The “Seniors Rule” Outfit
Fabric: Border print denim, $2
Pattern: Colette Patterns Sorbetto Tank Top, free; skirt: none;
Year: c. 2011
Notions: Vintage buttons, $.50
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: July 2011
Wear again? Yes and Yes!
Total Cost: ~$2.50
This week’s outfit is pretty much a carbon copy of last week’s creation. When I had thrifted the fabric back in April, I knew it was destined for a Western challenge. I always assumed it would have ended up as a dress. But, the siren song of separates called to me once more and I made yet another Sorbetto with a self-drafted skirt (this is a bonus Sorbetto).
While the Sorbetto calls for lightweight fabric, this medium-weight denim proved to be the perfect fabric for this ensemble. With the belt, it’s pretty difficult to tell that this isn’t a dress. That’s the best thing about it! I HAVE A TOP AND A SKIRT. Did I tell you how much I love separates?
Not one single hiccup with the construction of the top. The buttons are vintage and made from “vegetable ivory” which is, according to Wikipedia:
Vegetable ivory is a product made from the very hard white endosperm of the seeds of certain palm trees. Vegetable ivory is named for its resemblance to elephant ivory.
Vegetable ivory, after research, is actually pretty cool. I thought it was going to be something lame like “vegan leather” which, as far as I know is a hip name for vinyl. Anyway, I got those buttons at Alameda and was happy to find a use for them.
The most difficult part of the skirt construction was the gathers. Since the fabric was heavy, I needed to use quilting thread to baste the gathering stitch. Thankfully, I made a waistband, attached it and then added a zipper. And that was it. Totally easy and totally doable for the beginning sewer.
Regarding the name — The “Seniors Rule” Outfit: We attended high school in a fairly rural community and quite a few of the students came from farming/agricultural backgrounds. So, of course, while taking these photos, I was possessed by the spirit of the high school senior portraits that frequented our year books. Hay + boots + pickup trucks = awesome senior portraits.