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Will Sew For Food – Our First Customer!

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We are excited to let you in on a new section of our website!  We hope you are enjoying our skirt refashions as much as we are enjoying refashioning them!  We sell some skirts on Etsy, but maybe they are not your size, style, whatever!  So what do you do if you have an idea you want us to execute on?

A friend of ours cannot sew, but has been admiring our refashions in person.  She’s the kind of person who oooohhhs and aaaaaahhhhhhs over our work and makes us feel so special!  So one day she showed up with 2 skirts and asked us to refashion them for her telling us exactly what she wanted.  So we had this lightbulb go on!  We’re quite sure there are others of you out there who would like to take advantage of our handy sewing skills!  Keep your eyes glued to the right margin of this website, because in the next few days, an opt-in box will appear (we’re working on it, but we have to stop sewing long enough!) and you will be able to submit your requests to us!  We’ve christened it Will Sew For Food!

So now onto our friend’s request!  Here is the first skirt she gave us.

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She loves the fit of this skirt, but her complaint was that it was too tight around the bottom hem, and “I have to walk like a robot!”  We also noticed when we were working with this skirt that there was an unflattering brown stain on the, well, rear.

On to skirt #2:

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The problem with this one?  It is just her style, color and pattern, but too short!  She requested we combine the two and the final product be close to 40 inches long!  Okay, here we go!

Step 1: Figure out how to combine the 2 to the best advantage of both!  Eliminating the robot walk, of course!

Step 2: Cut 11 inches off the top of the red, and all but 12 inches off the top of the denim skirt.  (Remember the unflattering brown stain?  Goodbye! ~ It was below the 12 inch mark!

Step 3: Hem the new top of the red skirt and new bottom of the denim skirt.

Step 4: Pin and sew the 2 skirt together.

Step 5: Top stitch again around where the 2 skirt connect to reinforce and make it look like a denim seam.

Okey-dokey!  What do you think now?

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We simply cannot wait to show this to our friend!

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Back view – notice: no unflattering brown stain!

Total Time: 45 minutes

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

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Twirl ready!  Look at that fullness!

We’ll be sure to update this post after we give this back to our friend, and let you all know what she thinks of it!

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By the way, what do you think of it?  Let us know in the comment section!  And since we’re getting hungry to do more sewing…keep your eyes peeled for that box, ‘cuz when we put it up, we Will Sew For Food!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Skirt Design – Fashion Illustrations – New sketching style by Allegra!

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This skirt design post is about my first fashion illustration: The Red Skirt.

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For this illustration I did a quick pencil sketch, not making any adjustments, and the sketch came out in this quirky elongated style, which is really funny. I have actually never tried sketching quickly like this, but I like the style. The sketch is of a woman wearing a long skirt with a tiered ruffle train in the back, and a ruffled shirt. I only colored the skirt, so that it would stand out more, but I think that the shirt would be white, and I would pair it with black shoes. Well, now that I have found a style that I like to work with, you may look out for many more designs!

See, fashion illustration is something new to us, and we’ve created a special board over at Pinterest just for Skirt Art, and we’ve been pinning a lot of skirt illustrations to it!  Here are some of our new favorites!

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I think my illustration most closely resembles the style of this fashion illustrator who drew this plaid skirt.  I love the whole thing, but especially the way just the skirt is in color and everything else sketchy.

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Some fashion illustrations are very realistic like this great one from Inslee.  We’ve pinned a lot of Inslee fashion illustrations to our Skirt Art board over at Pinterest, so don’t forget to check them out!

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I just love this fashion illustration!  Like some fashion illustrations, this one is quite unrealistic, by very artistic!  I mean, if we could sew a skirt to look like this in real life, we’d always be swimming in the dough!

vintage fashion illustration

There are a lot of vintage fashion illustrations out there, and many of them are simply stunning!  Like this one from Vogue in 1948.  I aspire to this kind of fashion illustration!  Maybe I was born 50 years too late!

