So. Monday Project:Sewn started the Fashion Era Challenge and included this graphic:
From this source
See how the fashion timeline starts at 1775? To be obnoxious, I commented on the Project:Sewn post that I was excited to show my 1775 design, then said just kidding! Because really, who the who would make a 1775-inspired look? Later, I got an email from the Elizabeths (girls in charge over at Project:Sewn) saying, “We can't wait to see your 1775 inspired outfit too----double dog dare!!”
Not just a dare,you guys, a DOUBLE DOG DARE!
Well, I couldn’t just ignore that kind of a challenge, right?! I googled 1775 fashion and this image pulled up
from this source, and I thought it was, like, the coolest thing ever and I definitely needed a t-shirt with this graphic. I used Sew Much Ado’s Seafarer pattern and some jersey I picked up during Fabric Weekend, whipped up a super fast shirt, slapped the graphic on using TAP (affiliate link), dubbed it Big Haireth Don’t Careth and called the dare met.
But then I had a total If-You-Give-A-Mouse-a-Cookie moment and thought, I really needed a jacket to go with the Big Haireth Don’t Careth tee. I’ve had this funky blazer pattern, McCall’s 3949, for a couple of years and have always been curious about that top weird yoke thingey.
But the blazer also needed to be 1775-ish. So I corsetted it up
To add the corset, I inserted belt loops into the pattern’s back darts, then laced a leather strip down the center. The pattern itself is a few sizes too big for me, but because I was adding the corset, I didn’t try to grade it to my size. I should have through the shoulders, though. They are too big, and it bugs me that the seam starts off my actual shoulder. I also cut about 6 inches from the sleeve scythe. The pattern results in a crazy, insane poof sleeve. Like, poke-your-eye-out poofy. I left a little poof, but not so much that I’m worried about my eyesight when I look over my shoulder.
Then, as I was making the jacket, I kept thinking I really needed some super funky, awesome floral skinnies to complete the look. When I was looking through the Google images of 1775 fashion, I kept seeing amazing floral fabrics. But I live in a tiny town, with only a tiny Jo-Ann (in the next town over). No way would I be able to find floral fabric in a bottom weight on such short notice. But I could not get the thought of floral jeans out of my head. So, the next day, I packed all four kids in the car and drove to Jo-Ann. Denim section: nothing, corduroys: nothing, velvets: nothing! We ended up in the home decor section, where there were tons of awesome florals, and super cool toile that I totally would have gone for if I didn’t feel like it would be redundant paired with the Big Haireth tee. I was worried about making fitted jeans out of upholstery fabric, butt…
I cut on the bias to get as much stretch out of the fabric as I could, and the fit is awesome! I used the Jalie 2908 for the fourth time, and I think these are the best yet. I adjusted my skinny pattern-tracing to be looser through the hips and thighs. I think I did too much through the thighs and legs for skinnies, so I ended up with more a straight leg fit. The dark fabric hides all the details, but they are there. Four pockets (skipped the coin pocket this time) and jean-style topstitching. I love them! They are super comfortable and just fun!
So, liZ and Elizabeth, I give you my 1775-inspired look, Big Haireth, Don’t Careth. Dare accepted and challenge met. Done and done.
Patterns and Fabrics:
Tee-Seafarer Top by Sew Much Ado in jersey knit from LA Fashion District
Jacket-McCall’s 3949 c.1974 in lightweight denim from Jo-Ann Stores and leather lacing from LA Fashion District
Jeans-Jalie 2908 in upholstery fabric from Jo-Ann Stores (no info on designer or manufacturer on selvage)
Photography by Christie of Lemon Squeezy Home. THANK YOU, friend!