Continuing Quarantine Couture …

As quarantine continues, our family is grateful for personal health and safety … and I’m clinging to my wardrobe challenge as a mental health practice – keeping my mind occupied and my hands (mostly) out of the cookie jar.  Hope you’re seeing how owning good solid-color basics and sticking to a consistent color range produce wardrobe magic.  Are you finding the same in your closet?

My sewing friends can follow the links on this page to pattern and construction details for each project.  While you’re there, you can click on the little heart icon next to my photo and receive notifications when I post additional projects. And you can rank the reviews as “Very Helpful” if you find them so.

Day 8 – This quickie  rayon jersey shell  is made of scraps from a previous project.  Boring on it’s own, but dynamite as a wardrobe extender with a ponte skirt in the same color.  Often the most basic pieces turn out to be the most useful.

Day 9 – Teal wool crepe skirt with back pleat detail – planned to match a silk tweed jacket from a previous design competition, but works with other tops too.  Four yards of that teal left, so planning additional coordinates from this one before we’re back out in circulation.

Day 12 – (10 & 11 were scrubs, remember) – Pleat-detailed shell from jade silk with dark dots (black? navy? can’t tell, so will wear with both).  Love how the pleat detail create a focal point right where I want one.

Day 13 – a lucky find – this black/gray/pink plaid Chanel-style jacket was stashed away half-finished.  Would you believe I don’t have a single top, shell or cami in a right shade of pink?  I’ll model it with black and gray pieces now and shop for a top later, when I can actually wear the jacket for more than a selfie session.  Fringed jackets can be dressy or work over dark jeans for knocking around with panache.

Day 14 – Jersey print wrap-top jumpsuit.  Used this border print “upside-down” with the border across the shoulders (to keep attention away from my hips) rather than at the hem.  No mix/match, but plenty of versatility. Follow the link to read all the ways I’ll wear it.

Day 15 – color blocked ponte knit sheath. A client consulted with me on colors to do this dress, and I loved hers so much that (with permission) I copied it in my own color combo.  This photo shoot actually prompted me to change shoes – found this taupe reptile pump that was perfect, so thought I’d show that off here since I can’t wear it anywhere else yet.

Day 16 & 17 – Matching skirt and top in black/tan floral print jersey with stripe trim.  Love that I can wear this as a dress look, and also mix/match the pieces with other separates.

By now the thrill – if there ever was one – of staying in feetsy-jammies all day is GONE.  I am so looking forward to being out in the world again.

Hope we are soon able to reconnect in person and provide more help and support for those who have been victims of this pandemic – whether the disease itself, the job losses,  domestic violence, the emotional/mental health impacts.   Meanwhile, let’s all serve in the ways we can safely do so, and care for ourselves along the way.  You can’t pour water from an empty pitcher.


About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.


  1. Jessica Sager on September 8, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    Oh my goodness, Nancy, you look incredible in these photos! Especially day 15, 16 and 17 – your smile tells me you love these pieces as much as they look amazing on you!

    I love your website, I need to overhaul my look. I haven’t discovered a way to dress my “new” figure after having my second kid – which was six years ago, lol. I was always an easy hourglass with a reasonably flat tummy, or at least not saggy, even after gaining a lot of weight with my first pregnancy and not losing a lot of it after. My stomach actually was bigger with her, even though she was smaller – smaller is relative, he was 10lbs10oz and she was 10lbs3oz. Anyhow, now I have a little stomach flap to contend with, and that make it difficult to wear RTW bottoms. I’ve discovered that woven tops with a little stretch that skim my figure but don’t drown it look good. I’m going to try and sew some basic pants and a top to see if I can get a shape that fits my body to a T! I bought Pamela’s Patterns basic Tshirt pattern and the pants pattern that includes the video stream. I’ve very exciting to learn how to do a proper fit for my body, and finally stop feel glum over ill-fitted RTW pieces!

    • Nancy Nix Rice on September 9, 2020 at 8:03 am

      Glad to hear you’re taking charge of your wardrobe and that you find out info helpful. I love Pamela’s Patterns and am betting you will too. A suggestion: you might find our Style School program an ideal jump-start in your quest for an updated, flattering look. Two virtual series start soon – details at Would love to have you join us.

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