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Thursday, June 30, 2011

A few Anthropologie reviews

I took a break from working on my Illustrator and Photoshop projects yesterday and went into Orlando to try on shoes and Anthropologie clothes.    best plan ever!  except for the torrential rain.....but that's FL.

Lot's of stuff I loved- and I even remembered to take pictures of some of it :ashamed  I really wish I had snapped a pic of the orange colorway of the Around the Maypole dress- I was waiting for the SA to look for a size down for me and apparently I didn't even contemplate her not being able to find it and didn't take a pic of the size 12.  It was stunning but one size down would have been a bit more secure and better I'm certain due to the elastic back.  Anyway, on to those I have pictures of.

First sale items:
Crimp & Cross Buttondown by Odille:

pretty basic sleeveless button blouse with smocking at front shoulders- slightly itchy fabric, on the sheer side.  Wide in the tummy area- I felt it needed to be tucked in or belted to give it some definition- did nothing special for me.
Squeezebox top by Deletta

First time I've tried it I think- I sized up after a disasterous try of my regular size (It made me literally lol-it was bad....made me very Jessica Rabbit-ish and lumpy all at the same time).  Once I sized up I loved it.

Gullwing dress- Girls from Savoy   multi stripe.

This one was missing the topmost button- so a previous shopper filled out the top in a similar way that I did :o  I don't know if I could have kept that button buttoned up anyway once I tightened up the straps in the back.  Loved the fit on this- loved the flow, loved the dress.  I have a feeling I would love it even more in the polka dot which my store was out of, but which is still available online....  hhhmmmmmmm.

Non sale goodies :)
Talauma Tunic- by Sparrow

 Loved this sweater!  Lightweight, somewhat sheer, but that wasn't a dealbreaker for me.  Was big on me- would size down if I was going to purchase/when it goes on sale/if it makes it to sale.  The colors are so much prettier irl than online.  I tried to capture that with my pictures.  It's an oatmeal-ish color.  The accents are simply so gorgeously soft and feminine- the colors are fantastic. 
Swoop&Glide pullover by Field Flower (I think?) 

I saw the birds on this and I think I actually made grabby hands.  Literally.  I have so little control.  The knit is supersoft.  The design is super confusing.  It's actually a cardigan- under the tie is a row of tiny buttons all the way down.  I sized down for these pictures- so it's cropped and boxy.  From looking at the pictures, I could deal with the fit, but I was fussing with it quite a bit- I'm getting very tired of cropped sweaters.  I'm long torso-ed so some sweaters that aren't meant to be cropped end up cropped anyway, so yeah, add the intentionally cropped ones in there, and ugh.  I also would have preferred it either without the tie or without the buttons- the design just seemed muddled to me. 

Wavering Grid Dress by Deletta

While I was shopping, the SA that was helping me (and unfortunately calling me Jenny) saw me checking out this last dress.  She grabbed my size and had it off to the dressing room before I could fish my size out, lol.  It apparently came in just a couple days before.  It has some unexepectedly vintage details for what is basically a knit jersey dress.  The neckline has ruched darts at the side, the silhouette almost screams for kitten heels and/or seamed stockings....  dunno, it just looks like Mad Men era to me.  The print was a little straining on the eye and was a definite optical illusion sort of print- and unfortunately, it seems to be where the name came from, so I'm not sure this will come out in another print.....but I hope it does, because I loved the fit, but the print didn't have me completely sold.  (tbh it reminded me too much of the homework I had gone shopping to leave behind! eek, gotta get a new pattern Anthro!) 

Saturday, June 18, 2011

What I discovered while out today shopping....

Went out for a Father's Day weekend meal with the hubby- and he was nice enough to let me do a bit of shopping while we were out- and together we found out that this new jacket at Anthropologie went remarkably well with what I was already wearing. Really pretty pleating details on the pockets and cuffs, lovely fabric (silk and cotton blend that is so soft to the touch), nipped in waist that isn't immediately apparently in online pictures, soft muted color.   Wishlisted now!!  The hook and eye closure is definitely low, but surpisingly, it worked well with the wrap, collared blouse I was wearing, so I wasn't all that concerned about it.   As a note- the description below calls it slouchy- I found the sleeves slouchy because they are shortened and gathered, but the jacket itself was tailored, but perhaps not as slim fitting as some Anthropologie jackets.  As in, it came across my bust reasonably, lol.  I tried it on in the store itself instead of a fitting room, hence the lack of pictures. 

Coquille's slouchy silk-cotton jacket - with its drapey shape, pleated pockets and low-slung closure - is ready for languid layering.
  • Hook-and-eye closure
  • Silk, cotton; cotton lining
  • Dry clean
  • 28.5"L
  • Imported
style #20430187
web style #20430187
retail sku #20430237

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Filed under: If I didn't have homework, I would be doing....

I've been drooling over these sewing patterns for the past week or so- they first came to my attention through ModCloth who carried a couple of the patterns a few weeks ago.

Colette Patterns Shop :

The patterns have a lovely vintage feel, seem to be logically divided into sewing levels, and this is my favorite part, are in sizes that make sense to the modern woman.  I really dislike looking at McCall's and Simplicity patterns and looking at measurements and having the realization that according to them, my perfect size *cough* 12 measurements (meh, I have pictures up on this site, why try to hide it, right?) are actually more like a size 16 according to them.  I can handle it when thinking in terms of UK sizing occasionally, but not when sewing for some reason.  Only time my vanity is threatened.  *shrug*.

Here's a couple of my favorites:
Macaron dress- pockets, charming two tone and scalloped sleeves :)

Ginger- A line skirt with customizable details

Crepe- wrap dress (wraps in back) with two necklines, lovely vintage silhouette, pockets (again :) ) no need to sew buttons or zipper so great starting sewing project.

I'm tempted to invest in them for my term breaks....  although I have a feeling I may be super busy during them already! 

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Globemallow Dress -

Globemallow Dress -

Globemallow Dress - (clipped to

My chances of ever finding this dress in my size for myself are exactly slim to none, but hey, it's still so nice to look at and dream......  Are there pieces from a year/years ago that still do that to you too? 

Friday, June 3, 2011

UPDATE on unidentified Anthropologie pieces :) one down, one to go- and added bonus piece o.O

Floreat blouse identified today as I was searching for the name of a Lithe blouse?  ok, so I should have seen this one coming...maybe.  Early Floreat pieces were often called Lithe on the Anthro website and sometimes even labelled such- not sure what the story was with production, actual designers or what, but it's made me super curious on many occasions- and this top does have some of the Lithe type embroidery on it.  So I found it today when I was trying to ID the bonus ebay picture I added at the bottom that I still haven't ID'd (hehe).  It's the Wafuku top.

Skirt still unidentified.  Labelled Odille.  100% cotton.  Runs big.  Made in USA.

And as mentioned- bonus ebay ID help for this little Lithe number (maybe I should be searching for Floreat? hmmm)
100% cotton, Made in China

As always, any help is greatly greatly appreciated.  My google fingers and eyes are tired ;)