It’s Hat Day: Self-Stitched Day Twenty-one

Why is it Hat Day? No real reason. Our office declared it Hat Day and therefore, here I am in a hat at work. The rest of my outfit is simple, so it doesn’t compete with the hat. (I had a scarf on at the start of the day but as soon as I saw how it looked in the photos I took it off. Too much going on around the neck and face with both a hat AND a scarf…)

What I’m Wearing, Day 21:

  • Self-Stitched Skirt: The ‘Armani Skirt,’ McCalls 5803
  • Blazer: Zara – it’s a knit fabric, how cool is that? Though, I’ve had it drycleaned and it’s starting to lose its shape a little around the lapels.
  • Tights: Gap, purchased last fall
  • Shoes: Nine West, bought at Macy’s in January 2008

See the skirt in more outfits and variations here!

It’s offically Fall, because hockey season has started. And tights are in stores, so it’s time to do a little seasonal shopping! I don’t shop much anymore, mostly because it’s more fun to sew! The fit is better, the quality is nicer than I could afford, and plus, then I have new things to write about!

However, tights are a necessary purchase. Today’s pair is my favourite, because they’re thick and opaque, and feel strong and snag-proof. And while I have never purchased leggings and would never wear them purposefully.. they would totally work as pseudo-tights, with socks. I suppose I could even make leggings!

Out of curiosity – where do you usually shop for tights? Any awesome sources I should know about?

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24 Responses to It’s Hat Day: Self-Stitched Day Twenty-one

  1. Margie September 22, 2010 at 6:36 am #

    Your outfit today looks fabulous! I <3 <3 <3 the knit blazer. It looks so comfy.

  2. Miss Shigatsu September 22, 2010 at 6:39 am #

    crazy sources for tights: Hot Topic and Halloween Warehouse. Target too, but that’s so boring (though they have lots of cute tights).

  3. TanitIsis September 22, 2010 at 7:18 am #

    Yay, hats. My daughter came home from her summer vacation with a new cap I am aiming to steal :). The only thing I dislike about my short, spiky hair is that it’s difficult to pair with hats.

    My big tan coat (in some of my SSS pictures on flickr… not self-stitched) is also a knit, I’m not sure why except that it drapes and flows nicely, which is kind of integral to the look of that coat.

    I will be watching the tights-sources with interest. Yours look so warm and snuggly!

  4. Nadia September 22, 2010 at 7:40 am #

    This look super. The general image has turned out stylish and uncommon. The jacket is interesting by softness of the form.

  5. Helena September 22, 2010 at 8:03 am #

    I’m waiting for a bit more fall weather here so I can break out my hat, they’re underestimated! Love the knit blazer as well. I love your style and your outfits, SSS is so inspiring. If another home-made month appears I will try to join.

  6. Sabrina Clementine September 22, 2010 at 8:59 am #

    Ohh, I’m suddenly aching for a knit blazer! (And some cooler weather.) I LOVE tights and have to work on getting new ones in more colors. I’ve heard people say good things about “We Love Colors”, but I haven’t tried it myself yet.

  7. Maureen September 22, 2010 at 9:14 am #

    Love the outfit Tasia – actually very similar to what I am wearing today (minus the hat – which I love, by the way).

    I just went on my annual tight shopping pilgramage to Zellers. They have some wonderful patterned tights on the shelves right now – get them while you can
    ! My husband wanted to know why I was buying them now- Silly man, he expects to be able to find what he wants for the winter in the winter!

  8. petite josette September 22, 2010 at 9:41 am #

    ouh, where’s your hat from ?
    I think American Apparel ahs a good selection of tights, but you probably already know this…
    Very cute outfit by the way. My friend Marie has that same jacket and I’ve been eyeing it for a while. I was thinking of making one myself, but think about the challenge. Sewing a jacket out of knit…

  9. Emma September 22, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    You know where I get most of my tights? Shoppers Drug Mart! Its so easy to just stop by and pick up a pair if you happen to get a run (which happens to me often). I got a nice pair of opaque tights and some sheer black ones the last time I was there.

  10. learningnewtricks September 22, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    Express and Wet Seal are where my daughter gets her tights. By the way, where is the hat you made? I thought it was cute.

