Earlier this year, I might possibly MAYBE have gotten addicted to ModCloth, a site that sells vintage-inspired clothing and hipster brick-a-brak. (I am very susceptible to hipster brick-a-brak.) I've mostly been window shopping - although I did buy a gift for someone there earlier this year - and several weeks ago, I came to an important conclusion: my wardrobe has a very serious polka-dot shortage.
No problem, I thought. I've made clothes before. (For clothes, read "Renaissance Festival costume.") I'll buy some polka-dot fabric and whip up a skirt!
I should mention at this point that I don't have a sewing machine. I learned to use one in middle school Home Ec., but I've never owned a working one, so all the clothes I've ever made have been hand-sewn, including the aforementioned Renaissance Festival costume.
No problem! I thought again. It's just a skirt. How long can that take?
Apparently, the answer is three weeks, especially when you decide to go all fancy and layer polka-dot tulle over coral-colored charmeuse and throw in a box pleat or four. (That's my new favorite term for the week - box pleat. It sounds like I know what I'm talking about.) It doesn't help if you're trying to sew in a zipper for the first time, either. At one point, I stopped into the fabric store for more thread and seriously considered dropping $100 for a basic sewing machine, a luxury we could in no way afford.
So I pushed on, until the whole project became a kind of Zen exercise in patience and pin placement. It isn't perfect, but I'm pretty happy with the finished product.
|Now with Orange Thief-Cat!|
Here's another shot, where you can see the color combination a little better.