Not a Gordon Gartrell
Pattern: Vogue 1234
Year: Today’s Fit by Sandra Betzina
Fabric: cotton stretch jersey $13
Notions: None-just some white thread I already had
Time to Complete: 1 day to cut and 1 1/2 to sew
Total Price: $13
Wear Again: yes
So I’m sure you’re all thinking I picked Laura Ingalls or one of the Waltons. I didn’t. I picked Denise Huxtable. Kazz did such a great job with her last year so here’s mine for this year. I know my outfit may not look very Denise-y but it’s inspired by her and worn like me.
I picked this pattern because of the unique way it drapes at the bottom. This pattern uses letters for sizes instead of numbers and looks more intimidating than it actually is. I don’t think I’d recommend it for a beginner though. My only gripe is that the finished pattern measurements are not printed even though it says they are. I took a guess at the right size. I would have been pretty upset if I’d guessed wrong. After I had washed and dried the fabric and cut the pieces out I discovered 3 tiny holes. My instructor had me cut out fabric and place it over the hole on the wrong side of the fabric and seal it with fusible tricot then hand stitch around the hole. She said it was good to keep a set of Sharpies in multiple colors handy to help blend the edges in. I didn’t need to do that but will keep that in mind.
When I thought of Denise I not only thought of prints but also volume and layers. I had to use fabric with a 2 way stretch so a lot of the nicer prints were out. This print reminds me of a giraffe. Perfect for representing Denise’s time in Africa.
She influenced my style so much as a teen. I had sunglasses like that and wore all kinds of hats and since I already had a thing for over sized men’s blazers I figured that made us soul sisters. I also used to wear floor length circle skirts and tied them in the middle so they looked like harem pants.
I woke up this morning and got to work adding a little more drama to the dress. I twisted a scarf into my hair to create this updo. I had this sheet leftover from a photo shoot. I folded it in half then wrapped it around my waist and pinned it at the front and then pulled the sides to the back and secured them there with another pin. It’s got this bustle look to it which is another of my obsessions. The belt really takes me back to my high school years. I had a similar belt in black that I wore over a stonewashed dress that had over sized shoulders and a long zipper that ran down the middle.
The only thing missing is the chunky jewelry. This would have been great with wooden bangles and some funky necklaces.
As usual I had a lot of fun wearing this today. I just know there are going to be some great posts and pictures this week. I can’t wait!