Were These Shirts Saved?

Take a look at the entries below and let me know what you think. To get the best possible results, I chose to go to someone who specializes in alterations rather than the drycleaner around the corner. Perhaps I could have gotten better results with a different seamstress or by being fussier, but my experience is likely representative of what you’ll encounter if you take the alterations route.

, you’ll need to find your tailor/seamstress. Second, you’ll need to find the time to drop your shirts off. Third, you’ll need to be able to clearly communicate the results you’re looking for. Fourth, you’ll need to find the time to pick your shirts up, and fifth, you’ll need to decide whether you want to insist on further changes, or if the first set of alterations is enough. Ultimately, I’d rather design a shirt that avoids all of these steps.

Was This Shirt Saved? Part I

Hmmmm. I thought so until I saw the photograph of my back. Rosa definitely reduced the Poof Factor by extending some of the pleats, so the side view is much less mushroom-like (compare the second picture to the bottom one). Unfortunately, the clever pleating design now just looks random. I could hide it under a jacket, but this shirt is meant to impress people with its details. As currently remedied, I’m afraid people would just be puzzled –although not snickering as they may have with the mushroom effect, so there is definitely improvement.

Was This Shirt Saved? Part II

I think this one was worth it. It still isn’t a particularly fitted shirt, but the current fit (top photo) is more flattering than the original fit.

Was This Shirt Saved? Part 3

My verdict: only slightly. You can see an improvement in the top picture from the bottom, but I still feel like I’m wearing something plus-size when I put this on. I’ll keep this shirt for times I want to feel comfortable and slightly dressed up, but the alterations have not turned it into an I-look-spectacular-and-feel-amazing shirt.

Merry Christmas!

Hooray for today! Perhaps you have had to adjust your expectations, as I have, but hopefully you are now basking in the joy of Christmas, as I now am. Mr. Campbell has been sick with the flu since Sunday, so we didn’t make it to a candlelight service last night, and his voice was too hoarse to sing carols with me this morning. But we did read the Christmas story together, pray and open gifts. And I made him laugh with my Merry Christmas outfit.

Shopping for him was lots of fun this year because it involved trying on all sorts of cute things in the Macy’s lingerie department. Someday I’ll go back to evaluate their bra-fitting services, but right now I’ll give you an overview of their sexy lingerie. Bad news first: no Jezebel corsets for D cups or higher. I’m hoping Marnie, a fellow entrepreneur I’ve met through http://www.fashion-incubator.com/, will remedy this soon. Keep checking for her launch on her website at http://www.cheregruyere.com/. You also might enjoy http://www.tabifondapetting.etsy.com/. I waited too late to order the pointsettia pasties, but red tinsel wrapping paper bows worked really well with my Santa hat.

Here’s the Macy’s good news: you can find all the cute bottoms you could want at reasonable prices. Some of them you’ll be able to find matching bras that fit, but the others you can just pair with a pretty bra you’ve bought elsewhere. For those of you being cost-conscious this year, remember that a red garter belt can work for Christmas and Valentine’s Day! Speaking of Valentine’s Day, I’ll see what other resources I can find for you in time for that holiday.

Basin Full of Bubbles–Using the Real Lingerie Washing Stuff

After my first experience with Real Lingerie Washing Stuff, I have to say, I’m inclined to continue washing with it after this experiment, even if I don’t notice a giant difference in outcome from Tide. Here’s why: both the Le Blanc (from Linda’s) and the Forever New (from Intimacy) are super easy to rinse. It took forever to get the Tide suds out of Bra 1. It probaby didn’t help that I’m using the concentrated version, but even the original version takes forever to rinse.

Le Blanc, used on Bra 2, is in liquid form. The instructions say to use one capful in a basin of cold water and to soak for at least 20 minutes. This is perfect for me, as I tend to forget things in the sink until I need to brush my teeth. When I did finally rinse Bra 2, it took only two basins to get everything out.

Forever New is in powder form and calls for one capful in 4 quarts of water. I’m hoping one basin equals 4 quarts of water, because that’s what I used. The instructions don’t specify temperature, but I went with cold. Forever New is a lot sudsier and soapier-feeling than Le Blanc, so I thought it would be challenging to rinse. However, it only took three basins of clear water to do so. Forever New also specifies not to soak for more than 3 minutes, a check for those of us with procrastinating tendencies.

The smell of both washes reminded me of the old Prell shampoo, nothing special. However, now that Bras 2 and 3 have dried, they both smell beautiful and very different from each other. Both scents are very faint and feminine, so no worries about smelling like deoderant or conflicts with your own perfume.

Christmas Card Bottleneck

I’ll be posting again soon–just as soon as I get our Christmas cards addressed and in the mailbox. Hopefully that’ll be tomorrow.