Alter when necessary (or when it makes you look pregnant)

Challenge Update Week 8 part two

I bought this last summer:

Cheap chiffon lace number from a cheapy cheap store

I loved it because it was cheap, because it was flowy and girly and wouldn’t cling to the belly indelibly left by having two babies in 17 months, and, oh, did I mention it was cheap?

The problem is that between “flowy” and “not clingy” is that uncomfortable and inevitable modifier, “makes me look pregnant,”exactly the effect I was hoping to avoid. This top made me look pregnant. So nearly immediately after bringing it home, I narrowed it at the sides, taking in about one inch. I can’t really say if it helped, but I thought it did, and loving one’s body after having babies is very much a thought experiment.

Still unsatisfied, I started thinking about how I could make it more lovable. I am never fond of a crew neck on me, and I suppose that bothered me quite a bit. So I started down the Pinterest rabbit hole until I found this idea which hit the spot.

I added a Peter Pan collar made out of a vintage pillowcase by carefully removing the crew neckband and leaving intact the closure ends (closed by a small button at the nape). This was all done by trial and error with a few hand drawn paper patterns thrown in for good measure.

I sewed it all by hand because my machine is acting up and because inevitably one of the scalawags will want to use the pedals on the machine while I “drive”, and honestly, the thought of playing Snow White and Rose Red with my white chiffon-ish (however cheap it may have been) blouse didn’t please me.

A little Peter Pan collar to go with my green jeans and Elf Boots?

I still wasn’t wearing it, so I decided to see what I could do to make it more lovable. Finally, this week, I added little cap sleeves made out of the same vintage pillowcase and I think I finally have something I will love to wear all Spring.

Actually, maybe I will wear it with my green jeans. It might be cute!

As for the rest of the Week 8 Challenge Round-Up

Having no internet for a big part of the week gave me plenty of extra time to advance on these things (what? internet is a distraction?). This kind of efficiency won’t ever become routine, but it is fun when it happens.

All told, I am very pleased with my progress externally and internally; externally I have a better handle on the sheer quantity of the clothes I own and am making progress towards seeing every single thing become a cherished, unique item that I love and fits me perfectly. Internally, my heart is less wrapped up in what others have that I don’t, and more excited about the bounty that I do.

Not bad for eight weeks’ progress, huh?

Published by Lily Fields

I am passionate about contentment. This is a challenge, because I am equally passionate about progress. I get up at 4:00AM to chip away at a solution to this monolithic problem: how to make progress on my contentment. Born and raised in the USA, I married a French philosophy teacher in 1999. We have lived in France since 2007. We stayed young and carefree until life threw us two curveballs in the form of little humans one after another in 2015 and 2017 respectively. Now I am a slightly older, slightly more exhausted version of myself, but with mystery stains on my walls and a never-ending pile of laundry.

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