The “Is there Life On Mars?” Outfit
Fabric: Skirt & bow – thrifted cotton sheet $2.99, only half used. Blouse – re-used lining from previously made circle skirt.
Patterns: Butterick 4686 and Simplicity 2154
Year: Contemporary (but latter a retro design)
Notions: Fusible interfacing for collar
Time to complete: 12 hours
First worn: 4th February 2012
Wear again? Yes, but not together.
Total price: Under $3
The challenge: “Return of the UFOs – This week, we’re returning to those pieces that have tormented us for longer than we’d like admit — the UFO”
So this week the challenge was to make something inspired by one of our favourite science fiction programmes….
At least I think that was the challenge. There’s an odd rumour going around that UFO doesn’t relate to unidentified flying object and therefore all things sci-fi….or as they say over here in the States, sy-fy, but instead means un-finished object. Nah, can’t be….
Well, even it it were, unfortunately I don’t have anything unfinished. Perhaps that’s because I haven’t been sewing long enough. It’s definitely not because I finish what I start. I have a ‘million’ decorating projects around the house to prove that theory incorrect.
So whatever the proper challenge for this week, I had to start from scratch.
And as I already have a Dalek costume, and I wanted to make some muslins for projects I want to make later in the year but don’t want to spoil expensive fabrics, and the fact that I’ve been making these around Mr. D having surgery this week and having to look after him – well, this is what I made: a sort of homage to Life on Mars (UK AND USA versions because unlike most Brits who started with the original, I don’t mind the remake too much, except for the end).
And as I say, I didn’t have a lot of time this week with Mr. D being ill….I’m still recovering from a trip to Emergency Services that didn’t get us home till nearly 3am, to the point where lyrics like “Mickey Mouse has grown up a cow” are actually beginning to make sense….and this is the excuse I’m using for the blouse being a bit of a tent, being so wide it didn’t need the prescribed zip and me not having time to make fitting alterations before the photoshoot (which was quickly taken at the end of our road, not on Mars, honest).
It looks ok if I have one hand behind my back pinching the fabric in like in this:
And yeah, I know…Life on Mars is 1972/73 and this blouse is strictly a 60’s throw back and the skirt isn’t quite A line enough, but still. It’s a god awful small affair…. the fabric looks a bit psychedelic and floppy bows stayed around for much of the 60s.
But when I make this blouse in the more expensive fabric I plan to, I will make it at least one size smaller and do some proper fitting so it doesn’t bag out at the back like this:
Other thoughts about Simplicity 2154’s blouse – watch out you don’t put the keyhole slit in the front too low. The knot of the bow is supposedly to anchor itself through this…..I can’t quite work out why, but mine was too low and if I’d made the pattern as instructed it would have ruched up the whole neckline. Instead I formed the bow and knot first and then sewed on in the centre top of the neckline. Also, I didn’t put any interfacing in the bow as I wanted it quite floppy and had seen this account of making it with interfacing.
Actually, having just rewatched a few Gene Genie clips on youtube, I can not only see myself coming back to make some more authentic looking 70s outfits (bigger collars are calling me) but it might be time to get out my Life on Mars boxsets to accompany my sewing….especially as I’m now up-to-date with Downton Abbey, this week’s sewalong-marathon viewing.
Only one thing for it now though: