Ask: 7/25/11

How far is too far when embracing the nautical look? Would you ever wear a middy?


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. What’t a middy? that’s what we call a small glass of beer! Do you mean a midrif top? If so – no not after two kids!

  2. I think you mean a sailor collar, yes? I loved them in elementary school and I still might be persuaded to wear a small one. Perhaps on a white blouse? Folkwear patterns style? OK, YES I would wear one!

  3. I have and when I’m back to a size 8 I will again : )

  4. I associate the middy with the color pink — not because I’ve ever seen a pink middy, but because both were things I flat-out refused to wear as a child. I’m 32 and just now getting around to pink … I don’t think I see a middy in my future …

  5. I LURVE middies. Can I wear one? That question remains. I am a ‘V’ shape (broadest part of my body is my shoulders. I suspect that if I wore one I would ACTUALLY look like a sailor! I just can’t decide if that is a good thing or a bad thing!

  6. Oh yes, I am going to wear a middy – that’s a promise!

  7. I thought a middy was a member of the ship’s crew – I definitely won’t wearing one of those!

  8. I would have said no way until I came across this pattern:
    and a little more inspiration on this pattern (a really nice variation, I think):