2013-03-14

Green like a Winter Forest

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Pants? Ambiente, thrifted Jacket? Thrifted Shirt? Joe Fresh, diy collar (similar collar and love this shirt
Shoes? Ash (very similar here) Earrings? No clue (these are even cooler)

When I found these pants at the thrift store, they were wide leg. I figured I could just take the leg in a bit to make them cigarette pants. By the time I looked up from my sewing machine, I had taken in both sides of the leg seams, added a dart behind the knee to adjust for the new shape, dropped the hem and finally removed the back of the waistband and contouring that whole area to my waist. It took a little more time then I hoped (mostly because I hope to spend no time doing alterations but you know...) but I was really happy with the results. So happy that I wore a version of this outfit for 1.5 days because I felt rather fabulous.

And then after all those internal feelings of fabulousness, I was disappointed with the pictures. Turns out photographing forest green satin pants is a tricky beast. They get kinda sticky and bunchy in the wrong areas and in almost every picture, they look black. And that would be fine, I guess, but I so nicely matched my earrings to my pants and my shoes to my nails! And I loved how the camel coat, green pants and raspberry heels all looked together and I just wanted to share a job well done. I'm just a blogger hoping to get a star sticker for my efforts...

You just have to take my word for it this time; my pants are green and the earth is actually round. The more you know...

25 comments :

CP and KW said...

absolutely adore that coat!
kw ladies in navy

ThriftyParka said...

Amazing tailoring job!! You get TWO gold stars!!!

FutureLint said...

It's so annoying when certain fabrics and colors don't behave in photos! I love the pants - sounds like you did a complete overhaul on them!

Susanne said...

You definitely get a star sticker from me!

MisisD said...

You look great whatever color the pants should have been. I wish I have some sewing skills too. You did great!!

Jennifer said...

I was looking for a coat just like that all winter with no luck. It's beautiful!

xo Jennifer

http://seekingstyleblog.wordpress.com

Sue @ A Colourful Canvas said...

Gold Star!

Thanks for the tip on adding a dart to behind the knee. I find myself narrowing pants quite often, and will have to try adding this design element. I am curious as to how you removed the back of the waistband. I guess the pants were sitting too high at the back of your waist?

You look stunning, and the close up really does show green on my monitor. Very pretty nail colour too.

Sue xo

newpetite said...

Adding a dart behind the knee is an awesome trick! You look lovely and i love the hairdo!

shades of voguish said...

love your look! love emerald earings:)

aga
http://shadesofvoguish.blogspot.com/

Jen said...

Whether or not you like the pictures, I have to say... that COLLAR is thrilling. Like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, it's perfect for March and St. Patty's Day!

<3 jen @ librarian tells all

Chelseabird said...

Those trousers really are fabulous and you did an amazing tailoring job! A+! xo

Andrea Kerbuski said...

Damn girl, those pants look so good! Totally worth it and the DIY collar?? I wish I had a tenth of your creativity..and patience! I really love this outfit and your hurrr

myedit said...

Sue- Whoops. sounds kinda confusing the way I wrote it. I took the waistband off in the back area and opened it to properly take out what was needed to contour it. Lazy me would have preferred to to pinch a dart and sew right through the waistband.

Lucy said...

You did a wonderful job on the alterations--the pants look fantastic on you!

Franziska said...

you did quite the overhaul on this outfit and it totally worked out in your favor. They look fantastic on you - I'm so jealous of your altering skills!

Glória Hefzibá said...

Lovely coat and gorgeous shoes!


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Rebecca Jane said...

Fantastic trousers! I love the subtle print.

Sandra Carson said...

Loved your trouser...and even your hairstyle

kiddicare

Tara Honeybird said...

Your alterations look great. I can only do really simple stuff! I am trying to do more but I'm just finding the worse part is that I'm horribly impatient with sewing. Give me knitting or other crafts any day ;)

Della Hethcox said...

I love your earrings- totally remind me of A. Jolie's at the Oscar's a few years ago.

I altered pants once and by the time I was done, they weren't even the same pants. (They were, in fact, better.)

Renae at simple sequins said...

oh I love the coat! Majorly love the coat! Why? Because I have one like it and could pull off this look via your wonderful inspiration. :D

briannelee said...

Aw that is too bad about the pants, but they still look fab and I love your outfit :)

Amber Solis said...

Yen, I was admiring your outfit and especially the pants before I read your post about being disappointed in the photos! Even though I couldn't tell they were green I think they're gorgeous! I wish I had sewing skills to customize finds. I love your hair and earrings here too =)

Sharon Clause said...

wow! I love those pants. professional but still with fun character. you're gorgeous!'

freelyronnie.blogspot.com

Laura said...

I'm just going to go ahead and give you your sticker now, this outfit is fabulous. I look forward to seeing your pants be more green, too ;)

Two questions though:
1. THAT NAIL COLOR. What is it? I need it in my life, stat!
2. I often tailor my own clothes as well, so I'm curious about the knee dart. Is it vertical or horizontal, and how did it help?