Monday, 16 June 2014

DOES THIS T-SHIRT MAKE ME LOOK OLD?...





















Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later.  I just thought it would be later.  Like, much, much later. Like in my eighties, later.  Last week, at the Sally Ann, I was cheerfully asked if the senior's discount applied to my purchase me!  Really?  No. Really? Whaaaaatt?  And! To make the whole experience just a little more memorable, I was buying one item, a t-shirt for $1.99.  My senior's saving?  Twenty cents. Sigh...I guess it's all good.  At least I can say that's one of those firsts that's done, finis, completo...you know, like the first time I was addressed as Ma'am. Or the first time I was asked if I needed help out with my groceries.  I've lived through it. It wasn't so bad. And to be honest, at the time I thought it was funny. Of course, I did. NOT. see it coming. at. all. The incident occurred while I was out on my lunch hour, and I'll tell ya, as the afternoon wore on, I did become a little indigent about the whole thing. My colleagues were appropriately outraged along with me...at least when they weren't laughing. That evening, the mister...well he belly laughed out loud. {I love this man!} He opined that the clerk was obviously of the age where EVERY one over thirty is old.  Not true; I swear the woman that asked was older than I. The other big question? What exactly is the magic number for the coveted 10% discount? In the interest of reporting with integrity, I did check to find out exactly what the age is for eligibility for a seniors' discount.  I mean, what if it was forty? No, it's not forty, but we all knew that.  Six Zero. Sixty. That is the age, whereupon one is eligible for a senior's discount.  I guess I'm relieved it's not sixty-five. Why me? I dunno. Maybe it was random. Or. Maybe every eleventy hundredth person gets asked regardless of how young or old they look. Or. Maybe, just maybe,  I look sixty.  Okay, I've had my rant. I intend no offense to those sixty or better. I actually look forward to being sixty and better. Just not today.

Now, can I please chat about my t-shirt?  First up, about that $1.99 t-shirt bought at that place. It was with the sole intent of transforming it into a pattern. {It became a lesson in humility, but I digress.}   Anyhoo, I bought a t-shirt that fit just right, and then I carefully cut it apart and drafted a pattern from it.  Just a basic tee. Nothing fancy.  Design tweaks can happen down the road after I've test driven knit fabrics a few times. I have sewn them before, but it's been a long time since I've been behind that wheel.  So far I've made two tees; this one and a plain white one, and I'm pleased with how they've turned out.  The fit is good, the stripes match up pretty good, it's pretty much all good.  I stabilized the shoulder seams and neckline with Stay-Tape, and I stabilized the hems with knit interfacing.  I used a twin needle on the hems.  I also used a twin needle around the neckline, but, I think in future, I might just sew a single row of stitching. The double row of stitching around the neckline ribbing almost makes the white tee look like a man's undershirt. errgg. This isn't a super creative make, but it's supremely comfortable, and if I can find fun cotton jersey knits, there will be more me-made t-shirts in my future.

It's been a busy week or two here...since I saw you last, the mister and I have been to see Wicked!  Live theatre is a favourite pastime for us, and we really, really enjoyed the show.  I've also been outdoors potting red geraniums with sweet alyssum, bacopa, and purple lobelia.  We've had pretty typical June weather...partly cloudy with a 60% chance of showers...which basically means anything and everything goes.  I've been sewing, and plotting new projects. I've also been enjoying some good reads. Author Peter Robinson writes an intelligent mystery series.  He's a fellow Canadian, born in Britain.  His stories are set in England and revolve around Chief Inspector Banks.  He's written about twenty in the series, so it's lookin' to be a fine summer and then some.  Okay friends!  Thanks ever so much for reading! 'Til next time...

T-shirt ::  Me-Made, my own pattern
Jeans ::   SWS Denim, Thrifted
Jacket :: Joe Fresh, Thrifted
Espradrilles :: Aldo
Straw Handbag :: Thrifted


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85 comments:

  1. Ha! I'll admit to any age if it means I get a discount!
    That tee shirt looks fresh, funky and fabulous. xxxx

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    1. A good point Vix! Next time I'll say sure. Of course, I'll have *forgotten* my ID...seniors are forgetful, yes? :)

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  2. Great idea using a cheap store bought item for a pattern.its so much easier than drafting or adjusting a pattern! And no you don't look anywhere near 60!

