I have not posted in Always Design since October 2017. It does not seem that long ago; the months went fast. A free piece of advice from this is: if you keep moving forward, your problems will be in your rear-view mirror, in your past, real soon.
Today, I want to share how I put this outfit together, creatively and inexpensively. Not claiming to be a design expert, but I do well. In the early years, I was able to dress my family on a shoestring budget and no one, not even them, could tell. After I had been elevated from shoestring to slip-on budget, the old habits just lingered on. Anyhow, I like to create expensive concepts in inexpensive ways and share them with anyone who will listen.
I purchased the skirt first and later the tunic. One piece from an off-price department store retailer and the other from a consignment store, both at bargain prices. Though the colors were not the same, I saw in my mind’s eye how to connect them. It is divine vision from the Holy Ghost, Divine Design. The remarkable features of this ensemble are, they are separate pieces, different colors, different crochet patterns, from different designer lines, and purchased from different stores. Now that is a mouthful. What makes this work is finding an element that unites the two pieces, the satin ribbon bows.
Bows have been a specialty of mine from the seasons of tying them for my girls’ shoe clips, hair bows, headbands and ruffled socks. I stretched our budget to the max. I have rolls of ribbon in varying colors, textures, and widths from my times of clothing alterations or Divine Design as I am calling it today. So, I went to my stash and found this color and knew that it would pull it all together. And altogether it went. I tied the bows, selected the positions, safety pinned them on, and bam, a pieced together, the piece de resistance, a masterpiece evolved.
When you make variations like this, you will not see your outfit on anyone else. The bows add a customized look but tie both pieces together. The eyes do not see the two colors or the dissimilar patterns of the crochet, it zones into the matching satin bows in the three different places. Not sewing them on gives the versatility to use the ribbon later as a belt, tie on a purse handle or ankle straps on shoes. This is another tip for free from me.
An additional element to this ensemble was the headwrap. I went way back in the closet from ages ago, picked out this crinkled silk scarf, wrapped it a few times, and amped up the volume with a little sparkle. Two chunky pearl necklaces in varying pearl colors and armfuls of pearl bracelets completed this Divine Design original with a vintage flair.
The question may be asked how to do this over and over? Well, my answer is, the Holy Spirit is always speaking, teaching, guiding, leading, and showing us things. Hear and listen, observe and do what the Spirit is directing you… even in your closet.
Harriet Noel Jones