If you have any plain old skirts or dresses that need a touch of something, consider trying your hand at a DIY scalloped hem. This skirt was a happy find for me at Savers/Value Village thrift store for just $3.99. The waist (labeled a size 6) fit perfectly without alterations, and there are pockets on each side (score!). I started to do a basic hem on the matronly mid-calf length, however switched gears partway through to something a little more unique.
I took photos for a scallop hem tutorial but made the mistake of “learning as I go.” My scallops initially came out very defined, almost jagged, and could’ve given Freddy Flinstone a run for his money. After making some modifications, the second attempt came out exactly like I had hoped. Unfortunately, precious fabric was lost due to errors from round 1, leaving me with a skirt short enough to inspire some thigh toning exercises.
Hemming the scallops the second time around took under an hour, and is something beginner sewers can do. Since my initial photos have been rendered useless, I hope to re-create the steps and post a tutorial in a week or two.
After falling in love with the Ferragamo Vara low-heel pump, the more modern flats were next on my list. I find that Ferragamo shoes in general run slim in the toes and heel, which is great for those with more narrow feet. I love the design of these, however the stiff patent leather required a break-in period like the infamous Tory Burch Reva flats. This pair is very comfortable now, but I’m disappointed that shoes at this price are not comfortable right off the rack.
Earlier this month, I also received an email from Savers / Value Village. I’m always happy to hear from companies that I frequently patronize, and was excited to get some gift certificates to share. I’ll be posting a giveaway after my ShoeMint one ends, so please stay tuned if you’re a Savers / VV fan!