Star Wars and Capes | Kristina x Emily

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I know I just wore this cape for Shaped by Style, but… #sorrynotsorry, you guys. Because I couldn’t resist wearing it to debut my Star Wars skirt. It is the perfect accessory! I made this skirt to go see The Force Awakens on Friday (no spoilers, just… it was so good!), and was literally down to the last second in finishing it up. I’m kind of a last-minute person when it comes to making things. Gifts, clothes for myself, etc; I had this fabric for at least a month before we even bought tickets for the movie, but I finished the last seam 40 minutes before we had to leave. Not even kidding.

And uh… I’m only just today starting on making Christmas gifts for people.

Yeah. It’s a problem.

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I made this skirt to wear with the petticoats that I own — which are massive and too short for my normal knee-length skirts — but that wasn’t the original plan. I don’t use patterns, so, being the frugal person that I am, I tentatively told the woman at Joann’s to give me 2-1/2 yards of this fabric and I hoped it would be enough to make a circle skirt as I’ve made before. But when I got home, I was about 1/2 a yard short of how much I needed for the length I wanted. So instead of a knee-length skirt, I decided to model this one after the skirt I wear with my petticoats (it used to be the only one I had that worked with those!) and here we are!

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I am really happy with how it turned out! It’s a wrap skirt right now, and I might leave it that way — I didn’t want to bother with figuring out the very last seam that connects to the skirt together (in order to not have to do an elastic waistband, I have to make a slit in the side that doesn’t close, so the fabric has to overlap to hide the opening, which means I have to angle my seams and… I don’t exactly know how to explain it all, so…) and it’s a big enough of an overlap that I don’t have to worry about the flap flying away in the wind and exposing everything underneath.

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Skirt, self-made | cape, Emily’s | shoes and shirt, thrifted | earrings, Rocksbox | tights, Target

I was so happy with how this turned out that I finished my Christmas skirt early! And by early, I mean I finished it on Saturday. So, you know, six days before Christmas. So, so early. ;)

I hope you’re all having a great holiday season!

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Vintage hats and retro capes | Kristina x Emily

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Today I discovered that vintage hats make me self-conscious.

Well, any type of hat makes me self-conscious, actually. I don’t wear hats a lot (or ever), and while I desperately want to work vintage hats into my head-wardrobe every day (like this one, or this one, or THIS ONE) there are a few things that stop me. One, most vintage hats I find thrifting or antiquing are black or dark brown, which means you can’t really see them on my head. Two, nobody around here wears hats, except for sports fans with baseball caps, or hipsters with knitted beanies. Three, I haven’t quite figured out how I like to style my hair with them. And four… it’s hard to find the right shape for my face.

I thrifted a vintage cloche the other day, but it really, really does not suit my face at all. I tend to prefer the hats that have a wide brim, or are more headband-shaped, and those are generally the hardest to find — probably because they tend to be the most wearable.

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But I have a few vintage hats in my possession, and I think I’ll try harder to style them because why own cool hats if you never wear them? Pinning my hair up into a fake bob for this hat made me really, really want to cut my hair. I had a bob a few years ago when I was growing my hair out from a pixie cut, and I’m right at that stage where I don’t know if I want to keep it shorter, or let it grow to my waist again. Because I love long hair, but always end up wearing it in a messy¬† bun every day… and I like short hair, but always miss the length when it’s short.

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Cape, Emily‘s | dress, shoes, hat, brooch, and belt, thrifted | tights, Target

I hope you are all having a wonderful December so far! If you hadn’t seen it yet, all of us Shaped by Style gals are collaborating here on this blog to do Dressember. You can view our campaign page here, and learn more about it here. It’s a really great organization and cause, I think; having done Dressember on my own blog for two years in a row, I couldn’t decide this year whether I wanted to do it yet again. Ultimately I decided not to on my personal blog because I’ve done two years in a row AND worn dresses for most of my last pregnancy, so I’m ready to give separates a go! But I’m so glad we’re able to collaboratively participate on Shaped by Style! It gives me a way to still be involved in a great cause while also being able to exercise my own freedoms in the little way that is what I wear.

And Emily, I think another great cause would be if you let me keep this cape forever because it is amazing and I want it. ;) So, you know.

Happy Thursday!

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