Thursday, September 19, 2013

It Takes a Village

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!

I definitely kicked off FESA with a bang and I'm such a keener that I started before the official start date.  I love bright colours and this outfit is surely a testament to that.  I get a bit excited in fall, 'cause it's my favourite season, and being able to bust out my tights collection again turns me into a slightly taller and much clearner version of Gollum, crooning over 'my precious' tights. 

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.

16 comments:

dorineenvrac said...

Love your outfit! And there is nothing wrong about having the fashion sense of a Muppet :-)

eennieuwejurk said...

I love both the skirt and the outfit. There can't be enough pink in my book.

Carlee McTavish said...

Love it! I'm glad I'm not the only one who, on occasion, feels like they are dressing like a muppet. Love the shoes and the hair too :)

Roisin Muldoon said...

Ah so cute! Always be a muppet xx

Sox said...

I love bright tights. The only thing that make the long Winterpeg season tolerable is wearing bright colours. I have several brightly coloured tights and I am always trying to add to my collection. I am also planning to sew more bright colours to wear during the 'white-out'. I don't suffer from SAD, but I do suffer from MCD (Missing Colour Discomfort). The snow in Winnipeg is not like the snow where I grew up (which is white). Here is is brown from all the sand. :(
Rejoyce in colours!!

johanna@projects by me said...

Don't change anything! I love your outfit! The skirt is fantastic! And I also adore Mary-Janes, comfy and good-looking!

Jen said...

I love this look. The skirt reminds me of something that Boden did a couple of years ago, though I don't think it was as colorful as yours.

Jessica Cangiano said...

Complete and total cuteness! I so adore a-line skirts with charming applique images on them like this (I have a couple myself, too, one of which has watermelon slices for the pockets).

♥ Jessica

Anne Eliot said...

love you outfit & adored your shoes so much I bought myself a pair.

Sophie-Lee said...

Don't EVER think you should wear less-bright stockings. I have a huge box of stockings that I barely wear any more (mainly because I don't have to - I work in a hospital so it's always warm, and I no longer get awful thigh-chafing if I don't) but I always get compliments when wearing my tights.
Except when I wear my yellow ones, and people always ask if it's my real leg colour. WHAT?

Sarah said...

What?! LOL! I work in a hospital, too, and my brightly coloured tights sure do shake things up a bit! Bring on the Muppet Fashion Files, no?

Sarah said...

That's fabulous!

Sarah said...

Watermelon slices for pockets? Count me in!

Sarah said...

I don't think many people are as colourful as me - ha ha ha!

Sarah said...

Thank you! Mary Janes and spectator-style shoes seem to be becoming my signature footwear.

Sarah said...

Ah, Winterpeg! A fellow Canadian who understands the blah effect of our long and freezing winters. Bring on the bright colours!! Do it!

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