The Missoni Modeling Caper

That would be an awesome 70s movie, wouldn’t it? Something like the Barbra Streisand vehicle, What’s Up, Doc? which I wholeheartedly recommend from both a fashion and a comedy perspective.

Anyhow, I finished the corduroy skirt (New Look 6538) and thought I would show it off with the Missoni sweater:

This would look even better on a bicycle.

The color isn’t a perfect match, but I do think they look okay together — probably because both evoke something vaguely 70s in the styling. I would wear the sweater with a black tank top or lightweight shell underneath, so this is a fairly accurate representation of how the outfit would look.

I have a t-shirt that is a better color match and shows off the buttons at the yoke. By some weird fluke, I had perfectly matching buttons in the stash. When does that happen?!? Never, that’s when. So another option would be this outfit:

The t-shirt is from Threadless -- "Frankenstein's Owl." The colors are actually better matched in real life.

I like this skirt and it’ll be great for fall, but this is the second skirt I’ve made out of this particular corduroy (bought 7 yards off Ebay back in the day) and I’m pretty sick of it. Also, if….no, when I make this pattern again, I’m going to use a lighter weight material and put two more buttons down the side — just to prevent any wind flap incidents. I think the corduroy is heavy enough to make that unlikely, and the underlap is very wide, but one can never be too careful.

Stay tuned for later this week, when I will be attempting death-defying feats.

Of sewing.  What did you think I meant?

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Posted on September 20, 2011, in my weird sense of humor, sewing. Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. I’d invest in some double-sided tape, just in case — I have found I am prone to Lindsay Lohan-type wardrobe mishaps!

    • I am not — I’m prone to Wile E. Coyote mishaps, which means I’d get tangled up in the tape and fall off something. I think I’ll take my chances with flashing my panties instead.

  2. Such a cute skirt! I really like the waistband/button details. Nicely done.

  3. And I forgot to second your reco of What’s Up, Doc? I haven’t seen it in a few years now, I should revisit that. It was pretty funny.

  4. I want to see the Missoni/Owl combo. How does the sacred sweater look open? And who do I petition to get ‘Whats up Doc?’ on dvd? Thats my fav Madeline Khan movie!

    • The “sacred sweater” (I am never going to be able to think of it otherwise now) looks droopy open. It’s a rayon knit and has essentially NO body, which is quite common for these knits. It wouldn’t make a good throw-on cardigan, it’s more of a shirt layer type of thing. And the combo of Owl + Stripes would make my eyes cross.

      Good news! “What’s Up Doc?” is available on DVD as of 2010 — that’s how I watched it, got it from Netflix. Amazon has a copy you can buy, if you’re interested.

      Also, I missed Madeline Kahn in that movie. I gotta watch it again!

  5. Stylin!! I think it works. When you finally make it on Project Runway, can I say I knew you when? Hell, I’m telling people we are BFFs. You’re cool with that right? Ok, great. Thanks bestie!!

  6. I would not want the skirt to match the sacred sweater in color any more than it does. I think it’s perfect. A total match would make it too hokey. The close-but-not-quite match communicates a sufficient “screw you all I don’t have time for your perfect match bullshit” tone. Which I’m certain is the tone you want to communicate with your clothing.

    Nicely done. Anyone that sews with corduory (or velvet) is a hero because that shit shows your mistakes something fierce when you rip it out and redo. It’s like a sewing tightwire. No room for error.

  7. I’m a little disturbed that you apparently read the tone of my clothing better than I do. Spot on, my dear, spot on.

    Corduroy really just requires patience and a good pattern, then it will lay down and behave. Velvet, on the other hand, might be evil.

  8. I really like the way the skirt looks with the sweater. The color of the skirt is muted enough that I would consider it a neutral. And maybe that says a lot about how I approach color. I would pair that skirt with a lot of different items in my wardrobe. If you find it languishing in your closet, feel free to send it to me.

    • Ha, that skirt has already seen its first outing! I think you’re right, the color veers into neutral territory. I found another shirt I own that goes with it too, but then I’m a massive lover of all things purplish or magenta-y.

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