A Method To My Madness

January 27, 2012

One of the reasons I started making my own clothes was that lots of ready-made things were too short, sleeves and pants especially.  I have collected bangle bracelets for almost 30 years, prompted I suspect, by the desire to fill in the gap where the sleeves ended and my hands began.

I’ve recently fallen in love with “armlets” (my term).  A Grunge staple, they are the perfect solution for this particular issue.  They are super easy to make from thrifted tops and I love the extra flavor they can add to an outfit.

In today’s ensemble (sounds good, doesn’t it?!) I’m wearing a pair of leather sleeves that I salvaged from a thrifted sweater.  I just cut them off , hemming at the top edge.  I added these to my leopard top (cheap!! at a local boutique), maxi skirt from Goodwill, leather belt from consignment store, boots from Goodwill, and pendant and earrings- made and gifted by my fabulously talented daughter-in-law, Lynx.  You’ll be seeing a lot of her stuff; I wear it almost every day.

Well, time to run to my “closet” and record some auditions.  Wish me luck!!




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6 Responses to A Method To My Madness

  1. Joey on January 27, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Love the eclectic composition… very funky (in a good way)! Oh, and the excellent photography :-)

    • Sis on January 27, 2012 at 10:51 pm

      Moi aussi!

  2. The Style Crone on January 28, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Stunning! I love the idea of the leather sleeves. Everything flows! And the earrings are spectacular, adding a dash of color. How wonderful to have such a talented daughter-in-law. And photographer!

  3. Harl Aldrich on January 28, 2012 at 8:10 pm


    Love your blog and photographs. Will look for more.

    Love, Dad

  4. Rose on January 29, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    Hi Jean, I found your blog on Judith’s Style Crone site. What fabulous clothes! I am just about to “re-fashion” some of my things and turn some caterpillars into butterflies. Or that’s the plan!

    Much love from England,

  5. Pat Berryhill on January 31, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    Love the armlet idea! Must. Make. Some.

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