Triangle Scrap Top + Short Hair!

So as some of you know, I’ve been contemplating a big haircut for the last few weeks. I’ve always wanted to go short at some point, and although I’m not one of those people who get super attached to their hair, I was just waiting for the right time, ya know? I did actually have a super short haircut in college for like 2.5 seconds, but I hated it and grew it out immediately. I’ve always thought though, that the infamous short-period was  just a bad cut, and I thought it deserved another go. By the time I was done pinning and obsessing over a million different styles, I had the feeling that everyone was like just do it already, Mim. So I decided to go for an asymmetrical pixie, and peeps, I actually got butterflies walking to the salon from my car which is so not me. I mean I used to be known as “Double Dare Mim”, so I was kinda ashamed to be wimping out over a haircut. But I muscled through the consult just hoping I wasn’t making a massive mistake, and as soon as my hairdresser (Cynthia–who was amazing) started snipping I was at peace with the world and my hair.  The two words people have kept on saying is that it’s “modern” or really “80’s”, which are the same thing I guess–I’m just a little insecure that people don’t know that.  I’m hoping that everyone isn’t like, wow, that was soooo 30 years ago. 

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I love it though. Love it love it love it. It’s a pretty unique cut, I haven’t seen anything exactly like I don’t think (especially the back which I didn’t get a full on shot of, but it’s sort of like a duck tale back there), and it feels a little edgy but still feminine. Hubs loves it, and so do my kiddos which matters to me for some reason. Overall I’ve gotten positive reviews, except for a girl at church who said my husband would kill me if I did anything like that.   To each their own [80’s haircut] right?!

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Now about this shirt. Isn’t cool?? While deep sea diving at  Michael Levine Loft, I found this itty bitty piece of floral that I LOVED. I think I initially just boo hoo’d that there wasn’t more of it, but then I decided to take it anyway—maybe I could make it shine despite its lack of yardage. It was probably around a 18 inches by 12 inches, although I didn’t measure. When I was looking back through my Ottobre women’s issue of Spring/Summer , I saw this triangle blocked blouse and thought it was just the ticket (design #9).  And man, I just eeked that sucker out (I had to piece the button band), but am so happy with how it turned out, it’s just my flavor.

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The main fabric is this unbelievable rayon lawn (on sale for $4.02/yard!) that’s so pretty and floaty and drapey I wanted to wrap up in it, turn on a fan, and sing You Were Meant for Me if you know what I mean. It looks and feels a lot like matte silk, and was a bit tricky to cut out–I had two yards to work with hallelujah,  because I ended up cutting several pieces twice because I didn’t get them exactly on grain the first go round. I dyed it Havana Brown using my beloved fiber reactive dyes, and it matched so perfectly with my floral that I knew it was providential. I also love that even though it’s light as air, it’s completely opaque.  The only alteration I made was to slash and spread the back just a tad to give it a bit of flare. The simple striped pencil I whipped up the morning of my haircut, because I swear, I can’t make myself wear pants of even shorts this Summer.

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So speaking of Summer, this one is fading away from me, and I’m mad about it. I’ve been busy with my fruit trees and garden, and it’s passed so quickly without my permission. It’s been such a low key, lovely couple of months, and I find myself not enjoying it because I am sad it will end. Do you ever do that? I do, all the time. I get this way especially during Summer and Christmas time–every nice thing has a twinge of sadness because somewhere inside I’m thinking it’s almost over! One bright spot of getting ready for the Fall is sewing for Twinkle’s back to school wardrobe, but that too is bittersweet because that means she’ll be gone for a full day this year. I’m already missing her, and think it might be a hard transition for me.  But I’ve heard the elementary is a good one, and she’s so excited about her head is gonna pop off. Ah, these new chapters and changing seasons! I can only hope it will be as nice as the last.

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Mandie

Lovely! Great cut AND outfit! I’m headed to the salon this morning, but I’m afraid all this momma wants is a bang trim- I used to be so into new & different cuts, and now I’m too scared/lazy to try anything that won’t allow a top knot.

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Miriam

Oh I was fearful to give up the top knot too! So go-to, that’s for sure. The one thing I’m missing from longer hair though, is variety! It’s always fun to be able to do different things every once in a while!

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Gillian

OMG, it’s adorable!!!! I really, really like it. And your top, and yous skirt! I guess I’m just a fan all around! 😛

I also spend my summers being sad that it will end… which is crazy, because as a teacher I get way more vacation than most other adults! It’s just hard knowing that I’ll have to get back to “working” (prepping for the upcoming year) about two weeks before I start getting PAID to work! It’s hard to give up that holiday time.

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brooke

Super cute!
Love the hair. I find it odd when people say their husbands would not let them cut their hair. While I feel it is important for him to not hate it, jeesh…….And tell me about it. Sweet, sweet summer feels nearly over!

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Miriam

Yeah, I would have cut it regardless of what Allan thought, but it was nice that he was so excited about it. But for some reason I really did care about what my kids thought!!

