Tuesday, July 28, 2009

RE-INVENTING THE WHEEL

Who would have thought that having no money to shop could be so fun? Now that I'm not working a million hours a week at numerous jobs, I have the time to attend to my "to alter" pile. Sewing is something that I love to do and have not had sufficient time to enjoy it over the last couple of years. But I'm back in the game!

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I bought these pants at TJ Maxx MONTHS ago for $7. They are high-waisted and pleated and had giant, long, long, long legs on them. I always had the intention of transforming that into a harem-esque pant and have finally gotten around to it. All I did was chop off the bottom 10" or so of pant leg and added some wide elastic to the bottoms. I love the result and was shocked that even my husband was digging them. It's one of those styles I think men can be very skeptical of. My pictures weren't very good yesterday (I had all sorts of stress written across my face - no worries, though), so I had to find the best combination of face a clothes that's not exactly perfection. The right pant leg isn't sitting where it should, which is up a little higher on the calf to match the left one. It's a little reminiscent of the sweat pant trend in the late 80's, early 90's. All it needs is a pair of LA Gears. In real life, though, it all worked out fine.

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I wanted to keep the look pretty simple and slouchy, so I added a draped Target tee ($12), a leopard belt (H&M, $12) and zebra-print sandals (Target, $15ish). I only wish that (once again) I had taken more time to do my hair. Anyway, I can't wait to remix my new creation in all sorts of fun concoctions!

14 comments:

  1. I'm SO VERY JEALOUS of your sewing skills, and I ADORE the resulting outfit!! Seriously, this is mad fab.

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  2. Cute! I so wish I had time to sew too..

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  3. Yay for DIY's! I hope to finally get some sewing time in soon.

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  4. Thats great! I'm such a horrible seamstress, I usually have to have my mom fix things!!

    Looks great!

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  5. If you want LA Gears I can arrange, seriously my work signed them on as a label, they didnt do so well so we have piles of LA gears in the warehouse...kids shoes though. LOL

    You are ROCKING those Wayfarers, I have to convince my fiance to let me buy them...

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  6. Great job with those pants! I love the finished results... and the fact that you always look so great and dont spend alot of money. A girl after my own heart! =)

    BTW I love your blog and I read it everyday... you are such a great inspiration.

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  7. love the high waisted pants..cute belt....nice look on you..i wish i could sew

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  8. Love this! It's like harem pants without the droopy crotch. I think the left leg is the perfect length too.

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  9. Love the pants!!! Super cute!

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  10. Cute yet sexy LOVE IT! Can you make me some? LOL

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  11. What a great DIY! I love that you paired it with tiger belt and zebra sandals! Great mix of prints!! clothedmuch.blogspot.com

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  12. This look is so endlessly chic on you. Love how you switched up the pants and how you added that belt...oh, and how you chose to only leave a portion of the shirt tucked in.....LOVE IT!!!

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  13. I normally don't like the harem pants, but these look great on you!

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  14. It's so cool that you love sewing as well, i guess we totally share the same passion for DIY'ing and sewing :)

    Your pants look great! i love how you altered them, you look GREAT wearing them!
    I always love how you can wear sandals and still get away with looking absolutely and so fashionably chic.

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