here and here). It is a lovely half circle skirt that fits nicely and flatters my pear shape by remaining smooth and close fitting at the waist and flaring out over the hip. So, when I was looking for the perfect pattern to use with a great piece of dusty yellow linen with a brown and blue plaid pattern (from Fabric Mart), this retro pattern came to mind instantly.
The trickiest part of the whole project was ensuring that the plaid lined up on each side seam. However, with some careful cutting, a bit of patience and a ton of pins, the mission was accomplished. The only other hitch was getting the skirt hemmed at the proper length all the way around. A portion of the skirt is cut on the bias and after hanging for a few days (to allow the bias cut fabric to relax), I had a severely misshapen skirt. So, I just used my tape measure and measured down equal amounts from the waistband guaranteeing a perfectly level hem.
So, here's the finished product, all put together for work. On top I have a pale yellow sleeveless sweater and a teal cardigan. The cardigan is pinned together at the top with an over-sized dark peach enamel flower brooch (a gift from my Mom - she keeps me decked out in all sorts of gorgeous costume jewelery). On my feet are a pair of brown leather sling back heels that sport an adorable little bow on the front. These shoes were a purchased at Nine West several years ago. At the time, the round toe look was just coming back in and I wasn't completely sold on the style (the 80s had trained my eye to see pointy toed pumps as the only fashionable choice). I am so glad I didn't pass these shoes up though, as they have been a great addition to my wardrobe.
Isn't it funny how odd a new style can seem when you first see it? If you're like me, you vow that you will never wear the new style and dismiss it. Then, after a few weeks (or months or years), when your eye becomes more accustomed to the look, you start to warm up to the new fashion. I was like this with capris, platform heels and big scarves as indoor wear. Now, I can't imagine going without.
So, dear reader, any fashion trends that initially struck you as horrid, only to later become some of your favourites?