Thursday, July 12, 2012

Okay, I need your HONEST opinion

No one will get hurt for telling me what they really think.  I picked both of these items up a few months ago for $1 each at Goodwill.  I think it took me so long to do something with them because maybe deep down I didn't really like them?  So anyway, I finally got around to refashioning these.  The skirt was about four inches too long and the lace blouse was just way too big. 

Because I liked the embroidery on the bottom and didn't want to cut it off so I put a seam in the middle of the skirt.  I wanted to take off about four inches so I brought up the bottom 2" and brought down the top 2" and sewed along that line.  Then I cut off the extra.

As far as the blouse, I stitched along the seam where the sleeve and shoulder meet.  The arm hole.  That brought the shoulder up to my shoulder where it belongs.  Then I took in the sides quite a bit.  Then I decided I really didn't like the long sleeves so I cut them off and hemmed them.



Okay, my question is:  Does this outfit make me look like an old lady?  I mean I AM an old lady but I don't want to LOOK like an old lady.  I'm 54, seven months from being a "senior citizen" where I can get all those wonderful discounts at restaurants and stuff.  So this is where you have to be honest with me.  I NEED to know the truth.  This cost a total of $2 so if you tell me it's an old lady outfit, I won't get any heartburn if I have to get rid of it.  Anyone?


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43 comments:

  1. The after pics look great! You did an awesome job at altering these clothes. :)

    Julie

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  2. The skirt is awesome, and I'm going with Julie. You did an amazing job with the alterations. I'm not a fan of the blouse, on you. There is nothing wrong with the blouse, it just seems like there is a smidge more fabric in the sides than needs to be there (wind maybe?). It just doesn't seem set you off as nicely as the other outfit refashions you've done.

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  3. No, you don't look like an old lady. You look great! the skirt looks much better shorter.

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  4. I like both :o) but i'm with the lady who thinks you should nip in the waist of the blouse a little. certainly not old lady though!

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  5. Awesome job, Carolyn!! I love them both and you don't look old. And I'd tell you if you did, too! Only thing I can maybe comment on, after reading the above comment from Dawn and looking for the "extra fabric" she mentioned in the blouse, is I'm not seeing it. BUT are there shoulder pads in there? If so, ditch them. That's all. You ROCK!

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    1. I forgot to mention the shoulder pads. There were shoulder pads when I started, but they were the first thing to go.

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    2. You look marvelous! You are an inspiration to us all on how to make your clothing dollars stretch! ><>.....Jenny

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  6. Okay, so a little more fitted in the blouse it is!

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  7. Great thrifty buy Carolyn. I'm loving the skirt with the new length and very glad you left that design print on the bottom. I think I'd like to see the skirt with a white t-shirt for a younger look.
    Thanks for sharing at Shabbilicious Friday.

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  8. You look great!!! Not old lady at all!

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  9. LOL! We are always trying to balance between the old lady clothes and dressing too young:) I love the skirt, and no you don't look old, not with those legs:) But I think the blouse is just not comfortable, maybe if you wear the blouse with jeans or shorts and then maybe a tee with this awesome skirt:) I totally love the skirt and you are such a talented seamstress. Thank you, my friend, for sharing at Freedom Fridays:)

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  10. After the nip at the waist, which should be a cinch (no pun intended) for you after all the other alterations, this will be a great outfit!
    Janet (BTW I'm older than you, lol)

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  11. I think you did an amazing job! I after pic is definitely a major improvement. It's kinda awesome to get those food discounts, :)

    Thanks for linking up!

    Jess

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  12. Love it. You look great. Michele

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  13. Awesome refashion. Totally updated them!

    Bobi
    http://westernwarmth.blogspot.com

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  14. Really like the skirt, it's totally youthfull but the blouse...notsomuch. Perhaps take the sleeves off totally? The skirt screams for a pop of color...maybe dye the top?

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  15. I LOVE the refashion!!! And you do NOT look like an old lady!! I would SO wear that outfit!!

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    (I'm sure you never heard that one before!) :)http://www.erika-shineon.blogspot.co.uk/

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  17. Take off the collar and nip in the waist and it is keeper. you look fab-u-lous!

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  18. Love the skirt! You are a clothing magician!

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  19. doesn't make you look like an old lady!!!

    I LOVE the skirt (and I'm 22!)

    I'm not a huge fan of collared shirts personally, but I think they go together well, and don't make you look old at all! :) you look fabulous!!

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  20. I love the skirt! I'm hosting a linky party "One Creative Weekend" at OneCreativeMommy.com. I'd love for you to visit and link up this idea and/or anything else you'd like to share.

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  21. It looked old lady BEFORE you made it over! But I think now it looks trendy and cute! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning to our Pomp Party board!

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  22. I think the shirt looks odd because of the way it parts at the bottom. Could it be tucked in? Otherwise I like them both!

