The “Kerkovich-Way” Dress
Fabric: Men’s dress shirt and men’s khaki pants hand-me-downs, free!
Notions: 7″ zipper
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: Cleaning the apartment over the weekend
Wear again: Yep!
Total price: Free!
Everyone who knows me, knows that I am obsessed with television. I spend most of my free time marathoning television series, often in embarrassingly short periods of time. So this challenge was directly up my alley. Most of my sewing is of vintage inspired dresses, but this year I am trying to sew more separates, which leads me to one of my favorite female characters in comedy today. Jane Kerkovich-Williams from Happy Endings.
Jane Kerkovich-Williams is played by Eliza Coupe on Happy Endings and is a perfect ideal of the type-A personality. She wears classic styles with lots of bright colors. Essentially lots of blouses and skirts. Also high-waisted shorts. She loves some good high-waisted shorts. I, on the other hand, do not. Haha.
I settled on making some separates from hand-me-downs. First off I took a pair of my husband’s old khaki pants and recut them into the skirt. I tossed a zipper in it and called it a day. Nice and simple. For the top (an old dress shirt of my husband’s), I recut it into a more feminine style while keeping as many of the dress shirt details as possible. You can see that the buttons go the wrong way and the large front pocket on it that are original details. This fabric didn’t want to behave as it kept wanting to rip… I have to be really careful putting it on. Toss it with some heels and a simple belt, and I’m ready to head out in my Jane Kerkovich inspired outfit!
Words to live by, by Jane- Don’t change for a guy, meet a guy and change him.
If you want to check out some Happy Endings, you can check it out on Hulu here.