But then I got a pale green mohair sweater at Goodwill for $4. The paisley, with traces of deep red and green, suddenly looked mysterious and serious next to the pale green.
So I made a simple skirt (Simplicity 9825) one Saturday evening - and I added side seam pockets, after reading LiEr's fantastic series on pockets.
Sunday morning, to my dismay, it was 50 degrees F, much too warm to wear wool! So I scrambled through my closet for an alternative.
According to the photos, the hem dips down in the front (oops). I also did not show you the back because there is a zipper problem that I want to discuss with Rebecca who is a much better seamstress than I. But the waistband, hidden mostly by the sweater, is firm and perfect, and the pockets are well-placed and neatly hidden.
Now, here's the game I want to get started next week. Get dressed, and then admire your creativity and thrift and share it with us! Add the cost of your outfit (if you dare) and if you have owned your item for at least 10 years, consider it free. Handsewn items cost fabric and pattern (but if you have used the pattern more than once, consider it discounted or free).
When I played this game with A in high school, the goal was to have the cheapest outfit. That's amusing, but more than that, I want to honor the very clever ways we dress for our work while conserving our resources.
I'll set up a Linky, so if you have a blog and photos, you can blog about your outfit and then I'll collect all your links here at Thrift at Home. Please use the words "Shoestring Chic" in the title of your post and link back to my post. If you don't have a blog or a camera, you can play along in the comments by describing your skilled shoestring chic.
I'm not sure I want to do this every week (I have plenty else to blog about), so for now, I'll just announce it about twice a month. First Shoestring Chic: next Wednesday January 12.
Shoestring chic (for outfit above):
necklace and earrings from my mother: $0
castoff green shirt from T: $0
castoff green sweater from S: $0
skirt (pattern on sale; fabric from Mrs. R): $5
last year's clearance boots: $40
tights (guesstimating - don't really remember): $7