Black-rimmed glasses: Tommy Hilfiger.  LS Black Tee: Forever 21.  Smock-dress made from 2 men’s shirts: handmade by me.  Ball rings: Claire’s.  Snaptape and vinyl belt: handmade by me. Charcoal Boots: Doc Martens. 

Day 22 in my 30 Days of Outfits Challenge: November 22.  

Lil Tot finally seems about 70% better (the fever’s down though he’s still sniffling from allt he drainage from his sinuses), so he’s back to school.  And I’m rushing around trying to get done the million things I had to put off while taking care of him last week.

The dress is made from 2 men’s shirts following the instructions in the Japanese book Kakkoii Couture Remake. It was pretty easy, and I’ll have to file the method of making the neckline away in my bag of tricks, as it turned out surprisingly flattering.

I’ll be sharing the how-to on making a smock-style dress from 2 men’s shirts soon!

Yes, the glasses are real – they’re my distance glasses for driving and watching TV.  I always forget to wear them, though, and they’ve been gathering dust in a drawer for awhile.  Whenever I put them on it’s always a revelation how much I can see while wearing them, and how blind I am without.  And then I forget to put them on the next day.

The belt I made as part of a mini-collection to take with me to Fashion Week and sound out the possibilities of producing it as a line.  I found with this belt, unless I can source snap tape with the snaps off-set to the right of the tape by 3/4″ (or have the snap tape manufactured for me), it would be impossible to produce quality multiples of this piece.  The seam allowance on snap tape is just not enough for edging the belt, alas.  Plus I need belting vinyl as well, and I have no idea where to source that.  Ah well.

Hub said when I remove the belt I look like a pregnant art teacher in this dress.  Hmmmph.  It’s loose, easy-to-wear, and comfortable, so whatevs!  (I also think it would work great as a nightshirt.)

Happy Monday, everyone!

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