The “geology” outfit
Fabric: Thrifted cotton/rayon blend blouse ($2) and thrifted polyester skirt ($3)
Pattern: McCall’s 5372
Notions: Bias tape
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: February 2012
Wear again? I’ll wear the skirt again. I like the blouse, but I’m not too sure about it. And I don’t think the two are very flattering together, after all.
Total Cost: about $5.50
The print on this blouse reminds me a lot of geological thin sections – rock samples sliced very thin and polished smooth to be examined under a microscope. Some of the resulting images are really beautiful, I think.
I try to buy most of my fabric, notions and patterns at thrift stores and estate sales – to save money mostly, but also because the treasure-hunt element sort of appeals. It had been a long time, though, since I had shopped for clothing at a thrift store, and it was a little overwhelming at first. So I picked up the top because I liked the print and figured that was as good a place as any to start.
It was a simple, short-sleeve button-down blouse, that I turned into another kind of simple, short-sleeve blouse – but with buttons down the back – using a “fashion basics” pattern.
There’s a lot of early ‘90s styling to get past on the envelope, but I have to say, the silhouette itself seems pretty relevant (I especially like the sleeveless version with the bows). It’s a super easy pattern – I think it took as long to take the original blouse apart as it did to sew up the new one –and I’m sure I’ll use it again.
I just wish I had made it a bit longer. I felt like I was always wanting to tug it down.
The skirt is was just one of those high-waisted, calf-length numbers that thrift stores are always full of. I liked the pockets and the pleats on this one. All I did to it was take a few inches off the bottom, so hardly a refashion. But nonetheless, a good reminder of how useful, if a little boring, it can be to hem. I’ll wear it again, especially in the spring. But not with the top: Worn together, I lose my waist.