Hot! The “Bonnie Parker” Ensemble

The Facts

Fabric: Polyester double-knit from friend, Some sort of woven for skirt from Novato Estate Sale, ~.25
Pattern: Simplicity 1752, Simplicity 9385
Year: late 1930s
Notions: Zipper
Time to complete: 5 hours
First worn: February 2012
Wear again? Yes to the skirt, no to the top.

Total Cost: ~$.25


My Oscar inspiration is hopefully obvious enough that I don’t have to explain it. But in case I’ve missed the mark, I’m channeling Faye Dunaway in 1967’s Bonnie and Clyde. Theadora Van Runkle, the film’s costume designer also designed costumes for The Godfather II and a personal favorite of mine, Peggy Sue Got Married.

This week I really wish I knew how to knit or crochet. Not that I would have been able to make a sweater in a week, but at least it wouldn’t have been this totally unflattering polyester mess. I have to say, though, it wasn’t all the fabric’s fault. Because I’m in Los Angeles for the weekend, I needed to have my outfit finished by Friday morning so I could photograph it at my in-laws’ house in the afternoon. However, this timeline didn’t quite dawn on me until about 3am on Friday morning. So I started around 3:30am and finished by 8:30 by the time I needed to take Penelope to school. If I was a bit more awake, I would have found a more suitable fabric for the top in my stash. But since this yellow fabric had been given to me last week and just happened to be closest to my sewing machine, I got lazy. The shirt pattern was a 1970s stretch top pattern — the same I used for the Hello, Sailor Outfit. The last time I made the shirt, I was about 35 pounds heavier. I kind of forgot that fact and made the shirt, despite it being a 38 bust. That’s a bit why the top is so bulky.

I shortened the skirt and actually quite like it. The zipper I inserted looks like it was inserted at about 5:30 in the morning. (That’s because it was!) So I’ll be taking it out and reinserting it next time I want to wear it.

Okay. The photo shoot. I had way too much fun taking these photos. The gun was a toy gun that my mother-in-law played with as a child. I also took some photos with the BB gun that belonged to Ben, but none of those photos turned out well. I do have to say I felt a little weird taking these photos in a field, brandishing a gun. And especially given my stance on toy guns (No, Pen you can’t play with that water gun!), I felt like a hypocrite as well. All in the name of my “art.”



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. Oh my – you are quite the actress! I love your hairstyle and beret, and the cinched waist is too cute.

    Happy sewing!


  2. It was great to meet you last night Mena! I hope you enjoyed Disneyland :-)

  3. The brown/yellow combination is great – can you tweak the top? Yellow is a colour that few can wear easily and you always look nice in yellow. Fun photos – that movie had a great look about it.

  4. yeah, a knitted top would have been so cool but you can always fine a fine ribbed knit material and make something very close to—– the skirt and belt are lovely!

    good work!

  5. Looks great. I thought the challenge to be films nominated this year and couldn’t get inspired. May change my mind now!

  6. Loving this whole ensemble.

  7. I think you look fantastic!

  8. Well, maybe it wasn’t quite what you were going for, but I think the top looks pretty fab on you with the belt and skirt. Great channeling, I had no question who you were impersonating as soon as the page opened!

  9. Great job Mena! I love Bonnie and Clyde. The entire ensemble is fantastic and I love the background. Wish I would have known you were going to be in L.A. this weekend, I would love to meet you. Though you were visiting family, so maybe another time.

  10. This is great fun, lovely pictures too

  11. Love the outfit. Photos look like a lot fun. Have to say this was a really fun challenge this week and I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s creations.

  12. Oh, that’s fantastic! So much fun. :-)

  13. LOVE this! Perfect photoshoot and backdrop!

  14. Wow, I thought you’d lost weight! That sunshiny yellow looks great on you.

  15. Stunning photo’s Mena I love the effect you’ve used on them and you make the best Bonnie.

  16. I agree – you’re totally channeling Bonnie here! The lighting in those photos looks like something out of a movie too.

  17. Nice! I knew immediately you were Faye Dunaway’s Bonnie! Lovely styled photo shoot. I’m sure when you get around to it, you’ll make the top fit to your liking. I think it’s worth saving since the color looks really great on you!

  18. Gorgeous photos! NICE!

    This beret look plus the era really suits you as well, I would’t have noticed the baggy-ness unless you pointed it out! xoxo

  19. I love the yellow and brown together … also brings to mind ‘The Brownies’ :-)) Anyone from the UK remember?? (I was an Elf …) I’m sure the yellow and brown combo is still in operation, though in an up-dated form.

  20. You look great as Bonnie! I’m really looking forward to seeing all the contributions this week – it’s a great theme.

  21. This is awesome, Mena! Go forth and knock over a bank.

  22. Love this! Totally looks like lights-camera-action at the in-laws.

  23. I think this is my favorite look of yours!

  24. All kinds of fantastic! The photos are fantastic, and well worth the twinge of guilt (hey, you’re an adult!) The top looks totally salvageable from here. Do you sleep?!

  25. You nailed the Bonnie look! Fabulous! Love the whole ensemble – bravo for finishing it on such a short timeline!

  26. amazing photo shoot.. bonnie first came to my mind when i read this week’s theme.. i’m so glad you choose the bonnie look

  27. Wonderful look all-round! The yellow and brown combo looks great!

  28. I love it, I knew exactly who you were channeling!

  29. I had a similar stance on toy guns until my now 18 yo was about 3 and rolled up placemats running around shooting. I now have two boys with an aresenal of air soft rifles among them. Love your pictures!

  30. like i said, you’re crazy, that top is SWEET. and not cute sweet, SA-weet. wash it in hot and shrink it!