The Professor

Last week I posted an outfit with this gold velvet waistcoat, which is a bit big on me. Well, I finally figured out how to make it fit better – I (very badly) sewed two darts in the back, and voila, it fits! For the outfit, I tried to evoke a three-piece suit – I’ve always loved the look of three-piece suits, but I don’t think I would want to wear them very often. I love pattern-mixing too much to wear a suit that is all one pattern and color. This outfit, which not only mixes patterns but textures as well, is much more my style. I thought about adding a brooch to make it even more “me”, but in the end, decided that the outfit is busy enough.


Tricksy Hobbitses

Another day, another vest (or rather, waistcoat) worn with a skirt. This is another velvet waistcoat that I bought last year, but it’s a bit big on me, so while figuring out how to size it down, I decided to tuck it into a skirt instead. There’s something about the ruffled shirt and the tucked-in waistcoat, which looks a bit like a bodice, that reminds me of a female Hobbit costume, hence the title. It’s the thing about inspiration – you never know where it’s going to come from. I’ve never been much of a Lord of the Rings fan (sacrilege, I know, but I didn’t grow up with it and while I enjoy the films, they never mean much to me), so I’ve never consciously taken any fashion inspiration from them. On the other hand, I’m a very visual person, and following costume and cosplay blogs, I’ve seen my share of Hobbit costumes. I guess the images just get stored in my brain, to be called up randomly.


Casual Vintage

This is a simple outfit, but I still want to feature it on the blog to highlight this cardigan. In my quest to dress more vintage, I’ve been keeping an eye out for more fitted sweaters and cardigans (it’s always easier for me to find vintage and retro pieces in the fall/winter season – the wool and knitted pieces keep better than the cotton pieces of spring/summer), so of course I had to snap up this cardigan, with its cute little floral pattern and “Made in Scotland” tag. For the rest of the outfit, I’m going for a vaguely 1940s silhouette with the wide-leg pants and monk shoes – not 100% accurate, of course, but then again I never aim for 100% recreation of vintage looks anyway.


Embroidered Galaxy

Here’s my outfit for this week’s SIA, inspired by Ellen Harding Baker‘s Solar System quilt. I was tempted to wear the “moon” sweater I wore for the Nebra Sky Disk SIA again, to really book-end the year, but in the end, I decided that this embroidered sweater would be a much better fit. I kept the rest of the outfit simple. Black pants may reflect the inspiration more accurately, but I thought it made the outfit too heavy – I rarely wear all black anyway – so I went with these mustard pants instead.

If you haven’t sent me your outfits yet, you still have until tomorrow! And don’t forget to come back on Wednesday to see other outfits inspired by this quilt!


Linen For Fall

This is another “summer but make it fall” outfit – summer clothes and fabric, in fall colors. This top may be linen, but it’s pretty thick and stiff, so I’m reserving it for these awkward, in-between days, and when I noticed that the embroidery perfectly matches this skirt, it really was a no-brainer of an outfit.

On the other hand, it took way too long for me to achieve this (both while taking photos and while assembling the GIF). But hey, when you have a swishy skirt on, you have to swish it around, right?