at places like dharmatrading.com. :-)

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i thankya truly for taking the time to comment, i love a good conversation-- and hope you know my thanks are always implied, if not always written!