The “Thank you for the Meow” tunic
Just like the Yellow challenge the music challenge was one that didn’t appeal to me much at first and I had actually planned to skip it. However, I have been contributing quite regularly lately and didn’t feel like changing this. So I really put on my thinking hat and tried to come up with ideas.
I honestly have to admit that music isn’t one of the most important things in my life. I love going dancing (the freestyle kind – I never took dancing lessons of any kind although I would love to) but that’s pretty much the only time where I really feel the NEED to lisen to music. My husband listens to music all the time while I actually like silence a lot. I know that this is kind of weird but I am extremely sensitive towards sounds and I like to listen to the voices in my head. ;)
I have quite a lot of favorite musicians though, most of them are European like Robbie Williams, Coldplay, the Verve, Blur, the Beatles (of course!)…and then there is still Abba. I was already into Abba when I was just 11 years old and my class mates made a lot of fun of me because I didn’t care about the trendy music. That was a few years before Abba suddenly got popular again and then I was suddenly not the stupid social outcast anymore…the girls from Abba sure wore a lot of interesting costumes and I knew I would want to make something Abba-inspired. But either the costume was too crazy or elaborate or just not suitable for my figure. (I wish I had their legs!) Anyway, I ended up picking their famous cat outfit. It isn’t really a style I’d usually wear because it’s rather baggy. My lower half is quite heavy and if I wear baggy clothes on my upper body I look heavy all over, not just around the hip area. I still like this shirt a lot though because it doesn’t show just any cat but two wonderful cats I used to have.
The grey one is supposed to be “Miezbär” (it’s a rather crazy name that I made up and it means something like “meowing bear”), the very first cat I ever had. She was the kitten of a stray cat, completely wild and not used to people at all. She must have been 6 months old when my mother decided in a very cold January and lots of snow that we would adopt that kitten. Sounds easy but you have to keep in mind that she was completely wild. We had never been able to touch her for even one second because she was so shy. So next time, we fed the stray cats, my mom grabbed the grey kitten by the neck and carried her up the stairs to our apartment. She was hissing and spitting like crazy and bit a hole into one of my mom’s thumbnaila and almost bit one of her sinews in two – my mom couldn’t move her thumb for a whole week. Once were were inside our apartment, my mom let go of the kitten and she ran right behind our stove. We didn’t see her for a whole week but we knew she was still there and alive because she used the litter box and ate cat food. She never came out when we were in the kitchen. It took us about 4 weeks to tame her and she actually turned into the cuddliest, trusting cat around. She wrapped herself around my mom’s neck for hours while my mom was doing household chores and my mom finally stopped having rheumatism in her neck and shoulders thanks to that wonderful cat. In spring, she had babies and we kept one of them, a black tom cat. I called him “Pittiplatsch” because he had such big round eyes in his dark face. Both cats had really cute faces with very big, round, yellow eyes. When there wasn’t much light around and their pupils were all big and round, they almost looked like cute fluffy owls. Miezbär died 17 years ago, Pittiplatsch 7 years ago…but thinking about them so extensively actually made me cry quite a lot while deciding what/how much to tell you about them.
I can’t have cats anymore because I have a severe cat allergy. If I could change one thing in my life, I would want to be able to have cats again because my favorite music is a cat’s meow. I’d gladly listen to it all the time.
⁃ Pattern: self drafted
-Fabric: about 1.5 yd of pink knit fabric from stash, originally 1 EUR/yd, black velvet from old dress, 0.5 yd of grey knit fabric for 2 EUR – I chose pink because it was in my stash and because I don’t like to wear white. Even my wedding dress wasn’t white but red.
-Year: contemporary, 70s inspired
⁃ Notions: none
⁃ Time to complete: about 5 hours hours (The applique was time consuming, particularly the grey knit which was some weird microfiber. My sewing machine kept skipping stitches no matter what needle I used. Sewing the few seams of the tunic was extremely simple)
⁃ First worn: August 11, 2012
⁃ Wear again? – Yes, but probably not so much in public but at home when I work. I don’t like the shape of this shirt but I do love the pics of my cats. I also don’t like the idea of tying a belt over the cat picture but the Abba girls did it this way and it’s the only way to make this baggy piece a bit more flattering.
⁃ Total price: 3.50 EUR
PS: We took the pics during a picturesque route to Josh’s favorite playground in Tiergarten. Although it’s just the middle of August, it already feels like fall here and it got so chilly at times that I had to wear a jacket (which I forgot to take off for some of the shoots). :(