  11. Jenna September 22, 2010 at 10:57 am #

    I love it!!! The outfit is fab! I can’t wait to break out my tights!

  12. Funnygrrl September 22, 2010 at 12:03 pm #

    I get my tights mostly at The Bay. They carry Hue brand which has all kinds of great patterns. I also score at Winners.
    My friends and I kind of compete to see who can get the most beautiful or outrageous tights.
    Love the hat. I might have to call in a hat day…

  13. purl2tog September 22, 2010 at 12:24 pm #

    I love the outfit. I have been looking for a pattern similar to McCalls 5803 because I can’t seem to find that exact pattern. Maybe its out of print? In any case, I hope to make a skirt similar to yours and hope to rock it just as well.

  14. The Cupcake Goddess September 22, 2010 at 1:06 pm #

    I’m a huge fan of hosiery, especially tights as the cooler weather starts in. My favorite resources are Anthropologie, Free People and Sock Dreams. All are definitely worth checking out with a google search. Love the hat with today’s outfit! Darling! You look superb in a hat.

  15. sulovessew September 22, 2010 at 2:49 pm #

    Tasia, i normally get my tights from banana republic. it is reasonably priced (especially with the 40% coupon i keep on getting) and very durable. I love wearting tights too, which is why fall and winter are my favorite seasons

  16. Judy R September 22, 2010 at 8:10 pm #

    I can’t remember where i found out about this website. I haven’t ordered from them, but the selection looks fantastic.

  17. Tasia September 22, 2010 at 10:15 pm #

    Awesome! Thanks for all the suggestions, ladies. I’m going to try some out and report back! (If you’re interested.. it’s only September so this is the perfect time to try out tights before I desperately need them every day..)

    For everyone that asked, I hate to say it but i bought my hat in Hawaii on vacation! (Yes, yes, not only can you not get the same hat but I got to go to Hawaii, too…I am a very lucky girl! I was there for the tsunami warning though, back in February – scary!)

    @purl2tog: So sorry, the skirt IS out of print! It’s a great style but I bet you can find a lot of similar skirt patterns out there. One day I’ll put out one for my pattern line as well :)

    @learningnewtricks: Ooh, you mean the Summer Beach Hat? It went in the trash can, I never finished it ;( I know, what a waste! It was just too weird and home-made looking to bother with. Lesson learned – leave hat-making to the pros! Or, use better patterns.

    So awesome. I knew you guys would have good ideas on tights! Will keep you posted!

  18. Rachel September 23, 2010 at 12:03 am #

    I shop at department stores — good quality, not too badly priced. My favourite brand is Leona Edmiston – an Australian designer. Her tights are to die for. They have a lovely frilly top so you don’t get any ‘cut in’ or ‘hang over’. They never fall down, and I have had one pair for 3 years that has no snags, holes etc. They also have beautiful colours and prints. I love tights!

  19. Rachel September 23, 2010 at 12:04 am #

    And I forgot to say that I love your outfit – got too carried away with the tights description!

  20. S√∏lvi September 23, 2010 at 1:15 am #

    Lovely outfit Tasia, hats are the best accessories ever, but it takes some style consciousness not to look like it´s a costume. You really pull this look off!

    I found a new source for tights shopping through one of the brits over at SSS (Captain Magnet is her name), its Don´t know about taxes etc. from Europe to Canada, but they have an AMAZING line of tights. Something for everybody. I got some great opaques, and I know that this will be my new tights shopping place from now on!

  21. yourstrulydear September 23, 2010 at 7:03 am #

    you are so cute!! we love colors is a great place for tights. they have a huge selection and have different styles for everyone. i’m sort of addicted ;] i also like nordstrom though, because they have some cute simple yet patterned tights a lot. good luck!

  22. quietandsmalladventures September 23, 2010 at 7:31 pm #

    i 5th we love colors (, i know you’re in canada, but does ship there? actually if you’re near toronto we could start a tights smuggling operation, my friend’s gf is there and they meet up about once a month :)

  23. Monica (aka monnibo) September 27, 2010 at 2:03 pm #

    H&M downtown has a huge selection of tights. Dressew if you’re looking for something funkier. The Bay is okay but a bit pricey I find.

  24. amber October 13, 2010 at 11:04 am #

    Really really cute! The hat sets it off.