The “These Boots Are Made for Walking” Dress
Fabric: Rayon Challis from stash
Notions: Embroidery thread for sewing the rayon
Time to complete: 6 hours
First worn: In front of the mirror
Wear again? Definitely
Total Price: $16
I nearly called this The “Series of Unfortunate Events” Dress when my plans to make a denim skirt for this challenge failed miserably. You see, after two holidays of glutinous meals, my waist measurement expanded significantly (homemade mac n’ cheese is my Kryptonite). After a bit of mourning over my bloated waistline, I manned up and altered the waist of the skirt pattern.
The post traumatic stress of my of holiday chub gave me the bright idea to do one of those 21-day cleanse diets to get back to normal and hopefully start off the year feeling less like the stuffed turkey I consumed. I filled my fridge with veggies, dusted off the blender for smoothies and was on my way. Three days before this week’s challenge was due I started constructing the fat belly skirt. First, I sewed the waistband facing on backwards and only realized it after the seam was trimmed (arrrrrgh!). I later figured out an improvisation for that eff-up and finished sewing. Then, I tried it on….the waist was too damn big! Like, over an inch! I’d only been “cleansing” for a week and my fat belly alteration was obsolete (double arrrrrgh!). Already behind schedule, a serious plan B was in order.
Enter: The loose-fitting, self-drafted dress pattern. Four rectangles sewn together plus a drawstring neckline — a nod to the peasant blouse. Made in an evening.
Even though it’s an understudy, the dress does the job of showcasing my accessory of choice, a pair of well-worn cowboy boots, just as nicely as the denim skirt (may he rest in peace or at least until my next big meal) would have.
I picked up these boots a few years back at a Western wear store in Denver, called Shepler’s. In the fall and during mild winters (like this one) I wear them nearly everyday. Apparently, the footbed is made by Nike…so, they really are made for walking (and running…which I often do when trying to catch the Metro).
Mena encouraged us to get outdoor photos. So, I want it to go on record that in spite of the protests from my frizz-prone fro, I braved the wet weather for this week’s shots.
Go ahead and consider this cheap umbrella my second accessory ;-).