(All photos courtesy of Lila)
In the midst of my not-blogging funk, I’ve finished a number of irritating UFO’s. It’s the worst type of UFO- the I-Want-the-Finished-Object-But-Can’t-Decide-the-Perfect-Finish-So-It-Sits-On-My-Worktable-In-A-Near-Stage-of-Completion project. I tend to keep those projects out so I can see them and feel guilty until I either finish them or we breakup.
(Poor Blouse has recently died)
I made this a few months ago, longing for a pink voile skirt I had in college. I wanted to play with sheers, semi-sheers, and ribbons- all machine washable. I used an underlayer of mosquito netting (cheap and to hand) to create oomph, and sewed ribbons on it to provide a little depth to the skirt. The ribbons didn’t show through as much as I’d hoped, and despite the super high, stiff rouched waistband, something about the skirt didn’t work for me. I set it aside.
(Worn here with the Burda Bardot Top. Wait, isn’t it supposed to be winter here?)
I made a little lace insertion near the hem, and sewed the bottom of the skirt to the shorter white lining layer for a balloon effect. It’s probably not the best idea for an already curvy figure, but I enjoy wearing it more than I care about its suitability. I threw it on yesterday when I woke up on the wrong side of the bed; by the end of the day I had a little skip in my step.
Pink and lace, red lipstick and flower hairclips aren’t serious ways to handle the blues, but at least it makes other people smile. I took my daughter grocery shopping dressed like that, and every person I saw flashed me a huge grin. Sure, they might have been thinking “Smile at the crazy lady and move away quickly,” but I don’t care. After a while, I found myself smiling back at people, and I felt lighter. I even got some winks from old men.
It’s a funny shape, but I was trying to make something a little funny when I started out. My desire to just finish the skirt trumped my plan for several rows of lace. I’m planning a pretty merino jersey top with an insertion, I could post how I insert the lace if anyone is interested (I forgot to take progress pictures this time).
What silly or funny things do you do to put a little whimsy in the world? Does anyone else do this sort of thing when they’re not feeling great? How does that work out? Or on the flip side, what would you think if you saw grown women running errands dressed in head-to-toe pink? Or wearing K.Hep pants or big-skirted 50’s dresses? Would you respond with a smile or an eye-roll?