The “Bonnie Parker” Ensemble
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
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.”