Just A Simple Straw Boater…

Dressing Your Truth, Type One, DYT Type !


Dressing Your Truth, Type One, DYT Type !








Dressing Your Truth, Type One, DYT Type !
{My DYT Type One Style  Pleated Skirt   Jones New York Signature, thrifted
Navy and White Striped Tee  Old Navy
Blue Espradrilles   Aldo Shoes
Straw Boater   Thrifted, and last seen here}
Hallo, hallo my friends!  It’s the first of the month, and that can only mean Hat Attack over at lovely Judith’s blog, Style Crone.  Yes, I’m a few days late, but better late than never I say.  It could be said that I was being quite literally attacked by my hat.  GAK!!!  Maybe not an epic fail, but this outfit failed to please in more ways than one.  In an effort to jazz up my {yawn} straw boater, I wrapped it up in a blue and white scarf.   At first, I thought it looked cute, but it quickly felt all wrong for me.  My type one movement felt weighted down…and once I removed the scarf, I felt soooo much better.  And I looked better too.  Then there was the issue of the skirt.  Yeah, um, the volume, length, fit…I don’t know…if I could have removed the skirt like I did the scarf I would have been a much happier camper.  To be fair, when I purchased it way back in the spring, I knew the fit was off.  But, hey, no worries.  I’m a star seamstress {hah}.  A nip here {it’s too big in the waist}, a tuck there {it’s too long for my frame}, and voila…the perfect nautical inspired skirt.  Fast forward to the tail end of summer, and silly me thinks I can get away with wearing it as is.  What’s a little extra volume?  Apparently, not such a good thing, that’s what.  It just doesn’t work.   I’ve chosen the best photos of the bunch.  And a bunch there was.  The mister tried real hard to make me shine and look five foot nine.  And speaking of making me shine, the brilliant white glare otherwise known as my legs was seriously distracting.  I’m not tan, just warmified via Picasa.  Muah-ah-ah-ah-ah.  Let’s see, any other confessions, disclosures?  Nope, I think we’re clear.   My weekend?  Fabulous, thanks!  These photos were snapped yesterday; a brilliant day for a walk throughout Granville Island and Kitsilano, wrapping up with Mexican food and a margarita in Vancouver’s West End.  Sunday…a glorious afternoon wiled away at Backyard Vineyards.  Ah, summertime…

Last, but not least, I wanted to share a photo of this fun fabric that I picked up for a song at Value Village’s 50% off sale.  It makes me think of you, Judith!  It isn’t showing up well in the photo, but imagine it woven with metallic threads, all shiny {in a good way}, and iridescent!   Both the right and wrong side of the fabric look very cool, I think.   I’m looking forward to making some magic happen with this…maybe by next month’s hat link up…hint, hint.   I have a few other projects nearing completion, so we’ll see!


  • Reply Carelia Moran September 3, 2013 at 10:00 am

    No no no…you should left the scarf on. OMG!! That is a wonderful idea.Sometimes we have to go with our first instincts and see what happens. I am so glad you posted the pictures with the scarf, I am tempted to do this myself. And btw, what a gorgeous background in your pictures!!!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas September 3, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Really?! Gosh, it's always so interesting to get another's perspective, and you know how I adore your style Carelia! I think I will try it again, but with a smaller scarf…less pirate-y, LOL.

  • Reply sabine September 3, 2013 at 10:39 am

    I cannot help Sue, your maritime outfit with the marvellous hat reminds me to Venice. Have you ever been there? Then you have seen men with gorgeous hats in stripped tees rowing black gondolas singing romantic songs. However, don't worry, you look great!

  • Reply Jan Graham-McMillen September 3, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Wheeeee! You look so freakin' cute I could just hug you 'til you cute hat fell off! But way too cute not to put it right back on. You look perfectly lovely and I'm always so impressed with the perfection of your own specific style. You have great taste, Sweet Sue … never doubt it. Combined with mad skills, you're unstoppable. Always such a pleasure to see your posts.
    (Got stuff to write to you, but haven't made the time … soon, I hope!)

  • Reply Carelia Moran September 3, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Thanks darling! Try this fall with a black and white scarf, I bet it will bring the hat to a new dressy level. I am on a roll with ideas lol.

