This is what I wore to work. Please excuse the wrinkles. My fucschia tights may have burned my boss' retinas.I may have confirmed my colleagues' suspicions that I have the fashion sense of a Muppet,
BUT this may be one of my favourite outfits ever!
But, I digress. (It's my blog. I can totally do that - nyah nyah!)
When I saw this skirt on Pinterest, I knew I wanted to make my own technicolour version. I am quite enamoured of my $3/m sapphire corduroy and I wanted just the right project for it. Enter Colette Patterns' Ginger. I cut a size 6 and needed no alterations, although I did keep the longest length possible. I then proceeded to dig through my scrap bin whilst the dulcet tones of Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows played in the background.
Snapping up a bevy of brightly coloured scraps, I drew up a few different sized houses on my Heat and Bond and ironed them to my skirt, being very careful to place another piece of scrap corduroy face down on them in order to prevent the nap from being squashed.
I sewed on the houses with a simple straight stitch rather than a traditional applique stitch, as I like it when the edges fray a little. I stitched in doors and windows, too, just for fun. Happiness! I paired it with one of my favourite makes of the summer: my white Simplicity 4179. It's the first time I've ever made a button-front shirt with any success so you can imagine that I loves this pattern to bits, I do.
I even got super-clever and added pockets to my Ginger skirt using the pieces from Simplicity 2886 and lined them with some scraps. My pink cardigan is a favourite one that I thrifted last winter for less than $5. My tights are by Hue.
And the piece-de-resistance of this outfit? My new Birthday Shoes!! Dr. Martens Carnaby in a cute floral pattern. I am a long-time wearer of Dr. Martens and Mary Janes are my favourite style of shoe. These babies are from the Mother Ship (England) and not the Evil Imposter (China). Plus, I got them on sale at 50% off. I'm now on a hunt to track these down in red leather and black canvas.
Looking back at these pictures, I started to wonder if I should perhaps pick less bright (aggressive? tacky?) accessories the next time I wear it. But, I know I won't.
I'm happy being a Muppet.