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Lastly, (you know my habit of saving the best for last!) we have this just plain fun fashion illustration!  There’s the skirt, of course, but also all the little extra detail make it so interesting and enjoyable!  The red scarf, the umbrella, the windy day effect (notice the fall leaves) so you can even tell what season it it.  The stripes on the shirt, the purse, and even a hint of black boots all serve to accentuate this fashion illustration!

Well, that’s today’s skirt design post!  Maybe now you’ll be inspired to pick up some color pencils and design your own skirt or fashion illustration!  You know who to share it with if you do!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

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Not-so-maxi Dress – Icky to Invigorating!

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Project Sewn’s week 2 challenge is Floral Frenzy.  We think this dress to skirt refashion qualifies in a gorgeous, watercolor way!

We finally found courage to refashion a dress into a skirt!  And now we’re kicking ourselves for waiting so long!  It was so easy!  Plus now we have an extra section to explore when we go to thrift stores!  Thanks again, Fess, for the inspiration!  We knew it could be done, we just needed to see it modeled so fashionably!

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Icky factor at work!  I mean look at that (lack of) length!

So we started with a not-so-maxi dress in gorgeous patterns of aqua and pink.  One thing about being tall…we find lots and lots of maxi dresses that aren’t!  Oh well, more material for Skirt Fixation, right?  And the ties just looked like they were in the wrong place when the dress didn’t even reach our ankles!  Also, the shape left a little to be desired.  I mean Allegra is very slender, but this dress makes her look like her hips are verrrrrrry large!  We found this beauty at Plato’s Closet and payed $6.00.

Here’s what we did:

Step 1: Cut off top of skirt, leaving about 1 inch above where we wanted the final top of the skirt to be.

Step 2: Folded over the top of the skirt twice and stitched in place.  This is slippery material, and the back of the not-so-maxi dress was elasticized, so it didn’t end up as the prettiest top seam in the whole world, but no worries, we plan to wear it as shown below!

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Ta da!  Isn’t that something to see!

Allegra plans to wear heels with this, so she wanted it extra long, and extra long she got!

Total Time: 10 minutes

Total Cost: $6.00

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

not-so-maxi dress Fabulous length now!

So now we encourage you to try a dress to skirt transformation!  It’s easy, fun and oh-so-beautiful!  We just love how this one turned out.  The dress could only be worn for certain occasions, but the skirt can be tossed on and worn just about anywhere!  What a great use of a not-so-maxi dress!

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Well, now it’s your turn, so vote in the poll and leave some comment love!  We’d really appreciate it.  And if you do decide to make a dress to skirt transformation, send us some pictures!  And if you already have, we’re waaaaaaaiting!

Which is your favorite? Icky or Invigorating?

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Make it beautiful,

Audrey

P.S.  Have you checked out Challenge Create: Fabric Swap Edition, yet?  Are you up for the challenge?  Great prizes are going to be awarded!

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Skirt FACTSination – Fabric Series – Satin History

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Following up the Skirt Factsination post about silk, I thought I might as well do one on satin history! Satin, or the term satin, originated in the Middle Ages, and was used to describe a luxurious, heavy type of silk known as samite. The word satin comes from the name of a Chinese town: Zaitun. The fabric was first available in Italy during the twelfth century, and by the fourteenth century, was widely available throughout Europe. It was very costly, and worn mostly by royalty. Satin was originally made by weaving silk fibers, but modern satin may be made of polyester or rayon.

For your viewing pleasure, we have included four of our favorite satin skirts from Pinterest.

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1. The Ballerina Satin Skirt.

I’m not sure if this skirt is actually a ballerina skirt, but the shade of pink is most definitely Ballerina Pink. I love the gathered style of this skirt, and would love to wear it with a rougher shirt and maybe boots to bring out the feminine in the skirt.

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2. The Raspberry Satin Skirt.