  • Reply Tamera Beardsley September 3, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Your boater is a classic beauty… all by itself… and looks so chic and stylish set against such stunning backdrops!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas September 3, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    I expect to see some bloggy modelling! 🙂 🙂

  • Reply pastcaring September 3, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    You are being WAY too hard on this sweet outfit, Sue! The skirt is gorgeous, the print works wonderfully well with the stripes, and though I prefer the hat without the scarf, I always applaud experimentation and creativity! As for untanned legs – you've seen mine, right?! This is the first year in a LONG time I haven't bothered with fake tan to take the edge off. I'm a pale and freckly Brit, I don't tan, that is that, I am at peace with it. It's the Buckinghamshire blood in you, Sue, we Bucks girls struggle with tanning!
    You look beautiful, as does the marina. Looking forward to seeing what you do with that lovely fabric. xxxx

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas September 3, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Once, a very romantic time with 11 other seventeen year old girly classmates…yup, I get the gondolier connection. It does make me want to break out in song.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas September 3, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Aw, gee Jan! This outfit feels a wee bit tipped towards costumey. I think it's missing a bit of what? Colour! 🙂

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas September 3, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Thanks Tamera…I'm looking forward to making a headband out of flowers…I know the lightness of it will feel just right.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas September 3, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    Ah, dearest cousin Curtise. Our lovely Patti wrote a post last autumn about embracing the pale, or at least forgoing the tanning. So, I have bravely left my legs au natural this year.


  • Reply Margy September 3, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    GREAT Outfit, Sue…I love all the bluuuze!

  • Reply Shirl September 3, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    great find of fabric at V.V. and 50% off to boot. You are looking sweet and happy in the pics, no worries……plus pics of beautiful Granville Island. Nothing like Vancouver on a sunny day, I always say.


  • Reply Suzanne Carillo Style Files September 3, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    Vancouver is looking lovely as are you, all the blues suit you.

    I have to agree that a skirt that is too big, too fluffy (as I like to put it) isn't great on a smaller frame. I know you'll fix it perfectly though…handy seamstress that you are ; P

    I also agree with your hat and the scarf. I prefer without the scarf. Either that or a thinner scarf.


  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas September 3, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    It doesn't help that I love wearing flats. As much as I love the elongating line that heals create, I much prefer the freedom of flat shoes. That, and my propensity to trip at every little dip in a sidewalk. Thanks for your comments Suzanne. They're always much appreciated!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas September 3, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Hi Shirl! Yes, I scored a few fun pieces of fabric last week. My 'stash' is growing, just like the old days.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas September 3, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Blue, my old stand-by. I blame it on my blue eyes, 😉

  • Reply The Style Crone September 3, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Your excellent pattern mixing with the blue of the water, sky and mountains as background – absolutely stunning. And the boater looks great with scarf and without. Just different! It's always fun to experiment. I love the majesty of your city shots!

    I adore the fabric and can't wait to see what you create! Could it be headwear? Surprises are in store for your many fans.

    Thank you so much for linking up with Hat Attack.

  • Reply Jean at www.drossintogold.com September 3, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    You know, I wasn't critiquing any of this, just enjoying the energy and loveliness of your outfit. The hat and stripes made me very happy, as did the pattern in the skirt juxtaposed with the skyline behind you. Add in some water, and I'm ecstatic. You look vibrant and happy, which makes me happy in return. I think one of these days I might actually make it to Vancouver. I know it's on my list. XXOO

  • Reply amy mayen September 3, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    The outfit & photos are great- I didn't notice any fit issues so good jug hubby! I love that fabric-can't wait to see your maybe hat!!

  • Reply Marla Robinson September 4, 2013 at 2:14 am

    you look great, love your photos

  • Reply Sacramento Amate September 5, 2013 at 12:35 am

    Great look and wonderful pics.
    Thank you for keeping in touch.

  • Reply Flo September 5, 2013 at 2:42 am

    I liked the scarf on the hat, but I can see how it could be kind of heavy. I love the outfit though, you always look so chic! I'm anxiously awaiting a hat I got off Ebay from a lady in Scotland, you have inspired me 🙂

  • Reply dan September 5, 2013 at 5:00 am

    Very beautiful photos! You look so cute wearing the hat. (it's nice both with and without the scarf ).
    Your skirt is wonderful!
    I can't wait to see what you will create with that fabric!!

  • Reply Renae of Simple Sequins September 5, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Oh Sue, thanks for the tips on my dress ideas. I think the thing I can put my finger on is that is doesn't line up. The printed lines are helter sckelter. Do you know what I am saying? Of course, you do, you're a seamstress. They didn't try to match it up from the top bodice to the lower skirt. And I am not crazy about the fabric. But I did love how I felt in it when I tried it on. hmmmmm, confused I am. ♥

  • Reply Renae of Simple Sequins September 5, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Oh and I'm rude. I didn't even comment on your cute post and ensemble. VERY WELL DONE, SUE! I love all of the blue everywhere. Fun POST!

