Ok, ok, ok. I am super excited over today’s post. Why? Because I get a chance to be silly with friends. Always a good thing. Alida of Alida Makes and I have had a friendly running competition going for the past 2 years called, ‘Who Sewed It Better?’. The premise: we each pick a pattern and sew it up with only one thing in mind. Having fun…and WINNING. Ha! I kid, I kid. (mainly because I have never won – ha!). But it gives me a great opportunity to say things like:
- Oh yeah, it’s on like Donkey Kong.
- Bring it!
- The gauntlet has been thrown.
- Welcome to the gun show.
And today is no exception. So…
Let’s Get Ready to Rumble!!!
I mean really, who else would take a Charlie Angel’s photo with me?
And what could be more appropriate, than for Alida and I to challenge ourselves with the very same pattern we worked on together. The Stepford Seven. With New Years around the corner, I wanted something fancy yet chic to wear. Something that I knew I would wear over and over again, by either dressing it up or down. Which is why I chose to make ‘The Crop’ version of the Stepford Seven.
I made a lace shell using THIS fabric from Michael Levine, and then attached it around the front neckline to a tank top I had on hand with some hand stitching. The hand stitching wasn’t necessary, but I personally didn’t want to be adjusting the neckline constantly while wearing it. The other option I had was to fully line the lace crop, but I really wanted the lining on this shirt to be fitted. And the thought of working with 2 completely different fabrics, with different stretches, and different fits terrified me. Lol. So I kept it simple.
I was visiting my parents in New York when I took these photos, and let’s just say NY isn’t too warm around Thanksgiving. It was snowing the day before. Crop top + lace + cap sleeves + no jacket = crazy. But of course, for a New Years Eve party I would be indoors and wear a shawl or other jacket when outside. So this is totally appropriate and fabulous. I did get a good chuckle over the looks people were giving me when they drove by. The ‘who is this crazy person?’ look. You know the one. I deserved it.
Be sure to hop on over to Alida’s blog HERE to see her version of the Stepford and then tell us…
Who Sewed it Better?
And remember, this is all in the nature of good fun.
So much so, that I thought I would leave you with these gems as a takeaway…Outtakes from the Stepford Seven photoshoot when Alida and I tried to pose together.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…