Hot! Black & White at the Night Circus

Black & White & Night Circus

Friends, I LOVE TO READ!! Heck, I’m in school studying librarianship! It is my favorite thing to do. Followed by making things. For this week’s challenge I had my heart set on channeling one of my absolute favorite protagonists (EVER) one Ms. Lisbeth Salander. I fell instantly, and hard, for this character from her first appearance in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I loved her more when I watched the Swedish film version. And, though I mightily resisted watching it at first, the American version only increased my devotion to her.

Why, then am I not dressed like my beloved ball busting heroine?? All of my ideas for a Salander style ensemble were way too hot for the warm weather we’re still having. I tried to shift gears to something temp friendly, but still applicable, and it just didn’t work. I spent a lot of time trying to force it, but the good sewing juju didn’t like my manhandling and flew the coop.

I needed to shift gears. I tried to think of ANY of the books that I love (and even the ones I don’t) that matched anything I had in my stash. I almost made a Red Dress. Or something Indian inspired.

Then, I spotted my borrowed copy of The Night Circus and had a brainstorm.

Black and White and Red. Reveur style.

I had white t-shirts and black t-shirts and a black & white shirt and a red & white bit of fabric. A plan decided, I set into motion. Only, it was slow motion as I continued to be plagued with problems. That the bit of red & white fabric was SO uncooperative! But, I powered through and ended up semi pissed with the lame version of what I saw in my minds eye. I think the mood of failure had a lot to do with the fact that through it all, I was still wishing to be Salander for a day. (I had even found some awesome graffiti to pose in front of!) I was also missing my pop of red….

And then I remembered my favorite lippy. And then I saw the pics. And then I kind of loved my Reveur Style!

Black & White & Night Circus

Black & White & Night Circus

The Facts
Fabric | A couple of my hubby’s old t-shirts and dress I thrifted from the Goodwill store for the striped accent.
Patterns | BurdaStyle’s Lydia for the top, I winged it on the skirt. It’s a tube with an elastic waistband. I used the existing shirt hem for the bottom.
Year | Current
Notions | Thread and a bit of elastic.
Time to complete | I had a hard time with this challenge. I have been sewing, and ruining fabric, for days to come up with this relatively simple ensemble. But, it’s done and I love it. No harm, no foul. Just wasted time and fabric, lol.
First worn | On a picture walk with my kiddies. You can see the little three in a conference off to one side while my oldest takes the pics ;o) I find new graffiti every single time I leave home, now. It’s awesome! (FYI: the twins are the two closest to me, the one is the red hat is 17 months older than them, but I am often asked if they are triplets)

Black & White & Night Circus
Wear again? | Yes. Initially, I wasn’t too jazzed about the overall look because it was not what I had in mind for this challenge. At all. (Another round of music and book challenges, please) But I think it looks rather nice in pics and it is very comfy as its made entirely of t-shirts ;0)
Total price | I’m going to call it free so I can stop beating myself up about the money wasted on all of my failed efforts for the week.

Black & White & Night Circus

I even dragged out a prop for the shoot ;o)

Black & White & Night Circus

I would have loved to find a bowler hat or a B&W umbrella as seen with the author here, but we work with what we have, eh? The white portions are unevenly cut, intentionally, so that more or less of the b&w fabric shows from each side.

Black & White & Night Circus

Overall, the look’s not bad. One more shirt with a bit of pizzazzzzz to add to my go-to fall jeans and tee uniform. And a dead simple, dead comfy little slip of a skirt to throw on with tunics and even more versions of Roxanne and Scout. Leave it to me to use a fantastical, magical, transcendent work of art to make practical, casual basics! I mean, look at what Gina did this week! I’ve got to find my A game!



Wanett Clyde is a wife, mama of four and library school student that manages to cram a lot into her days. She loves books, writing, creating, the color purple, sarcasm, summertime, staying up late, anything British, BROOKLYN(!!!), and her family.


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  1. This is great! I really love the peek of black and white stripes, it seals the deal for me. Tres chic!

  2. Love the outfit and the picture with the kids having the conference. Oh boy, you have you hand full. I loved being one of four kids, my brothers we way cool to hang out with. Props to your oldest for taking such great photos. I wouldn’t mind another book challenge either!

    • Thanks, Rogue! I DO have my hands full, but lucky for me, they are really great kids! And they enjoy walking around with me being silly while taking pictures, lol
      I could do a bi-monthly book challenge, easy!

  3. Haha yep the red lippy and toe nails definitely works. Very chic!

  4. Love this Nettie, I’m a big fan of black and white, you’ve nailed this, the black and white stripes just take it to the next level.

    I can totally see you strutting to Grace Jones- Warm Leatherette in these photo’s :P

    • Thanks, Kazz!! You’ve just hit on the only thing missing from these photo shoots. MUSIC! I’ll need to strut to something to stay warm when it cools down here ;p

  5. I have a big stack of my man’s old T-shirts that he wants me to throw out (I KNOW! A MAN WHO WANTS TO THROW OUT T-SHIRTS! ALERT THE PRESS!). Thanks to you, I now have a much better idea of what to do with them. They are mixed grey, B&W striped, and a red one. Perfect!

    • YES! That sounds perfect, Vicki!! My husband has approximately eleventy thousand black t shirts, so I have a ready supply for my next refashioning whim!

  6. I enjoyed reading through your process to get to this finished chic and wearable outfit. I love the black and white and the added stripe detail. Your background graffiti supplies plenty of red, so no worries there. Looks like you’re surrounded by some great fans too!

    • Thanks, Barbara!! It was quite a trying week, sewing wise, but I made it through OK! My husband, sister and kiddies are my biggest fans/supporters/cheerleaders!!

  7. I love this book and your outfit is fab! You just need a little red scarf for nights at the circus!