  • Reply Ariane Lasalle September 5, 2013 at 8:26 am

    I love the backdrop for these pics!
    Perfect! I see about the scarf on the hat, i looked twice, yes looks a bit heavy, but nice still – But i prefer the second version –
    That skirt is perfect- i see no added volume there –

    Interesting the fabric you showed us, i wonder what you will do next !

    Glad to have you back in my comments Sue


    Ariane xo

  • Reply Emalina September 5, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    That scarf looks great on the hat, what a fabulous idea!

  • Reply ann wood September 6, 2013 at 3:36 am

    These are great pictures Sue! I do like the good color and crispness of the images. I think the skirt is cute too. The last picture of you on the bench is just beautiful.

    Thanks for your sweet comments on my blog yesterday.

    blue hue wonderland

  • Reply Ariane Lasalle September 6, 2013 at 5:12 am

    Hi Sue!

    Thanks for telling about the link, i don't know why, i checked all the links before publishing!
    Have a look at my Japanes, Asian eclectic outfit today!

    Have a great weekend!

    Ariane xo

  • Reply Rosemary the Shopper September 6, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Oooh! I DO recognize that skyline!! Ex-Vancourite that I am. You're looking great. I'm not much into having a tan myself. I seem to be permanently a medium beige, which is fine with me. Some tans look great –especially on the legs, but others, whoa!! The varnished brick look just isn't me.

    If I had been along to see the Value Village 50% off fabric sale, well — let's just say I couldn't be held responsible for my actions. You don't allow an alcoholic to go to a bar where they are serving free booze!!

    Cheers from England,

    Rosemary from http://www.foreveronthecatwalkoflife.blogspot.com

  • Reply Emalina September 6, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    You noticed that little Nico my cat was with me in my parents' garden, you clever thing! I can't mention it on my own blog as I have to keep it very neutral about my life for work reasons, but my partner and I actually live next door to my folks, they're our nearest neighbours! Although frankly Nico does love to follow me everywhere so I'm sure she would've have tried to come with me if they lived miles away….

  • Reply his_girl_friday September 7, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    So classic and fun! Love the waterside look!

  • Reply Ofelia September 8, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    You do know how to mix prints wonderfully and how to have fun!

  • Reply josep-maria badia September 9, 2013 at 7:32 am

    Oh, I missed this post, raging. I think it is beautiful. The gondolier is a wonderful look. The skirt is beautiful.

  • Reply josep-maria badia September 9, 2013 at 7:33 am

    Oh, I missed this post, raging. I think it is beautiful. The gondolier is a wonderful look. The skirt is beautiful.

  • Reply highlandfashionista.com September 9, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Oooh you look like you're in Stanley Park. Lovely. I used to haunt that part of the world when I worked on a cruise line. LOVELY. I love the skirt. Love a nautical look.

  • Reply No fear of fashion September 9, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Very good pattern mixing. Cute hat. Breath-taking picture of those boats with the skyscrapers in the back.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas September 10, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    Stanley Park is on the other side of the water in the top left corner of the photos. I forget sometimes that you are so well traveled. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas September 10, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Why thank you so much Josep!

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas September 10, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    Aw, thank you Ofelia. I appreciate you coming by and commenting.

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas September 10, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Nico likely thinks she owns your parents' property as well. How nice for you to live next door!

  • Reply Anonymous September 15, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    WOW! (found you via the on-line sewing match) What great pictures you take!
    Love, Love, LOVE!!!! the ones of the sailboats and buildings with the bright blue ? (I don't know what those “things” are – but they're lovely lol!!!)
    Finally, love what you sew, you have a great eye and it's sewn impeccably!!!!

  • Reply Anonymous September 15, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    PS: I want to live where-ever it is that you live. I THINK I read you live somewhere in Canada???

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas September 15, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Hi Design Dreamer, thank you ever so much for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment! But, I want to be sure you know that the clothing in this outfit is thrifted, not sewn by me. As much as I love sewing, I still enjoy the thrill of the find in a thrift store. I'll often alter things up a bit too. Is it the canvas sail covers in blue that you like, or the apartment buildings?

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas September 15, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Yup, Vancouver, Canada. 🙂

  • Reply Sue @ A Colourful Canvas September 15, 2013 at 10:38 pm

    Thank you bunches Greetje!

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