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  3. I'm never good at guessing people's ages, but you definitely don't look 60! And great idea to cut a t-shirt apart to make your own pattern - looks like it worked really well!

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    1. Thanks Ruth! I'm the same way, and therefore, always remain on the side of caution. Nowadays, it can be difficult to tell grandparents from parents, but I know not to say anything.

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  4. The tshirt is really great, I love the stripes! And, you look young in it!

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  5. Love the whole outfit! And nope. You sure don't look 60!

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    1. Thanks Jessica! I sure don't feel sixty, at least most days!

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  6. 60 is gonna be the new 30, m'dear, so you're just ahead of the curve. :D

    That tee is to die for and thank you for making the stripes line up! There's nothing more aggravating to a devout pattern mixer like me than to find a supercute item only to be let down because of the lack of pattern alignment. :/

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    1. hahaha....matchy matchy stripes is important to me too. With the stretchy fabric, it was a teeny bit off, but nothing like some RTW. I say some, because there are some manufacturers that actually do a pretty good job.

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  7. Oh, Sue, I just LOVE reading your anecdotes! You have a fabulous way of expressing your thoughts through words :)
    These photos are amazing, too! I particularly love the one of you on the see-saw. Your bright and colourful outlook and personality definitely shine through in these photos!
    -Carley
    xx

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    1. Thank you so much Carley! You are THE writer, so what a lovely compliment!

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  8. OMG - someone wants to save you money! The cheek! But, my dear, you do NOT look even close to 60. I think the cashier was just trying to give away money. When I was offered the discount at Goodwill I found out the age limit was 55, and I had no problem saying YES (especially now that I'm unemployed).

    Your shirt turned out beautifully! It looks great on you, but I'm really drooling over that cute little green jacket!

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    1. Now that I'm initiated to the reality that I am not getting younger, I will be armed and ready for my 55 discount in a year and a half. This jacket! I think it's so cute too, and well made. Joe Fresh does turn out some good quality clothing. I just hope they aren't involved with anymore sketchy labour practices.

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  9. OK, so how do I grab ahold of enough accolades to heap on you??? Everything about this outfit radiates your creative soul. This 60 business is outlandish, especially given your less-than-50ness. I doubt if you have significantly passed 45 yet. I envy your gift with color... pulling things together as you do reflects the artist that you are.

    I was at a McDonald's in Utah trying to buy a Senior Coffee. I had just turned 55. I feel like coffee drinkers in Utah stand out enough as it is. To make matters worse, the clerk behind the counter practically screamed, "Senior Coffee For Dana". It is at times like these that I long to get my new business scheme up and running... long sleeved tees and hoodies that boldly proclaim, "PREMATURELY GRAY".

    Your pictures are visually delightful along with text that is crafted with your signature sense of humor. :)

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    1. Oh My Goodness...That must have been THAT girl that my husband was talking about. You know what? Your business idea sounds SO clever! And may I also say, although I've not seen photos of you on your blog, your avatar photo reveals a classy and attractive lady! I'm 53, so I am definitely getting close to the big 60. Now, I can say, bring it on.

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  10. I love your t shirt Sue and of course you don't look eligible for senior discount but it's good to get that first time out of the way - next time you can be a bit more quick witted and just take the discount anyway.

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  11. Ha, that's funny! My friend's mum, on learning that I am about to be 50, said "yes, she looks her age, doesn't she?" You look fabulous, Sue, and being amused rather than affronted at other people's foolishness is a great quality! Perhaps it is a family trait, cousin!
    Love the t-shirt, it is a wonderful fit, and you look youthful and cheerful and pretty and lively in your photos, as always.
    PS. I have read a lot of the Inspector Banks books too, and really enjoy them. xxxx

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    1. hahaha...I'm totally hearing that spoken in articulated English. Now, I find it so interesting that you enjoy Inspector Banks too. I have to tell you, British mysteries are my absolute favourites. If you enjoy this series as well, it indicates that there is a high level of authenticity to the locales etc.

