Sunday, May 17, 2015

Clothes Swap Haul

This week, I had the pleasure of attending the Spring 2015 Fabulous Ladies Clothes Swap hosted by Echo Theatre. Much fun was had and many a garment accompanied me home.

There were a couple goofy t-shirts I just couldn't resist - a blingerific smiley face and Cap'n Funny Bones!

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There was a semi-sheer top with solid sleeves and back.

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I also got a 100% silk Ralph Lauren sweater and a blue shell with no tag, but I believe it's also silk.

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Then there's the 100% silk wrap-around blouse and this fun skirt in shades of grey. I also scored a sheer black dress with a red lining underneath.

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It's far from scarf weather here, but give it another 4 or 5 months and I'll be rocking this snow leopard print scarf. The red American Eagle shoes were an interesting find, though I look forward to figuring how to wear them.

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There were a few pieces that have me on the fence as well. I can't decide if I like this top. Normally, I'd be all over sheer and polka dots, but the peplum kinda puts me off. I'll have to play around with how to style it and see if it passes muster.

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This 100% linen tunic looks great on Rosy (though clearly, it needs an ironing), but it's a little snug on my hips. I may be able to get away with leaving the bottom button open, or I may shorten the hem a bit into a standard blouse length. We'll see.

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I'm wary of this Nicole Miller dress as well. Its gold and black mod design immediately brought to mind the ladies' uniforms in the original Star Trek series, and so I brought it home without a second thought. Unfortunately, when I put it on later, I was not only reminded of why I don't wear yellow very often with my skin tone, but also, the cut just wasn't very flattering. I'm still deciding what to do with it.

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And then there were the refashionables. This beaded capelet thingy has me a bit stumped. I've no idea what I'll do with it, but no one else seemed interested in taking it home, so I thought I'd give it a go.

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Two long leather skirts - one black and one dark brown - also found their way into my bag.

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This orange and pink dress will likely only need a few tweaks, but the green number is far too small (it's just pinned to Rosy at the shoulders), so I'll need to get creative on that one.

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This polka dot swing top would have been perfect, except for a paint splotch on the tummy. I have an easy fix in mind for this one to give it new life.

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Speaking of polka dots, this burgundy skirt has tons of fabric that will be put to use somehow. And lastly, I can always find a use for a floral skirt, though I have no concrete plans yet.

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So that's 21 pieces for the $20 entry fee. Not too shabby!

10 comments:

  1. Great haul, Carissa! If I had that linen top, I'd rip out the side seams partway up from the bottom then sew in triangles of lace or triangles cut from the sleeves, to make a swing style top.

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    1. The sides do already have slits, just high enough up. Since my torso is pretty short, my hips are apparently higher than the clothing manufacturer anticipated. I love the idea of slitting them up higher and inserting lace or fabric from the sleeves. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  2. Wish we had swaps in my corner of the world!

    For the beaded capelet, I would turn it around so the ties are in the back, the capelet becomes the yoke, and add some drapey fabric to the bottom to make it into a flowy tunic or dress.

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    1. I did actually try it on backwards at the swap, just playing around. That just might work!

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    1. Oh, it was! And I didn't even post the blurry snapshots of me trying on the spandex jumpsuit or the 1980's velvet onesie with an undeniable clown vibe. Some things are not meant to be shared with the internet. :)

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  4. What great pieces! How does the swap work? Where does the clothing come from - do you have to take items as well as pay a fee? (I couldn't find any details on the linked page.)

    Looking forward to what you do with these, especially - for some reason - the too-small green dress.

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    1. This particular swap is a semi-annual fundraiser for a local theater company. There's a $20 entry fee if you bring stuff to donate (clothes, purses, accessories) or $40 if you just come to shop. Then you spend a couple hours perusing everyone else's castoffs and take home as much as you like! I like to start off by picking out stuff that works for me as is or with only minor tweaks/repairs. Then when they give last call, I'll go back through looking for fabric and refashionables in the stuff no one else has claimed yet. Anything left at the end of the night goes to a local charity. I usually leave with 2-4 big tote bags full of stuff.

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    2. Thanks for the info - sounds like such a great event, and for a good cause, too.

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