Another Day, Another Outfit

February 10, 2016


Today was cold, relatively speaking. I searched for wool and cashmere, textiles I love, determined to exploit a very narrow window of opportunity to enjoy the fabrics of the season.


Last year about this time I made an oversized sweater in an act of sewing-as-therapy.  My father had just died.  I was getting ready to move my mother, beginning a whole new chapter in our lives.  When I showed the sweater here, I was barely able to smile or pose.


Today was different.  Time smoothes out the wrinkles, and the emptiness is a backdrop for little joys.  I remembered sewing in desperation, but today I felt enveloped in tender memories as this outfit came together.


The soft colors and fabrics made me happy and warm, and wearing things I’ve created felt affirming.

Life is tingling with excitement as new visions are being pursued and fresh opportunities arise.  Call me an optimist, but it works for me.  Upcycling is a metaphor for life, reworking that old garment and creating something beautiful out of it.  Dross into Gold, baby!!


Have a great week.  XXOO

Details: Sweater, scarf, and skirt-upcycled by me from thrifted materials. Boots and belt-thrifted. Jewelry-thrifted, gifted, and purchased at extreme discount.

Click on the pictures once, and then again, will give you all the detail you could possibly want. :-)  And Linda, I didn’t forget you!  I just haven’t done much sewing this week.  I’ll be thinking about you and that tutorial in the next post.  XXOO









22 Responses to Another Day, Another Outfit

  1. Wendy- JustJewels4U on February 10, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    I want try up-cycling a few pieces. Thanks for the inspiration

    • Jean on February 10, 2016 at 11:00 pm

      You’re welcome!! Love seeing you on Instagram. Thank YOU for all the inspo. XXOO

  2. Vix on February 11, 2016 at 3:58 am

    How well I know the sewing for desperation, dear Jean. But in the most dire of situations isn’t it wonderful to come out the other side not only stronger but with something both beautiful and useful?
    Those boots are gorgeous and your upcycling, as always, is inspirational. xxx

    • Jean on February 11, 2016 at 11:22 am

      So beautifully said! I’ll remember your words as I sew through thick and thin, so to speak. Love you!

  3. Linda Davis on February 11, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Amazing as always. I am so excited just to think that I am going to learn how to make this scarf. I am 67 yrs young and I love to wear different things. I do get a lot of strange looks from people my age, but who cares.Have a marvelous week. HAPPY SEWING!!

    • Jean on February 11, 2016 at 11:24 am

      Strange looks are good!! The quote “It’s better to be looked-over than overlooked” comes to mind. I bet you look great. Have a great week too, and thank you as always. :-)

  4. Nadine on February 11, 2016 at 8:17 am

    Beautiful words, Jean. You and your works inspire me!

    • Jean on February 11, 2016 at 11:25 am

      Funny how that works. You do the same for me. xoxo

  5. The Style Crone on February 11, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Creativity heals! So happy to see that your transformation after the death of your father is taking you to new levels. Your upcycling skills have always amazed me, and today is no exception. How radiant you look!!! Sending much love!

    • Jean on February 11, 2016 at 11:29 am

      Yes, it does heal, no question. Following your joy as much as possible is imperative. I feel so lucky to be able to follow mine, and I’m always inspired as you follow yours!!

      Sending much love back. :-)

  6. Forest City Fashionista on February 11, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    A lovely post Jean!

    • Jean on February 11, 2016 at 11:36 pm

      Thanks Shelley!! Doing my best. Thank you for the support!!!

  7. pao on February 13, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    You look all snuggly, Jean. Such soothing, natural colors. What I can’t figure out is how the close-ups look so soft and light, while the full figure ones show the clothes as richly dark. Which is it? Or are they two completely different things? Inquiring minds and all that… In any case, it’s all beautiful in texture, shape, drape, et. al.

    • Jean on February 15, 2016 at 12:46 am

      What you see is my ineptitude! :-) I still don’t have my photo skills honed, so the still-life shots are more accurate in terms of color. The full length shots are underexposed and look dark. One of these days….!!

  8. Connie* on February 13, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    Up cycling as a metaphor for life. That is such a sweet sentiment. I’m hanging on to that one. Drossify!!

    • Jean on February 15, 2016 at 12:48 am

      Yeah, I kinda like that one too. It just seemed to resonate. XO

  9. Curtise on February 14, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    Both the passage of time and the act of creativity have an impact on grief, I think. And there is indeed something very special about wearing what you have made yourself, especially if it is full of memories and associations.
    As always, you look elegantly beautiful, and speak wisely, Jean. Gorgeous clothes and boots, and even more gorgeous you! Xxx

    • Jean on February 15, 2016 at 12:54 am

      I always appreciate hearing from you, thank you!! It’s nice to feel that affirmation and kindness, that cyber “hug’ if you will. Sending much love back to you. Hope the joyful stuff outweighs any hard stuff these days. :-)

  10. Feda on February 15, 2016 at 1:38 am

    Totally in love Jean!!! Your sentiments are so gentle and I feel your words and emotions in your outfit. I love these tones of green on you. They compliment your new hair color so well. Very very beautiful. So excited to see more outfits and words from you. I’m inspired by how style has given you an outlet in both good and bad times. A place for healing and for evolving. LOVE YOU SO MUCH!

    • Jean on February 15, 2016 at 5:35 pm

      Shades of grey-green have historically been my favorite colors to wear. I keep coming back to them over the years, and they feel really good now, especially as my hair transitions to gray. :-) Thanks for all the love, as always. Love you back!!!! XXXOOO

  11. Christina Marcella on September 15, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    Very well written, Jean. You have a talent for writing. Touching story.

    • Jean on September 15, 2017 at 5:33 pm

      Thank you Christina! I appreciate you stopping by and taking the time to comment. Have a wonderful weekend!! xoxo

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