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Saturday, November 3, 2012

A Little Retail Therapy Break

All sewing and no shopping makes big holes in my closet... fall is here, even in Santa Barbara County in California...we have huge differences between early morning and mid-afternoon temperatures here...it's not uncommon for it to be in the mid-thirties at 7:00 am and rise to the mid- eighties or even 90's  by 2:00 pm. It's one of the things that makes this area good for growing wine grapes; they like cool nights and hot days. So, with autumn in the air, my thoughts turn to sweaters and vests, hats and ponchos...


I seem to have a thing for ponchos this year...




The one of a kind boiled wool vest is gently used, from one of my favorite resale places. The scarf is hand-knit alpaca, purchased at our local "Los Olivos Day in the Country", see previous post. My dear friend Joan, one of the Mothers on Motorcycles, has raised alpacas for 30 years. I also found these alpaca items at the Day in the Country:
charcoal melange slightly fitted jacket,


 a black alpaca sweater vest with a curly lamb collar, and
a black wrap sweater with a fur border. Sorry the black items are so hard to see!
A new felt hat,                                        a pair of boots,

two new white shirts

and I'm set to go! (Most of the RTW in my closet is from eBay and various resale places...it's my kind of thrifting!)

And keep your eyes open...Shams from Communing with Fabric and I are embarking on another sew-along...!!!

16 comments:

  1. I'm having the same temperature issue here in NM, and it does create challenges. I love your RTW solutions though!

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  2. Luv your purchases and can't wait to see what you and S are sewing! Is it one of the new Vogue patterns?

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  3. Oooh, some nice pieces, Margy!! And all in keeping with your color scheme, of course. I particularly like the plaid poncho, the pieces with the fur/curly hair borders and the white shirt with the smocking/pleating. Nice!

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  4. Ok. That is definitely what I need. It's spring here in Sydney (apparently) but freezing in the morning and a stinker by midday. Unless of course it's freezing all day or a heat wave. Sigh. Love that poncho and would fit over the wackiest layering which ordinary jackets tend not to. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  5. Beautiful pieces, Margy! Stylish as always.

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  6. You bring a special spark to everything you wear. Each piece is absolutely perfect for you:)

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  7. nice! I really like your new things, and especially like the interesting jewelry you wear.

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  8. Can I borrow that red vest? I promise I will not drool on it....really.....not much, anyway......

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  9. Love your style - modern and sophisticated.

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  10. I'm very excited! Driving up to meet with Linda Maynard tomorrow. Having a custom pants pattern made. Thanks for the idea.

    Nancy

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  11. I'm very excited! Driving up to meet with Linda Maynard tomorrow. Having a custom pants pattern made. Thanks for the idea.

    Nancy

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  12. Those are all great pieces. I like the long, white shirt. I would like to figure out how to make it. Love your plaid poncho!

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  13. Great finds! I think my favourite is the pleated shirt. Or the poncho. Or the vest with the lambs wool. Or the red vest...

    You certainly have a fabulous style!

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  14. The sew-along sounds like fun! Can't wait to see what you've chosen to work on.

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  15. Love what you found - especially the white shirts (love me a great white shirt!) and that alpaca vest and sweater. You have a great sense of style :)

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