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  23. First, let me say you definitely don't look like an old lady! :) I like what you did with the two pieces, especially the shortened skirt. I just don't think I like the two pieces together as an outfit. I'd find a more fitted top to go with the skirt, tuck it in and wear a big ol'belt with it. And I'd find something really colorful to go with the white blouse...just my opinion! But way to save 2 finds from goodwill!

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  24. OMG, asking our opinion: HOW GREAT IS THAT?!

    Do excuse this very brief view...I've not seen your blog (or you) before, but I've loved giving my opinion about anything, however, most of all...color/design/style. So here goes, for what it's worth:

    You look super young; no question about that. However, with your coloring the most flattering colors you can choose are those of the "brights"...see Spring colors. (Bet they go with your personality too.). You did a marvelous job of reworking the pieces..very impressive, but black & white. Not so great. My quick advice: forget the blouse with that skirt...add a top that incorporates lots of cherry pink, bright green, lighter yellows, etc...with only a TOUCH of black. The blouse maybe with a fun summer print skirt that has white in it and lots of bright cheery colors.

    Hey, best I got for you...but LOVE your attitude!

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    1. Boy, I sure wish you hadn't commented as anonymous so I could say THANK YOU!

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  25. I sure hope 54 isn't an old lady because I'm gaining on you and that means I'm probably one too! I think you are a genius for the way you redesigned this and I would have never thought "old lady". The shorter skirt and sleeves were definitely a good idea. Thanks for coming by Quirky Vistas and doing my research for me. Ha! I looked it up but didn't see anything in the first few search results and gave up. I'm telling you it sounds just like him and it's the same tune as his song. He may not have been a star yet back when this was recorded. It may have paved the way for hi. But then, I am upwards of 50 and some memories are taking their leave.
    Liz

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  26. What about using the blouse as a summer jacket with a close fitting cami?? Just a thought. I think it looks pretty good but agree that since the skirt is not "form fitting", the blouse needs to be closer fitting.

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  27. Well, I love what you did with your $2.00 outfit! The before pics looked old-ladyish (is that a word???) and you definately don't look like an old lady after your alterations - you look so cute!
    Barbara in TN

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  28. I didn't notice the title of your blog when I visited last time. It made me giggle. I think I'm a nut, too! I’m so glad you linked this up at One Creative Weekend! I love it!

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  29. I love the skirt, and it's not old lady at all. But the shirt, ehh, maybe a little. I'd pair the skirt with a bright t-shirt.

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  30. I'm trying to remember the names of the Home Ec teachers at Glendale...and now I'm trying to remember if you WENT to Glendale. Now I'm thinking Sunset? Either way - I'm confident your Home Ec teacher would be more than proud of your sewing skills! cc

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    1. Is this Carol? I went to Glendale and Mrs. Bickford was the home ec teacher. I can't believe I remember that.

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  31. I think you did a terrific job! They look great as is! Now, the best way to make this look young and fresh is to add pops of color! Could be a yellow belt, a chunky turquoise necklace, some red sandals...think color! Some little trendy pieces will take this outfit from black and white to fashion forward! Love it!
    Nat
    doodlecraft.blogspot

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  32. The skirt is really cute and looks high end (GREAT job!)but I don't like the blouse with it at all (that makes it look old lady). Instead, why not pair the skirt with a solid tangerine colored top (I am thinking sleeveless.) and then add a long necklace with some black in it-maybe a silver circle necklace with some black stones in the necklace. Add some bronzer to your legs/arms and then, dump the flip flops and add a cute black wedge sandal. Add a small black bag with maybe a metal long chain strap and you have a great summer look with your skirt being a real standout.

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  33. The skirt looks so much better short. The blouse could use what I call Princess Darts - the kind that would leave a bit of fullness in the bust, but shape that very nice waist you're hiding. Great job - $2 Bonus!

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  34. You definitely DO NOT look like an old lady and this dress just brings out the best in you :)
    Cheers to that re-fashioning!!

    -Tanya
    http://tanyaanurag.blogspot.in/

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  35. The skirt is great! BUT--the blouse looks granny (I can say that with authority as a Mom of 8-and yes, I gave birth to each of them one at a time; G-Mom of 7 so far!) I'll be 60 in a few months, but my 16 year old head cheerleader granddaughter often comes to me for advice on tweaking her clothes...A simple t-shirt of short snappy jacket would be killer! Judy

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  36. I'm super impressed with the refashion and I really like the skirt. The top does look better, but I still think it is a little awkward. Probably the hemline. I think for $1 I would just call it a fail and pick something with some color. You are way too cute for just black and white.

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  37. I really like the skirt too and I'm noticing the shirt isn't fitting you right along the chest/shoulders. Stopping by from A Little Knick Knack linky party.

    Here is what I shared: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.ca/2012/07/bow-pleated-purse.html

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