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  12. Great tee! Stripes are another favorite of mine. You are gorgeous Sue...always radiant.. always youthful! We all know that age is just a number...and your number, based on the energy and vitality you give off...is barely double digit! Lady you are awesome...just sayin'.

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  13. Oh Lord! To my eyes, you and I look around the same age. I am 45 and I would absolutely detest having this experience. Like you, I definitely hope to be 60 and look forward to it--but I'm not hurrying things along. My husband is annoyingly youthful-looking: a couple of weeks ago he was asked for identification when buying a drink.

    Anyway, your whole presentation is one of vitality, fitness, optimism and joyousness. Whatever number that is, I think you look fantastic.

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    1. Whaaatttt? Asked for ID? He is youthful looking...either that or you married a young 'un. :) Thanks so much for such a lovely comment!

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  14. You look great and very girly in your tee. Of course you do not look 60! But, I have to tell you that 60 is the new 40 and kinda fabulous. I am 62 going on 43 and love when people try to guess my age.

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    1. I really do think what you're saying is true. I think women in the sixties and better, are in general, so much more in love with life than past generations. And that makes us more vibrant and youthful!

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  15. The clerk must have missed her glasses. You look fabulous in your stripes tee! Is there a garment you cannot sew by your own? Well eine Sue.
    Sabine xxx

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  16. Lovely top. One of those that get worn weekly. As for the cashier...she saw you buying one shirt for $1.99 and was trying to be nice and slip you a discount you obviously aren't eligible for. She just thought you were pinching pennies; the economy is bad and wanted to help out:) you're way too gorgeous to even think about it for another moment!

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    1. Yep...definitely a staple garment, and one that will get regular wear. Thanks Amy, for your sweet comments! Enjoying the 3D view still? :)

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  17. I got asked once before I was even 40! I don't think the cashier had actually looked up at me (hate that when they don't acknowledge you) and was just going on auto pilot. I will admit my "no" was laced with just a bit of indignation. The t-shirt is awesome! I sewed knits for the first time earlier this spring and it went much better than I expected. Maybe I should tackle some shirts next.

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    1. NO!! As you say, must have been automatic. Who knows, maybe on seniors' day, they do routinely ask. I say, give a t-shirt a go. They don't take much fabric. I do have a serger, which I used on the side seams, but otherwise, used my regular sewing machine.

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  18. Shit. That sucks. Really sucks. I personally would have freaked out. I seriously thought you were younger than me. No lie. And that is seeing you IRL. Not just online. People just don't realize how they can ruin someone's day like that.

    The tee is lovely. I adore the shots on the teeter-totter. They don't seem to have those in Toronto anymore. Some BS about safety or something. You look like you could be 12 in that shot ; )

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Oh, dear Suzanne...I knew this would upset you. ;) Don't you worry...you look FABULOUS!! Better than I did at thirty. Mwaaaah! Funny about the teeter-totter. They are HIGH! You'd think that now that I am a grown-up, they'd seem childish, but I was seriously up in the air, LOL. And 12 is good, I can look forward to my teenage years. xo

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  19. Oh that is so crummy when that happens. Clearly that person was DRUnK!! Because you are just a KID!!! Love your tee shirt. I was picking up take out Chinese food one day and the guy at the counter said, "may I help you, SIR?" Ha! It took me a while to get over that one!

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    1. Oh Connie. Your comments are outrageously funny! I adore you! And that SIR is going to be stuck in my brain!

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    2. Sir?!?!?! He definitely was drunk or needed glasses!!

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  20. Tu camiseta está perfecta y el look completo te favorece mucho. KISSES.

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  21. Oh my word! You did well not to say anything rude! But worth Looks great on you. Hopefully I will make some knit tops this summer. I have my eye on the Bronte Pattern. Much love x

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    1. LOL, I always think if the smart things to say well after the fact. Now, I must check out the Bronte pattern. I am so uninformed on the Indie patterns! Thanks Louise!! xo

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  22. You have a great sense of humor, Sue! At least there are some advantages at our age!!! :-)
    The tee-shirt is very nice and you look wonderful! ( and I think you will be the same at any age...)

