Hot! The “Million Dollar” Outfit
































Patterns: Free pattern from Burdastyle for the top plus the hood from Burda 9860, McCall’s 6036 for the tank and Vogue 1204 for a little help with the drafting of the pants.

Fabric: 1 1/2 yds stretch cotton jersey  $7, 1 1/2 yds gauze  $6, 1 yd shimmery silver fabric  $2, elastic  $3

Time: about 6 hours

Wear again?: Not sure about the tank, the pants will probably be used as pajamas, I’ve worn the pullover twice already so it’s a keeper

I know what you’re thinking, “Where’s the million dollar outfit?”. This outfit, minus the blazer, shoes, and motorcycle jacket only cost me $20. I know it’s not much of an outfit. In fact, in my line of work you don’t go out in what looks like your sweatpants unless you’re headed to the gym.

I don’t watch a lot of movies. Maybe 1 or 2 a year. It’s hard to give up that much time out of my day when I can think of so many other things I could be doing-like sewing. After scanning the internet for photos of possible movies I decided to make an outfit (harem pants, tank top, and hooded pullover) in honor of all the boxing movies out there-and there were many.

The Quiet Man, The Fighter, Million Dollar Baby, and of course, Rocky.

I don’t normally make clothes like this. I usually buy pieces like this for $2 a pop at the thrift store. It was hard for me to complete these pieces because they were so uninspiring. This morning I decided to try my best to make them work and I surprised myself. With a little effort comfortable can be stylish though I’m afraid to say Rocky’s got me beat, he’s added a touch of color to make his outfit pop.

As for the sewing, there’s really not much to say. I did not have a pattern for the pants so I used the basic leg pattern from Vogue 1204. I widened the waist area by 3 inches on both sides for the pleats then self drafted the waistband and cuffs at the bottom. I also sewed in thin strips of elastic on either side of the leg openings for a gathered look. It took some work to get the fit right up on top. It would have been so much easier to buy a pattern for a harem pant but I didn’t want to spend the extra cash.

The tank top fabric was tricky to work with. It was very sensitive to heat and I could not use my machine to sew it because the silver dots were all glued on and the glue was sticking to my sewing needle. I was able to sew the side and shoulder seams then used heat from the iron to melt the raw edges. flat and neat.

I thought it would be fun to use gauze for the top. Boxers get bloody and gauze gets wrapped around bloody wounds. Anyway. It’s very light and will be perfect for summer.

Maybe next week I’ll try color again. And style.




Gina Clark is a girl from Texas living in the Midwest. She has been sewing most of her life but swears every few months that she is giving it up for good.


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  1. I think your outfit is awesome! Sure, comfortable. Stylish? Super!

    I really want to have this outfit right now.

  2. I would wear the crap out of those pants! Lounge-wear is my favorite thing ever, great job!!

  3. I really like this outfit because it’s a very spunky modern take on iconic movie style that one doesn’t really think of as iconic AND, to top it off, is a really dated iconic movie style. In other words: You managed to update Rocky’s training sweats into something that one could wear in the 21st century. And I totally, without reading your post title went “Brilliant! Someone did Million Dollar Baby! Brilliant!” (I may love that movie just a tiny bit). Well done.

  4. few people can make trackies look stylish – I think you’ve managed it.

  5. Oh, so hard on yourself! I love this picture’s attitude. What’s not to love? You look like a righteous babe: hair, motorcycle jacket, hoodie thing, and so tough, no one would dare say anything about your pants. I’d call this some hot, late ’80’s style, I would.

  6. Looks comfortable to wear and a bonus with separates is you can mix and match other pieces you have in your wardrobe. It’s a contender! Scream load I sew and I’m proud. ;)

  7. Looks so stylish, yet very comfy. I really like your photo this week.

  8. You ladies are so great! Thanks for all the love!

  9. I like it – it looks fun and comfy, and different than most of the stuff we sew!