The “Just Take My Picture” Outfit
Fabric: Thrifted chambray and floral stretch cotton, $2
Pattern: Simplicity 7982, Simplicity 6814
Year: 1975, 1977
Notions: pearl snaps
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: August 2011
Wear again? Top, yes. Skirt, probably not.
See that above photo? You know why I'm sitting in that chair? Because at this point in our trip I was utterly exhausted — emotionally and physically. I'm sitting in our bed and breakfast courtyard in Santa Fe, NM (on the return trip — already having been on the road for almost a full week). This is the look of someone who has been either (1) driving in a car for at least 5 hours each day (2) wrangling a very exhausted three year-old (3) wrangling a dog (4) overwhelmed by heat (5) bloated from way too much salt, BBQ and Tex-Mex cuisine and most importantly:
SOMEONE WHO JUST WANTS TO TAKE THE PICTURE AND BE DONE WITH IT
So, yes, it's an uninspired photo shoot of an outfit that really was quite uninspired and, as my husband added, could have used some accessories.
But let's go back in time a bit. Back to the night before we left on our trip, two Wednesdays ago. Since I'd be on my trip for two Sew Weekly weeks, I had to have two outfits finished and photographed. The first being last week's take on VIP fabric. The second being my take on 1970s fashions. Because I knew I needed somewhat practical clothes, I opted to do separates.
More importantly, because I had to start and finish the outfit on the eve before we left, I opted for the easiest 1970s patterns I could find in my stash. So, that's why I picked this skirt and shirt combo.
The fabric for the skirt — the chambray — is way too lightweight. If it had been heavier, I would have liked it quite a bit. I used the pearl snaps because I couldn't find my buttonholer attachment. The combo made the skirt too sheer and flimsy to really be a comfortable travel ensemble.
The shirt was actually quite fun to put together: easy, straight-forward and a nice fit. It's the fabric I'm not too crazy about. The entire look reminds me of an outfit my grandmother would wear when I was a kid in the 1980s. It's a great look for her, but for me, not so much.
So while I'm not crazy about this week's creation, I would totally use these patterns to make something completely different. Perhaps a courderoy skirt and striped top? Maybe a heavier denim for the skirt and a younger print for the top? Probably.
All I know is I'm very happy to be home.