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    1. Yes! The discounts will be starting to roll in soon. The same in Italy?

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  23. I feel your pain Sue. I was asked if my husband is my son by a sales person. Really? Are you kidding me. That would mean that I looked old enough to have an almost 50 year old son. Which meant that my 12 and 16 year old, who were with us, must have been my grandchildren. Oh brother. I still get pissed about it.

    On to more joyful topics...Your outfit. How smart to make your own tee. I can never find one that fits well. You look positively happy in the ensemble. You look great in this color palette. I love the nautical feel. And the shoes are awesome!

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    1. NOOOOOOO....I can not believe it Glenda! I trust he/she did not get the sale!!

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  24. Dear, I found your blog randomly and I’d like to say it’s fabulous! I really like your amazing photos & style! Everything is perfect!

    would you like to follow each other?
    will be happy if you'll find a minute to see my blog!

    www.dianacloudlet.com

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    1. Hi Diana, thank you so much for commenting. Thank goodness for random. I'm heading over to say hi on your blog.

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  25. Oh no...

    You are looking great Sue, love your outfit and how you have styled it :)

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  26. In her defense, there are some people who just have no clue when it comes to what age people are. I remember my husband out seeing customers on his birthday asked them how old they thought he was--guesses ranged from 26 (thank you!) to 50--he was in his 30's at the time!

    Cute outfit, I'm a sucker for anything with stripes to begin with. Love the straw bag!

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    1. So true Flo! I think it's getting harder to tell, and I usually err on the side of caution and don't say anything. After this post, however, I realize that it is what it is. If people want to offer me a discount, then they are welcome to do so!

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  27. You are definitely rocking this striped top Sue......looking forward to see you in similar looks!!!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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    1. Thanks Rebecca! Yep, this look will make the blog rounds again, I'm sure. ;)

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  28. You don't look sixty not even close. I have tons of t-shirts like that and they bring freshness to any look. You look radiant and fresh to me my dear Sue.
    xo
    Carelia

    Mysmallwardrobe.com

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    1. Thanks so much Carelia! Your compliments always make my day!

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  29. I'm sorry that you were mistaken for older - personally I'm confused as to WHY?! You're not at all looking sixty! All the same, I lve your blue and white striped t-shirt! Have a lovely week :)

    http://findmethoseheels.blogspot.co.uk/
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    x

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    1. Aw, thank you so much Gabrielle! It has indeed been a lovely week!

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  30. Your post made me smile. If it results is a discount, the answer is always YES! Not to worry, you have a few years to go and will still look young and fresh when you get there. Great t-shirt. I am particularly impressed with the fit and in awe of your creative sewing.

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    1. YES! I'm over the shock and I agree with you! Thanks for the compliments!

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  31. There is never enought striped tees in one´s closet, is there? I just love them! Specially wide stripes like yours...forget about the person who asked you that question....she had probably forgotten her glasses at home that day!!

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    1. hahaha. The only thing holding me back from sewing more stripey tees is finding great fabric. I may have to buy online, although I'd rather support local business.

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  32. You are radiant and YOUTHFUL in this colorful ensemble. I love the green jacket as the finishing touch. As usual, your photos are as beautiful as you!

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    1. Thank you so much Judith! I love that we share a love for colour!

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  33. Stripes are one of my favourites and green with blue is an amazing combination. No discount for you, you look way too young. A similar thing happened to my mum recently and I couldn't believe it either, just crazy some of the people they ask.

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    1. Hi Imogen. Thanks for popping in to say hi. I agree about blue and green...they just are a great pair, aren't they!

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  34. The t-shirt makes you look young and stylish :) !!!! I enjoyed reading your post! I love how you mixed the colors!
    x Nina
    http://trendsurvivor.com

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    1. Thanks Nina! Maybe it's the stripes, but I feel youthful in this t-shirt.

