Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's Day Musings

Happy Mother's Day, hot mamas!!

Despite the Captain's notable absence, this Mother's Day has been my most lucrative ever! The army sent me a yellow carnation. Firstborn painted me a picture, composed a poem AND made me a coupon book full of all kinds of great services, like making his bed, doing 2 weeks of chores, and "40 blueberries". I have no idea how I'm supposed to cash that last one in. Rosemary's Baby made me a mini pot of foam flowers. The Captain sent me shoes (he knows me so well...) and, because I unfairly assumed none of them would do anything for me, I bought myself an inexpensive-but-lovely sterling silver cocktail ring a while back and hid it on myself until this morning. So I pretty much cleaned up this year! And if that wasn't enough, Firstborn also brought me breakfast in bed! Granted, "breakfast in bed" to a 6 year-old is a handful of soggy bran flakes floating around in a large bowl of skim milk, but it's the thought that counts!

And recently, my blog buddy (and fellow mom) Melanie Jane kindly bestowed this award on me:

Thank you!! We need all the sunshine we can get around here lately!

I promised pictures of my latest sewing projects a few posts back. I didn't forget! I've been working on figuring out the most flattering styles for my body shape, and the most flattering colours for my skin tone. One of the things I've noticed is that a lot of the fabrics I'm drawn to are pastels, which I'm now realizing are not the best colours for me. But waste not, want not! From now on, I will stick to buying reds and blues and blacks and jewel tones, but for now, I wouldn't dream of letting the pretty fabrics that remind me of spring go to waste. Just try not to focus too much on my arms and legs, which are obviously screaming out for artificial tanning products.

First up, we have the blue "tunic":

This was my first attempt at modifying a dress pattern. I made it way too short, so I'll be wearing it with jeans, and a scarf to define where my waist is, since my biggest body issue is my mid-section. Have you ever been asked when your baby is due, but you're not actually pregnant? It's a weekly event for me.

Next is the plaid lavender sheath dress:

This is my second try at modifying that same dress pattern. This time I got it long enough, but decided to go without sleeves. It took this picture for me to realize that my arms may be too beefy to go sleeveless. Live and learn! Again I added a tie to define my skinniest bits and avoid the "bun-in-the-oven" look.

And finally, the yellow butterfly circle skirt:

This is something I've wanted to try for a while. I keep seeing people on Burda making their own circle skirts without a pattern. This skirt turned out alright after a bit of fiddling, but the hem is definitely very uneven, and I think for future reference I'm more of a pattern kind of girl. Eyeballing a circle is a lot harder than you'd think.

As a stay-at-home mom, I've found myself throwing on baggy mom jeans and a shapeless brown fleece more often than I'd like. Having a few things in my closet that up my fabulous factor can be a real mood booster. If you too have this trouble and need some help figuring out your best styles and colours, check out these links:

Cool vs. Warm Skin Tones: It turns out there's a reason people run from me, screaming "BANSHEE! BANSHEE!" when I wear pale yellow next to my face. For the first time in my life, I can truthfully call myself "cool"!

Body Shape: I love Trinny and Susannah, to a point where the Captain has banned me from saying their names in his presence. I highly recommend their books, The Body Shape Bible and What Not to Wear (and no one is paying me to say that). It kills me that I can't channel my inner hippie with a long floaty print dress, but at least now I understand why.

Figuring these two things out might seem like a bit of a frivolous, silly pursuit, but sometimes it's just nice to look great, and knowing what I can and cannot wear successfully has saved me from making a load of expensive mistakes (I consider spending $10 at Wal Mart on something I can't wear an "expensive mistake") while shopping for clothes. When I save money, it means there's more to spend on (or save for) my kids. So technically, frittering your time away on fashion will make you Mother of the Year!

Hope you're all having a fabulous Mother's Day!


Suburban Princess said...

You did a great job on your sewing projects!

If someone asked me when I am due I would ask them when THEY are due!

Linda said...

Happy Mother's Day to you!

You did do a fine job with those sewing projects, and I think they look great. I gave up sewing for me a long time ago, due mostly to making the same errors you did at first, I guess. The fabrics I liked didn't look so great on me, and the styles I liked? Ditto.
So, good for you and keep it up.

In Real Life said...

Happy Mother's Day!

Your outfits turned out awesome! You look great! Way to go! Wow - you're so talented!

I am going to check out those websites later. I live in my uniform of jeans, black t-shirts, and a hoodie or sweater lately.

Frostbite and Sunburn said...

Glad the cache of Mother's Day booty was rewarding! I had to get up at 5.30am to tong Daughter Number One's hair for a dance competition - yay me!

Your sewing projects look might proficient to me. I can just about muster up some curtains (but don't look too closely at the detail and hemming). Things with shape and darts and holes for heads and buttons are beyond me - so keep it up. I'm impressed!

Melanie Jane said...

I wish I could sew - the really SAD part is I own a beautiful Singer Sewing Maching - ( not fancy posh type) and have used it maybe 4 times in 10 years! I LOVE THE Blue jeans and shirt -- you look great! and Sunless skin is in!

Happy Mommy day to you!


Janine said...

Lovely clothes!! You are so talented when it comes to sewing...
And don't think that you are an airhead when it comes to cars... At least you went to the garage... I would most likely pull over, get out, kick the tire and put a for sale sign on it!!

Kathleen said...

I just happened upon your blog and I just have to say, you can wear anything you want to, your arms look great! I have to tell you that my son gave me one of those coupon books, I never really took advantage of the promises in there, but the day before mothers day, I found it cleaning out a drawer. This son, who made it, is now a 28 year old Sgt, in the Army. I wrote him that when he gets home, he has to fulfill the promise to take out the trash! (there was no expiration date!)

Savvy Gal said...

hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!

laterg8r said...

happy mothers day - love the tunic :D

Nezzy said...

Why, look at little designer you! Your fashions are smashing! Girl, I'd take breakfast in bed any way I could get it...hummmm, I think it's been 35 years since that's happened. Sounds like your day was great. :o)

Ya'll have a wonderfully blessed day!!!

Stephanie Faris said...

Congrats on a great mother's day.

I love the clothes! Yes, knowing what looks good on ourselves is the key to everything. There have been so many outfits I've loved...on the hanger. But on me, notsomuch!

Dimple said...

Hope you had a great Mother's Day.
I think you can wear what you like. Your arms are fine! And if a color makes you happy, then wear it. Just maybe not next to your face!

Jenn said...

I likes! Particulary the butterfly skirt..I may have to steal that one.

Also around here we;re not supposed to mention Stacy and Clinton.:)

One day they'll come for me! (I hope)