I adore the color of this sumptuous skirt, and it s wrap style. I like the black blouse and kitten heels that have been paired with the skirt in this picture.

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3. The Floral Satin Skirt.

This skirt is definitely pretty! The pattern is so cool, and an amazing pick for fall wear. I like the grays with the rust orange in the pattern. I would wear this with a rust orange blouse and black flats, or black tights and boots.

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4. The Long Black Satin Skirt.

Woweeee! This is such a GORGEOUS skirt!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I cannot include enough exclamation marks! This is such a stunning skirt for a tall elegant figure. I love the pattern, which looks like zebra striped leaves! I would have to draw all attention to the skirt, so I would pair it with a plain understated white button-down and black heels.

Well, look out for a Velvet post next week!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra

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Re-refashion – Grandma M’s skirt round 2!

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Remember when we refashioned this skirt for Grandma M?

dress barn skirtWell, this clever Grandma went and refashioned a refashion!  How awesome is that?

Here’s what she did:

Here’s what I did with the skirt you re-did for me.  I hope you like it even more now too.  :O)  You can say that this sassy gramma wanted to copy Allegra’s flirty re-do, (the one where she’s blowing a kiss)!  So I took the bottom skirt section back off & cut 8″ off the top.  I then zig-zagged the raw edge, put in a gather stitch & adjusted it to fit the flowered skirt & sewed it back on, probably more of an intermediate sewing project and it took me a couple hours.
Here is Allegra’s skirt she’s referring to:

Blowing kisses!

You can still pick up this skirt on ETSY by the way!
And so here’s Grandma M’s after:
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CUUUUUUUUTE!
What a nifty re-refashion by a nifty Grandma!
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We can’t decide which look we like better, can you?  Probably because it’s such a pretty Grandma modeling them both! Since we can’t decide, we put up a poll so you can decide!

Grandma M's Re-refashion! Before, After #1 or After #2

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Make it beautiful (like Grandma M. did!)
Audrey
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Skirt Alert! Pink Ribbon Skirts!

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For this week’s Skirt Alert! we are featuring pink skirts in honor of Pink Ribbon/Breast Cancer Awareness month.  As we were searching for pink skirts, we found so many fun shades of pink and so many great options!  Get ready for some Pink Ribbon Skirts!

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To start with is the Fluer Field Skirt at Anthrpology by Orla Kiely.  This skirt has so much pattern and texture, we imagine the wearer would have to endure some touching and stroking of her skirt!  The shape reminds us of the bubble skirt we refashioned earlier in the week.  The folks at Anthro recommend a lacy femme blouse and raspberry pumps for a ladylike look, and we second the motion!  All in favor…

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Also Antro has this awesome skirt!  They call it the Calabria Pencil Skirt, but we call it amazing!  Look at that texture!  I mean really!  And the color is such an intense pink.  Wow!  We love the shoe pairing too!  Metal tipped shoes are all the rage right now.  This one’s definitely going on our Shoes & Skirts board over at Pinterest!

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Over at Urban Outfitters we found this Sparkle & Fade Silky Ombre Maxi Skirt.  First of all, as tall females, we are always excited to find Maxi skirts long enough for us, and at 42”, this one fits the bill.  Speaking of bill, it’s on sale for $14.99, so hurry, hurry!  And then lastly, dear readers, you know we have an ombre weakness, so you just knew there was going to be one pink ombre skirt in this collection didn’t you?!

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Isn’t this fun?  Sometimes the sound of a pink skirt seems repulsive, but this next one is here to show you how pink can be fun, fun, fun!  Over at Modcloth, we found a pink skirt aptly named Coral Centerpiece Skirt!  With the pleats and the lace inset, we’re just itching to start a new (copycat) project, but we have a post to finish!  Sigh!