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  35. I thought you bought the T-shirt at the place where they were over-polite and was wondering how they could sell such a good T-shirt for 1,99. Taking the model apart is a heck of a job, and sewing one from it too. I applaud you. Even the stripes match up nicely.
    As for the comment on your age... the shop assistent must have been told off by a senior citizen who wasn't asked the discount question. And decided from then on, she would ask anybody. As you look more like 40. (Heck, you are not younger than 40 are you?)
    Greetje

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    1. Thanks Greetje. I think of you often when I'm sewing, because I know you recognize the little things that are maybe a challenge to do, or a little special. I appreciate that you notice and take the time to comment.

      I'm 53, so I am oh so close to the magic age. There are businesses here that offer discounts to 55 and better.

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    2. We in The Netherlands are labeled "50+", older people etc. after 55, but I think the discount starts at 65.
      But the baby boomers and the ones following them will change the perception of getting older!!! YEAH.

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  36. Aww, I'm so sorry that happened to you, but loved your sense of humour in writing about it, Sue! And I'm also going with the theory that they probably ask everyone - I bet there have been people who've been annoyed at not getting their discount, so now they just ask everyone to be on the safe side!

    On another note, though, I LOVE the t-shirt: what a bargain!

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    1. Thanks Amber! I'm so happy you popped in to say hello. So true about people being annoyed about not getting a discount if they were entitled. Ah, the people that store clerks have to put up with.

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  37. Sue, as much as I adore you, and as clearly bat-blind and likey as stupid as the cashier was, I can't extend too much pity. There has been a bunch of whining about 60 on the blogs lately .... Patti, I'm looking at you ... and we're not allowed to whine about our noses or our fat rolls or our other less than adorable traits, it seems too bad to worry about 60. Harrumph. As a bona-fide oldie, when you young 'uns whine about it, it dilutes all your assurances that you all gave us that 60 isn't that old when we made the jump from middle aged to ancient.
    Seriously, though, I get why you don't want to be hurried into the One Foot In the Grave Decade. Ack.
    It says much more about me than her when I hazzard a guess that she was just being nasty, and offered it because you are clearly such a cutie spring chic, much younger looking than your years. I don't think she thought for a moment that you were anywhere near 60, and was just being a cow.
    Sue, knowing that you don't have a get-even bone in your body, I wish I was there to make her sorry she embarrassed you. See? You even feel sorry for her, you sweet child!

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    1. AMEN Sista! Jan, you are absolutely right! Especially about the 'it's all right for you, but not for me' sing song. I can honestly say I'm over my over-reaction! I'm me you see, that's all I can be!

      As always, I look forward to hearing your thoughts! Now, if only I could figure out a way to hear them while sitting across the table from you...

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  38. And you T is adorbs, especially for the price. You look 25.

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    1. Well, this wasn't the $1.99 tee. That one was hacked up so I could draft a pattern. Still...it was a fair price for a me-make.

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  39. The tshirt is really great, I love the stripes! And, you look young in it!
    canvas frames

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  40. Love the tee and it's even more fabulous because you made it! Oh, how I wish I'd had the patience to learn to sew when my grandma wanted to teach me... How about my son got an AARP membership card in the mail the other day...he's 24...haha!
    Debbie
    www.fashionfairydust.blogspot.com

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  41. It happens to us all...I remember being about 25 or so, out shopping with my mom (who is 32 years older then me) and being called sisters...UH NO!!!!
    I also went and saw Wicked this week, what a great show and so nice to find another local blogger :-)

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  42. How dare she? Ok, I'll be honest, this happened to me last week when I was with my son and he just about lost it laughing so hard. i simply looked at the cute checker and said, 'Not yet" but I'm the cutest senior you've seen in a long time, right?" Now, that really got my son laughing even harder.
    Now for the tee, you clever lady, you. Absolutely love this stripe tee and the combination you put together, you are the youngest at heart!

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  43. Funny and beautiful!!!! Kissssssssssssss

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  44. Ageless and fabulous everytime, my dear Sue.
    Thank you so much for joinig the growing family of Share-in-Style.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  45. Now THIS is the way to wear a t-shirt! Love your colourful blog, this is fabulous! I needed to be here sooner :) Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog! x Maria

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