DJ/Radio Producer-turned-Lawyer attempts to dress like a grown-up. Sometimes I comically fail. And I occasionally post fun stuff, like music videos, book-club reviews, or photos of beauty or oddity.
FYI: I was doing this entire blog from my Android phone, snatching moments out of my busy life for quick photos. But I hate auto-correct with a purple passion, so now I'm using the computer for most of the work. I am still using my phone for the photos, though. My photo sizes may be erratic, and the quality isn't stellar. I am not a professional blogger, and do not have time for lots of scenic poses with a great camera. I don't even own a great camera! However, I DO appreciate your continued feedback, even in the absence of photographic artistry.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The most important thing my mother ever taught me...

was basic sewing. And that if you threaten to "cancel Christmas" for 20 years in a row, no one takes you seriously. In high school, I even designed and sewed some of my own clothes. We lived in the country, and I was bored a minimum of all the time! Since I grew up, and started working and having a social life, the desire to undertake major projects has fled-- along with my attention span.

One might ask: "if you can sew, why do you spend so much on tailoring". Because it's worth it to me to not futz with major alterations. And because they're better at it than I am.

We attorneys often get frustrated when people cheap out on legal work, trying to do it themselves. Not only because we want the business, but also because when you tell the client it will cost them more to correct their mistakes than it would have if you did it in the first place, they tend to get irate.

So I leave the big stuff to the professionals. But I was having some issues with a couple shirts I figured some sew-in snaps might fix. Even I can handle that. Before:

Pay attention to the bottom of the shirt front. After:

Because I did this, by hand, while listening to the TV:

Great job, right? Except the efficacy of said snaps, in their test-run today, seems to be mediocre at best. I could've have saved a great deal of time, effort, and pricked fingers by just using my trusty safety pins. Which I now will have to do anyway. Rrrrr....

I really love the v-neck button-down shirts because they are a better frame for necklaces. They don't have all that extra fabric covering the pretties:

Basic silver hoops:

Top: VanHusen outlet
Pants: Lane Bryant
Necklace: made by Baby Sis
Earrings: Gold Mine in Bath, NY
Shoes: Ariat


  1. Good job on the snaps. All the new blouses are designed to gape at the bottom ( so that there is detail when layering)... but frustrating when it also gapes over something we don't want it to accentuate!-Argh! I agree that safety pins are the way to go... as you loose weight you can move the pins. Love that color on you!

  2. I'm thinking of learning how to sew to do simple tailoring like this work. I admire that capability.

    You are the only fashion-blogger in the history of fashion-blogging to use the word "efficacy" in a post. :)

  3. Nicely done! I've sewed snaps on a few of my tops (that dreaded boob pull section), but I loathe sewing in general.

    I can see your pics much better - thanks, whatever you did! :)

  4. smart solution, those snaps are! I am so glad my mother taught me to sew, even if it's a skill I only rarely use anymore. (Patterns are outrageously expensive now! I just saw a Vogue pattern at my fabric shop listed for about $25! And I'm nowhere near capable of creating my own pattern.)
    Thanks for stopping by my blog earlier and your many kind comments!