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On to JJill!  They have this great skirt Tropical Scene Easy Skirt.  It reminds me of a skirt I made one time out of toile home decorating fabric.  It was in brown tones, and I loved it so very much!  Not having worn it for a while, I might have to pull it back out into rotation!  Or even better, we could refashion it!  Oh, now my fingers are really getting itchy!  The elastic waist on this skirt makes it so very, very wearable, one to wear all day and night!

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Last, but not least, Ann Taylor has an adorable Perforated Lace Cotton Pencil Skirt in…pink! of course!  We love the look and style!  They are calling the color Guava Juice…mmmm! Makes us thirsty, thirsty for one of these cuties!

Well that’s this week’s Skirt Alert!  Leave us some comment love and direct us to your favorite (pink) skirt!

Make it beautiful,

Audrey

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Skirt Refashion – Scary to Skapron!

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This is October!  (Just in case you hadn’t noticed!)  And in honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, we are doing a month-long theme where we post something pink each week.  You know the Pink Ribbon Campaign and all.  And above that nod, anything we put in our ETSY shop that is pink this month (like today’s Skapron!) we will contribute 1/2 the proceeds from the sale to Breast Cancer Research!  So shop away!

This skirt remake started out like this:

old lady suit

Hello kitty photobomber!

Yes, I know. This was a very ‘old lady’ outfit gifted to us by the same dear old grandma lady who gave us the skirt for the skirt giveaway. I really didn’t see myself wearing this as is, haha, and I thought that there was more potential here than just popping the skirt onto the bottom of a denim mini. (Although that would have been cute!) This time I decided to take a skirt and turn it into…. Wait for it… (Drumroll)…. an apron!!!  Except this apron will be a little different, more…skirtish…J You might even make a new word for this design, something like Skapron, or Aprot! Here are my steps.

1. Cut the skirt along the seams on both sides.

2. Cut out the lining and hem the edges.

3. Use some of the back material to make ties for the apron, or Skapron, or Aprot, or whatever!

4.  To make the ties, fold a panel from the back in ½ right sides together, and sew.  Turn the tube right side out and sew across the bottom.

5.  Sew the ties to the apron at the top.

6.  Sew vintage ribbon to pockets.

7.  Attach the pockets, (from an old pair of my brother’s jeans!) to the front of the apron.

8.  Sew on buttons (from the jacket) onto the pockets.

skapronHello Skapron!  (Yes, I just made that word up!)

There now, what a cute apron! I was aiming for a very vintage look, which I think I achieved!

Total Time: 1 hour

Total Cost: $0

Talent Level: beginner seamstress

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I felt kind of like a cook on one of those old cooking shows, so you have a picture of me holding a little pumpkin and looking like I’m saying; ‘Now halve the pumpkin…’

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Here I leave you with a close-up of the adorable pocket.

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We hope that we have inspired you to make or design your own Skapron. Or Aprot, for that matter! So now here are your jobs: Vote in the poll, visit our ETSY shop (yep, this Skapron is there!) & and leave us some comment love!

What do you think? Scary before or Skapron after?

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Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

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Skirt Designer – A Teddy Bear Skirt!

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This skirt designer post starts with this cute picture I found on Pinterest.

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I love suspender skirts, and I wanted to make one sort of like the ones in the picture, except for one little difference. Annie’s teddy bear, Sarah-bear (said as one word!), needed a new skirt, and I thought a suspender skirt would fit the ticket!  Time for a teddy bear skirt!

I started with some cute wide blue lace and gathered it to fit Sarah-bear’s waist. Then I added a length of white eyelet lace to make the suspenders. Usually the cross made by the suspenders is in the back, but I wanted to put the X made by the eyelet lace in the front, so I looped the eyelet lace around the back of her neck like a halter dress, and pinned the ends into the skirt so that it made an X in the front! After sewing the straps in place, I sewed two large white buttons onto the skirt where the straps met the skirt. Viola! A cute new bear skirt!

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Sarah-bear looks happy with her new skirt, and I love the way that the whole look turned out!

