The “311” Outfit
Fabric: 2yds. taffeta-like fabric $6 and 1yd lightweight vinyl $3.
Time to Complete: 2hrs
First Worn: Saturday night
Wear Again?: I’m not sure
I almost bailed on this challenge. I thought about doing a Circle Jerks inspired outfit instead. It sounded more comfy and less girly. I think it’s just my mood right now. It still gets a bit chilly out and a girl gets cold in a skirt. I’m tired of being cold. I had a fundraiser to attend on Saturday so I used that to motivate me to make something pretty to wear. If not for the fundraiser you’d probably be looking at a photograph of me in handmade over sized shorts and a T.
I wish I had a picture of me wearing this outfit Saturday night. I had my hair up and my bright lipstick on. The invitation said casual attire but who wants to wear everyday clothes to a party?
OK-for the skirt I found the radius of my waist measurement to figure out how big to make the opening then measured down from there to get my length. I folded the skirt into 8ths and used my measuring tape and chalk to mark the cutting lines. I’m not going into too much detail because I feel like you all know how to do this already and it’s late and I should be in bed already. I was going to insert a zipper but when I started pressing the fabric it started to shrink. It wasn’t so bad. I only had to cut off about 2 inches from one end. Since I couldn’t really make a proper waistband because of the pressing issue I decided to use a wide strip of elastic as a waistband. It looks very junior high but it worked.
The top is also a circle. I used the same formula to make it only I used used the circumference of my neck for the opening. After I cut out my circle I cut it in half and sewed 2 small bands to the neck opening to make shoulder straps. Then I sewed the sides and added a long (and I mean long) tie at each corner. Here’s a picture for you because I know this isn’t really making much sense.
Then all I did was wrap it around (and around) my waist. I didn’t finish any of the edges. I wish you could see the print on the vinyl. It’s got little psychedelic looking spheres all over it. I really love the way the top turned out and would like to make another in a stretch cotton for the summer. I accessorized it with more circles-my button necklace and earrings with multiple hoops. My A&G Rock clutch helped me keep it edgy. Here’s a picture of that because it’s just to cool not to share.
It’s beautiful right? OK. I better go to bed before I start talking nonsense. Good night ladies! Can’t wait to wake up and see the beautiful clothes you made!
Oh Yeah-I’m calling this outfit 311 because I like the band and as I sat here slowly falling apart their song “Beautiful Disaster” was the first thing that popped in my head.