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Sunni

Your hair is AWESOME! You are totally rockin and by the way, welcome to pixieland! Yay! When I chopped off my hair, I had the same misgivings and I too, got butterflies as I was strolling into the salon. I too had a short haircut in college, which my mother (the only person who didn’t like it) ruined for me by telling me that my face looked fat with short hair. Now though, I don’t care what people think. I love my hair and surprisingly have received more compliments on it than when I had long hair. Additionally, I still have some postcards that I hand out for classes that has a photo of me with long hair and people still say, “gosh, you were so pretty with long hair” – implying that maybe I’m not so pretty now. Psssssshhhhhhaaaawwww! I wouldn’t trade my pixie now for anything! I love it, my husband loves it too and it is soooooo easy to take care of and do.

Anyway, enough about that, I just wanted to give you a lowdown from someone who knows – your hair is fabulous! Super cute and totally 80s shirt too! Love!

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Miriam

Thank you Sunni!! I LOVE your short hair, and actually when you cut yours is when I seriously started thinking about chopping mine again. I remember when I first saw your picture I just thought, wow she belongs in a pixie, it’s so perfect on her!
and I guess I’m embracing the 80’s all around!!;)

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Reana Louise

Oh no, I wouldn’t say 80s. I’d say totally sassy and sleek! I love it! Plus, all the cool kids have short hair 😉 Your totally mim-made outfit is really cute, and suits your lovely new hair 🙂

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jenb

So of course you look totally bloody rad! I KNEW IT! But then honestly, i think you would look ubber cool AND beautiful in a paper bag. I am growing my locks for the wedding, but after that, snip snip snip…i think i will have to go super short for our summer too.
There you go, inspiring the masses again ;o) Love jenxxx
Oh yeah..shirt rocks big time too…x

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Miriam

Girl, you know how to make a girl FEEL like a million bucks, even in a paper bag!! When is the wedding again? You BETTER send me some photos!!

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Emily

MIM! That cut is so slimming and so pixie! I LOOOOOVEEE t! You truly look BEAUTIFUL!~ and your hair looks lusciously thick as well, and the rest of you…Slim Mim!!!

Wow, wow, wow!

Ok, so comments about missing the kids with school~always make me sad, I will not lie.
Hey she could always be the best dressed home schooler on the block! 🙂 Its not a hint but if you can’t say it to a sis, after hearing that comment from so many, who can you say it to? Its not actually a hint, suggestion, or anything of the like…I just had to say it because I never indulge. I know you will have such a cute fest party designing her next year’s wardrobe, can’t wait to see! 🙂

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Lucia Lindkvist

Hey Mim!
I’m an enthusiastic reader of your blog for quite some time… and today I need to comment… because your hair is soooo supercool!!
Many greetings and hugs from the baltic sea in Europe! Lucia

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nan

I like your hair cut. Wow, you are very creative. I would not have given that piece of fabric a chance.

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Anouk

I love your haircut but I would as it is very similar to mine. My daughter pointed out that you looked like me. And you totally rock the top – I’ve pinned it and plan to do something similar. I really love that the collar is the same colour as the “triangle”.

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Barbara J

Love the haircut, Mim, and the way you just decided to chuck all doubt and GO FOR IT! My daughter, who is about your age, cut her hair almost exactly like that 6 months ago. She also had long hair but had been dying for that side swoop cut for years. Hers has a bit more punk edge to it but you both look like winners to me. Not a bit 80’s.

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Miriam

REally? That made me smile. This cut has just about as much edge as I can handle as a Mama, but I think something even more punk edge would be so cute!

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Katie

I absolutely ADORE this cut! It not only looks fabulous on you but I think it looks totally modern while still feminine. A perfect mix – like a good, tough leather jacket with a floral skirt. 😉

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Gail

I enjoy stopping by your blog. Had to comment on your hair. It looks seriously way cute !! I wish I had your courage. If I did, I wouldn’t have this boring ponytail.

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yam b fan

What to say first? You rock! Your hair rocks! and the fabric, the cut, the style of that shirt rocks! And a Singin’ in the Rain reference to boot–what could be better? As to the seasonal meloncholy– I think I know just how you feel .. . . .and believe me, i feel your pain . . .

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greta

Ooh la la! I love it! You look so fun and energetic and like “hi, I’m a cute mom and I’ve got it together and I always am doing something fun or planning something fun”. Totally! And a major plus is you have the sense of style to go with it! I love that triangle blouse – so stylish! Overall, great look and a fun photo shoot!

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Lindsay Storm

I just want to tell you, I absolutely love your haircut! You look stunning…so beautiful and fashionable! Just found you through pinterest, and love your blog!! New follower!!

~Lindsay

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Jessica @ Running Wi

I loved your hair when I saw it at Sewing Summit. I think it looks cool and modern. I hacked mine off a few years ago and my dad saw it and said it looked like a dog’s butt…which was pretty accurate as I kind of got butchered. I wish I had done something like yours, nothing too crazy but still has some edge. It was such a treat to be able to take your class last weekend.

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Miriam

I absolutely loved meeting you, you’re so warm and kind! You struck me as a very lovely person, I wish we had had more time to get to know each other! I’m so glad you enjoyed the class, it was a blast to teach.
And thanks about my hair! I actually have a really bad previous experience with short hair, so I’m proof that just because it didn’t work once doesn’t mean it won’t ever work!

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