What I Wore Sunday – Corraled Coral

My mom gave me this coral, one-shoulder number last year but it was a smidge too big.  I didn’t mind the bagginess of it (baggy and post-partum are always friends) but the arm hole was a little too big and the armless side hung halfway down my abdomen making modesty a pretty massive issue.  To fix it, all I had to do was sew a straight stitch all the way down the side with arm hole, making sure to backstitch at each end for security reasons.  I took off about one inch and made sure to follow the existing seam so everything was nice and straight.
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Then, I sewed a little stitch about two inches in at the top of the other side to “corral” the sagging and make sure I was full-frontally covered. 
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It made a little pleat in the chiffon overlay that’s visible if you’re examining my underarm but lucky for the examiner, it doesn’t look bad at all.  It was seriously one of the easiest alterations there ever was.

Here’s what it looks like post-alteration:
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I’m totally getting the hang of the art of selfies, no?  Ha!  Well, here’s the thing, I got smart this time and used the “self-timer continuous” option on our camera thinking that by taking a bunch of pics in a row, at least one would turn out.  Wrong-o.  As I was quickly glancing at the camera screen I was tempted to re-take but I couldn’t help laughing at these:
The “after” was the last in this series.  Lesson:  Make sure you’re 100% ready for the picture before you press shoot…shoes on and all.  

For Mass I tucked it in and added a cardi to get this:
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Just another classic candid from yours truly.  In this shot, I’m in the midst of squeezing Cecilia between my legs to keep her from getting to the big tripod toy with the expensive camera atop it.  Thought I was still far enough away to get my whole bod in but I guessed wrong and we’ll just add it to the rest of my semi-decapitated stills.  :)

Don’t worry though, determined to get a whole outfit shot, I quickly drug her back and finally captured a semi-good moment just for you.
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Skinny skimmers (skinners?) and cardi:  Target (clearance rack, where else?)
Belt:  Target via Dirt Cheap ($1 holla!)
Shoes:  Fashion Bug?  (spray-painted)
Top:  Gift from me Madre (I think she got it at Joyce Leslie)
Necklace:  ?  Found it in my jewelry box…I’m trying to reestablish a relationship with jewelry these days
Trashed bathroom courtesy of the twins…one of them learned how to open drawers (cough, Cecilia, cough) and they both went to town emptying it of it contents.

Linking up with all the other WIWSers over at Messy Wife, Blessed Life this week!

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Happy Monday y’all, emphasis on the Hhhappy!  :)


  1. I love that color, coral..so pretty! Awesome job on the alteration...I'm super impressed...I've got a couple shirts I really like but armholes are too big.

    1. Thanks Amelia!! Yes, unfortunately for us, big armholes aren't a fashion trend these days. :)

  2. OH MY! I just love this outfit. I would totally wear it and I love the way you altered the top.

  3. HA! So cute -- you, the top, and the girlies.

  4. Excellent color! And I bet you could add secret slits and make it an easy nursing shirt, too! Although that may be more trouble than it's worth :P

  5. Too cute! I love the coral + white. And, I did not know there was a such thing as continuous self-timer. Amazing. It takes me forever to take 1 at a time!

  6. Love your outfit! Coral is one of my favorite colors.
    Your girls are adorable. :)

  7. Love this outfit! Super cute!

  8. Holy gorgeous!!! Love!!!!!!

  9. What a cute shirt! I often have problems with armholes being too large unless the sizing is petite. I also hope nobody makes a habit of examining underarms. If anyone examined mine they'd often find a pretty sorry excuse of a shave job. (tmi?) Cute little babies you have there trying to get at the camera. :)

  10. Hi there!!
    First and foremost, that coral color looks fab on you!!

    I wanted to introduce myself - I'm a new follower of yours. Loving your posts. Your kids are precious!

    Hope you'll stop by my blog sometimes. I am a new SAHM to my sweet 6 month old, Ava.

    All the best,
    Christina @The McGuire Family