The “Cotton Candy” Outfit
Patterns: Pants-Vogue 1204, Mesh top-Vintage McCall’s 8443 (again), Tank top-self drafted
Fabric: One pink bed skirt $2.50, striped pillow case $.50, 1 1/4yds sports mesh $5, 1/2yd remnant white cotton jersey form stash
Notions: Pants-one button and one 7in zipper $2.60, button down-6 button from stash
Total Cost: About $11
Time to Make: about 8 hrs.
First Worn: Sunday morning
Wear Again?: yes
This week I was excited to get started on my sewing project but had no idea was I was going to make. I didn’t have much cash and most of the fabrics were sheer so if I was going to make something it was going to have to be a top with a lining. That didn’t sound very exciting to me. I bought the bed skirt and pillowcase for a photo shoot I did last year. I spent most of the week deciding what I was going to make then changing my mind. I’d like to say I’m not really into pink but I’ve got a pair of hot pink pants and a floor length skirt in more of a shocking pink. I think it was this color pink that I found so uninspiring. By Friday I knew I had to pick something and stick with it.
Each pant leg is two layers because you could see through the fabric. Instead of taking the bed skirt apart or placing the pattern pieces around existing seams I treated the seams as design elements and added top stitching in yellow, orange, and white thread to play them up. The yellow button has orange along the edge and I also used a yellow zipper.
The pillowcase was added to make it more fun and interesting for me. You can see that I used it for the belt loops and side front pieces. I also used it for the back pockets and yoke back. The sleeveless T and button down were added for fun. I had an excess of creative energy so I just kept going into the wee hours of the night.
I’m embarrassed to admit to you all that I have been watching GCB. I don’t normally watch shows like this but I have to watch something while I’m dusting and pinning and cutting fabric right? Maybe its because I’m from Texas and the show reminds me of home. Anyway, I bring this up because in one of the episodes the character Amanda wears a sweater that’s cut like this in the back. I really liked it so here’s my version in sports mesh. I’m really loving sports mesh at the moment.
I used the same pattern as I did for my ” Beauty for Ashes” dress. I used the back piece of the blouse for the back and the front and lengthened the sleeves. The collar band and front bands were self drafted.
I don’t mind the color so much in the end and I had a lot of fun wearing this outfit. It reminds me of a fun day at the circus and eating lots of cotton candy.