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Here’s Annie holding Sarah-bear, Annie loved the skirt too!

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Always be Exciting,

Allegra.

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Denim Mini Refashion – Sparse to Sparkly!

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We are sorry for the delay in today’s post, but when you see today’s denim mini refashion (our favorite territory!) We think you’ll agree it was worth the wait!

On this adorable skirt remake we started with a cute denim pencil skirt with sparkly embroidery on the sides.  This one came from St. Vincent de Paul for $2.00!

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We also had a white mini skirt that was too short for any of us to wear, so we decided to put then together to make a really really cute skirt! We found it at Goodwill for $2.50 and it is and In Gear skirt.

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Here’s th’ steps!

1.  First I grabbed some fabric paint from our huge lovely stash recently gifted to us by an aunt, and went to work on the denim skirt. I took some paint that is pure silver glitter, and freehand dabbed it all over the front of the skirt. It looks really cool, and the glitter adds some wham to the skirt! I also painted a pink pearl heart on the back right pocket, and filled the heart with the same glitter as on the front!

 2.  I cut off the white mini right below the waistband and sewed it onto the bottom of the denim skirt, taking in a few tucks to make up for the width of the ruffle.

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There! That was easy! I adore the way that it turned out with the addition of glitter and a ruffle. I dressed up the skirt with a fancy black blouse and a pair of black kitten heels, but it would look just as cute with a pale pink top and flip-flops.

Total Time: 20 minutes (plus 24 hours drying time for the paint!)

Total Cost: $4.50

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

Keep and eye out for many more remakes including fabric, paint, because we had soooo much fun playing around with it!!! Just a few notes on the pictures, because of the lighting, the sparkles don’t show that much, and they look green on the close-up picture, however, you’ll have to trust me that the glitter is gorgeously sparkly in real life!

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So now you know the drill, vote in the poll and leave us some comment love!  We are listing this skirt on Etsy Here, so be sure to come check our shop that includes lots of other fun skirts.

What do you think? Sparse before or Sparkly after?

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Always be Exiting,

Allegra.

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Skirt FACTsination – Fabric Series – Silk History

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For this week’s Skirt Factsination post, I decided to research the history of silk. Silk is a gorgeous fabric, with the history founded in Ancient China. Silk history is about as sumptuous as the fabric itself!  The legend goes that the Empress Leizu, who was only fourteen and the wife of the Yellow Emperor, was drinking tea when a silk-worm cocoon fell into her tea. When she pulled it out, the cocoon began to unwind from association with the hot liquid, and she got the idea to spin the cocoon. The empress became the goddess of silk in Chinese mythology. At the earliest point, only women were allowed to work with and spin silk. It was reserved to be worn by only the emperor and the highest dignitaries. Silk eventually left China with a princess who was promised to be married to a prince of Khotan, who broke the ban on silk exportation. Sericulture remained a great secret of China until it finally leaked out to Korea, Japan and India. With the rise of fabrics like nylon, silk became less prevalent throughout the world, but is now again a luxury good, although much less important than in its heyday. Silk is valued for wedding dresses, and many clothes for special occasions. We, however, prize gorgeous silk skirts, several of which we have shown below.

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  1. Long Nude Silk skirt.

I like the idea of a silk skirt with a leather jacket. I would not wear the particular jacket or scarf shown on the model, but I love the idea of the particular look.

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2.  Vintage Purple skirt.

This skirt is adorable!!! I like the lace shirt and the brown leather belt. This is a particularly sumptuous looking skirt.

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3.  The Pink Ruffle skirt.

Soooo cute!!! I love the ruffles on this skirt, and how they are alternated high and low on the skirt! This would be cute with a plain white blouse and black heels.

I hope you find silk history as exciting as I do!  In the very near future, we’re going to be refashioning a silk skirt, so keep your eyes peeled for it!

Always be Exciting,

Allegra.