The “Questionable Inspiration” Shorts and Top
Fabric: Knit cotton from Jo-Ann’s ~$10
Pattern: McCall’s 5553 ~$.25
Year: c. 1979
Notions: elastic for waist
Time to complete: 3 hours
First worn: July 2012
Wear again? Top, yes. Shorts, no (unless in bed)
Total Cost: ~$10.25
Now I don’t tend to give big life lessons here at The Sew Weekly. However, today, I’m breaking form and will give you all a lesson on preserving self-esteem:
NEVER EVER (I mean NEVER) utter the words “wouldn’t it be great if I channelled 1970s Bruce Jenner / Dorothy Hamill / Pete Rose for this week’s theme!?!”
Spoiler alert: this decision actually caused tears on the field of Berkeley High. In other words, my mascara did more running than I did. You can’t tell in these photos since I look so darn pleased and happy with myself. This was all before I decided to look at the photos. The combination of WAY WAY WAY too short shorts and my sad bowl cut hair-styling (a look I was actually going for!) was just too much for me to take and I quickly regretted my style inspirations.
There are so many media references that popped into my mind as I was making this get-up. For one, this most awesome quote from 30 Rock: ”I was skating down the hallway, on top of the world, my new skates, a new haircut, which everyone thought was a Dorothy Hamill, but was actually a Pete Rose.” The second, far more disturbing John Ritter piece of trivia about how his short shorts were once too short and showed a little too much on an episode of Three’s Company. You can read more about that here, if you dare.
Regardless of how funny the concept might have been, I never want to be scene in public with anything that resembles a bowl cut. I recently cut my hair short (and dyed it back to brown) and I have to work hard to not have this happen.
And now, a little about sewing since this a sewing blog and all.
Oh, Marlo Thomas, you like your shorts short. I do have to say that I actually quite like how the shirt came out. Because I knew how short the shorts were going to be, I decided to make the tennis dress view. If I were to make the top again, I’d go with the shorter version. I try to avoid sewing with knits since I’m never good at hemming the bands. However, it all came together. That’s what happens when I make the effort to buy a ball-point needle and not rush through the sizing of bands and such.
I actually quite like the top and will wear them again. But those shorts? They make me sad.
Hey look! My hair is doing a little Bruce Jenner something!
Sad Mena is sad. Not shown, my running mascara.