Restyles # 25 & 26 – Preppy

Ok, so normal sewing has almost resumed, hurrah! Just when I got my internet connection and my sewing mojo back, BANG! There were the Easter holidays (School Holidays = even less time to sew) with all manner of play dates and family visits to try and keep little man entertained. I dropped him off at school this morning with no small amount of relief, I can tell you. Sheesh that boy is full on these days. Not so much of a little tornado as a full force hurricane. He IS hilarious  and wonderful though. At age 3 he’s taken to playing jokes on me. Jumping up and down like he’s desperate for the loo, watching me panic to get him to the toilet in time, then announcing he was “only joking” after all and cackling like a mad thing. Trouble is, I can’t help laughing, which only encourages the little monkey!

Anyhow, Elliott obliged me with a couple of naps during the holidays (I know!! I paid for it dearly at bedtime though) so I turned to my trusty refashioning pile for a quick sewing fix. Whilst the sandwashed denim trousers fit perfectly in the waist and hips, the length and bagginess were not my style at all. The denim shirt has that lovely softness to it that only comes with time and many many washes, but again it was just too boxy and unflattering on my figure…but I love the combo of light denim and tan/neutrals. It has a classic preppy feel that really appeals to me…
I adjusted the jeans as per this restyle from last year and the denim shirt in much the same way as this restyle from when I first started this blog. (Crikey that seems ages ago!)…Subtle adjustments but they make a big difference to the fit…

I’m pretty pleased with the result. The jeans have been worn and washed several times already and although today is only my first time wearing this shirt, I know already that I’ll be wearing it ALOT! Best of all, the total cost of my outfit? £4.50  (including shoes)!

Vintage Denim Shirt – £1.50, Next Sandwashed Denim Trousers – £3. Both from local charity shop
M&S Moccasins – £25 (but, I bought them with the vouchers we received from Sky when we switched internet provider, so in my book that means they didn’t cost me anything 😉

I’m a little out of touch with High Street prices as I rarely buy anything “off the rack” these days. So I hopped onto Polyvore and did a quick comparison against what I could have paid for a similar outfit (M&S didn’t have my moccasins anymore so I found the closest I could)…

I don’t know about you, but I think that’s a pretty good saving, even if I’d managed to get these items for half the prices listed above.
Both the denim shirt and the neutral cropped trousers are really versatile wardrobe staples that I’ll be able to wear season to season, so these are a very welcome addition to my “Me Made” wardrobe. I haven’t committed to Me Made May yet, but I’m teetering close to the brink….
How about you? Have you signed up yet?

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10 Comments

  1. Miriana April 16, 2012

    Naps seem like a distant memory. My daughter stopped having them on her second birthday (although she managed to carry on in childcare). I go to work to get a bit of peace! That said, she’s a similar age to your son and it’s an excellent age – she’s very charming, chatty and fun to hang out with.

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    • Miss P April 16, 2012

      Yes, Elliott dropped his afternoon naps about 6 months ago but every now and then he still runs out of steam in the afternoon. He’s atthat stage where he still kinda needs a nap, but if he has one, he’s awake untillate at night, lol 🙂 Definately identify with “charmimng and chatty” Miriana!
      Px

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  2. Vintage Girl April 16, 2012

    Great job! Less material looks so much better! The crop pants style is a great look for you. I know you have a restful day of fun sewing!

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    • Miss P April 16, 2012

      Aw thanks Gina. Yep, a definite sewing “fix” was had that day 🙂
      Px

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  3. Miriana April 16, 2012

    As I work four days a week I don’t mind the nap-less-ness as I feel like I don’t see her enough really, so am glad she’s not asleep on Mondays with me. And my top tip – watching TV doesn’t make you a bad parent. We’re having a bit of a Sesame Street veg out this very minute. But I must get up at some point and make some dinner. Scarlett also likes ‘helping’ me sew which is hilarious. She holds the material while I use the machine and puts the pins back in the pin cushion.

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    • Miss P April 16, 2012

      Oh, I’m with you Miriana. Kid’s TV these days has so much to teach them. I’ve never understood why some peops are so against kids watching TV. It’s like anything else. In moderation it’s brilliant. He’s learnt some Makaton signing and at the moment likes copying dance moves which is fun to watch 🙂
      Px

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  4. Lynn April 16, 2012

    Love this refashion! You’re inspiring me to go through my closet and give a few pieces a makeover… I’ve never done a Me Made month before, and I’m a little nervous I don’t have enough outfits to make it the whole way through, but I might take the plunge anyway!

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    • Miss P April 16, 2012

      Hey Lynn. Glad it’s giving you some ideas 🙂 These refashions take about an hour each so it wouldn’t take much to boost your Me Made wardrobe in time for May 😉
      Px

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  5. Marie April 17, 2012

    These posts are so cool and I especially love how you do a price comparison! I do so love a bargain! I’ve tentatively signed up to my first ever Me Made May, but I’m only committing to at least 3 days a week as I don’t want to fail on my first attempt!

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  6. Jo April 18, 2012

    ooh so clever! love – such a saver.

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