Nov 1, 2011
Valerie Bertinelli and Eddie Van Halen? Princess Margaret and nephew Prince Edward?
To say Michael and I weren't exactly the most-easily recognized couple out on Halloween night is an understatement. But at least neither of us was Zombie Steve Jobs. Or a sexy secretary.
I'm not entirely sure what Michael was dressed up as, but I think it's obvious which one of us grew up in the suburbs (Hint: it's not me). That "Woof" tee shirt is Michael's own creation, made with Swarovski crystal letters we ironed on with my Elna Press -- the first time I've used the darn thing in months.
The leopard leggings are something Michael bought for the cabaret show, though he ended up wearing my leopard pants. We never did make it to the Halloween parade -- Michael was cold and my feet ached -- but we had a lovely Italian dinner at Donatella on Eighth Avenue instead. We were seated next to a witch, a zombie, two pirates, and a French couple.
File under Don't Ask If You Don't Want To Hear The Answer -- the topic of Cathy's hair color. I asked Michael if he thought Cathy needed to go a shade or two lighter. Cathy has such a delicate complexion and she is a "summer," like myself, after all. (A few months ago I did try to find Cathy's do in a somewhat lighter shade of brown, with no success. Apparently Motown Tress has discontinued her style, do you believe it?!)
Not only did Michael answer Yes quite emphatically, but he also asked if we couldn't find something with perhaps a little gray in it! Cathy was not amused.
Friends, even I am getting a little tired of seeing Cathy in that vintage McCall's rose-print cocktail dress, so let's move on, shall we?
I went fabric shopping yesterday and am now ready to begin my 1944 outfit project!
As you'll recall, I'm making the Butterick coat (above left) out of the dusty rose vintage wool blanket I bought a few weeks ago at the flea market. I hope to enter it in the Pattern Review Refashion contest, if all goes well.
For the jumper, I wanted something with a pattern -- classic and a little conservative, to go with the period. Here's what I chose:
For the blouse, I bought a cream and black polka dot poly charmeuse. I've never made a Forties blouse before and never worked with poly charmeuse, so it should be interesting.
And that, dear readers, is that! It seems like Halloween kicks off a holiday season of overeating that doesn't really end till Easter. Oye.
Your fabric and hair color comments are most welcome. You'd be surprised how hard it is to find a good pixie-cut wig that has some length on the sides and doesn't have all those irregular razor-cut edges. What are all the Jane Wyman clones doing? Could this work?
Have a great day, everybody!