Thursday, August 28, 2014

Taking It All In

Guess what! I finally caved and started up an Instagram account. I actually think this is going to be really great! There are tons of times that I find something awesomely bad at the thrift store that I'd love to share with you guys but it's not worth bringing home. Or when I'm trying to decide which way to go with a refashion and need a fresh pair of eyes. Or when I jab myself with a needle and want someone to commiserate with me. Or a million other reasons that I'd love to interact with you guys more often! So click on the little blue camera icon just under the header up there (or click here) and follow me if you like. I promise to find some atrocious beauties to send your way.

So now that that's out of the way - Last week, when I should I have been packing for our trip, I took a little break to do some stitchin'. I didn't have long, so I just grabbed a couple pieces that only needed minor tweaks.

These khaki slacks I picked up secondhand a couple months back. I always think I'm going to wear slacks to work, but I never do. I just don't like the way they look or feel on me. I will, however, wear skinny khakis.

And the pale pink blouse I've had for a couple years now. What I really loved about it - when it fit - was the closely-spaced buttons. Being large-chested, it's hard to find button-down blouses that don't gape between in the front, so buttons that are really close together are fantastic! I'd love to wear this shirt again, so a quick re-fit is all it needs.

Pink Blouse & Khaki Skinnies - Before

It also had these little belt loops at the side seams, but didn't have a belt with it when I bought it, so who knows where that went!

Pink Blouse - Before

The easiest method I've found for taking something in is to simply trying it on inside out and carefully pin the side seams to fit. So that's exactly what I did! I pinned both sides of the legs from mid-thigh down...

Khaki Skinnies - In Progress

...and I took in a couple inches on each side of the shirt as well. I ever snipped the laundry tag from the old side seam and sewed it into the new seam. Plus, those little belt loops are now gone!

Pink Blouse - In Progress

There we go! A couple super quick projects to get my fix before leaving on a jet plane.

Pink Blouse & Khaki Skinnies - AfterPink Blouse & Khaki Skinnies - AfterPink Blouse & Khaki Skinnies - After

Pink Blouse and Khaki Skinnies - Before & After

The next day, we headed to Washington DC to visit some friends, as well as doing some touristy stuff while we were there. We saw the monuments...


...visited a couple of the Smithsonian museums...

Smithsonian Museums

...and of course, ate lots of delicious food!

Delicious Eats

There was even a special guest! I'll tell you more about that in a later post though...


  1. Welcome Back, Carissa. It is amazing how tweaking those seams and rolling up a pant leg can create the perfect look. I,too, love that blouse on you and the fabric appears to be comfortable in hot weather.

    1. Oh, it's very comfortable! Borderline see-through, but comfortable nonetheless.