The “Future’s So Bright” Outfit
Fabric: Blue twill – 3 yards ($17) and bamboo/cotton jersey – 2 yards ($13)
Pattern: Built by Wendy 2863 (top) and 3850 (shorts)
Year: c. 2008
Notions: Vintage buttons – $1
Time to complete: 4.5 hours
First worn: March 2011
Wear again? Maybe, but definitely not together (for the sake of other people's corneas!)
Total Cost: ~$31
You may be thinking, "Why so bright Sarah, don't you care about our eyes?" Yes I do, readers, but only a ridiculously bright outfit would do my location justice.
Tacos a Go-Go is an national treasure – or at least a Texas one. As the name might suggest, Tacos a Go-Go (or TAGG for short) has delicious tacos – so good that Texas Monthly said they serve "Tacos you must eat before you die!" on 2006 – plus Mexican coke and super good guacamole. TAGG is possibly one of the brightest locations in Houston.
This brightness inspired me to create an outfit with some of the crazy colors one would find inside this monument to incredible Tex-Mex food. Electric blue, orange and bright red – who puts these colors in one outfit? Me. The answer is me.
Even though I wouldn't normally put these colors together, I do like how it instantly reminds me of my inspirational image, taken by the awesome Erin (who is going to be so sick of me by the end of 2011)! Related: Erin will work for tacos, which is good to know!
The fabrics are simple – twill and bamboo/cotton jersey and both were very easy to sew with! Twill is one of my favorite fabrics to work with – it's sturdy, but not too thick. The jersey was perfectly soft and easy to sew with a regular machine (on a stretch stitch). Related: please ignore the wrinkles, I wore the outfit to the shoot which turns out to be a bad plan in twill and jersey! Lesson learned.
Speaking of easy, Simplicity's Built by Wendy patterns are super easy – no crazy tricks or difficult techniques to attempt. I finished both the top and the shorts in about 4.5 hours – huzzah!
I'm not going to lie to you guys – this is not my favorite outfit so far. It's not exactly flattering and, while I do like the shorts, they are too big (yay for smaller butt, boo for having to dig back in and fix them!). I think I might have to revist this inspirational photo for a future projetc and do something a bit different! On another note, I did get to eat some tacos during the shoot and I'm a happier person for it.
Do you have a place in your town that makes your mouth water? Tell us in the comments!